Amadou & Mariam, Acoustic Century, and more

Amadou & Mariam

Cedar Cultural Center, Tuesday 8.7

This is the local debut of the acclaimed Malian husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam (here backed by a band), who have become renowned for their remarkable synthesis of Malian music — especially its distinctive version of the blues — and a wide array of vintage and contemporary Western pop. The couple met at a Bamako school for the blind some 30 years ago and were already well known in West Africa and France when their 2005 U.S. release, Dimanche á Bamako, led to opening for the likes of Coldplay and collaborating with Gorillaz. The pair's thoroughly adventurous and engaging new album, Folila, sports contributions from members of TV on the Radio and Antibalas, plus Malian giants Toumani Diabaté and Bassekou Kouyaté. "Dougou Badia" features an electric-guitar joust between Amadou and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner plus a dual-language swap of lyrics between Mariam and Santigold that has Ronettes overtones. Incisive, cutting-edge music can indeed spring from root sources with astounding freshness and spontaneity. With DJ Paper Sleeves. Sold out. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Joey DeFrancesco, Larry Coryell, Jimmy Cobb: A Tribute to Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery

Dakota Jazz club, Wednesday 8.1 + Thursday 8.2

B-3 organ kingpin Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery were key jazz innovators in the 1950s and '60s and are still both huge influences on today's musicians. Smith's bubbling organ escapades pioneered soul jazz, mixing up R&B, gospel, blues, and bop while working wicked grooves. Montgomery's trademark fluid style was an astute extension of Charlie Christian. Together, they were the Dynamic Duo, as one mid-'60s album was called. Meanwhile, the tribute threesome is pretty far along on the road to legendary status themselves, with a tasty new album out too: Wonderful! Wonderful!, named for the old Johnny Mathis hit. Joey DeFrancesco is a contemporary B-3 master. Jazz fusion pioneer Larry Coryell is an accomplished guitarist in numerous styles. And drummer Jimmy Cobb remains one of jazz's greatest timekeepers, who played on one of jazz's most celebrated albums, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue. $40 at 7 p.m., $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299. —Rick Mason

Acoustic Century: Gabriel Douglas and Danny O'Brien

New Century Theatre, Thursday 8.2

If you've ever wanted a personal look into a musician's process and job, New Century Theatre's new Acoustic Century series is offering that opportunity. The series launches with Gabe Douglas of 4onthefloor and Danny O'Brien of the Farewell Circuit, and audience members will have the chance to ask questions and listen in on the grimy, dirty details of life on the road and as a part of the Twin Cities music scene. Douglas and O'Brien have each performed both as solo artists and as part of a group, and they'll be speaking on the differences between those musical ventures as well as the songwriting and creative process. All ages, $10, 8 p.m. 615 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.455.9501.Natalie Gallagher

Dosh 7-inch release party

7th St. Entry, Friday 8.3

Minneapolis musical maestro Martin Dosh typically has a lot of projects going at once. But after focusing his prodigious talents as part of Andrew Bird's band on their extensive recent tour, Martin returns home for his first official Dosh show in seven months to celebrate the release of his new 7-inch, "From the House of Caesar"/"Walt Whitman Barnt." The record is set to be released on the small Savannah, Georgia, label Graveface Records, and is part of a charity subscription release that the label is doing throughout 2012. Dosh's record is set to benefit St. Paul nonprofit Building Dignity. Aby Wolf and Grant Cutler's ethereal electronic project Wolflords will open. With Ghostband and Mike 2600. 18+, $8, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.Erik Thompson

Animal Kingdom

Triple Rock Social Club, Saturday 8.4

Once a fount of inspiration for American bands, major-label British rock today consists primarily of amiable but lifeless Coldplay imitators too busy being pleasant to make much in the way of a lasting impression. Animal Kingdom's sophomore album, The Looking Away, offers a much-needed reminder that British pop done right is posh, not stuffy. While the super-smooth tenor of frontman Richard Sauberlich could appeal to the Keane and Snow Patrol crowd, the band stands out by deftly employing danceable disco-derived rhythms, and dressing up its ballads with lovingly layered electronic bells and whistles. Plenty atmospheric without sacrificing anything in the way of melodic immediacy, Animal Kingdom have arrived just in time to redeem Brit-rock from complacent placidity. With Eight and a Half and Royal Teeth. 18+, $12, 8 p.m., 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Rob Van Alstyne

Die Antwoord

First Avenue, Saturday 8.4

South African counter-culture rap/rave crew Die Antwoord have been setting stages ablaze in their homeland for quite a while now, and their coarse lyrics and flagrantly flamboyant live shows are finally starting to catch on here in the States. The outlandish group is led by Yo-Landi Vi$$ser and Ninja, who both bring a lot of energy and attitude. Die Antwoord are touring in support of their most recent record, Tension, which seems to have divided their fans and critics alike. But the group doesn't pay that type of scrutiny any mind — instead operating on the "zef" principle, a crass personal philosophy based on calculated foolishness and outrageous vulgarity. 18+, $25, 11 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erik Thompson

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