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Shellac, Rancid, Digitata, and more

THURSDAY 6.25

Shellac

Varsity Theater

Shellac's Varsity Theater performance will be a welcome-home show for Todd Trainer, drummer for the influential noise-rock trio and a Minneapolis local notable. Trainer is the backbone of Shellac, providing them the footing to smash through conventional musical arrangements. His drumming is an asymmetrical battle cry, feinting and zigzagging around the chaos until attacking, teeth bared. With the pieces joined, Shellac employ an urgent minimalism, taking the visceral, grinding cataclysms of industrial music and paring them down to the most offensive squalls. The result sounds like the art of arson—setting factory machines on fire, then standing back to listen to the chug, chug, explosion. With Bear Claw and Three Second Kiss. 18+. $12. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. Erin Roof

FRIDAY 6.26

Rancid

Myth

For Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid's first album in six years, the band made a decision to approach the record in a way that they had never done before. Vocalist, guitarist, and chief songwriter Tim Armstrong reflected on the album in a recent interview: "We didn't bring any songs, so it was just all of us back together, starting from scratch." The spirit of building something fresh helped to re-solidify the bond within the band that is evidenced by its solidarity, both thematically and musically, throughout Dominoes. Writing the bulk of the album's material in a three-week span at drummer Branden Steineckert's Utah home, the band eventually created 29 songs during the sessions for the record (19 of which made Dominoes), a testament to how charged the artistic chemistry was during that process. In the band's 18-year history, it has created a legend for itself as one of the few punk groups to transcend the genre, reaching mainstream success without limiting itself to a single style or broadening its sound to accommodate a trend. A key ingredient is the band's family-like bond, which will surely be evident throughout their current tour. Rancid will be joined by Rise Against and the Riverboat Gamblers. All ages. $30/$35 at the door. 6:30 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651.779.6984. Chris DeLine

Los Lonely Boys

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

Los Hermanos Garza return for what's becoming their annual zoo gig, promising to once again leave both tigers and humans howling with pleasure over the trio's growling blues-rock/Texican hybrid. There's nothing new from Los Lonelys since last year's Steve Jordan-produced Forgiven, but the Boys have done the odd acoustic gig in the meantime, so you never know what surprises may be in store. By the way, Henry, Jojo, and Ringo insist that acoustic stuff makes them even more aggressive—which, considering the explosive nature of their electric material, could be downright scary. Either way, expect lots of guitar heroics from Henry and cool vocal harmonies that hark all the way back to another band with a drummer named Ringo. All ages. $34. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

SATURDAY 6.27

Digitata (EP-release show)

First Amendment Arts

For the first time in a year and a half, local electro group Digitata will re-emerge to play a show and release an EP. The new nine-track album, called Art Work Pays, was recorded this spring at the home of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and will be a treat for fans of Digitata or lead singer Maggie Morrison's other project, Lookbook. Whereas Lookbook's down-tempo electro-pop gave Morrison a chance to develop a more reverb-heavy, sultry voice, Digitata's new release is a return to her previous form. On Art Work Pays, Morrison's voice jumps and yelps over up-tempo, punchy beats, at times sounding downright playful. Whether Digitata's or Lookbook's music is more deserving of praise is only a matter of preference—Morrison's contributions to both groups have established her as one of the most promising and adventurous female vocalists in the Twin Cities. Fans will have a chance to hear the new tracks and purchase copies of the EP at this release show, which is also an opening for an art exhibit called "Sawdust City" that features Eric Lee, David Jensen, and Chance Orth. Free. 7 p.m. 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis; 612.379.4151. Andrea Swensson

The Avett Brothers/Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

The word is that North Carolina's Avett Brothers are on the verge of the big time, awaiting only the mid-August release of their Rick Rubin-produced major-league debut, I and Love and You. Comparisons to Wilco have already surfaced. Judge for yourself, as the trio presumably tries out some of the new stuff for the critters in attendance. So far, the Bros have churned out an impressive country-folk sound draped with Southern gothic overtones and punk-pop attitude, while their quirky harmonies dwell on a wide assortment of angst. Shawnee, Oklahoma-based Samantha Crain and her three-piece Midnight Shivers will open; besides having a great name, they play fractured, indie-influenced folk-rock on their full-length debut, Songs in the Night. Crain's plainspoken vocals have an unsettled quality, a creaky, dark portent that nicely matches Stephen Sebastian's ringing electric guitar while (delightfully) threatening to run off into the night on distracted anthems like "Devils in Boston" and "Bullfight (Change Your Mind)." Meanwhile, languid fare like "The Dam Song" glistens with a kind of stately despair. All ages. $25. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

SUNDAY 6.28

Karriem Riggins Experience

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