Walker Art Center

The highly regarded Danish chamber pop quartet Efterklang reportedly presents mesmerizing live performances of its sweeping, exquisitely textured pastiches, which ebb and flow among lush orchestrations, pulsing electronica, ethereal vocals, massed choruses, splashes of horns and a classical string ensemble, avant rock, and the odd touch of freak folk. Remarkably, Efterklang's meticulous, complex production yields music that is anything but dense or overblown; it's as wispy as swirling fog and just as enigmatic, unveiling layers of intrigue that are melodically rich yet sublimely ephemeral. Two previous Efterklang albums, 2004's Tripper and 2007's Parades, were widely praised as masterpieces that cultivated a certain majesty via their orchestral-like epic scale. The new album, Magic Chairs, reverts to a more conventional song-oriented approach, essentially building the tracks from the ground up but often achieving a similarly cool, cerebral, organic elegance. Opening will be the Brooklyn-based duo Buke & Gass, which takes its name from the idiosyncratic instruments invented by Aron Sanchez and Minnesota native Arone Dyer: a modified baritone ukulele and guitar-bass hybrid. They also stir up blustery rhythms with a lot of percussive devices, generally played with their feet, and Dyer often sings with a kind of punky keen. Sometimes they sound a little like Sonic Youth with their massed chords, while Dyer suggests Cyndi Lauper on steroids. But, really, B&G sound like combustible alt-everything, and their mutant sound arsenal is entirely fascinating on their forthcoming Riposte. $18. 7 p.m. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Rick Mason


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Welsh songstress Marina and the Diamonds stops by the Triple Rock
Welsh songstress Marina and the Diamonds stops by the Triple Rock

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The Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Bloc Party isn't all the way dead—they're probably just having a bit of a nap (never mind that trickle of blood). Even so, frontman Kele Okereke refuses to lie down and close his eyes. Too creatively restless to remain idle for long, he's now shrugging off his bandmates for a solo project that owes more to London's bass-heavy dubstep scene than Gang of Four's wiry post-punk. Likewise, Kele's lyrics have gone all introspective, weeding out the opaque political references and focusing on fragile hearts crushed into pulp by loneliness, indifference, and malice. For all the left turns, Okereke's other band is never too far behind; reports from recent shows point out the live reinterpretations of older Bloc Party songs that he's been trotting out on this tour. It's a move that slyly suggests that Kele was the reason that Bloc Party was so successful in the first place—but whether that's truth or hubris will depend on how captivating a showman he can be on his own. With Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Innerpartysystem. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas



First Avenue

Atlanta's Chris "Ludacris" Hedges had the eyes of a natural movie star in 2005's Crash, but it was as narrator of the basketball documentary The Heart of the Game the following year that he began to seem like a voice you could listen to read or say anything—move over Morgan Freeman. As a rapper, he's put that theory to the test somewhat, breaking out with two memorably drawled, fabulously dirty hits, "What's Your Fantasy" and "Southern Hospitality," from 2000's enduring Back for the First Time, on Def Jam, and following with a string of agile, comic singles ("Area Codes," "Stand Up") from albums of increasingly tolerable pimp-ho fantasy shtick. His party remains infectiously pop away from the singles charts: "I Know You Got a Man," from this year's X-rated guest-fest Battle of the Sexes (with Lil' Kim, Ciara, Ne-Yo, Gucci Mane, and more), sweetly updates Positive K—if lip-smacking can be called sweet. 18+. $40/$42.50 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes


Aimee Mann

Dakota Jazz Club

Songwriter and pop chanteuse Aimee Mann has had two brushes with mainstream success—an MTV Video Music Award for "Voices Carry" with her former new-wave band, 'Til Tuesday, and an Oscar nomination for "Save Me" from the exceptional (and Mann-dominated) soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia—but she's at her best as a record-industry outsider. Her strongest work has come in the third decade of her career, released on her own Super Ego label. Mann's signature is melodic, Bacharach-inspired pop that's more acid-tinged, in both senses of the word, with lyrics that are literate, introspective, and wry. Her three-night run at the Dakota should allow her to delve deeper into her expansive and wonderfully varied catalogue, which includes her latest, Fuckin' Smilers, and also the sublimely druggy Lost in Space, the heartbreaking concept album The Forgotten Arm, and the sharp-edged-but-melancholy Bachelor Number Two. Patches and Gretchen, led by Mann's half-sister, Gretchen Seichrist, will open all three nights. $50. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. Through Wednesday —Bryan Miller

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