Lee "Scratch" Perry and more

7th St. Entry

With a sonic presence adoringly reminiscent of the Capitol Records vault, First Communion Afterparty have spent the last three years maturing from wunderkind devotees of all things vintage into an amorphous, multi-instrumental collective that belongs neither to the past nor to the present, but to some alternate chronology where Ian Curtis and John Cale furiously swap spit and Andy Warhol's camera never stops rolling. With only a limited vinyl release of live material to document their vision quest, FCAP have finally decided to sate their fans' appetites with a full-blown EP release, confoundingly titled Sorry for All the Mondays, and to Those Who Can't Sing. This is a band in which ideas are exchanged as freely as band members, and as with a 45 you discover at an estate sale, dropping the needle on an FCAP record is thrillingly akin to exploring a familiar room in brand new light. With Flavor Crystals. 18+. $6. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —David Hansen

 

SUNDAY 7.13

KaiserCartel

Bryant-Lake Bowl

The first time I ever saw KaiserCartel was in the basement of a south Minneapolis coffee shop and it blew me away, as their charmingly understated personalities were in contrast to their passionate sound. The release of their new album, March Forth, released earlier in June, showcases Courtney Kaiser's delicately strong voice, reminiscent of Aimee Mann, beautiful and clear as a bell. She intertwines romantically with musical partner and boyfriend Benjamin Cartel's warm, enveloping voice with a sweet, barely noticeable Southern twang, the two voices lavished with xylophone and sweet flourishes of whistling and slightly poppy handclaps one moment while woeful and moody the next. This duo's approach might seem simplistic, but they have a seemingly effortless ability to produce lovely tunes. So hold on tight, three shows are taking over the Bryant-Lake Bowl this evening—a 3 p.m. kids' show, a 7:30 p.m. set with the Mad Ripple, and a 10 p.m. performance with that dreamy foursome Romantica. $10/$5 for kids. 810 W Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.825.3737. —Jen Paulson

 

MONDAY 7.14

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

Mystic Lake Casino

The amiable charmer who put the beat in Beatles, Ringo not only was the invaluable timekeeper for the Fab Four, his personality immeasurably enriched the lads' irreverent magic. His post-Beatles solo career, while erratic, has included a string of nuggets that have been hardly earthshaking but entirely likeable, indicating an acute pop sense residing in his Liverpudlian heart. As on last winter's Liverpool 8 (Capitol), Ringo (who co-wrote all the tunes) does some reminiscing, reaffirms his belief in peace and love, and peppers the tracks with subtle Beatlesisms, all with the assistance of Eurhythmic Dave Stewart. Meanwhile, the 10th version of Ringo's All-Starr Band is out this summer, promising highlights from his solo years as well as the Beatles songs he sang, plus a nugget or two from each All-Starr. In truth, the band could be a bit more stellarr; it consists of artists with middling talent who still managed the odd hit or three. Returning All-Starrs include guitarist Billy Squier, Colin Hay from Men at Work, Hamish Stuart from the Average White Band, and Edgar Winter. New this year are former Spooky Tooth keyboardist Gary Wright, who had a solo hit with "Dream Weaver," and super session drummer Gregg Bissonette, who'll spell Ringo on the skins when he's singing lead. No matter what kind of friends Ringo's getting a little help from these days, this is a visit from a genuine Beatle, and you know you should be glad, yeah, yeah, yeah. $75-$89. 7:30 p.m. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 800.262.7799. —Rick Mason

 

TUESDAY 7.15

Café Accordion Orchestra

Eagles Club

One sunny Saturday last October, my newly minted in-laws threw a Paris-themed party for my wife and me before we headed off on our honeymoon, and Café Accordion Orchestra's leader Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton provided the bistro music. Ladies and gentlemen, the man practically oozes Old World class and charm, and his sprightly and Gallic-tinged accordion numbers provided the perfect send-off to the City of Lights. But CAO's new release, Germaine, will just as effectively transport you to a little café on the West Bank. Instrumental musettes and hot-club numbers are the groundwork, but excursions into Latin cumbias and Brazilian mandolin music keep things varied and exotic. With the Euro continuing to rise against the dollar, this CD-release show is your most fiscally responsible option for traveling abroad. 8 p.m. 2507 E. 25th St., Minneapolis; 612.729.4469. Steve McPherson

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