Dakota, Saturday 3.3

Although he gained a measure of fame with the proto-Americana band the Blasters, then with the L.A. punk band X, Dave Alvin is a criminally underappreciated guitarist and songwriter who has all too quietly created a distinct and rock-solid body of work. Actually, there's a good bit of country, folk, blues, and rockabilly entwined with the rock, a rootsy swath that matches his wiry, vividly detailed, oft-noirish stories about characters invariably plagued by hard times and heartache. Alvin's guitar weighs in with icepick stabs of irony, wild cries of angst, lashes of agonized truth. His latest, Eleven Eleven, grapples with lost love, faded memories of union solidarity, a ruined prizefighter, the death of Johnny Ace, vigilante injustice, raw lust, and other troubles. Alvin will be backed by his three-piece band, the Guilty Ones. $20. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332-5299. —Rick Mason

Galactic / The Soul Rebels

The Cabooze, Saturday 3.3

Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox: Sitting pretty.
Mick Rock
Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox: Sitting pretty.

Location Info

Map

The Loft

711 Hennepin Ave., 4th floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Walker Art Center

1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

New Orleans's takes its blazing cauldron of Crescent City traditions and cutting-edge innovations to stunning new heights on Carnivale Electricos, which brings together the potent bacchanals of New Orleans's Mardi Gras and Brazil's Carnaval. Anchored in second-line funk ignited by drummer Stanton Moore, Galactic ventures outside the city's brass band and jazz traditions to contemporary hip-hop, acid jazz, and beyond. The album, whose name apparently was inspired by the massive sound trucks—called trio elétricos—that parade through Brazilian streets during Carnaval, starts with a furious variation on a trad Mardi Gras Indian chant from the Golden Camanches, laced with a greeting in Portuguese for good measure. NOLA's Casa Samba lend a hand on Carlinhos Brown's "Magalenha," Neville brothers Cyril and Ivan—as well as rappers Mystikal and Mannie Fresh—stop by, and rising Rio samba singer Moyseis Marques takes on the funk-samba "O Coco da Galinha." Living Colour's Corey Glover and the Rebirth Brass Band's Corey Henry will join Galactic on tour. Also on the bill is another terrific New Orleans band that trades in funk, brass band, and jazz. The Soul Rebels' Unlock Your Mind, their first nationally distributed album, is a street-savvy, celebratory dose of bristling horns, reggae, and hip-hop-infected second line. $23-$25. 9 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425.

—Rick Mason

The Twilight Sad

7th ST. Entry, Saturday 3.3

It's been a great last few years for sad-bastard Scottish music, whether you prefer your forcefully accented misery with the amps cranked to 10 like We Were Promised Jetpacks, or in the brightly polished folk-pop package of Frightened Rabbit. Fellow Scots the Twilight Sad opt for a distinctly different—yet no less emotionally scarred—middle path on their excellent new album, No One Can Ever Know. Clearly drawing inspiration from post-punk icons like Joy Division, the trio's latest release largely ditches guitars to put the focus squarely on haunting vintage synthesizer textures and frontman James Graham's sonorous brogue. It's a bold gambit for a band previously defined by a dense wall of sound, but it only takes one listen to lean doom-and-gloom ballad "Sick" to instantly realize Graham's got the pipes to pull off the minimalist makeover. With Micah P. Hinson. 18+, $10, 9 p.m., 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.331.9800.

—Rob Van Alstyne

The Chieftains

Orchestra Hall, Sunday 3.4

The most prominent and arguably finest Irish roots band of their generation, the Chieftains not only made their mark as staunch traditionalists, they're mavericks who roam the globe collaborating with artists wherever there's a thread of Celtic culture—or not—from Galicia to Nashville, East L.A., China, and now even outer space. So as the band celebrate their half-century mark, it's appropriate that their new Voice of Ages album features a new array of collaborations with a younger generation of up-and-comers, ranging from Bon Iver and the Decemberists to the Civil Wars, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Imelda May. Plus, astronaut Cady Coleman plays flute and tin whistle with the boys from the International Space Station. This, in part, is what keeps the Chieftains fresh and vital after all these years: impeccable musicianship, an impish sense of humor, solid traditional grounding, and a questing curiosity that yields fascinating musical juxtapositions. Fiddler Sean Keane is not traveling with the group. But assorted musicians and dancers will be on hand to help Paddy Moloney, Matt Molloy, and Kevin Conneff rouse everyone's Celtic spirit. $30-$55. 7 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656.

—Rick Mason

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