Barbette, Sunday 7.15

Barbette not only provides local foodies with some of the best eats in town, but also serves up quality music. Look no further than this weekend's free block party. The varied lineup includes rapper-about-town Astronautalis, the atmospheric indie rock of Peter Wolf Crier, and the soulful stylings of A. Wolf & Her Claws. Filling out the day-long bill are Sleep Study, the Brass Messengers, Patty & the Buttons, and Prissy Clerks. Expect a load of street entertainers, and leave your garbage at home because this is a no-waste event. All ages, free, 3 p.m. 1600 West Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.827.5710. —Erik Thompson

Youth Lagoon

Varsity Theater, Sunday 7.15

Gaslight Anthem: Sticking their necks out at the Fine Line
Danny Clinch
Gaslight Anthem: Sticking their necks out at the Fine Line

The home recording project of 22-year-old Idaho musician Trevor Powers, Youth Lagoon is aptly named. Sounding boyish but broken, the 10 tunes that make up YL's debut, The Year of Hibernation, coat Powers's innocent yearning in murky reverb. While it's near impossible to make out much of what he's singing, those snippets that are clearly audible — "It's just me in my room with my eyes shut" — are in sync with the hushed intimacy of Powers's spare but mesmerizing melodies. Favoring fuzzy synthesizers and wobbly drum-machine rhythms, Youth Lagoon's heady bedroom pop isn't for everybody, but those enamored of idiosyncratic songwriters will find plenty to love in Powers's solipsistic but sly songs. With Father John Misty and Onuinu. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Rob Van Alstyne

King Tuff/Jaill

Triple Rock Social Club, Tuesday 7.17

King Tuff is the brainchild of enigmatic guitar virtuoso Kyle Thomas, who has generated a consistent buzz with other musical projects Feathers, Happy Birthday, and Witch (with Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis). King Tuff's brilliant, self-titled sophomore record was recently released on Sub Pop, and certainly delivers on the promise of his previous ventures. His new material is rooted in the lo-fi appeal of garage rock as well as the melodic beauty and easy effervescence featured in '60s surf pop. It's a potent, relentlessly catchy combination that should go over well in a live setting, as King Tuff's performances are rumored to be an absolute riot. Fellow Sub Pop signees Jaill are touring with King Tuff, and the inventive Milwaukee psych-rockers should set the stage well for the headliners. With Voytek. 18+, $10, 6 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Erik Thompson

Liars/Unknown Mortal Orchestra

First Avenue, Tuesday 7.17

Two cheers for three-piece individualism. Los Angeles-via-New York changelings Liars began as another tense, funky neo-postpunk band (better than the Rapture, not as good as GoGoGo Airheart) but ended their 2002 debut with a droney half-hour of electro-experimental bliss-out that became the amorphous state and country they've worked in ever since. Their latest, WIXIW, is like a No Wave moan filtered through New Wave atmospherics. New Zealand-via-Portland openers Unknown Mortal Orchestra sing catchy soul melodies in warlock voices amid melancholic jazz changes, and play psych-garage with Meters chops. A seriously cool live show. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes

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