Critics' Picks: Rush and More

Metrodome Parking Lot

The list of notable indie rappers performing at the Soundset 08 festival is obscenely long—if they have low ticket sales, they can probably still fill the Metrodome parking lot by having the participants stand around and watch each other. That scenario is doubtful, however, with all the big names crammed onto this 35-act bill: In addition to it being Atmosphere's only Minneapolis stop on their When Life Gives You Lemons... tour, Soundset will feature local heavy-hitters Brother Ali, Eyedea + Abilities, P.O.S, and I Self Divine alongside national acts like Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies, and Aesop Rock. How much literate, socially conscious hip hop can this city handle in one day? Looks like we're about to find out. Local fans, check out the Fifth Element stage for Twin Cities favorites Doomtree, Muja Messiah, Trama, M.anifest, and pretty much every other rapper in the metro area. All Ages. $25. 11 a.m. Fifth Street and 11th Avenue, Minneapolis; 612.377.0044. —Andrea Myers

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Orchestra Hall

In the bathtub with Company Inc.
Ren Dodge
In the bathtub with Company Inc.

Decreed a "living legend" by no less than the Library of Congress, pianist Dave Brubeck continues a robust career at age 87, playing with sprightly elegance and leading a superbly honed quartet, three-quarters of which has been intact for nearly three decades. Brubeck's 60-something years as a working musician have been especially memorable because he has enjoyed substantial popular acclaim—especially during the 1950s and early '60s—while playing a cerebral strain of jazz featuring odd time signatures, polytonality, quirky harmonies, and striking counterpoint. Brubeck's original quartet, significantly including alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, produced such jazz/cultural touchstones as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk." As a composer, Brubeck also has been an innovator in integrating jazz and classical music, and has written works for orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, and ballets. His latest album, 2007's Indian Summer (Telarc), is a gorgeous solo piano set that features reflective, autumnal tunes such as Kurt Weill's "September Song" and standards like "Georgia on My Mind." Although the theme would seem to be bittersweet, Brubeck plays with such sparkling spirit and imagination that the songs bask in a sunny glow. $25-$65. 7 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656. —Rick Mason

TUESDAY 5.27

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

First Avenue

It's difficult to imagine the elderly George Clinton resting on his laurels, sipping RC Cola and catching a Golden Girls rerun—even though that bitch Dorothy is pretty funny. No, those rainbow hair extensions would just look out of place anywhere except on an enormous stage. Clinton has been preaching funkiness to decades' worth of stoned college kids with no end in sight. Whether it's the delectable kitsch of "Atomic Dog" or the face-melting qualities of "Maggot Brain," Clinton and his Parliament Funkadelic are a must-see. Don't think of this as just another lackluster has-been tour: Clinton is notorious for outstaying his welcome, playing so long venues pull the plug. Besides, it's doubtful Clinton has rent to pay. He probably lives on a space ship. 18+. $25. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erin Roof

Eddy Burke & the Consequences

Lee's Liquor Lounge

Eddy Burke's folk smirks with a smart, other-side-of-the-tracks wisdom. Taking on a variety of influences, it ranges from moments of rock 'n' roll to deeply affecting folk romanticism. His more sparse acoustic tracks have the old-timey sound of a wayfaring troubadour, like gravel under the tires of a Model T Ford, while other songs are more rousing and upbeat. Burke's live performances are a treat, his vocals reminiscent of Jonathan Richman's articulated lilt. To anyone who hasn't seen him live, he remains among coal, a diamond waiting to be discovered. Opening the evening is the Chicago-based country-folk of Melinda Bosco. 21+. Free. 9 p.m. 101 N. Glenwood, Minneapolis; 612.338.9491. —Jen Paulson

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