T.I.
Myth
Word on the street (if rap blogs are "the street") is that T.I. vs. T.I.P., the newest release from the ATL hitmaker, is a disappointment. They could have a point—solid-to-great albums like Trap Muzik and Urban Legend led to a massive peak with 2006's King, after which just about any MC would probably start breaking his neck just to top it. But while the intelligent businessman/impulsive thug "split personality" motif of T.I. vs. T.I.P. seems a bit shaky as a theme, it does give him a chance to showcase his range. The sinister bounce of "Hurt," the cathedral swagger of "Help Is Coming," and the swampy funk of "Watch What You Say to Me" (where he holds his own against Jay-Z) sound like the work of a man who hasn't declined yet. 18+. $40-$150. 9:00 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651.779.6984.—Nate Patrin

TUESDAY 8.14.

Marilyn Manson and Slayer
Xcel Energy Center
Throughout their disparate careers, both headliners have raised bloodcurdling uproars from concerned parents, politicians, and religious figures. Slayer's latest album, Christ Illusion (a brutalizing thrash masterpiece that earned the band their first Grammy) was protested for its graphic album cover depicting the mutilated body of Christ wading in a sea of blood with bobbing severed heads. Just the latest in a long history of various bans and censorships racked up over the years, both Slayer and Manson have spent the better part of their careers exploring dark and horrible subject matter. Slayer, now back to their original lineup for the first time since 1990, are on a creative upswing, and promise to bring more production to their performance for this arena tour with theatrical mastermind Marilyn Manson. With Bleeding Through. All Ages. $41.50/$49.50. 6:00 p.m. 175 Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul. —Christopher Matthew Jensen

Slayer recommend you stay out of the water for at least an hour after eating.
Kevin Estrada
Slayer recommend you stay out of the water for at least an hour after eating.

Wilco
Bayfront Festival Park
Call in sick. Run away. Extend your weekend and take a little drive up North to visit your friends, Wilco. Playing at the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, the Grammy-winning folk rockers will harmonize with the sounds of gulls and lazy waves of Lake Superior, giving you a chance to breathe in fresh music and see some stars. Coming off their sixth release, "Sky Blue Sky," Wilco are performing newer material that's less on the experimental side, and more of a nod to their favorite influences—the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones. The album was released in mid-May, and the tracks featured in a Volkswagen ad campaign pleased CEOs while angering some fans. Commercial woes aside, standing in front of the lake under the beautifully illuminated pavilion in the park, it will be hard to hold a grudge—especially if you're eating ice cream. And surrounded by gardens and facing the city's favorite lift-bridge, the park will soothe your city sores with its own sky blue sky. $25. 7:30 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park; South 5th Avenue W. & Railroad Street, Duluth; 715.394.6831. —Amber Schadewald

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