Mark Olson
400 Bar
In the decade or so that has passed since Olson quit the Jayhawks (the seminal alternative country band he founded alongside fellow songwriter Gary Louris), the thin-timbred troubadour has released a total of eight full-length records under various band names. For this latest offering, Salvation Blues (the first since his divorce from fellow songwriter and bandmate Victoria Williams), Olson decided to drop his usual Creek Dipper tag and release it under his own name. Joined by old friends like Louris, X guitarist Tony Gilkyrson, and former Creek Dipper Greg Leisz, Olson has written songs that stay true to the breezier folky Americana sound he's favored of late. On tracks like "Clifton Bridge," and "My One Book Philosophy," Olson's lurid, writerly narrations seem as personal as anything he's ever penned, a point that bodes well for the relative intimacy of the 400 Bar's gently haggard and rustic interior. With McCarthy Trenching and Michael Morris. 18+. $12. 7:00 p.m. 400 Cedar Ave. S., at Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis; 612.332.2903. —Christopher Matthew Jensen

Perry Farrell's Satellite Party
Fine Line Music Café
Since he made what seems like instant history with Jane's Addiction in the late '80s and early '90s, and brought alternative music to the forefront once and for all by creating the once-again-mighty Lollapalooza, Perry Farrell has never had trouble keeping himself busy with project after project after project. Some worked well (his vastly underrated first post-Jane's Addiction band, Porno for Pyros), some were so-so (he directed the nearly impenetrable, far-too-obtuse-for-its-own-good film Gift), and one went nowhere (his post-rehab project, Gobalee, was abandoned before getting off the ground), but you can never fault Farrell for being boring. He's assembled a new band, dubbed Satellite Party, featuring, among others, his wife, Etty, and former Extreme (yeah, that Extreme) guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. Their debut album, Ultra Payloaded, also features New Order's Peter Hook, Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante, and Thievery Corporation on various tracks. It's a concept album about a musician and a "beautiful night nurse" who may or may not be dreaming when they decide to join an intergalactic party, whatever the hell all that might mean. If nothing else, Farrell always keeps it interesting. With Mink. 18+. $25. 8:00 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Pat O'Brien


Baby, don't look so upset–Eyedea & Abilities are here for you (at least for tonight)
Courtesy of Yo! the Movement
Baby, don't look so upset–Eyedea & Abilities are here for you (at least for tonight)

Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective
Loring Park
The unique Garifuna culture, centered in Belize, is a distinctive blend of West Africa, indigenous Caribbean, and Central America's Latin culture. It originated when survivors of a 1600s slave shipwreck off the coast of St. Vincent mingled with the island's indigenous Caribs. More than a century later, the entire community was exiled to the Caribbean coast of Central America. Relatively few, but fiercely independent, the Garifuna have their own traditions, language, and music, which singer/guitarist Andy Palacio and the Collective are making great strides to preserve. On their gloriously infectious Wátina (Cumbancha), the Garifuna sound shimmers like the sun dancing on azure Caribbean waters, mingling sly, percolating polyrhythms from a dozen different sources; undulating melodies whose joy is haunted by lingering shadows; yearning vocals that sometimes suggest Cuban son or drift into call-and-response; Spanish acoustic guitar flourishes; and electric passages that hint at juju and highlife. This is an inspired, relatively new tack from Palacio, a Belizean star and originator of dance-happy Punta rock. The Collective, meanwhile, is a loose assortment of leading Belize musicians, including the scene's 75-year-old godfather, Paul Nabor. Sponsored by the Walker (for free!) in Loring Park and matched with the 1954 film Magnificent Obsession, this is easily the biggest bargain of the summer. For a review of the film, please see page 47. With DJ Bill Kubezko. 7:00 p.m. Loring Park, Willow St. at W. 14th St., Minneapolis. —Rick Mason

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