Mystic Lake Casino on Sunday 9.4

At this point, nobody really expects Blondie to upset any new paradigms. In the group's late '70s/early '80s heyday, the Debbie Harry-led outfit set a high standard for an omnivorous New Wave chic, lent the NYC underground an irresistible backbeat, and helped, um, legitimize rap/rock hybrids back when future members of Korn and Limp Bizkit were still in short pants. (Also, Harry was so alluring in Videodrome. Did you see that? Watch it late at night.) This sort of revolutionary achievement—or the fact that most people know "Heart of Glass," whichever—earns Blondie a pass when it comes to things like "returns to form" and "envelope pushing" and "cutting a new track with Feist." Fuck all that. Like pretty much everybody, Blondie need liquid cash, like, now, and since touring keeps the coffers full, that's what they're doing. Go ahead, laugh now; when you're shelling out dough to catch Kings of Leon or Coldplay live in 2030 when neither group's had a hit in 15 years, get back to me. All ages. $19-$29. 7 p.m. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 800.262.7799. —Ray Cummings

Ivan Lins

Dakota Jazz Club on Monday 9.5

Patches & Gretchen take over the Loring for a 
dual CD-release show
Tony Nelson
Patches & Gretchen take over the Loring for a dual CD-release show

Location Info


Music Box Theatre

1407 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Music Venues

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

As a composer often mentioned in the same breath as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins has been an icon of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) since the early 1970s, when Elis Regina had a major hit with his "Madalena." He's also been hugely influential internationally as a wide array of artists have been captivated by his alluring melodies and sophisticated harmonies. He's reportedly the most recorded Brazilian composer after Jobim, including by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Quincy Jones. Lins has recorded dozens of his own albums, and most recently won a Latin Grammy for 2008's Regência: Vince Mendoza, a live recording with the Metropole Orchestra. Live, Lins is known for the warmth and emotional depth of his singing as well as his keyboard work. In this rare local appearance, Lins will be accompanied by brilliant Uruguayan guitarist Leonard Amuedo, and bassist Enrique Toussaint and drummer Fernando Toussaint of the internationally known, Minnesota-connected Mexican jazz band Sacbe. $35 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

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