Bass Drum of Death, Destroyer, Kelly Rowland, and more

Bass Drum of Death / DZ Deathrays

7th St. Entry, Monday 6.25

Two death-obsessed duos are set to destroy the Entry on Monday night. Recent Fat Possum Records signees Bass Drum of Death and the Australian two-piece DZ Deathrays combine their raucous, untamed sound for an incendiary tour that should leave everyone's ears ringing long into the week. After a successful stint opening for Japandroids in 2011, the Mississippi duo Bass Drum of Death are set to make their own distinct mark on the garage-rock scene with this headlining tour and their just-released debut LP, GB City, which was written and recorded solely by BDOD mastermind John Barrett himself. DZ Deathrays will add to the riotous festivities with their own blistering rock attack. With Phantom Tails. 18+, $8-$10, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erik Thompson

Booker T. Jones

Till Bass Drum of Death do us part
Marjolein Hoornaert
Till Bass Drum of Death do us part

Dakota Bar & Grill, Thursday 6.21

The Hammond B3 organ sound was a key ingredient in the combustible grooves concocted by Booker T. and the MGs, the house band at Memphis's Stax Records in its Soulsville U.S.A. heyday. They backed guys like Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, and sent "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight" scurrying up the charts. Jones's influence as a producer, session musician, and writer far outlasted Stax. He also periodically reunited with MGs Steve Cropper and the recently departed Donald "Duck" Dunn. Backed by the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young, Jones won a Grammy for 2009's Potato Hole, then followed up with another Grammy winner, the even stronger The Road From Memphis, backed by the Roots, with guest shots by Jim James, Sharon Jones, the National's Matt Berninger, and Lou Reed. Jones's autobiographical lyrics recount his musical journey, but the instrumentals tell his story even more vividly, weaving musical threads from Memphis, Motown, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. $45 at 7 p.m.; $30 at 9 p.m.,1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299. —Rick Mason

Sadat X

Honey, Thursday 6.21

Bronx native Sadat X hails from what many consider to be hip hop's golden age: the early-'90s East Coast renaissance that birthed countless classic records and remains a standard for comparison. Originally building fame with the politically minded group Brand Nubian, Sadat went solo in 1996 with Wild Cowboys, molding 5 percenter spirituality with a smooth yet tough-as-nails flow. The rapper's signature high-pitched timbre can be found on features from Notorious B.I.G. and Common, and a steady string of releases in the 2000s show the continued strength of his intelligent and funk-infused sound. He'll be joined at Honey by local favorites Mr. Gene Poole, Anchormen, Remo Williamz, and Bobby Raps, who round out a solid lineup that bridges eras and rap scenes. 18+, $10-$15, 10 p.m. 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.746.0306. —Jack Spencer

The Daredevil Christopher Wright CD-release show

Cedar Cultural Center, Saturday 6.23

In the post-Bon Iver blogosphere it's understandable if Twin Citians are sick of the Eau Claire music scene 90 miles west stealing our thunder. The Daredevil Christopher Wright, however, are no Johnny-come-lately to the suddenly buzzy EC scene, having honed their craft together since 2004. The sounds conjured up on their forthcoming sophomore album, The Nature of Things, prove more than worthy of worldwide attention. Moving away from the hustle and bustle of their epic-leaning 2009 debut, In Deference to a Broken Back, The Nature of Things finds the classically trained trio of brothers/multi-instrumentalists Jason and Jon Sunde and percussionist Jesse Edgington scaling back their instrumentation, but still incorporating plenty of layered vocal harmonies. With beautifully sung and tightly arranged folk-rock now one of the prime commercial forces in indie rock thanks to — you guessed it — Bon Iver, don't be surprised if these daredevils make the leap from pride of Eau Claire to national renown. With We Are the Willows and Kalispell. All ages, $10-$12, 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rob Van Alstyne

Pride in Concert: Kelly Rowland

Loring Park, Saturday 6.23

The musical culmination of Pride Month in the Twin Cities brings R&B superstar Kelly Rowland to Loring Park. First with Destiny's Child, and for the past decade as a solo songstress, Rowland's sweet pipes have found their way onto several hit urban collaborations, including "Dilemma" with Nelly and "Motivation" with Lil Wayne. But let's not forget that Kelly's got a sassy dance-floor diva side too, and who better to bring it out than French DJ/producer David Guetta. They hooked up on the churning, sizzling hits "When Love Takes Over" and "Commander," and she'll be commanding all of Loring to dance — though compliance shouldn't be difficult to attain. With DJ Rich B, Spearz, and Sick of Sarah. $15-$25, 5:30 p.m. Loring Park, Minneapolis; 612.305.6900. —Reed Fischer

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, Sunday 6.24 + Monday 6.25

The 11-strong Tedeschi Trucks Band has quickly evolved into one of the finest roots-centric outfits around. A potent jazz sensibility is intertwined with the band's southern-fried assemblage of blues, soul, gospel, funk, and rock. The frequently transcendent improv work is bolstered by dual percussionists J.J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, and the bristling horn section. The heart of the band is the married tandem of Susan Tedeschi, a gritty blues guitarist and exceptional, soulful vocalist, and Derek Trucks, a slide master and outstanding overall guitarist. TTB's debut, Revelator, won this year's best blues album Grammy. The follow-up is Everybody's Talkin', a two-disc live set that shows the group soaring with electrifying energy, from their Memphis-slathered version of Fred Neil's classic title track to Trucks's slide workout on Elmore James's "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and the arresting vocal harmonies on the gospel standard "Wade in the Water." Opening will be Georgia gospel-fueled singer Ryan Shaw, whose classic soul sound on his new Real Love suggests the influences of Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Al Green. $66-$58. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 800.745.3000. —Rick Mason


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