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Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

When Robert Crumb's "Keep on Truckin'" dude takes his goofy leaning steps down the avenue, the beat in his head, one suspects, is Levon Helm's. One of the (10, let's say) finest and funkiest drummers in rock history, the ex-Band member plays looser than the elastic on pair of 20-year-old sweatpants yet makes every kick, smack, and splash seem inevitable. Plus his singing could draw tears from a statue of Marcus Aurelius. His latest album, last year's Electric Dirt, is a keenly played and selected bunch of rock, blues, gospel, and country songs, including those by the Grateful Dead, the Stanley Brothers, Randy Newman, and two from Muddy Waters (he of the album Electric Mud). John Hiatt has more great songs—here mean, there sentimental, frequently wise and funny—than one night will accommodate; I always leave his shows wishing he'd heeded my silent requests for x, y, or z. His new album, The Open Road, isn't one of his strongest, but the title track and a few others enrich his catalog of loser/dreamer anthems, and his latest band, like all his bands, is lean and chopsy. $56. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Dylan Hicks


Dillinger Four

Triple Rock

Dillinger Four re-emerge for their annual Fourth of July gig
Dan Monick
Dillinger Four re-emerge for their annual Fourth of July gig

It's been a while since hometown heroes Dillinger Four have actively worked the local show circuit. That's okay; we know they're busy. Maybe getting older means that family, work, and the like start taking precedence over getting loaded on whiskey and bashing out wonderfully unkempt punk rock, but these guys aren't calling it quits just yet. Besides, the Fourth of July is a Dad-approved time for seeing old pals, enjoying a drink, and setting things on fire, so it's fitting that we should get to catch up with D4 over the holiday. It's the seventh year in a row that the band has hosted an event at (where else?) the Triple Rock in honor of America's birthday, inviting their hooligan friends over to melt a few faces with rock 'n' roll instead of an errant bottle rocket. If all the revelry (read: booze) hasn't handicapped our favorite punkers by the end of the night, you could skip the fireworks and still catch the best part of the Fourth. With Banner Pilot, the Dopamines, the Slow Death, and Box Thieves. 18+. $8/$10 at the door. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Ian Traas

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