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Orchestra Hall

This joint tour by an outstanding pair of iconic and incredibly venerable bands (the Blind Boys have been around nearly seven decades; the PHJB nearly five) was precipitated by the Blind Boys' latest CD, Down in New Orleans (Time Life). It was the first time the gospel institution recorded in the Crescent City, whose distinctive flair was added to the Boys' scintillating vocal harmonies by the likes of Allen Toussaint, the Hot 8 Brass Band, and the Preservation Hall crew. The latter, of course, is renowned for preserving traditional New Orleans jazz, but the old hall on St. Peter Street has loosened up in recent years under the leadership of Ben Jaffe, flirting with more contemporary sounds. The PHJB's recent Hurricane Sessions compilation, for instance, includes a luminous version of the Kinks' "Complicated Life" sung by former punker Clint Maedgen over the band's rousing trad ensemble work. By the way, both bands will have notable absences. Longtime Blind Boy Clarence Fountain has retired due to complications from diabetes, although founding member Jimmy Carter continues to lead and Ben Moore has assumed Fountain's role. And PHJB leader and trumpeter John Brunious died last February. Filling his sizable chair will be his 35-year-old nephew John Braud. This show's format will feature sets by each band, including periodic collaborations. $22-$48. 2 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656. —Rick Mason

 

Monday 10.13

Broken Social Scene

First Avenue

Broken Social Scene might be responsible for bringing the handclap back. Who can forget it on "Stars and Sons," from 2003's award-winning You Forgot It in People album? The Toronto supergroup is also responsible for lots of other things, like helping launch former-slash-sometime bandmember Leslie Feist to fame and for generously giving yet another dynamite Canadian band to the world. Fresh off their summer festival junket, roughly half of the collective is on tour, powered by band co-founders Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew. Broken Social Scene proper hasn't released an album in three years, but since then Canning and Drew have each released pseudo-solo albums under the name "Broken Social Scene Presents...," so expect to hear less ensemble-y tunes from the BSS days of yore and more of the tunes engineered by the two men. With Quebecois indie trio Land of Talk, who just released their first album. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Jessica Chapman

 

TUESDAY 10.14

David Byrne

State Theatre

Though it opens up in your mind gradually, David Byrne's new album with Brian Eno might well be his deepest and best since the two collaborated in the late '70s and early '80s on three classic Talking Heads albums, Byrne's own The Catherine Wheel, and the duo's proto-sampling funk mosaic My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, the 2006 reissue of which (on Nonesuch) rekindled the partnership. A couple of months after its online-only release, the catchy and ebullient Everything That Happens Will Happen Today still emerges as music and meaning, its lullaby title track sounding more and more like a prayer for Iraqi life during wartime, while "The River" turns out to be one of the more touching tributes ever written to the participatory communion of popular music and punk. The one tune that seems to be about music explicitly, "Strange Overtones," might instead describe a more intimate collaboration. Byrne has never sung with more gentle feeling, and Eno, who composed the pop-simple yet characteristically atmospheric backing tracks, appears to bring out the best in him. The tour features Byrne but not Eno, playing songs from many of the above releases with a backing band and choreographed dancers, the kind of production Everything That Happens deserves. $43-$53. 7:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Peter S. Scholtes

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