First Avenue, Saturday 7.28

A Bouncing Souls show is about far more than just hyping their latest release — in this case, it's Comet on Rise Records. The long-running band of melodic New Jersey punks bring a communal worldview with their songs. Sure, topics range from 1980s movies to the Iraq War to BMX biking and a good ol' "East Coast Fuck You," but the tone and sentimentality of the songs is universal, contagious, and ultimately uplifting. Plus, the band is Doomtree-approved: Singer Greg Attonito lent his voice to a P.O.S. song a few years back. With openers worthy of their own headlining sets, including a reunited Smoking Popes, this four-band bill is set to upstage the recently through-town Warped Tour by adding intimacy and energy that outshines the condensed outdoor festival. With the Menzingers and Luther. All ages, $16, 5:30 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Loren Green

James Carter Organ Trio

Dakota, Sunday 7.29

James Carter is one of the most accomplished and adventurous saxophonists in contemporary jazz, covering the gamut from swing to bop and way beyond, from the harmolodic frontier to Billie Holiday, plus his recent innovative synthesis of jazz, European classical, and Caribbean rhythms in tackling Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. The latest of his myriad projects involves his longest standing group, the James Carter Organ Trio, featuring B3 wizard Gerard Gibbs and ace drummer Leonard King Jr. The trio's recent At the Crossroads (Emarcy) is a tasty summit of jazz, blues, gospel, and soul. Carter can come out smoking or be breathtakingly lyrical, juggling a quartet of saxophones plus flute. Crossroads kicks off with a hard-blowing run through Matthew Gee's "Oh Gee" and later pays tribute to B3 royalty Brother Jack McDuff and Sarah McLawler. It also gets down and dirty on Big Maybelle's "Ramblin' Blues" and righteous with Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" and the traditional gospel piece "Tis the Old Ship of Zion"; the trio proves equally inspirational Saturday night and Sunday morning. $35 at 7 p.m., $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.5299. —Rick Mason

The Drive Tour with College, Anoraak, and Electric Youth

Triple Rock Social Club, Sunday 7.29

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn put a lot to love into last year's crime thriller Drive: beautifully shot California skylines, the tense existentialism of Ryan Gosling's "The Driver," and Christina Hendricks. But one thing about the film that continues to be overlooked is its excellent score, whose bouncy synths and breathy vocals make for something like the most surreal, sedate disco ever. The Drive Tour taps two acts, France's College and Canada's Electric Youth, that are heard in the movie, and another, French trio Anoraak, that would have fit in perfectly alongside them, especially with their having a song actually called "Nightdrive With You." "Cinematic" is an overused word in music journalism, sure, but Sunday's Triple Rock audience is bound to see a show that truly fulfills the descriptor. 18+, $15, 7:30 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399.Mike Madden

Slim Cessna's Auto Club

7th St. Entry, Tuesday 7.31

There's an ambiguity at the core of Slim Cessna's ravings about sin and damnation that's even scarier than the harrowing tales themselves. The disquieting realization that Slim's holy-roller sextet might take the band's grotesque revelations of rampaging religious bile at all seriously puts a razor-like edge on music already engorged on high-octane country, gospel, and punk. SCAC is based in Denver and has recorded a half-dozen or so albums for Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. The latest, Unentitled, features a white country church on its cover apparently about to be engulfed by a blood-red tide. What is clear is that Slim and his congregation are true believers when it comes to music. The band has been widely praised for its musicianship, Americana roots, and incendiary live shows, and there's nothing diffident about the banjos' on-the-brink-of-hell intensity or Cessna's gothic country yodels. Jezebel Jones & Her Wicked Ways and Housepet open 18+, $12, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Rick Mason

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