Maps & Atlases, the Weeknd, Jimmy Cliff, and more

Maps & Atlases

Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Tuesday 6.19

Over the course of their two full-lengths and numerous EPs, the Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases have crafted an intricate, textured experimentalism that hovers comfortably between art pop and expansive, angular rock 'n' roll. Their inventive new album, Beware and Be Grateful, is a more accessible collection of songs, while still maintaining a buoyant, creative edge. Maps & Atlases' absorbing live shows consistently showcase the dexterous talents of all four members, who smoothly blend each of their distinct, ambitious sounds to further each song's unconventional aims and directions. This show represents one of the bigger national indie-rock bookings for Amsterdam, which should provide the perfect room. With the Big Sleep and Suns. 18+, $10-$12, 7 p.m. 6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul; 612.285.3112. —Erik Thompson

The Flatlanders/Jason Eady

Three men and a beardy
courtesy of the artists
Three men and a beardy

Cedar Cultural Center, Wednesday 6.13

This is being billed as the 40th anniversary tour of the Flatlanders. Back in 1972, Lubbock buddies Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock got together, recorded an album at Nashville's Sun Studios, and promptly saw it essentially evaporate. The few copies of its eight-track-only release mostly disappeared into truck-stop discount bins. The trio scattered, eventually establishing themselves individually as superb Texas songsmiths and artistically hip cult faves: Ely, the roots rocker; Hancock, the country/folk philosopher; Gilmore, the existential cosmic cowboy. Two decades after its recording, that first album was re-released as More a Legend Than a Band. It was another decade before the Flatlanders recorded their second, Now Again. On 2009's Hills and Valleys, the tres amigos mixed reflections on hard times with rousing honky-tonkers, still tapping that potent wind-whipped West Texas elixir that spawned three legends and a band. Opening will be Texas singer-songwriter Jason Eady, who has dabbled with blues, gospel, and various Americana styles, but whose latest is a solid dose of classic country called AM Country Heaven. $29-$31. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Peter Wolf Crier

Triple Rock Social Club, Wednesday 6.13

After a brief foray into trio-land, local-boys-made-good Peter Wolf Crier are once again operating as a daring duo, pared back down to founding members Peter Pisano (vocals/guitar) and Brian Moen (drums/synthesizers). Erecting a surprisingly giant wall of sound for a two-piece, the band returns home briefly tonight fresh off a well-received overseas run that included a coveted slot at Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival. Recent performances have found the pair jamming out and deconstructing the prickly distorted folk-rock tunes on their dense sophomore album, Garden of Arms, so be prepared for delightful detours from PWC's recorded sound. In a nice nod to the working man, tonight's show kicks off early and features bargain-basement merchandise prices, with music starting sharply at 8:30 and all PWC CDs and shirts running just $7. With Prissy Clerks and the Blind Shake. 18+, $7, 8 p.m., 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Rob Van Alstyne

Céu & Curumin

Dakota Bar & Grill, Friday 6.15

On her first two albums, São Paulo singer Céu enchanted listeners by slipping her deliciously sly and supple voice around languid bossas and sambas subtly updated with touches of electronica, reggae, trip-hop, jazz, and pop. But on her new Caravana Sereia Bloom, produced by Gui Amabis, Céu is far more eclectic, her repertoire inspired by a metaphoric journey around Brazil and the Caribbean, assimilating influences and reaching back to the expansive philosophy of psychedelic-era Tropicália. She particularly taps northeastern Brazil's potent musical crucible for elements of baião, maracatu, and mangue, as well as Jamaica and a pan-Latin array of styles that only begins with merengue, cumbia, and chica, all woven into tracks that sidle and sashay from sizzling Carnaval to cool Ipanema. "You Won't Regret It," one of three tunes sung in English, is a vintage Lloyd Robinson/Glen Brown rocksteady song that Céu also laces with New Orleans spirit, from her vocal phrasing to the splashes of trumpet and tuba. Another, "Streets Bloom," is a seductive dose of noir-funk accented by programmed steel pan. Also along on tour is fellow São Paulo resident Curumin, a drummer, singer, and composer who plays on some Caravana tracks and has a new album of his own titled Arrocha. $45. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Jimmy Cliff

Minnesota Zoo Amphitheatre, Saturday 6.16

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff launched his career in Jamaica around the time ska was evolving into reggae, and his music still contains elements of ska, calypso, pop, and R&B. But Cliff, through his association with Chris Blackwell's Island label, was the first to introduce reggae to many audiences outside Jamaica, including Britain, Brazil, Africa, and the U.S., initially via his early hits and compositions, then thanks to the landmark reggae film The Harder They Come. Cliff not only starred in the 1972 film, he also dominated the excellent soundtrack with songs that remain indelible classics: "You Can Get It If You Really Want," "Sitting in Limbo," "Many Rivers to Cross," along with the title track. Cliff's subsequent career never reached the heights of Bob Marley's, but over the years he's remained a solid and often inspirational artist, and recent tours have earned rave reviews, including this spring at Coachella and his performance with Bruce Springsteen at SXSW. A new album has been pending for several years. But last year he issued an EP, Sacred Fire, which sported covers of the Clash's "Guns of Brixton" and Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." $41. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley; 800.745.3000. —Rick Mason

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