Myth Nightclub
Given the fall of nü metal, some fans are surprised that the Deftones are still kicking, much less putting out potently beautiful albums like last fall's Saturday Night Wrist. Then again, the band came this close to calling it quits while making the disc. According to bassist Chi Cheng, lingering problems came to a head when frontman Chino Moreno bailed for six months to tour with side project Team Sleep. It looked like 18 years of hard work had been flushed down the toilet. Fortunately—and without group therapy—the Deftones worked through it, and based on a sold-out show I caught early in the current tour, the band sounds as tight as ever, blending battering riffs and haunting atmospherics to thrilling effect. With Dir En Grey and the Fall of Troy. All ages. $28/$30 at the door. 6:30 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651.779.6984. —Michael Alan Goldberg


The Bravery
The Varsity Theater
Following the commercial success of Britpop-inspired bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Strokes, it seemed that every record company in the country was hungry to sign bands that could emulate their sound. The year 2003 could have been renamed the Year of the Anglophile, and the Bravery were one of many to be signed to a major label, in part because of their affable, disco-tinged pop-rock. So it is impressive that the Bravery are still afloat today, touring to support their second full-length album, The Sun and the Moon. Though they still border on the sound of similar acts like the Killers and Razorlight, the Bravery's avid fan base will attest that being pushed into the spotlight helped the band to grow into a forceful live act, and their slick hooks just might have audience members singing along by the time the band files off the Varsity's stage. With the Cinematics and Photo Atlas. $15. 8:00 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Andrea Myers

Traffic and Weathermen: Fountains of Wayne
Traffic and Weathermen: Fountains of Wayne

Ryan Adams
Cedar Cultural Center
Barely 20 years old, Ryan Adams took a step away from his punk roots and formed Whiskeytown back in 1994, a band both painstakingly heartfelt and boisterously termagant enough to convince many an eager scribe that they'd found the alt-country heir apparent to our beloved Replacements. The band's moniker, slang for hittin' the sauce, could have sufficed as their credo as well; their volatile nature forced a series of lineup changes and an eventual implosion. In 2000, Adams released his debut solo record to favorable reviews, and he hasn't looked back since. Over the past two years Adams released three full-length albums (with a fourth called Easy Tiger due later this month), lent a helping hand to records by Willie Nelson, Jesse Malin, and America, and generally positioned himself as the dude breathin' down Robert Pollard's neck for the title of the most prolific man in rock. With his band the Cardinals. $35. 8:00 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Christopher Matthew Jensen

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