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Intermedia Arts

After a year's hiatus, the B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop summit has returned to Intermedia Arts with an ongoing art exhibit, dance workshops, and this weekend's day-long block party. In addition to dance, film, art, and a live mural painting (which will once again transform the exterior walls of the gallery), the block party will showcase a selection of female musicians. Spoken-word poet Tish Jones will kick off the day's performances, followed by a trifecta of hip-hop powerhouses teaming up for a performance called "Partners in Rhyme" that includes freestyle trio Bloody Black Eyes (Indigo, Miss Cellanious, and SpikaBoxxx), beatbox duo Ill Chemistry (Desdamona and Carnage), and Puerto Rican R&B/rap diva Maria Isa. The night caps off with a set by the mysteriously billed Twin Cities All-Stars—and we can only guess what surprises will be in store for attendees by the time these special headliners take the stage. With Katana, Akira Johnson, Black Pearl, Eternia (featuring Chesney Snow), and DJ Chela. All ages. $10-$20. Noon. 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.871.4444. —Andrea Swensson


Sondre Lerche

Fine Line Music Cafe

Pet Shop Boys promise "a euphoric show in four acts"
Pet Shop Boys promise "a euphoric show in four acts"

When Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche dropped onto the scene in 2002, he was something of a wunderkind, releasing an accomplished album of nuanced indie pop as he was just barely out of his teens. From that auspicious starting point, subsequent records leapt across a spectrum of styles, ranging from jazz-influenced sets that made him seem like the male Nellie McKay to grungier electric fare that turned some listeners' heads while turning off some of his early fans. But ability-wise, Lerche juggles all of these genres with aplomb, frustrating critics who are anxious to pin down what he should be doing with his prodigious talents. Attending this show could be a little like taking a pop-music snapshot, catching Lerche at a fleeting moment in his ever-changing career before he heads off on another path and we're left to catch up with him all over again. With JBM. 18+. $15/$17 at the door. 8 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Ian Traas


Alice in Chains

First Avenue

Of all the bands clustered under the too-wide umbrella of grunge music in the early '90s, Alice in Chains have aged better than most, probably in large part because they all but stopped producing new music in the middle of that decade. (Did you hear that, Scott Weiland and Pearl Jam?) Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley's band was an odd fit for the grunge category anyway, eschewing punk-inspired rebellion in favor of a melodic twist on heavy metal. From 1992 to 1995 the band released three stellar records, Dirt, Jar of Flies, and an eponymous disc, before collapsing due to Staley's heroin addiction, which claimed his life in 2002. After a lengthy hiatus dotted with benefit shows and a few club dates featuring special guest singers, the band is back together in earnest, with William DuVall of Comes the Fall stepping in to provide lead vocals. The sold-out First Avenue show will take place just days before the release of their first all-new record in almost 15 years, Black Gives Way to Blue. That album's debut single, "Check My Brain," is a bit more of a straightforward rocker than the ominous, acoustic-tinged tunes of the Staley era. The metal influence is predominant, but that old sound is still there. 18+. $25. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Bryan Miller


Marcus Roberts Trio

Dakota Jazz Club

After making a name for himself in his early 20s as a member of Wynton Marsalis's band, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts issued a succession of albums as a leader while gaining a reputation for his versatility, playing solo, in small combos, in big bands, and with symphonies, as well as making a mark as a composer. His perspective—and his distinctive piano style—consistently incorporated elements of jazz history, reaching back to stride and ragtime as well as bop, but always looking forward at the same time. Roberts kept a low profile throughout most of the last decade, returning to his alma mater, Florida State, to teach and becoming an assistant professor. This spring he released his first album in eight years, the remarkable New Orleans Meets Harlem, Volume I, a 21st-century perspective on the evolution of jazz as early, visceral styles combined with more sophisticated, uptown virtuosity. He subsequently turned in a sparkling solo performance at the Dakota. Now he returns with the other members of his longtime trio, bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Jason Marsalis—both major leaguers in their own right—whose own lithe versatility helped make the new album so memorable. $35 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9:30 p.m.1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. Also Wednesday —Rick Mason

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