Gnarls Barkley and more

Minnesota State Capitol

Ripple Effect, a free gathering of progressive music, education, and community on the State Capitol lawn, could've easily extended its tagline, "Beyond the Convention, Beyond Partisanship" to include the blunter "Beyond the Bullshit." So while McCain and co.'s ugly mugs flood the corporate airwaves, Ripple Effect will try to prove that even though the revolution will not be televised, it may very well have a killer drum pattern. The day features performances by activist/artist hybrid staples Michael Franti, Anti-Flag, and Dead Prez, along with talks from global warming activist Will Steger and Native American activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke, as well as the wicked stylings of DJ K-Salaam as the main-stage DJ. I imagine this event, looming in the shadows of the RNC's grandeur, will have the feel of a gang of naive but stubborn hobbits camped out on the side of Mount Doom as the Eye of Mordor glows red hot. Only less geeky. With Wookiefoot, Matisyahu. All ages. Free. 12 p.m. 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul; 651.296.2881. —Jordan Selbo


Rage Against the Machine

Target Center

Anti-Flag (pictured), Michael Franti, Matisyahu, I Self Devine, and more rally at Ripple Effect
Anti-Flag (pictured), Michael Franti, Matisyahu, I Self Devine, and more rally at Ripple Effect

It's not really fair that Rage Against the Machine played a free (FREE!) show just last week in Denver during the Democratic National Convention and now they come here and play during our convention and expect us to fork over $60 to see them. What's up with that? We're just, like, caught in the political crosshairs, man. Even though it feels sort of like punishment, let's just give them the benefit of the doubt, shall we? It's going to be pretty awesome. Go for the nostalgia. You could pretend it's your last chance to see the politically passionate, confrontation-friendly rockers. This might actually be true since the band hasn't released an album in nearly a decade, reuniting last year supposedly only for a few shows. Or go for the spectacle. When the band played at the DNC in 2000, fans got tear-gassed. Or think of it like you're buying the band dinner. If given the chance, you'd totally want to buy Zack de la Rocha dinner, wouldn't you? Thought so. With Anti-Flag. $60. 7:30 p.m. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.673.0900. —Jessica Chapman

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