Friday 1.21 at First Avenue

It's the birthday party every kid in town wanted to score an invite/ticket to, as the venerable local radio station the Current turns six in grand style at First Ave on Friday night, throwing loyal listeners a bash that we won't soon forget. Brother Ali has just been announced as the headliner, joining Free Energy, Jeremy Messersmith, and Cloud Cult, as well as another late but welcome addition, Roma Di Luna. It's a formidable, all-Minnesota lineup (it's safe to claim Free Energy due to their local ties and how many times they've played here over the past year) that will certainly give us all another reason to celebrate our flourishing music scene as well as the great station that helps foster it. 18+. 7 p.m. Sold out. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erik Thompson

Savage Aural Hotbed (CD-Release)

Saturday 1.22 at First Avenue

Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg prepares for back-to-back shows at the Cabooze
Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg prepares for back-to-back shows at the Cabooze

Sparks will fly once more as Savage Aural Hotbed take their power tools, oil drums, and other "found object" percussion instruments to the First Avenue stage in industrial celebration of their new release, Glove of Sound. Savage Aural Hotbed's aurally and visually compelling show utilizes Taiko-drumming-influenced power-tool percussion on objects from sheet metal to giant barrels, with electronically modified horns, vocals, and bass. Glove of Sound introduces their own newly invented instruments Socket Blocks (graphite fiber prosthetic limb sockets mounted on a rack and played like a xylophone) and the namesake Gloves of Sound (glove-mounted contact microphones amplifying anything they hold or touch), while the compositions incorporate mathematical conflicts, song elements inspired by nature sounds, and song-building from prefab rhythmic building blocks. The throbbing pulse of primal rhythms layered with screeches and sparks of power-grinders will hold your attention like saw teeth on rusted metal, and maddeningly propel you to dance. With 11-piece brass band the Brass Messengers and industrial/goth/metal band MercyKill. 18+. $8. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Cyn Collins

School of Seven Bells

Monday 1.24 at 7th St. Entry

School of Seven Bells achieve an exquisite balance of icy grandeur and sunny pop melodies on their second album, Disconnect from Desire. The trio's dreamscape is constructed from drifting synths and arch, jangly guitar work from former Secret Machine Benjamin Curtis, latched onto incisive rhythms that pulse impatiently when not careening down cascading tangents, then gilded with the angelic harmonies of twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. Glistening pop hooks dangle with sparkling clarity from SVIIB's mystical musings while the Dehezas' voices dart and dash around one another, equally flirtatious at the monastery or the beach. Tonight will be the band's first gig in the Twin Cities since Claudia Deheza left the group for "personal reasons." 18+. $12/$14 at the door. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

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