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From the time of their formation in 1988, SoCal's Pennywise have been one of punk's most consistent bands. Last year the group threw fans for a loop, however, releasing their latest album, Reason to Believe, via their MySpace page. Though a corporate release was out of line with the band's historical ideology (they backed away from signing with a corporate label during punk's revival in the mid-1990s and have been outspoken in their philosophy against big business), and despite having released nine albums with Epitaph Records (since first signing with the independent label in 1990), they did so for a reason: to give back to their fans. And that they did, as Reason to Believe was downloaded over 500,000 times. In continued support of the album, the band is co-headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour with dub rock trio Pepper. With Outlaw Nation and Emcee Big B. All ages. $25. 5 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651.779.6984. —Chris DeLine

SUNDAY 5.24

Soundset '09

Canterbury Park

Why does this year's edition of the Rhymesayers-promoted all-day hip-hop festival Soundset stand a good chance of being the best one yet? Well, for one thing, it's at Canterbury Park instead of the inhospitable concrete hot plate that is the HHH Metrodump's parking lot. For another, it features one of the best independent/classic-skewing hip-hop lineups in recent memory. The Twin Cities scene is in full force here, with Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Heiruspecs, Eyedea & Abilities, P.O.S., and a number of others. And they'll be joined by luminaries from across the continent: El-P, who just reissued Company Flow's earth-shaking '97 debut Funcrusher Plus and maintains the momentum of '07s devastating I'll Sleep When You're Dead; DOOM (minus the MF, plus the rightly hyped Born Like This), who'll hopefully break from the whole send-an-impostor routine to drop knowledge in person; the full original lineup of West Coast icons the Pharcyde; raspy Canadian junkshop genius Buck 65; Philly's 21st-century street-rap icon Freeway (paired with Seattle secret-weapon producer Jake One); and Prince Paul, the man who produced the first two De La albums and created some of hip hop's most enduring concept records. There'll also be exhibitions of other aspects of hip-hop culture, traditional (b-boy/b-girl competitions) and otherwise (skateboarding sessions and a custom car show). All ages. $27. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee; 612.377.0044. Nate Patrin

TUESDAY 5.26

Rickie Lee Jones

Dakota Jazz Club

She's known as the Duchess of Coolsville, but like Joni Mitchell, to whom she's often compared, Rickie Lee Jones is far more complex and mercurial than the affectations of hipsterism ascribed to her would suggest. Yeah, she hung out with Tom Waits, de facto chief of the bohos, during her early days in L.A.—even wore a beret fer chrissake—and her sly, slurred delivery of lyrics about colorful characters amid noirish, jazzy arrangements seemed to seal the deal. But every album she's issued—sometimes at significant intervals—over the last 30 years has in some sense defied expectations, as she's veered from pop to jazz to romantic duets to standards, each time putting her own signature twist on things. Her last two studio albums were no exception: 2003's The Evening of My Best Day was essentially a skewering of the Dubya crowd's atrocities, while on 2007's The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard she sang her interpretation of the actual words of Jesus (devoid of the religious hustle), often in a wiry rock context. She'll appear here in a rare club performance, kicking off the Dakota's summer-long American Songwriters' Series. $45-$60. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Southern Culture on the Skids

First Avenue

Partying just doesn't get much more raucous or demented than when it's fueled by Southern Culture on the Skids' blistering, take-no-prisoners assault. Raging psychobilly, mountain surf, and mutant gems culled from country, R&B, and even Brit-rock come blasting fast and furious from the veteran North Carolina trio of Rick Miller, Mary Huff, and Dave Hartman, each milking the inbred, trailer-park, paper-bag-decanter shtick for all it's worth. Huff's bouffant alone entitles her to honorary membership in the B-52s. Besides being vehicles for his searing guitar work, Miller's originals wallow in the glories of the white-trash lifestyle, from doublewides to cheap motels, dirt tracks, and, of course, getting liquored up and lacquered down. It's been a couple of years since SCOTS's last one, Countrypolitan Favorites, a collection of perversely inspired covers ranging from Lynn Anderson and Don Gibson to the Kinks and T. Rex. Don't forget the white lightnin' and something to hack through the kudzu. With Los Straitjackets. 18+. $13/$15 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

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