Triple Rock Social Club on Saturday 9.24

In 2006, the Horrors seemed like the tardiest latecomers to the new garage-rock boom, but their macabre attitude (and buckets of eyeliner) turned enough heads to make them a full-fledged buzz band. It's not a story that screams "longevity." But here they are, five years and a couple of albums later, making good on promises that no one thought they had the chops to keep. Recent album Skying is well removed from the band's debut, favoring extended grooves and sumptuous synths over the mascara-smudged pseudo-punk that made up their first EP. Maturity probably wasn't what most listeners expected of the Horrors. Surprisingly, they're wearing it well. With the Stepkids. 18+. $15. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Ian Traas

Toro Y Moi

Triple Rock Social Club on Sunday 9.25

Communist Daughter help christen the new Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Stephanie Colgan
Communist Daughter help christen the new Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Chillwave is enjoying its time in the sun right now, but Chaz Bundick (a.k.a. Toro Y Moi) seems most at home when he's confined to some dim studio. Given the almost constant rate at which Bundick releases tracks, he must be spending an exorbitant amount of time mixing and mastering his funk-laced output. It's good, then, that he's taking some time to tour, stretch his legs, and enjoy the mesmerizing effect that his music (like the new Freaking Out EP) has on dance floors. You could follow along and lump that music in with the rest of the soft-focus electropop that's everywhere right now—but bet that Bundick will outlast the hype. With Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Ava Luna. 18+. $15. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.333.7399. —Ian Traas

OMD

First Avenue on Monday 9.26

Very few bands are capable of putting out quality content years into their careers. For many artists, a new release can leave the fan base longing for past glories. "We were acutely aware of that," says Paul Humphreys of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), the '80s new wave band which he co-founded with Andy McCluskey. "We didn't make a big announcement that we were going back into the studio. We thought we'd test the waters and see how it went." From 1978 to 1989 the duo of Paul and Andy, with longtime support players Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper, had hits across Europe and around the world. They struggled to get notice in America, finally cracking the top ten in 1986 with "If You Leave," and three years later Paul and Andy parted ways. McCluskey soldiered on for three more albums as OMD, while Humphreys, Cooper, and Holmes formed the Listening Pool. In 2005 Paul and Andy accepted a request from German TV to perform on program there. They had such a good time they recruited Cooper and Holmes and reformed the group. At first they toured their hits, but last year they released the very fine History of Modern. "Because we had such a long lay-off from OMD, we came with new energy and a whole huge amount of ideas," says Humphreys. "By default, after playing for 33 years, we've all become really good musicians," explains Humphreys. "The band is in good form, we're playing well." (Read more of our OMD interview at gimmenoiseblog.com.) With Washington. 18+. $25/$27 at the door. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. P.F. Wilson

Japandroids

7th St. Entry on Monday 9.26

If the name Japandroids conjures up images of, say, Voltron, you're only slightly off the mark. The Canadian duo doesn't really look like a massive, evil-smiting robot, but their sound casts a huge shadow. That sound is a lumbering, noisy, powerful thing, brimming with discordant nuclear energy. There are no wasted gestures; Brian King's guitar and David Prowse's drums lock naturally with one another, and they manage to make bands twice their size feel small through sheer intensity. After a lengthy 2010 tour, the pair are showing off their extra-strength batteries by heading back out on the road to preview their upcoming album. Japandroids, combine! With Bass Drum of Death. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Ian Traas

Celebration of Lionel Hampton

Dakota Jazz Club on Monday 9.26 and Tuesday 9.27

Singer and producer Jacey Falk has put together a stellar group to celebrate the late jazz icon Lionel Hampton, a pioneer and master of jazz vibraphone and renowned band leader. Doing the honors on vibes will be Jason Marsalis, youngest of the prodigious Marsalis brothers, an accomplished drummer who in recent years increasingly has shown off his considerable skills on the vibes. The impressive cast also will include Diane Schuur, a first-tier jazz vocalist who likes to flirt with pop and (lately) country, as well as a formidable pianist; saxophonist Red Holloway, who's played big band, bop, blues, and R&B in his lengthy career; trombonist Fred Wesley, famed as James Brown's bandleader and for his work with P-Funk; and pianist Sharp Radway. The big band context includes Hampton orchestra alumni. $50 at 7 p.m.; $40 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

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