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You, You're a History in Rust, the fifth studio album from Canadian instrumental experimentalists Do Make Say Think, opens with a sparse conversation between drums and piano, as if signaling the morning and calling the rest of the band to rise from its slumber. Gentle horns and woodwinds follow and slowly rise as though they're following the dawn. Once everyone seems to be in place, a lightly fingerpicked acoustic guitar introduces the first theme of the meandering, seven-minute "Bound to Be That Way." Like Do Make Say Think's previous albums, Rust features dual drum kits, which focus on melody as much as any of the traditionally tonal instruments. But the album also incorporates more well-thought-out arrangements, along with sparse vocal passages (courtesy of Akron/Family and Alex Lukashevsky), which shows that Do Make Say Think is not interested in resting on its laurels—even if said laurels have always been cinematic, complex, and unexpected. 18+. $13/$15 at the door. 7:00 p.m.1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Shae Moseley

Zap Mama
Fine Line Music Café
Certain priveleges attach to the wearer of the Pinback jumpsuit
Drew Reynolds
Certain priveleges attach to the wearer of the Pinback jumpsuit

Zap Mama has undergone a dramatic evolution since its initial incarnation as an all-female a cappella quintet that knit a heady mix of African and European music together. It soon became evident that the group's galvanizing force was Marie Daulne, raised in Europe, the daughter of a Belgian father and Congolese mother, whose great epiphany occurred when, as a young adult, she became reacquainted with music of the pygmies she had heard as a child. Now Zap Mama is Daulne and whoever she surrounds herself with, which on her latest, Supermoon (Heads Up), is an international multitude including high-profile cameos from the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael Franti, and even David Gilmore, whose chunky guitar chords drive the electro-funk scorcher "Toma Taboo." Which brings up the other Zap Mama trend: Even though Supermoon, like other recent albums, is an often-exhilarating feast of cross-cultural elements ranging from the heart of Africa to Miles-ian jazz and the Caribbean, the overall fabric is a contemporary sheen of R&B/funk. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as Seinfeld said. $24/$26 at the door. 7:00 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Rick Mason

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