Brooklyn trio Yeasayer have been creating some of indie's most melodically enticing avant-pop for the past half-decade. All Hour Cymbals, their 2007 debut, had two- and three-part harmonies meeting Middle Eastern and West African textures, while 2010's breakout Odd Blood brought sonic maximalism and pop clarity to songs like "O.N.E." and the excellent "Ambling Alp." In addition to their show at First Ave, this week sees the release of the band's third studio album, the 50-minute, self-produced Fragrant World. Lead single "Henrietta" is one of this summer's biggest (and weirdest) indie hits, while deeper cuts like "Blue Paper" sprawl and stutter toward dance-floor friendliness. Thumb piano, David Byrne-esque vocal phrasing, and spongy electro drums all abound. With Daughn Gibson. $25, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388.
Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., 2012