7th St. Entry, Friday 5.25

If there's one thing that's consistent about Buck 65, it's his inconsistency. He'll pick up a persona — needle-voiced surrealist basement rapper (Vertex); beathead Tom Waits (Talkin' Honky Blues); gravelly chronicler of a '50s beat generation transgressiveness (Situation); electronic indie-pop collaborator (Bike for Three!'s More Heart Than Brains) — and sidestep to parts elsewhere once the impression's been made, storing but never discarding the accumulated phases along the way. Last year's Polaris-nominated 20 Odd Years takes stock of Richard Terfry's years in the art, and all those aforementioned elements coalesce into a work that still has room for new twists — smoky-cabaret guest spots from the likes of Jenn Grant and Olivia Ruiz, a stark, faithful cover of Leonard Cohen's "Who by Fire," and one of Buck's most pop-friendly rap tracks to date — one about a zombie apocalypse, no less. With Busdriver and So Gold. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Nate Patrin


Turf Club, Friday 5.25

Lee "Scratch" Perry is prepared for anything
courtesy of the artist
Lee "Scratch" Perry is prepared for anything

Firebrand frontwoman Maggie Morrison has kept a low profile since her beloved local synth-pop duo Lookbook called it a day two years ago. Well, the wait is now officially over, as this Turf Club show marks the debut of LaLiberte, a new collaborative effort featuring Morrison, Doomtree's Cecil Otter, and Votel member Ben Clark. At this early juncture, very little is officially known about the band. Will Morrison dip her toes back into Lookbook's crystal-clear '80s-copping waters? Will Otter rap alongside her? All that's been revealed thus far is a single Bandcamp demo called "Kelis." The gently pulsating and slightly menacing electro dirge doesn't really go anywhere musically, but remains riveting thanks mostly to Morrison's compelling vocal performance. 21+, 9 p.m., $6, 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 612.332.1775. —Rob Van Alstyne

Red Daughters CD-release show

Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Friday 5.25

The spirited Minneapolis quintet Red Daughters have cultivated a solid local fan base through their captivating live shows filled with their rousing, soulful brand of rock 'n' roll. Opening for Dawes and Caroline Smith on New Year's Eve certainly helped introduce them to a wider audience as well. Now the guys are poised to capitalize on that growing momentum with a CD-release party that their fans have been waiting for, as the band is finally putting out an album filled with the stirring songs that have been featured in their recent live sets. Red Daughters are bringing along some fine local support for their big night as well, as Phantom Tails, the Goondas, and Buildings will all help add to the festivities with raucous sets of their own. 21+. Free. 9 p.m. 6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul; 612.285.3112. —Erik Thompson

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Orchestra Hall, Saturday 5.26

With Orchestra Hall about to close for extensive renovations, the old place will get a Crescent City-style sendoff courtesy of two bands steeped in traditional New Orleans jazz: the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the relative upstart New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, led by Minnesota Orchestra Jazz Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield. Also on hand will be Davell Crawford, one of the heirs of the great New Orleans piano tradition. New Orleans jazz funerals feature a slow, mournful procession to the boneyard, followed by a rousing, up-tempo romp back, the fired-up band trailed by gyrating second-liners. At the end of this performance, the bands will lead the audience out into Peavey Plaza, where they'll join up with one of the Twin Cities' disciples of NOLA's funked-up brass bands, Jack Brass Band. Before the grand finale, both bands will likely air out the traditional New Orleans repertoire with requisite spirit. Both are serious about the music, but hardly doctrinaire. PHJB has loosened up considerably under Ben Jaffe and freely cavorts with diverse artists, including Del McCoury's bluegrass band on last year's American Legacies. Each also sports charismatic characters, such as PHJB singer/reed player Clint Maedgen, and NOJO trumpeter Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown and clarinetist Evan Christopher. $25-$70, 8 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656. —Rick Mason

Mark Sultan

Turf Club, Saturday 5.26

Mark Sultan may not be a household name, but he's an incredibly busy and influential musician. Typically thrown into the "garage punk" genre, he's played with King Khan and BBQ Show (he is also known as BBQ), Almighty Defenders (with the Black Lips), Spaceshits, and Les Sexareenos. Currently he is performing as a one-man band. Touring in support of two recent In the Red Records releases and a live Record Store Day LP released last month, Sultan brings his show to St. Paul to deliver a performance that encompasses much of his catalog. He draws from garage, pop, doo-wop, punk, early R&B, and more, led by his harmonic voice and the ability to craft memorable and rhythmic hooks. Sultan plays drums, guitar, sings, and has been mixing floor toms, cymbals, and delay pedals into recent live shows. While playing multiple instruments, Sultan makes a point to avoid gimmickry, relying instead on beautifully crafted songs that pull from a deep and varied songbook that draws heavily from rock 'n' roll's early eras. With Birthday Suits, FMWired, DJ Danny Henry. 21+, $8, 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Loren Green

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