Check out these Twin Cities music venues for the best live music and entertainment in the area.

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Shake off the work week and hit these venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul for live music. From local bands showing off their stuff to renowned artists paying a visit, these highlights of the Twin Cities' music scene are sure to impress.

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
If you find yourself in downtown St. Paul craving live music, this is where you should be. Find rock bands, hip-hop groups, cabaret troupes and other genres filling the space nearly every night of the week. | 6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112, amsterdambarandhall.com

The Cedar Cultural Center
For almost 30 years The Cedar has promoted intercultural appreciation through more than 200 all-ages performances a year. Their docket includes traditional American concerts, ethnic music and dance performances, and events like the Global Roots Festival. | 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org

Dakota Jazz Club
Enjoy some of the world’s best music that spans all subgenres of jazz. Ticket prices and showtimes vary, but the music, food, drinks and atmosphere always deliver in this gorgeous downtown Minneapolis space. | 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-5299, dakotacooks.com

First Avenue
This cavernous former bus station in downtown Minneapolis was showcased by Prince in “Purple Rain” and has hosted huge names for decades. It is characterized by a façade full of stars that pays homage to bands that have played there in the past. 7th St Entry is the smaller space adjacent to the main performance area that hosts up-and-coming artists at a lighter ticket price. | 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-332-1775, first-avenue.com

Turf Club
This retro-era roadhouse is a St. Paul staple and offers live music like punk, bluegrass and more up to seven nights a week. The Clown Lounge is the eclectic space in the basement that hosts jazz bands and other small performances. | 1601 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net

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