Varsity Theater

Though emo existed before Enigk's old band, Sunny Day Real Estate, released their 1994 landmark, Diary, it seems that the much-maligned genre didn't have a name until just then. Emo has since become a watered-down commodity with very few constant elements, aside from the now-target audience of tween girls with silly wardrobes and ill-advised haircuts, but at the time nobody knew what to do with it, and it existed almost in a vacuum. Enigk sang like Yes's Jon Anderson, and instead of burying his feelings in super-hip metaphors like many of his Seattle contemporaries were doing, he wrote lyrics that were more straightforward and made the listener want to cry at nearly every turn. SDRE was an unstable union, however (possibly due to Enigk's abrupt rebirth as a devout Christian and the release of his first solo album, Return of the Frog Queen), and after a couple of short-lived reunions (and an equally short-lived band, the Fire Theft, with some of his SDRE mates) Enigk is firmly on his own, his third album in roughly three years on the way. He is one of those rare artists who holds fans' attention, keeping them equally curious about what's next as well as what he's doing in the present. With Wishbook. 18+. $15. 7 p.m.1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Pat O'Brien


Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Pantages Theatre

Travel back in time with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Laura Hanifin
Travel back in time with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

A human dynamo who at age 50 has more electrifying energy than entire—hell, multiple—bands a fraction her age, Sharon Jones may not have Tina Turner's legs, as she says, but she's sure got the voice, the spirit, and the moves. Only in the last few years has Jones, after hooking up with the rudiments of what would become her muscular band, the Dap-Kings, emerged into the spotlight as a no-holds-barred soul and R&B diva in the classic sense of Motown and Memphis. She honed her big, glorious voice singing gospel growing up in Augusta, Georgia, then spent decades as an unheralded backup singer until even those jobs dried up and she wound up guarding prisoners at New York's notorious Riker's Island and shipments for Wells Fargo. To see her and her horn-blasting Dap-Kings now is like revisiting a sweaty soul revue at the Apollo three or four decades back: frenetic stepping out by Jones, swaggering horns, tumultuous rhythms, searing guitar, and fresh soul, funk, and R&B nuggets that easily slip alongside vintage material. Their latest, 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone), has even generated radio play for the title track and the wrenching "Something's Changed." All ages. $27.50. 7:30 p.m. 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

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