Orchestra Hall

Of all the thousands of labels that have operated since the advent of recorded music, only a handful can be considered truly iconic. Blue Note, founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion, certainly falls in that category. For decades it was synonymous with jazz, recording the likes of Bud Powell, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. When Horace Silver created hard bop in the 1950s, it became Blue Note's signature sound. Although the label died after a succession of acquisitions during the disastrous '70s, it was revived in 1984 and reasserted its reputation. So this tour celebrates both the 70th anniversary of Blue Note's founding and the 25th anniversary of its relaunch, featuring an all-star outfit dubbed the Blue Note 7 and a repertoire that widely embraces the label's history. Led by pianist Bill Charlap, the 7's impressive lineup includes tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Peter Washington, drummer Lewis Nash, alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Wilson, and guitarist Peter Bernstein. The group recorded an album, Mosaic, that's a snapshot of what they'll do in concert: taking classics by the likes of Monk, Silver, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock, twisting them in intriguing new arrangements by band members, and playing them with a definite touch of reverence, but more important, a restless energy that makes them pulse with vitality. All ages. $22-$48. 2 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656. —Rick Mason


Bishop Allen

Triple Rock Social Club

Hop into bed with the Handsome Furs
Liam Maloney
Hop into bed with the Handsome Furs

Little hipsters need cultivating, too. They must be planted in untenable soil, nourished on the sparse nutrients available, then regularly watered with irony and detached from sunlight. One day the wonderment occurs, and a little sapling in too-tight jeans spreads his frail leaves and declares, "The radio sucks!" Such is the cycle of life. The 2008 film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist might as well be a training video for budding music snobs, with its high school protagonists forever in search of a band so indie they refuse to even disclose where they will play. Of all the contributions to the movie's killer soundtrack, one of the standouts is Bishop Allen's interminably catchy "Middle Management," which infuses their low-fi indie rock with the raw buzz of electric guitars echoing off cinderblock garage walls. Bishop Allen, the brainchild of Harvard grads Justin Rice and Christian Rudder, will keep on educating the young 'uns when they play an all-ages show early Monday evening (still plenty of time to finish that homework). The Triple Rock usually, well, rocks, but this night it will be filled with the barely perceptible, ambient hum of self-satisfaction and a sea of appreciatively bobbing heads. It's one to Miracle-Gro on. With Miniature Tigers and the Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. All ages. $10. 5 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Bryan Miller

Bob Mould

Varsity Theater

Hometown hero Bob Mould has folded many people's dream careers into a single lifetime, fronting a seminal post-punk band (Hüsker Dü), writing scripts for professional wrestling (you mean it isn't real?), composing for television (including the Daily Show theme), playing guitar for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and penning a forthcoming memoir and releasing a new album, Life and Times, next month. Now living in Washington, D.C., he still makes it back to the Twin Cities regularly, and will rock the Varsity 30 years—to the day—after Hüsker Dü's inaugural performance at the Entry. 18+. $20. 7:30 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Jake Mohan

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