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Triple Rock Social Club

Is there an alternative rapper more neurotically self-conscious about being an alternative rapper than Busdriver? The Angeleno's nerdlinger verbosity at Twista speeds is comic, even perversely compelling as music on his eighth studio album, Jhelli Beam, where he rhymes "anal beads" with "Dane Cook's table reads," jokes that "my records only get released in Anchorage, Alaska," and sing-raps a syllable per note to the third movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11, on "Me-Time (with the Pulmonary Palimpsest)," which sounds like Busta Rhymes singing Gilbert and Sullivan's Major-General's song. Dude never lets you forget his whimsy costs him a big rap career, but comes catchiest in celebration, bringing giddy live drums to what sounds like a tribute to his band: "some piccolos and cutlery and thermoses and fashionistas with jumpsuits and congos." Openers include fellow Project Blowed alum Abstract Rude, who released his own recent album, Rejuvenation, on the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label, and Open Mike Eagle. 18+. $10. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Peter S. Scholtes


Corea, Clarke & White

Dakota Jazz Club

Whimsical alt-rapper Busdriver
Whimsical alt-rapper Busdriver

Return to Forever was a seminal jazz-rock group launched by keyboardist Chick Corea in the early 1970s to further explore the fusion ideas of Miles Davis. RTF's most enduring and now classic lineup featured Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White, and guitarist Al DiMeola. Each masters of their instruments, together they soared on expansive, often space-themed compositions that were charged with electrifying energy and the angular intricacies of improvisational jazz. When the quartet reunited last summer for the first time in a quarter-century, their tour of large venues was greeted with glowing reviews, and subsequently documented on the sizzling, live two-CD set Returns. Now the trio of Corea, Clarke & White comes to the friendly confines of the Dakota, which promises to be a major event in itself. None of the three are remotely complacent; in fact, Corea has numerous projects going, including Five Peace Band, an extraordinary collaboration with John McLaughlin, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Vinnie Colaiuta. So don't expect a rehash of last summer's concerts, although RTF material will undoubtedly be on tap. $60-$100 at 7 p.m.; $55-$80 at 9:30 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. Also Monday. —Rick Mason

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