Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

These thick-as-thieves Brits—chameleonic firebrand Polly Jean Harvey and producer/multi-instrumentalist John Parish—may have a blast together in the studio, but the results of their collaborative unions are spotty at best. 1996's Dance Hall at Louse Point brought us rollicking Harvey lite at a time when that was the last thing Harveyheads wanted or needed; we were still zooming on '93's brute Rid of Me and '95's muted, wicked To Bring You My Love. Yet on the heels of '07's theatrical, restrained White Chalk, nasty, uncompromising A Woman a Man Walked By finds the pair making hard and cruel with the Harvey we've been craving for quite some time now. Go figure, right? Maybe these two wandering spirits were meant for each other. And they're wandering into your back yard, so don't miss 'em—you might not have another go at 'em until, like, 2020. All ages. $33. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Ray Cummings


The Aggrolites

Varsity Theater

Like a Dap-Kings for late-'60s reggae with some Meters-style funk thrown in, L.A.'s organ-pumping Aggrolites have been mastering a musical moment for many years longer than that moment actually lasted—namely, the raw and jumpy period of Black Power awakening between rock-steady's last sigh in '68 and the roots deceleration of '71. This is "skinhead reggae" to Trojan Records buyers, named for the Jamaican sound's most fervent U.K. audience at the time. But few if any paleface short-hairs have picked up instruments and made it their own before now, or at any rate reached the obsessive apogee of "The Sufferer," an uncanny tribute to that era's sonics complete with Lynn Taitt-style guitar, and the most persuasive track off the band's beautifully recorded The Aggrolites IV. Formed in 2001 to back ska legend Derrick Morgan in the studio, the former Rhythm Doctors and friends have since collaborated with Prince Buster, the late Phyllis Dillon, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong. If Toots Hibbert's touring band catches the flu, he knows whom to call. For now, here's a great live show for fans of any reggae vintage. 18+. $13/$15 at the door. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Peter S. Scholtes


Tower of Power

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

For some 40 years, Tower of Power's wickedly tight horns have been churning out classic R&B and soul, both on the group's own albums and backing up a virtual who's-who of A-list artists stretched over those decades, from Elton John and Bonnie Raitt to Aerosmith and Michelle Shocked. Founding saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Doc Kupka still head up a 10-piece outfit that also includes long-time members Francis Rocco Prestia on bass and drummer David Garibaldi, as well as the latest in a succession of singers, Larry Braggs, who can more than hold his own in comparison to '60s- and '70s-era classic soul voices. That was the then-Oakland-based TOP's most productive hit-making period, when a series of accomplished albums yielded such enduring nuggets as "You're Still a Young Man," "So Very Hard to Go," and "What Is Hip?" TOP's new, self-released Great American Soulbook tackles covers for the first time: a dozen soul classics from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sam & Dave, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett, done up with the horns bristling and vocal guest shots from Sam Moore, Tom Jones, Joss Stone, and Huey Lewis. With Stephanie Devine. All ages. $31. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

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