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WEDNESDAY 7.23

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Target Center

While Petty and the Heartbreakers are the major selling point of this show, Steve Winwood has his own place in rock history. His work in bands including the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith, and his big-time light-rock output in the '80s, have made him a household name. Now, with a new album out, he's taking it on the road with the main man: Tom Petty. Petty doesn't always get the credit he deserves as a crafty tunesmith, but sometimes, after you've forgotten just how much you love his music, you can put on one of his records and remember why you fell for it: his to-the-point lyricism and raw, genuine human emotion. It's a big deal—there's something to be said for a rock legend that makes you all cozy-hearted just by the very sound of his warm drawl—and it all comes together tonight. 6:30 p.m. $55-$99.600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.673.0900. Jen Paulson

 

THURSDAY 7.24

Jenny Dalton

Bryant-Lake Bowl

There is something romantic about the very idea of Jenny Dalton: She writes poems about soul-searching, sings fluidly over a rolling piano, crafts songs about yearning for love, water, and air. There is a mystical element to Dalton's music that is almost more powerful than the songs themselves; it's as if the disc might not play properly without the accompaniment of some burning candles and a stick or two of incense. Dalton's new disc, Rusalka's Umbrella, plays off the water theme to create a swirling, entrancing concept album, which will be co-released with Dalton's first book, Daughters of the Dead Sea. The book is a collection of journal entries and poems, but despite the implied personal nature of such writings, her prose and verses remain as vague and mysterious as the lyrics of her songs. Who is Jenny Dalton, anyway? Is she more than just a concept girl? It's possible that she, too, is still figuring that out. Dalton will be joined this evening by former Cloud Cult members Dan Greenwood and Mara Stremm, folk singer Eliza Blue, and visual artist El Perdido. All Ages. $8/$10 at the door. 7 p.m. 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.825.3737.

Andrea Myers

Mayda

7th St. Entry

People don't dance enough, wouldn't you say? What's wrong with us? We need a modern-day "Locomotion" or "Macarena," don't you think? And admit it, R.E.M's "Stand" dance was fun. Well, St. Paul force of nature Mayda is going to help bring dancing back to us stoic Minnesotans. I bet you. It may not be with the uniformity of the Mashed Potato or the cheesy charm of the Twist, but it's gonna happen. I imagine Mayda's funky R&B groove tunes will inspire something more along the lines of a cross between the Robot and the Shopping Cart; kind of a choppy, freestyle number. You'll have plenty of chances to perfect your style, as the little lady is playing several times around town in upcoming weeks. Let's get out there and prove our taciturn natures wrong, shall we? Get out there and dance, people. 18+. $6. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. Jessica Chapman

 

FRIDAY 7.25

Earlimart

Triple Rock Social Club

Southern California's lo-fi indie band Earlimart suffer the consequences of what may be best described as "critic malaise." It's what happens to people who listen to too much music and start falling into "They sound too much like _____" talk. But don't let these tepid characterizations stop you from going to check Earlimart out, because even if they do sound like ELLIOT SMITH and THE PIXIES and SILVERSUN PICKUPS and even sometimes THE WHITE STRIPES, well, they have their own thing going on, too. For one, these peeps have staying power. The recently released Hymn and Her is their sixth album. This time around they are ever so slightly tamer than they have been in the past. Another thing is that, as a male/female duo, they have this are-they-a-couple-or-aren't-they air about them. Go spend some time speculating. With the Wars of 1812 and Western Fifth. 21+. $10/$12 at the door. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7499. —Jessica Chapman

 

SATURDAY 7.26

Mel Gibson and the Pants

Triple Rock Social Club

A little bit of this and some of that, Mel Gibson and the Pants is a band tangled in genres. Blips of some of your favorite local groups, from hip-hop, electronic, and rock genres, are audible in between the mash-ups, largely due to the fact that most of the Pants' members have connections to other TC bands like Digitata and Doomtree. With a name that inspires curious mental pictures, MG and the Pants' music turns your senses nearly as much, poking and prodding you with a million and a half electronic beats, all leap-frogging between live guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. As much a mess as that could conjure, MG and the Pants know how to braid it all into a stellar package. Their latest release, Sea vs. Shining Sea, came out last year, and, fingers crossed, they'll have some surprise newbies for this summer. With Crescent Moon Is in Big Trouble, City on the Make. 21+. $5. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Amber Schadewald

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