Cabooze on Sunday 4.17

Appearing in the mid-'90s with massive single "Jump Around," House of Pain offered a rowdy take on white rap that was divorced from the cheeseball antics of performers like Vanilla Ice. Forget about dancing—House of Pain sounded like they could spit rhymes while they split your head open. After frontman Everlast's foray into bluesy radio rock produced diminishing returns, the Irish-American brawlers decided to reunite last year, hinting that a new HOP album could be on the way. For longtime fans hoping that the group would come back and bring their put-up-your-dukes beats and boasts in tow, you just got your wish. With Big B and Dirtball. 18+. $22/$25 at the door. 7 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Ian Traas

Jeff Beck

State Theatre on Sunday 4.17

Victoire perform at the History Theater as part of the String Theory fest
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Victoire perform at the History Theater as part of the String Theory fest

A guitar god on the order of Eric Clapton (who he replaced in the Yardbirds back in the Pleistocene Era of the 1960s), Jeff Beck is a genuine virtuoso with a chameleonic tendency to veer from scorching hard-rock infernos to blues, electronica, funk, fusion, melodic jazz, and most stops in between. Beck's latest, Emotion & Commotion, makes a mind-boggling stretch from Benjamin Britten to Harold Arlen, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Puccini. His guitar work is mostly laid-back, exquisitely lyrical stuff amid orchestral arrangements, and contributions from jazz singer Imelda May and opera singer Olivia Safe. "Hammerhead" builds up a sizable rock-fusion head of steam, and Hawkins's classic "I Put a Spell on You" sports some flashes of guitar lightning while Joss Stone belts the lyrics. Prepare to be blown away in multiple ways. $43.50-$78.50. 7:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

Lee Ritenour

Dakota Jazz Club on Sunday 4.17 and Monday 4.18

Ritenour's guitar has been heard on thousands of sessions since he first sat in with the Mamas and the Papas as a 16-year-old. Primarily known for a sleek, contemporary jazz style slathered with pop and soul (epitomized by Fourplay, the popular band he co-founded), Ritenour is a resourceful guitarist versatile enough to play with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Frank Sinatra and Pink Floyd. He's an obvious fan of Wes Montgomery's West Coast cool as well as the sultry subtleties of Brazilian music, and is an impressive improviser when the opportunity arises. His 2010 album, 6 String Theory, is an inspired curiosity. It's a tribute to his favorite instrument with a genre-spanning cast of 20 guitarists ranging from B.B. King to John Scofield, Vince Gill, and Slash. Ritenour produced, and only plays on a few tracks, but his eclectic spirit is all over it. At the Dakota he'll lead a quartet with bassist Melvin Davis, drummer Sonny Emory, and keyboardist Jesse Milliner. $40 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

The Budos Band

First Avenue on Monday 4.18

If appearing on the Daptone label isn't a dead giveaway, the Budos Band traffics in throwback funk of the most physical kind. They don't specialize based on sub-genre; from Latin-tinged drum workouts to Afrobeat swagger, the 12-member collective is equipped to handle the entire soulful spectrum of yesteryear's hip-shakers. Even as the group approach reverence for classic recordings, they never wallow in nostalgia, offering new and imaginative takes on established grooves ("His Girl") and summoning inspiration from those dusty old 45s ("Golden Dunes"). If synth-heavy rock and fey frontmen feel passé, it might be time to take lessons from the old school. With Charles Bradley. 18+. $15. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

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