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First Avenue

For the 29th time, the prodigious spirit of John Lennon will command the stage at First Avenue as alter-ego Curtiss A offers this year's installment of an extraordinary series of tributes reaching all the way back to that bleak night the former Beatle was gunned down outside his New York apartment. It's not that Curt is trying to impersonate Lennon in any way. It's just that they share a certain renegade rocker streak that flows through Mr. Almsted's interpretations of Beatles classics and nuggets from Lennon's solo career. As always, it will be a multi-hour magical mystery tour likely covering upward of 50 songs. And of course, like Henry the Horse, Curt will receive a little help from his friends, including his own band, the Jerks of Fate, and a revolving cast of local characters including many of those who were on hand in 1980. With Lennon also gracing the cover of the latest Rolling Stone, it'll be a confluence of yesterday...and today. 18+. $12. 6:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

TUESDAY 12.09

Aunt Dracula

Turf Club

Saddle up to the bar with Americana sweethearts Romantica
Tony Nelson
Saddle up to the bar with Americana sweethearts Romantica

More like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde than any kind of vampire, Aunt Dracula play a monster mash of genres. The Philadelphians quickly melt from discordant pop, sounding like evangelicals bouncing notes off a funhouse mirror, into spazzy noise freak-outs, complete with werewolf howls only listenable after the midnight hour. They attack vocals with Les Savy Fav-style urgency, but back it up with loops and layers of pure musical adventurism. Even though Halloween has come and gone, Aunt Dracula is good any day of the year. Now if only we could find our ripped-up, booze-soaked Sarah Palin masks.... With Unicorn Basement and Chikadee Mountain Martyrs. 21+. $4. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Erin Roof

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