Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff has launched his most ambitious North American onslaught in some time. His current tour is billed as his most extensive in two decades, and, fronting what has been described as a young band, he's inspired accolades for performances at Bonnaroo and elsewhere. His first album in six years,

Existence, reportedly has been almost finished for a while, but no specific release date has been announced. And he's working on a new screenplay. The Jamaican singer and actor is probably best known for starring in and providing much of the soundtrack for The Harder They Come, the landmark 1972 reggae film that paralleled some of his own experiences, especially arriving in Kingston fresh from the countryside and scoring his first hit within months. Cliff is responsible for a handful of genuine nuggets, including "You Can Get It If You Really Want," "Sitting in Limbo," and "Many Rivers to Cross." He'll reportedly play a mix of classics and newer tunes, including some from the forthcoming album, which is supposed to address current topical issues. He's also reworked his classic antiwar "Vietnam" in terms of theongoing conflict in Afghanistan. $50. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

MONDAY 8.9

Bettye LaVette

Dakota Jazz Club

When R&B diva Bettye LaVette finishes off her aching, soul-drenched version of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" on her latest album, it's listeners who are left amazed. And we're talking slack-jawed astonishment here, just a notch below the full-fledged stupefaction doubtless experienced by anyone newly discovering LaVette, the 65-year-old wonder who exploded from 40 years of obscurity and in the virtual blink of eye was ranked alongside Aretha as soul royalty. LaVette similarly seizes as her own the remainder of Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, a collection of songs universally hot-wired into the brains of '60s and '70s rock fans courtesy of formidable bands like the Beatles, Stones, Who, and Led Zeppelin. Undaunted, LaVette dramatically reinvents every one, bleeding her own raw emotions into familiar lyrics that suddenly take on entirely new echelons of meaning: Ringo's "It Don't Come Easy" as simmering swamp-blues lacerated with pain; a tight, blistering, horn-driven R&B romp through Derek and the Dominos' "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?"; the Beatles' "The Word" as a scorching funk workout; a chilling, heart-wrenching reading of Traffic's "No Time to Live"; a growling, slinky, wicked run through the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Amazing. $36-$45. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

TUESDAY 8.10

Four Nights in Loring: Marijuana Deathsquads

Loring Park

Marijuana Deathsquads began as a collaboration between P.O.S and his Building Better Bombs bandmates and has since evolved into one of the most progressive and sprawling noise bands in the Twin Cities. Their Wednesday-night house gigs at Nick and Eddie are notorious for featuring a revolving crew of musical luminaries from around the Twin Cities and for showcasing bombastic and unpredictable sets of improvised mania. Which is no surprise; spearheaded by emerging producer Ryan Olson, Marijuana Deathsquads' band members and collaborators weave a tangled web of overlapping side projects that span from Minneapolis to Eau Claire and beyond. The band's set in the park will feature a live collaboration with P.O.S and members of Olson's internationally renowned recording project Gayngs. Olson will be composing a song just for the occasion, and a wide range of special guests is guaranteed. Expect utter chaos. Following the performance will be a screening of the Coen brothers' classic Fargo. All ages. Free. 7 p.m. 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis; visit gimmenoiseblog.com for more information. Andrea Swensson

Four Nights in Loring Afterparty feat. City on the Make

Nick and Eddie

As with each of the "Four Nights in Loring: Local Bands, Local Films" events being presented this August by City Pages and Lunds, tonight's performance by Marijuana Deathsquads and screening of Fargo will be followed by an afterparty at Nick and Eddie. This week's afterparty performers are City on the Make, an increasingly tight and punchy bar band whose bluesy riffs accompany fierce, gravelly lyrics that are closer to a punk-rock poetry slam than anything predictably melodic. Which isn't to say that lead singer Mike Massey can't sing—the band has been experimenting with a few softer songs that allow him to do just that—but Massey's best when he's growling and red in the face, hopping around the stage and spitting into his microphone while the band tears through one song after another right behind him. What better way to wind down from a viewing of Fargo than with City on the Make's noir tales of the industrial apocalypse? 18+. Free. Music at 11:30 p.m. 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis; 612.486.5800. —Andrea Swensson

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