Maria Isa, Prince Family Reunion, St. Vincent, and more


Jenny Lewis

First Avenue

Starting her career as an actress and later moving into a role she still retains—vocalist for the L.A. rock band Rilo Kiley—Jenny Lewis faces the same issue that M. Ward, one of the many contributors on her latest album, Acid Tongue, was confronted with before his most recent tour. Like Ward's, Lewis's latest release features an abundance of friends and family members who contributed to various tracks on the album. The problem, then, comes in the form of a question: How will the songs that have been recorded with a number of other people translate to the live setting without their presence? Even more problematic is that, in the case of Lewis and Acid Tongue, the short list of contributors includes Elvis Costello and his band the Imposters, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and Zooey Deschanel. But if last month's showing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is any indication, Lewis is likely to follow the path of Ward and blow the audience away. Also performing will be Neko Case's longtime backing band, the Sadies. 18+. $18/$20 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine


No Use for a Name

Maria Isa toasts a new album
Maria Isa toasts a new album

Triple Rock Social Club

The video for the 1995 single "Soulmate" was one of Fat Wreck Chords' first, and last, to receive heavy rotation on MTV. The song still remains one of the most successful singles from San Jose, California's No Use for a Name. Though the band has seen a lot of changes to its lineup since its inception in 1987 (there are 12 past and present members), the group of skate-punks has grown into one of the most recognized on its San Francisco-based label. Having sold over a million albums worldwide, No Use for a Name was one of the headlining acts on the 2005 Warped Tour and has helped to serve as a gateway band in inspiring a next generation of punk groups. Joining No Use for a Name will be Only Crime (featuring former Good Riddance frontman Russ Rankin) and Pour Habit. All ages. $15. 5 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Chris DeLine

St. Vincent

First Avenue

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, singer and multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark previously performed and toured with the likes of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before breaking away and finding her own audience under the St. Vincent moniker. Releasing her debut album, Marry Me (the title coming from a gag line on the TV show Arrested Development), in 2007 to a wave of adulation from countless critical outlets, Clark has since developed a reputation as a consistent and stunning performer after numerous tours across the world. With her sophomore release, Actor, Clark has diverted from her initial lighthearted tone, occasionally delving into muddy guitars and a playful industrial sound. The album is strong and furthers her image as more than just a solid vocalist with a pretty face. If history repeats itself, your odds of seeing a group of star-struck fanboys waiting around after the show for an autograph or a moment's discussion is about as high as coming away from the show with a distinct sense of satisfaction. Which is to say, high. Also performing will be Philadelphia's Pattern Is Movement. 18+. $12/$15 at the door. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine


Maria Isa CD-Release Party

First Avenue

When Maria Isa performed at this year's Voltage: Fashion Amplified show, even an ill-fitting custom-made dress couldn't interfere with Isa's sexy confidence. Whether dressed in a tracksuit or hiked up in heels, Isa embodies a kind of sultry coolness that demands reverence—this woman has something to say, and damn right she's not afraid to say it. On her latest album, Street Politics, for which this show is a celebration, Isa embraces her Puerto Rican roots while paying homage to the local hip-hop scene that has cultivated her blossoming, impressive career, in a style she has dubbed SotaRico. Culling sounds and styles as diverse as R&B, bomba, and reggaeton in an overarching hip-hop style, Isa stands apart as a culturally and politically aware artist who contributes a unique voice to the multi-faceted local scene. With Muja Messiah, Dance Band, I Self Devine, Mayda, Kill the Vultures, and more. 18+. $6/$8 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Andrea Swensson

3rd Annual Prince Family Reunion


No, the man himself won't show—and he won't have to. This annual reunion of Prince bandmates and related musicians achieves party liftoff without him, partly on the strength of songs you love, partly by force of pure, familial groove: These men and women have been eating and breathing this music for so long, they know it in their bones. The show features original members of Prince & the Revolution, Prince's New Power Generation, the Time, the Family, Madhouse, Mint Condition, the Jesse Johnson Revue, the Truth, and Dr. Mambo's Combo, plus a straight-up reunion of local '80s funk-rock stalwarts Mazarati, performing live for the first time in two decades. With Dr. Fink, Bobby Z, Jellybean Johnson, Eric Leeds, and more. $20/$25 at the door. 8 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Peter S. Scholtes

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