Snoop Dogg, the Sounds, White Denim, and more

WEDNESDAY 11.4

White Denim

400 Bar

Fits, indeed. Austin, Texas, power trio White Denim's second album is veritably defined by fits and starts. Not only do individual songs engage in sometimes frantic shifts in rhythm and texture, nearly every track juggles a fresh batch of multiple influences, ranging from vintage Texas psychedelia to punk, with country-rock, pop balladry, and funk thrown in for good measure. The lead track alone ricochets through a freakout-worthy barrage of heavy reverb, funk-rock, blues-rock, off-kilter punk rhythms, and distorted pop vocals. The initial burst of incendiary firepower eases off on the noirish "Sex Prayer," and still further on "Regina Holding Hands," an acoustic-guitar-driven ballad featuring vocal harmonies one step removed from America. WD's furious doses of adrenal rock arrive with kit bags so full of ancient nuggets whizzing by that it'll give you fits trying to pick out Zappa, ZZ Top, the James Gang, Roky Erickson, or Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac. It's great fun, but whether White Denim wear as well as their influences remains to be seen. Another Austin band, opener Brazos, are far more subtle than the Denims on their full-length debut, Phosphorescent Blues. Persistent, simmering contexts ebb and flow while hypnotic melodies flit about, flirting with jazz, folk, and quirky, ruminative rock while lead singer-songwriter Crane waxes impressionistically about love and parking garages. 18+. $10. 8 p.m. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.332.2903. —Rick Mason

THURSDAY 11.5

Snoop Dogg

Swedish glam-punk masters the Sounds
Birte Filmer
Swedish glam-punk masters the Sounds

Epic

If you need an argument against the idea that smoking marijuana will rob you of your ambition, you only need look as far as Snoop Dogg. The continually blunted West Coast rap superstar is less a business-savvy artist than a gigantic marketing steamroller, appearing in movies and reality shows, designing clothes, and lending his likeness to everything from candy (hemp-flavored, naturally) to video games. It may seem odd that someone initially synonymous with gang life has morphed into one of rap's biggest crossover successes—now even Midwestern housewives know his name—but it's partially due to Snoop's laid-back (read: baked) charisma, a quality that turned silky flows full of thuggish opulence into hugely popular singles. Is this tour an excuse to get away from the minivan and kids? Maybe, but even if it is part of a pimp's midlife crisis, Snoop is easily enough of a crowd-engaging showman to turn Epic into a smoky sea of swaying hands. The Minneapolis show is a stop on the Wonderland High Tour with Method Man, Redman, and Devin the Dude. 18+. $41-$61. 8 p.m. 110 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612.332.3742. Ian Traas

The Sounds

First Avenue

Rising out of a Swedish scene that was rife with such garage-rock revivalists as the Hives, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, and Mando Diao, the Sounds were driven by a radically different sound in 2002 with their debut album, Living in America. To the casual music fan, the band might be most recognizable from their song "Hurt You," which was featured in one of the Geico Caveman commercials last year. That song comes from the 2006 breakout Dying to Say This to You, which found the Sounds stepping up their polished, electronic-infused glamour-punk as they began to expand their music to a global audience. Having played more than 500 shows around the world since the album's release, the relentless performers returned this past summer with Crossing the Rubicon, the Sounds' third album, which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200. Now directly in the middle of an insanely rigorous 75-date fall tour, the Sounds will be joined by Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam as the band returns to Minneapolis for the second time this year. With Semi Precious Weapons. 18+. $18/$20 at the door. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Chris DeLine

FRIDAY 11.6

Future of the Left

7th St. Entry

When noisy Welsh rockers Future of the Left visited the Twin Cities this past July, attendees were treated to a grinding, squelching rendition of their song "You Need Satan More Than He Needs You," a showstopper that jolted the crowd with a current of filthy intensity. The red-faced screaming and precision guitar work coming from frontman Andy Falkous were impressive for anyone, let alone a man stricken ill with the flu, but Falkous powered through it until his sickness was only barely noticeable. It was a sign of dedication, a sacrifice of comfort (maybe even safety) for the sake of a hugely captivating performance. The band members excel at translating that same energy to their recorded material, which has made their most recent album, Travels with Myself and Another, a serious contender for best-of-the-year accolades. If you missed the last show, catch the (hopefully healthy) trio now, so you can say that you saw them before they shredded their vocal cords beyond repair. 18+. $10. 9 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

Sun in the Satellite

501 Club

Sun in the Satellite dirtied their boots among local rock and psych acts the Screens, the Idle Hands, and Colfax Abbey. But their current endeavor is a different creature, eschewing the urge to be radio-friendly by clutching weirdo atmospherics in a firm handshake. Though Sun in the Satellite opt for six-minute psychedelic excursions instead of three-minute whiz-bangers, for them, it's the correct choice. Each song is a delicately crafted study in the ebb and flow of emotion, with its pleasure/pain squalls building up to slowly cascading relief. The local three-piece sets upon its path like a wandering mystic, seemingly chanting whatever notes it stumbles upon until a new revelation knocks into it, revealing the next card in the rhythmic-drone Rolodex. With a bit of behind-the-scenes wizardry, the layers coalesce to create a complex and alluring desert mirage you'd rather take as reality. With Gospel Gossip, Red Pens, and Telepathos. 21+. Free. 9 p.m. 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.3848. Erin Roof

SATURDAY 11.7

Old Crow Medicine Show

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