Artists' Quarter

The hell with Ponce De Leon, Roy Haynes is the guy you want to hang out with if you're looking for that elusive elixir of rejuvenation. His distinctive, elastic brand of hard swing is still lithe, limber, and crackling with joyful energy some 60 years after he launched a career that helped define modern jazz. Haynes introduced his own rhythmic innovations—immortalized shorthand by his nickname, Snap Crackle—as he manned the skins for an astounding panoply of jazz icons: Bird, Prez, Bud Powell, Miles, Louis Armstrong, Monk, Diz, Trane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy. Much of that history is captured on Dreyfus's wonderful 2007 four-disc set A Life in Time: The Roy Haynes Story. The newest tune on there is a rousing version of Bird's "Segment," from 2006's Grammy-nominated Whereas, recorded live at the Artists' Quarter. Haynes is a longtime friend of AQ owner and fellow drummer Kenny Horst, and has a special affection for the place. So the subterranean palace should be hoppin' and boppin' when Haynes cranks up his superb Fountain of Youth Band, which includes pianist Martin Bejerano, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist John Sullivan. $30 at 8 p.m., $25 at 10:30 p.m. 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 651.292.1359. —Rick Mason

SATURDAY 11.21

Brother Ali

First Avenue

Brother Ali goes with the flow at First Ave
Julian Murray
Brother Ali goes with the flow at First Ave

Striking though his categorical attributes might be, what makes Minnesota's best-known white albino Muslim rapper great is the swinging, preacherly sonorousness of his voice and how he puts it to intimate use when talking about "us"—as in, whoever is identifying with what he's saying. He's a rare cultural amalgam as a result, not because his between-worlds experience is so unusual (which it is and isn't), but because his righteousness is so generous. Produced entirely by Atmosphere's Ant, Brother Ali's new album on Rhymesayers, Us, finds him celebrating family peace and success (on "Fresh Air") but still identifying with outsiders five different ways, never more surefooted than when flowing, "You say I made you fall in love with me/Wish I could make you fall in love with you," and never sounding more natural and relaxed than with Mint Condition's Stokley Williams singing sweet backup on the outro. With Evidence, Toki Wright, and BK One. 18+. $15. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes

Hollows

Nomad World Pub

Mixing '60s girl-pop vocals with ghoulish organ lines, the Chicago ladies (and boy) of Hollows have created a warped, modern Motown, even including a razor edge of punk. (Imagine the Shangri-Las with tattoos and master's degrees in Brass Knuckle Utilization.) Most songs start with cutesy, breathy vocals performed in harmony, but inevitably the spook factor quickly rises with creepy lyrics about scarecrows, freaky birds, and bad boys. In "Love Will Find You," even sing-songy daydreams morph into nightmares, as heckling playground laughter overtakes the chorus in an orchestrated Carrie climax. Thinking Hollows are all smiles and doe eyes is a wrong move, schoolchildren. Those bitches hide knives under their dresses. With Funeral and the Twilight, Zombie Season, and Sundowners. 21+. $5. 9 p.m. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612 338-6424. —Erin Roof

MONDAY 11.23

Electric Six

First Avenue

Although the Electric Six are long into their recording career, they have taken on much more of a life as a touring band since their mega-hit, "Danger! High Voltage," than many might have expected. If by chance you haven't heard the song, it catapulted the band into international fame with its repetitive call and response—the song begins, "Fire in the disco, fire in the Taco Bell," and things only go up from there. While vocalist and primary songwriter Dick Valentine is the lone original member of the band, their sound has been a constant over the Electric Six's seven albums. The band's sound might best be described as a mixture between suburban funk and power-chord disco, while the lyrics, much like Valentine's gratuitously macho vocals, ooze sexuality (especially if you're into gratuitously macho vocals). While lyrically reaching for the levels of promiscuity and sexual freedom (straight, gay, whatever) that only a rock 'n' roll band might be able to achieve, Valentine has also been known to effortlessly shift between his overtly masculine growl and a yelp that is as close to that of the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb as anyone from Detroit might ever come. With the Gay Blades and Millions of Brazilians. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine

TUESDAY 11.24

Harper Simon

The Cedar

The strange relationship between famous musicians and their children likely dates back as far as music itself. While some offspring attempt to distance themselves from their parents, refusing to follow in their chosen path, others choose to take their parents' leads in an attempt to plow ahead and carve out their own lines in history's sands. Norah Jones, for instance, has done well to follow a similar path as her father, the world-renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar, though she has distanced herself from his musical legacy. But what do you do when you want to create music of your own when your father is one of America's all-time greatest singer-songwriters? You start a cabaret-punk band, of course. While that's the direction that Harper Simon followed for several years after he graduated from college (the band being Menlow Park), his new self-titled album is something much more akin to the legacy of his father, Paul Simon. His airy harmonics flow with an eerie familiarity that is unmistakable. Not unlike Simon (either dad or son) vocally is the gentle-sounding Peter Pisano, one half of Peter Crier Wolf, the local duo who will open the show. $12/$15 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Chris DeLine

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