First Avenue on Saturday 5.7

The world according to Yelle would be flashbulb-bright (even at midnight), dressed entirely in day-glo couture, and irrepressibly upbeat. The impossibly French electro-pop trio don't seem to believe that darkness or menace even exist, let alone allow those things to have a place in their music—which isn't to say that they're innocent, exactly. There's a winking sexuality underneath the songs that's owed to the breathiness of Julie Budet's vocals paired with hip-swinging swaths of bass, and it keeps the proceedings from being overly precious. It's the musical equivalent of a fling in Paris: brisk and alluring, but just for fun. With French Horn Rebellion and Estate. 18+. $13/$15 at the door. 6:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas


Walker Art Center on Saturday 5.7

SoCal songsmith Jackson Browne comes to town
courtesy of the artist
SoCal songsmith Jackson Browne comes to town

Location Info


Historic State Theatre

805 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Theaters

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

The English band Tunng helped inspire the term "folktronica" via their quirky blend of ancient, thoroughly rustic British folk music and modern electronics filtered through an avant-gardish template of fractured textures, rhythms, and tonal patterns. Tunng's current album, And Then We Saw Land, their fourth after a three-year gap, is significant in several ways: Co-founder Sam Genders is gone, Becky Jacobs has emerged to share lead vocals with Mike Lindsay, the erstwhile collective has jelled more as a band, and ascendant pop and rock influences fill out the sound. Old eccentricities still abound, such as the synths' contributions to the haunting folk aesthetic of "October." But "Sashimi" stirs up indie-rock hooks and "Don't Look Down or Back" erupts with searing electric guitar—fresh gnomes in Tunng's English garden of unearthly delights. Opening will be Sam Prekop and Archer Preswitt of the Sea and Cake, whose full-band The Moonlight Butterfly is due out next week. All ages. $17. 8 p.m. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Rick Mason

Guilty Simpson

7th St. Entry on Saturday 5.7

There's more to Detroit's Guilty Simpson than a hilarious moniker (modified from the original "Guilt," and using his real last name) or an association with two of rap's great producers, Madlib and the late J Dilla. Guilty's 2006 song "Clap Your Hands" showed what Dilla saw in him: a tough, sonorous voice blunt and clipped enough to rival any beat thrown at him, with an unvarnished poetic streak in lines such as "it's a fact, when you're black, that you don't know how to act when your belly button's touching your back." Last year's O.J. Simpson (the initials referring to Madlib's name, Otis Jackson) was hood rap at its most iconoclastic, while a collaboration with Black Milk and Sean Price is forthcoming. With Muja Messiah & DJ Turtleneck, Mally, and So Gold. 18+. $10/$12 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes

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