If you missed last month's Soundset 08, here's a chance to redeem yourself. This Saturday's mini-incarnation will be reminiscent of the recent hip-hop showcase-slash-blowout right down to its cuddly concrete confines. Doomtree wunderkind Dessa will showcase the evening's events, reaching outside the close-knit Doomtree circle to rhyme with members of "St. Paul's Pride": Heiruspecs. For the uninitiated, Dessa has the uninterruptible voice of a snappier, sassier Erykah Badu, matched by lyrics that out-feisty M.I.A. Maybe we'll get a preview of Doomtree's upcoming release. Hey, there might even be some crunk involved. Jimmy2Times & Plain Ole Bill, Active Ingredients, DJ Abilities, and Heatbox will also be on hand. 18+. $8. 4 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Jessica Chapman

Spaghetti Western String Co.

Turf Club

Hayden, perfecting his rustic look
Hayden, perfecting his rustic look

Spaghetti Western String Co. take their details seriously, and this is a huge part of what makes them so successful. When all you have are the strings under your fingers, the air in your lungs, and a desire to blend banjo, guitar, cello, mandolin, and clarinet into something both traditional and progressive, the little things make a big difference. The music on their latest, Lull and Clatter, is subtle and warm and woody, floating through the air like dust motes through sunlight on a late summer afternoon. Leader/guitarist/banjo player Michael Rossetto has talked about how what they have to offer is "melody, harmony, your basic elements." But watching them put the pieces together on stage, seeing them build music imbued with both the sturdiness and delicacy of a well-crafted antique, makes you realize that it's all just basic elements. Little pieces—and all the pieces matter. Opening for the Pines. 21+. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Steve McPherson

Imaad Wasif

7th St. Entry

Like a slew of judicious upstarts ranging from Made Out of Babies to King Darves, Imaad Wasif isn't one for the lily-gilding overdubs that marred way too many records in the decade's first half. This year's self-released Strange Hexes finds the Lowercase, Alaska!, and New Folk Implosion veteran and Yeah Yeah Yeahs touring guitarist fronting a condom-tight power trio whose impeccable dynamics render questions of embellishment moot and make Wasif's unnervingly beautiful psychedelic songs the unchallenged center of attention. His vocals don't hurt, either. Wasif excels at fluffing his animal magnetism with the kind of intimacy that's worked wonders for everybody from Thom Yorke to pre-op Frank Sinatra. Opening for RTX. 18+. $8. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rod Smith


RZA as Bobby Digital

First Avenue

It's been well demonstrated that the RZA can do just about anything, from his work with the straight-up legendary Wu-Tang Clan to his soundtrack/score credits, most notably Kill Bill I and II, which could be the be-all end-all to soundtracks with their retro-sophisticate kung-fu movie music and soul gems plucked from relative obscurity. But it's the release of his newest album, Digi Snacks, under the moniker of his solo alter ego RZA as Bobby Digital, that brings RZA to town this time around. Initial single "You Can't Stop Me Now" is rocking that '70s soul/jazz flavor, and is an apparent theme throughout. Whether people will be filling up First Avenue on account of it simply being a RZA show, or out of a genuine interest in the always-intriguing and entertaining Bobby Digital brand, it's gonna be a big night for those of us who love rap and the RZA's genius within the genre. With Stone Mecca, a funked-out soul group under the Wu Music Group umbrella. 18+. $16/$18 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Jen Paulson


A Tribute to James Brown featuring Bootsy Collins

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

Mention Bootsy Collins and James Brown in the same breath, and you know whatever it is gotta be riddled with funk. And this expansive lineup assembled by seminal JB band bassist, Parliament Funkadelic stalwart, and Rubber Band founder Collins promises to be one furious funk fest. The heavy hitter funkateers on board include Bootsy himself, who Brown recruited for a two-year hitch with his JBs in 1969, along with former JBs guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins, drummers Jabo Starks and Clyde Stubblefield, percussionist Johnny Griggs and trombonist Fred Wesley. Bart Anderson Byrd will sit in on organ for his late father, Bobby, one of Brown's oldest music associates, while Tony Wilson will provide the voice and James Brown moves. Also performing in various and sundry combinations will be the Bobby Brown Band, now led by former JBs singer Vicki Anderson Byrd; Brown's daughter Venisha with Public Enemy bassist Brian Hardgroove's band Escapism; rapper Djizzle; bassist Freekbass; ZionPlanet10 (who's actually a 14-year-old singer/keyboardist); and a U.K. female trio called I-Candi. It should be loud and proud. $37. 7 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

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