Son of late Malian guitar giant Ali Farka Touré, Vieux may be only three albums into his career but already is creating a new synthesis sound that blurs distinctions between genres, continents, and time itself. Just as Ali reconciled African and Delta blues, Vieux's inspired juggling of ancient and modern threads that wind as far afield as avant-garde rock and jazz results in fiercely compelling music. The title track of Vieux's new The Secret is from Ali's last recording session, father and son seamlessly blending their guitars on Mali's characteristic drones and terse, clustered phrasing, also the foundation for Vieux's other forays. Those include a flamenco-tinged jazz escapade with John Scofield, blues-rock explorations with slide master Derek Trucks, soul and funk implications with Ivan Neville's organ and Dave Matthew's vocals, plus the occasional hovering spirit of Hendrix; but all in a thoroughly Malian context of rhythms and melodies. This tour features Touré in what's being touted as a power trio context, with bassist Mamadou Sidibe and drummer Tim Keiper. All ages. $18/$20 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Olivia Tremor Control

Varsity Theater on Monday 9.12

Idiosyncratic Electric Six psych-rockers the Olivia Tremor Control are back in a major way in 2011, with the announcement of a full-scale U.S. tour, as well as vinyl reissues of two celebrated but long out-of-print albums, Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle and Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1. And the quirky quintet isn't stopping there, with plans for a new record that should see release at some point next year. For those fans who perhaps didn't get a chance to see them play live back in the '90s (or didn't see them enough), this show is sure to be filled with songs that range from surreal folk jams to experimental noise freak-outs, and everything else in between. You're not going to see anything quite like this anytime soon. The Music Tapes, led by Neutral Milk Hotel's Julian Koster, is a fitting opener, and well-worth showing up early for as well. 18+. $16. 7:30 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Erik Thompson

Alison Krauss & Union Station

What's their age again? Blink-182, still going strong
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What's their age again? Blink-182, still going strong

Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday 9.13

After her spectacular, multiple Grammy-winning collaboration with Robert Plant on Raising Sand, bluegrass thrush Alison Krauss mustered up her old band of all-star pickers and soared to even dizzier heights on this spring's Paper Airplane. Their first recording together in seven years, Airplane again combines Krauss's unique soprano, which manages to be airily ethereal while unveiling poignant layers of deep emotion, with Union Station's stirring, assured ensemble work, led by Dan Tyminski's guitar, Jerry Douglas's dobro, and Krauss's fiddle. A sense of exquisite melancholy permeates Airplane, heartache and hard times addressed with sadness but also a certain indomitable spirit, expressed via the resilient music if nowhere else. The fine tune collection includes Robert Lee Castleman's title track, Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day," Jackson Browne's "My Opening Farewell," and Peter Rowan's "Dust Bowl Children," the last distinguished by Tyminksi's searing lead vocal. All ages. $51.50-$85. 7:30 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

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