7th St. Entry, Saturday 8.25

Here's something to see: Abilities plays turntables like an electric guitar, Jel plays a sampler like a live drum set, and both play together like the freestyle hip-hop lifers they are. Each has a jolting 2012 continuous-mix release, and each has made visionary music for rappers (Jel for himself and many others, Abilities for his late partner Eyedea), and their association goes back at least as far as trading grimy production on 1999's Rhymesayers-Anticon team-up Deep Puddle Dynamics. But the show's the thing with this tour — expect a good performance in Abilities' hometown. With Zavala (of Dark Time Sunshine), Void Pedal, and Crushcon7. 18+. 8 p.m. $10-$12. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes

Desert Rose Band

Dakota Jazz Club, Monday 8.27 + Tuesday 8.28

Pretty Lights headlines the final day of the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival
courtesy of the artist
Pretty Lights headlines the final day of the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival

Sporting a stellar crew of pickers, the Desert Rose Band had an impressive run in the late '80s and early '90s, racking up a succession of hits on the country charts while carrying forward the legacy of country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman. A founder of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Hillman tilted a bit more in favor of country when he formed the DRB with old pal Herb Pederson, a banjoist, guitarist, and talented producer; widely versatile guitarist extraordinaire John Jorgenson, a longtime member of Elton John's band and devotee of Django Reinhardt's gypsy jazz; pedal steel ace Jay Dee Maness; bassist Bill Bryson, late of the Bluegrass Cardinals; and drummer Steve Duncan, a vet of Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band and sessions with the likes of Carl Perkins and Emmylou Harris. In fact, everyone in the band is highly sought after for session work. DRB split about 15 years ago but recently has been revived in various permutations, rarely with the entire classic lineup intact, however, like these shows. This should be classic California country-rock of the finest order: stirring vocal harmonies, exceptional picking, Bakersfield dust, maybe a hint of psychedelia, and rodeo sweethearts galore. $45, 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299. —Rick Mason


7th St. Entry, Tuesday 8.28

The soulful Seattle psych-funk duo THEESatisfaction is composed of Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, two talented ladies who keep things real and positive on their highly inventive Sub Pop debut, awE naturalE. After a stellar guest spot on Shabazz Palaces' recent album, Black Up, Stas and Cat are poised to make their own waves on the national music scene with their distinct R&B sound and intoxicating beats. The unconventional capitalizations in their band name aren't the only similarities that THEESatisfaction shares with last year's breakout artist, tUnE-yArDs, as both groups feature unique female musicians who have captured a modern, unorthodox style and sound that is all their own. With Toki Wright. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erik Thompson

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