Dakota Jazz Club

Ten years after definitively establishing both her artistic vision and independence with the release of I Am Shelby Lynne, the former Nashville up-and-comer who chafed at the country establishment's constraints has reached another watershed with her latest album, Tears, Lies, and Alibis. Lynne wrote all the material and produce it herself, with a deft, economic touch that maximizes the lyrics' resonance, and it's the initial release on her own label, Everso. I Am and subsequent albums showed her to be far more eclectic than Nashville would allow—with a country element certainly, but also major doses of Southern soul and gospel inhabiting a voice that can be laid-back and sultry, sad and reflective, tough and resilient. TL&A's "Old Dog" is a sinewy, driving blues. "Old #7" could be a Patsy Cline outtake. "Alibi" is a soulful ballad about infidelity that Lynne sings with fluctuating degrees of regret, resignation, and jealousy, but no self-pity. "Family Tree" is a darker, stormier response to a "callous heart" with a gospel-bluegrass windup. Among those contributing to the gorgeous arrangements were drummer Kenny Malone and a pair of Muscle Shoals aces: keyboardist Spooner Oldham and the late bassist David Hood. Opening will be Yorkshire native Findlay Brown, whose U.S. debut, Love Will Find You, features dramatic, over-the-top ballads billowing with Brown's compelling, crooning emulations of Roy Orbison and Elvis. $35-$45. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

SUNDAY 5.2

Al Kooper Tribute feat. Al Kooper

Dakota Jazz Club

This unique, somewhat peculiar but brilliantly conceived event will gather some of the Twin Cities' premier musicians to pay tribute to keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer Al Kooper, whose uncanny presence and participation in landmark events over the past half-century have made him the rock equivalent of Forrest Gump or Zelig. His long association with Bob Dylan includes playing the prominent organ part on "Like a Rolling Stone" and being in the band when Dylan "went electric" at Newport. He also played on the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," the Who's Sell Out, Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland, and George Harrison's Beatles reminiscence "All Those Years Ago." He was a member of the Blues Project, founded Blood, Sweat & Tears and came up with the groundbreaking concept for their first album, discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced their first three albums, and wrote songs covered by everyone from Gary Lewis and Gene Pitney to Carmen McRae and Freddie Cannon. And that barely scratches the surface. The Honeydogs' Adam Levy, a Kooper friend for a decade, organized the thing and coaxed Kooper to town for only the second time in his 52-year career (the first was an early-'80s Guthrie show with Dylan). With Levy leading the band (including fellow 'dogs Peter Sands, Trent Norton, and Steve Kung), the first set will be a who's-who of local singers (John Munson, Allison Scott, Ashleigh Still, Dave Campbell, Kevin Bowe, Martin Devaney, Kate Murray, Paul Metsa, Eric Koskinen, Jack Ventimiglia, Alicia Wiley) airing out the Kooper canon. The second set will be Kooper himself, playing solo and with the band. "I've never done anything like this before," Kooper said by phone last week. "It's very flattering and I'm very curious about it. And I'm really looking forward to it." $45. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

TUESDAY 5.4

Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!

Turf Club

At first you might mistake the name of this new band featuring Art Brut singer Eddie Argos for a joke about French collaboration under the Nazis (a Broadway musical adaptation of The Sorrow and the Pity?). But the concept here is more car-game playful and inane: Conceived on a road trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco by the deadpan Londoner and pianist-backup vocalist Dyan Valdés of L.A.'s the Blood Arm, Fixin' the Charts, Vol. 1 is an album of answer tracks to famous pop songs—replying to Avril Lavigne's relationship-wrecking "Girlfriend," for instance, with the upbeat but concerned "GIRLFRIEN (You Know I've Got a)." So the tune with the title chorus is an oblique response to "Creeque Alley" by the Mamas and the Papas. Really, it's all an excuse to hear Argos in a new pop argot, namely a pale version of the Magnetic Fields that makes me miss the shapely guitar riffs of Art Brut. But he's compelling enough to see live in whatever happens to sweep him up. With Duke of Dark. 21+. $10/$12 at the door. 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. Peter S. Scholtes

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