Orpheum Theatre on Saturday 6.25

The long, curious, enduring saga of Jethro Tull—the band, not the 18th-century agronomist whose name they appropriated—continues with this tour marking the 40th anniversary of the group's signature album, Aqualung. The first six notes of Aqualung's title tune are seared into the cerebral cortexes of anyone who listened to rock then, along with Ian Anderson's one-legged flute forays and his memorable description of the song's snot-encrusted protagonist. Tull always were a bit off the beam, mixing progressive rock, jazz, classical, English folk, and blues, plus Anderson's eccentric social commentary and Elizabethan inclinations. Charges of pomposity and pretentiousness inevitably were hurled in Tull's direction, but legions of closet fans can no doubt still quote Aqualung in its entirety, which is what the current version of Tull—notably sporting longtime guitarist Martin Barre—plan to play. All ages. $38.50-$103.50. 8 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

New Labor

Nick and Eddie on Saturday 6.25

Led by funhouse punks New Labor, a blistering lineup will descend on Nick & Eddie's for the band's 7-inch release party. Vocalist Andy Bauer ranges from speak-sing to croon to full-lung screams when the time is right, fluidly maintaining a common energy and melody while the songs zig and zag across the musical spectrum over two-to-three-minute bursts. The band's fluid transitions made the tempo changes look easy, despite the manic tone. Also playing are Disasteratti, who, on the heels of their new album Transmissionary, will debut new drummer Jack Kalyuzhny, and Les Deux Magots and Safewords. 21+. $5. 9 p.m. 1612 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis; 612.486.5800. Loren Green

Nanci Griffith

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater on Saturday 6.25

Adding a strong literary streak to the dusty Texas songwriter tradition helped make Nanci Griffith stand apart from the usual sagebrush tunesmiths of the Lone Star variety. Juggling folk, country, Southern Gothic angst, and cowboy melodrama of The Last Picture Show ilk, Griffith wrote a succession of early songs that rate as all-time classics of the genre, including "Love at the Five and Dime," "There's a Light Beyond These Woods," "The Last of the True Believers," and "Ford Econoline." Over the years Griffith's focus has shifted from internal emotional landscapes and personal evolutionary journeys to the world at large. In fact, her most recent album, 2009's The Loving Kind, is dominated by social and political issues like the death penalty and interracial marriage. All Ages. $38. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

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