First Avenue

While both bands are nearing their second decade in action, now share a label, and mine the dark side of the human psyche with gusto, England's Cradle of Filth and Norway's Satyricon couldn't be more different. Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder, Filth's latest, memorializes 15th-century sadist and murderer Gilles de Reis with a whirl of growling, spoken interludes, swelling choruses, and frenetic tempos. The effect is frantic and a little silly—but it could play well onstage. Reportedly rather introverted live, Satyricon's duo of Frost and Satyr find endless ways to energize their deceptively simple music on their latest, The Age of Nero. Satyr's vocals may be classic Norse-metal gravel, but his enunciation is clear, and the riffs he unspools are downtuned, skeletal gems. Behind him, Frost pounds and pummels his kit with an understated musicality. It's early in the year, but it may be tough to top this one. All ages. $24/$26 at the door. 5 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Cecile Cloutier


Kevin Costner & Modern West


Old soul Willam Elliott Whitmore
Old soul Willam Elliott Whitmore

The Postman cometh. Following in the fine tradition of Kevin Bacon, Keanu Reeves, and Bruce Willis, aging Hollywood icon Kevin Costner now fronts his own band, a safe but surprisingly palatable country-rock outfit for fans who think the Eagles play too many slow songs but Tom Petty rocks just a little too hard. Modern West's talents were on display in the recent Costner-produced vehicle Swing Vote, in which the Waterworld star serenaded the various non-functioning cars in his backyard. It's a ditty that would, for better or worse, fit nicely in the self-consciously folksy world of hot country Top 40. Yes, there's dull-edged hypocrisy in a mega-rich movie star singing about the true joys of NASCAR watchin' and trailer livin'—rarely does K-Cost miss an opportunity to mention driving old pickup trucks on the band's debut album, Untold Truths—but that's Nashville for you. Come to see Costner channel his inner John Cougar Mellencamp; stay for the cougars prowling the stage looking to bite off a hunk of Robin Hood. With Molly Maher. 21+. $25. 7:30 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. —Bryan Miller

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