North St. Paul VFW

These reckless local garage-rockers have been on a sort of unofficial hiatus since this time last year, but they are promising to return to the stage with a bang. The Gleam live are a force to be reckoned with, with their amps turned up to ridiculous volume and the two mainstay members, Zachary Johns and Timothy Wreck, spending the majority of the set harassing whatever drummer happens to be backing them at the moment. Their new lineup includes Fort Wilson Riot drummer Ben Smith, and this weekend's comeback show will also serve as a fundraiser for the band's next album. If the fact that it's being held at the North St. Paul VFW isn't enough of a tip-off, fans can rest assured that this will be a night chock-full of blue-collar rock jams, PBR tallboys, and mayhem. With Jim Walsh's Mad Ripple Hootenanny and the Bill Patten Trio. All ages. $8. 7 p.m. 2483 Seventh Ave. E., Maplewood; 651.777.2855. —Andrea Swensson

And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Triple Rock Social Club

Behold the magnificence of Dent May's uke
Behold the magnificence of Dent May's uke

Years before Deerhunter hit the scene, hamming it up with an infamous balance between on-stage brilliance and blunder, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead were going above and beyond: destroying equipment, assaulting each other, and threatening to disband. But somehow they've made it this far with the group's initial lineup remotely intact, and are now touring in support their sixth studio album, The Century of Self. A few years removed from their last lackluster release, Trail of Dead are now seeing some of their highest acclaim since critics lost their minds for 2002's Source Tags & Codes (the hard-to-please Pitchfork Media even went overboard, giving the album a 10/10 rating). Whether or not the recent praise for these stylish noise-rockers signals a return to form, fans can rest assured that they're in for a night of great music...or a train wreck...or a brilliant combination of the two. Funeral Party and Midnight Masses will open. 18+. $15. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Chris DeLine

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