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Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

Outside the world of jazz, it's pretty rare that a band with no significant history of lyric-driven songwriting can make such a huge impact on pop music. Booker T. & the M.G.'s are, naturally, an exception to that rule: From their omnipresent (yet never tiresome) 1962 debut single "Green Onions" through their classic '71 LP Melting Pot and beyond, Memphis's finest house band-turned-stars in their own right bridged the gap from Ray Charles-style soul to the funk of the '70s. And it's not like they needed their own singer, not when they could back some of the finest of their time—Otis Redding, Albert King, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, you name it. Put their photo in the dictionary next to the word "tight." With Ruthie Foster. All Ages. $39. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Nate Patrin

Gay Beast

Hexagon Bar

El Vez brings out the Elvis in all of us
El Vez brings out the Elvis in all of us

With time signatures that would stymie your average graphing calculator and a singular talent for crafting multi-rhythmic noise-pop miniatures that sway and swoon like a popsicle-stick sculpture, local three-piece Gay Beast have hewed from the living mountain of the Minneapolis music community a strange, beautifully ornamented cavern for themselves. It's a complicated time, this jilted age, and after a workweek of listening to Bob Seeger and Grand Funk at your line-cook gig, two-part harmonies in four-four just don't have a prayer when Saturday rolls around. The Yoleus, playing second of four, fit this show like fingerless gloves fit Neil Pert. In the musical Pangea, the Yoleus are Antarctia. Their songs are bold explorations, and their flummoxing guitar lines and rolling drum work are the handpicks and lifelines that keep them trudging forth. It's some vast territory they've chosen, but they always make it back and they've never lost a man. With Paper Mice, Whitesands/Badlands. 21+. Free. 9 p.m. 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454. —David Hansen


Slough Feg

Turf Club

With Celtic folk metalurgists Slough Feg and our own art-metal heroes Knife World tag-teaming tonight's Turf Club ticket, there is sure to be plenty of ruptured eardrums oozing all over University avenue. The adolescent obsession with Celtic mythology and demons of the netherworld is nothing new to anyone who ever sat through math class concealing Walkman headphones under their upstart hesher mane, etching portraits of minotaurs in their graph-paper notebook. But Pennsylvania's Slough Feg bring a genuine traditional Celtic romp to their rhythms and their composition—their sound has plenty of blood and guts, and it's got plenty of brains to keep it stomping forward. They're metalheads who haven't let their mathlete trophies gather dust since graduation day, D&D'ers who can rip off your face, and not just with a timely saving throw. In support is Knife World—if you haven't put hands on their stellar vinyl release, tonight is a great chance. With Castle. 21+. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —David Hansen

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