Beach Boys, the Kills, Mogwai, and more

WEDNESDAY 5.6

Richard Lloyd & the Sufimonkey Trio

Uptown Bar & Café

While many of their punk peers were challenging the very idea of lead guitar, Television's Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd turned into one of the great dueling-guitar bands, playing tricky interlocking figures, astral improvs, and upper-neck fusillades of rare beauty. Lloyd's also a notable session guy; his butcher's-knife chords and tortuous leads helped drive Matthew Sweet's string of '90s hits. As a leader, he's not the world's most pitch-perfect singer or its sharpest lyricist, but he croons or yells 'em like he means 'em, and his handful of solo albums hit more than they miss. His 1979 debut, Alchemy, is boyish power-pop with lots of period synths and pretty melodies, "Blue and Grey" being the mix-tape winner, and the title track of 1985's Field of Fire has a sheets-of-sound solo that might have you glimpsing the marquee moon. Recent blues-rock temper tantrums like "Monkey" from 2007's The Radiant Monkey find his powers undiminished. Expect much salivating from the guitar geeks up front, and expect it to be justified. With Speed's the Name and Faux Jean. $10. 9 p.m. 3018 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.823.4719. Dylan Hicks

THURSDAY 5.7

Beach Boys

Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Yes, you read the headline correctly. The Beach Boys are still together (well, a few of them anyway) and playing the casino circuit. Hot off last year's private appearance at the Republican National Convention, remaining Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continue to tour the country in the name of California girls everywhere, this time to promote yet another best-of compilation, Summer Love Songs. While bandmate Brian Wilson has long since moved on, Love and Johnston continue to milk the cash cow that is the Beach Boys legacy, giving baby boomers nationwide the chance to see the band live again—sort of. Who knows? Maybe John Stamos will jump in on drums, like he used to back in his Full House days. With the band's rotating cast of stand-in musicians, anything could happen. $35-$42. 8 p.m. 777 Grand Ave., Onamia; 800.626.5825. Andrea Swensson

FRIDAY 5.8

Cursive

First Avenue

With each successive release, Cursive seem to further cement themselves as an increasingly important band while quietly moving away from the emo label they'd been saddled with early on in their careers—a label that's often as meaningless as it is damaging. On Mama, I'm Swollen, their sixth album, Tim Kasher and company explore family and the inherent guilt that comes from simply growing up in one. It's not as inspired as it thinks it is, but that hardly means it's a bad album. Cursive's releases are so aesthetically disparate from one to the next it's often difficult to make heads or tails of much of their work right out of the gate. The songs often must be listened to as a collection, with the album consumed in its entirety several times for any sort of cohesion to begin to take place. In this era of iPods, that's a bit to their detriment, but kudos to them for not bending to the irritating trend of "a la carte" listening habits and creating works that are more Big Picture rather than two singles and a bunch of filler. With the Berg Sans Nipple. 18+. $12/$14 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Pat O'Brien

Killswitch Engage

Target Center

Whether you call it melodic hardcore, metalcore, or simply metal, Killswitch Engage has been one of the few bands this past decade to successfully make the step into the mainstream while still retaining widespread critical acclaim. The band's forthcoming album, its second self-titled release, is the first that they've worked on with producer Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine) and is one of the most anticipated releases in the genre this year. Killswitch Engage will be featured alongside the likes of Lacuna Coil and Chimaira as Disturbed's "Music Is a Weapon Tour" takes off across the nation, offering fans a multifaceted concertgoing experience. Billed as a music, tattoo, and lifestyle festival, the tour also offers up a freestyle motorcross/BMX/skate team showcase, a gaming zone, and, last but not least, a selection of the nation's finest tattoo artists, on call and ready to serve. Forget souvenir T-shirts and oversized foam fingers, real fans get a tattoo to mark the occasion. $39.75. 7 p.m. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.673.0900. Chris DeLine

SATURDAY 5.9

Jeremy Messersmith and KaiserCartel

Cedar Cultural Center

Jeremy Messersmith has that certain je ne sais quoi. His sad lyrics/happy melody coupling isn't brand-new, but it's done in a way that conjures images of a still-upright Elliott Smith performing songs intended for Brian Wilson or A.C. Newman—not a bad spot to be in, all told. Last year's sophomore effort, The Silver City, a charming love letter to Minneapolis that never got mushy or contrived, made it onto many local critics' best-of lists for good reason. Messersmith's lyrics are ultra-smart and literate like Colin Meloy's, without being off-putting the way the latter's so often are; the melodies are simple without ever being cheesy or too precious for their own good. In short, it's intelligent music that can be enjoyed without a dictionary close at hand. It's easy to enjoy on its own merits, and that's commendable. With folk duo KaiserCartel. $8/$10 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Pat O'Brien

SUNDAY 5.10

Mogwai

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