Atmosphere, Rogue Valley, Recplacements Tribute, and more

WEDNESDAY 11.24

Black Dub feat. Daniel Lanois

Cedar Cultural Center

Black Dub is the latest project from production wizard, musician, and composer Daniel Lanois, whose studio work has resulted in landmark albums for such heavyweights as U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, the Neville Brothers, Emmylou Harris, and, lately, Neil Young's Le Noise. His signature sound involves potent atmospherics laden with soulful intensity and swirling squalls of roots. That carries over into Lanois's own work, including Black Dub, actually a quartet including the highly versatile and supple New Orleans rhythm section of drummer Brian Blade and bassist Daryl Johnson, plus powerhouse singer Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late Texas bluesy guitarist Chris Whitley. The Black Dub moniker reportedly is derived from Lanois's strong Jamaican influences and a new dub technique he developed. The music is a seamless mosaic of blues, soul, gospel, avant-pop, roots rock, jazz, and psychedelia, plus strong undercurrents of New Orleans and reggae/dub. Tracks most subject to Lanois's studio tricks, such as "Slow Baby," conjure an earthy impressionism electrified by Lanois's shimmery, stinging guitar (which references Hendrix here and elsewhere) and the charged, slippery rhythm section. Just in her early 20s, the Belgian-born Whitley infuses her vocals with large measures of Texas grit and sassy spirit, picking up tendrils that stretch back to Janis herself. All ages. $20/$22 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

FRIDAY 11.26

Rogue Valley (CD-release)

Rogue Valley unveil their third album of 2010 this week at the Cedar
Jacqueline Ouanes
Rogue Valley unveil their third album of 2010 this week at the Cedar

Cedar Cultural Center

Local singer-songwriter Chris Koza renamed his band Rogue Valley last spring and launched a dauntingly ambitious plan to issue four new albums in less than a year, all tied to the seasons. Spring's Crater Lake and summer's The Bookseller's House came out to glowing reviews, to be joined by autumn's Geese in the Flyway with this album-release show, where the band will play the entire album in order. The band, which includes longtime Koza associates Luke Anderson, Joey Kentor, Linnea Mohn, and Peter Sieve, must be getting adept at brisk turnarounds, with work set to begin immediately on the winter installment, due out in February. Geese picks up the nature imagery of Koza's earlier lyrics and travelogue setup of spring and summer while the overall mood is, well, autumnal. A string quartet turns up occasionally, nicely meshing with the group's richly evocative vocal harmonies, which shift subtly as the band moves from chamber folk to country rock to Beatles/Beach Boys pop. Opener Stornoway, meanwhile, is a much buzzed-about quartet from Oxford, England, that released its full-fledged debut, Beachcomber's Windowsill, in August. Led by Brian Briggs's choir-boy high tenor, Stornoway play infectious folk-pop that can be effervescent but still harbor dark undercurrents that suggest deeper implications and a familiarity with indie rock. Additional support Major General is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady. All ages. $14. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

A Tribute to the Replacements

First Avenue

So much has been written and discussed about the Replacements that the romanticized myths about Minneapolis's favorite bar band far exceed the hazy memories of anyone who was actually there to witness their notorious mayhem in person. But no matter what scandalous stories you've heard about the 'Mats, their spirited and celebrated music lives on and speaks louder than any riotous rumor or recollection ever will. Which is precisely the reason why a who's who of the local scene is getting together to pay tribute to not only the infamous band themselves, but specifically their venerable major-label debut, Tim, which will be covered in its entirety throughout the night by a variety of special guest vocalists, featuring Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack, Josh Grier of Tapes 'N Tapes, and Ben Kyle of Romantica, to name just a few. There is a lot to love about the Replacements, which is why both the Mainroom and the Entry will be filled with bands covering their indelible music all evening, with diverse groups ranging from the Honeydogs, Pink Mink, the White and Lazy All-Stars (featuring members of Chooglin'), Communist Daughter, and many more, all trying their hands at tackling the arresting songs of Paul Westerberg and the gang. With the raucous music of the Replacements serving as a catalyst for the evening, the tribute promises to be a loose, enjoyable affair that, if done properly, will generate a lot of blurry, enduring memories for everyone involved. And with proceeds going to the Twin Cities Music Community Trust, all of the fun will be for a good cause as well. 18+. $6/$8 at the door. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Erik Thompson

SATURDAY 11.27

Tame Impala

7th St. Entry

If the sun-dappled stoner jams aren't coming from California, Australia sure seems like the next best breeding ground. Aussie psych-revivalists Tame Impala employ some brawny riffage in their music, but temper the outsized guitars with a hypnotic, mushroom-munching progressivism that calls to mind the titans of classic '60s rock. Their songs have a spacey fluidity that's Marianas Trench-deep without treading fully into "jam band" territory, and it's frighteningly easy to lose yourself in the swirling undertow of trippy synthesizer and crater-sized reverb. Kevin Parker's drawn-out, multi-tracked vocals hold all the pieces together, one final ethereal element to unmoor you from reality and launch you fully into the band's smoky dream world. Hipsters will love Tame Impala's trendy, buzzing lo-fi feel, even though it's used in service of a vintage aesthetic smacking so thoroughly of free love and plumes of incense smoke that aging members of the counterculture will feel right at home—well, until the flashbacks get a little too intense, anyway. With Stardeath & the White Dwarves and Kuroma. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Ian Traas

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