Triple Rock Social Club

This roving surf-punk-soul-country-garage-rock blowout features two great live bands with a penchant for raw, unpretentious intensity. King Khan & BBQ are former members of Montreal's gloriously named Spaceshits, Arish Khan and Mark Sultan—the former a bewigged, Berlin-based Indo-Canadian singer-guitarist dynamo (for King Khan and the Shrines) who recently announced a forthcoming collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA, the latter an erstwhile Bob Log-style one-man-band unto himself. (Both also collaborate with the Black Lips as the Almighty Defenders.) In America you're innocent until proven guilty, but it's a safe bet these guys, who brought you "Teenage Foetus" ("Sittin' on the porch now, no skin at all"), take more than cream in their coffee: The Show was recently busted for possession of a controlled substance in Kentucky, though the tour goes on. Openers Those Darlins, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, are even better: Three hard yet sure female voices with clarion three-part harmonies—siblings in the sense that the Ramones were (or are they really sisters?), and with a sound something like the Soviettes for Trailer Trash fans, or the Dixie Chicks for the roller-derby set. Their 2009 self-titled debut on Thirty Tigers is more cow-punk than alt-country, and with a pop sophistication you wouldn't necessarily expect or even require. Don't wear anything you care about. 18+. $15. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. ­—Peter S. Scholtes

MONDAY 11.30

The xx

Triple Rock Social Club

Uberhyped electronic Brits the xx
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Uberhyped electronic Brits the xx

The pizzicato guitar, nearly whispered vocals, and barely audible synthesizer hum of the xx's "Islands" wouldn't be so sexy and mysterious if it weren't for the evident influence of contemporary R&B on the male-female singers—they sound like Flin Flon, the Evens, or some other minimalist guitar band covering D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar." And because R&B is so rare an echo in indie rock, the hype around these kids might stir inevitable backlash: Where was this consensus when recent alternative soul albums from Q-Tip, Mint Condition, and De La Soul came along? Still, the xx are reportedly 19, which makes all of the above classic rock to them. Early Aaliyah (whom they've covered) is now as distant from their London present tense as the early Cure, to whom their debut, xx (on XL Recordings), has been compared. With Friendly Fires. $12. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Peter S. Scholtes


The Books

The Cedar

Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong splice obscure vocal samples into fluttering, minimalist folk songs, synchronizing them with hypnotic video installations in a live show that makes for an awesome multimedia experience. Blending their samples with original vocals, the Books' playful fascination with language is at once disarming and alluring in its cultivation of a rich, organic sound, its skittering acoustic guitar and quavering cello intricately interwoven with percussive found-sound snippets. The Massachusetts-based duo are finishing a two-week tour of North America with their latest audio and visual experiments, previewing music from their upcoming full-length. The album, their first since 2005's Lost and Safe, is inspired by hypnotherapy and due to be released next spring. Whether arranging homemade sound collages from thrift-store cassette tapes or composing tracks for elevators in the French Ministry of Culture, the Books are uniquely capable of adapting their performances to most any setting. With Baby Dee. All ages. $18-$20. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Jeff Gage

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