7th St. Entry, Monday 9.3

The St. Paul (by way of Illinois and Michigan) folk-pop trio Schoenburg will release their debut full-length, Hydrophobia & Identity Insecurities, after getting the attention of local music fans with their engaging live shows and highly inventive combination chap stick/EP cassette release, Short, But Sweet. The spare, but still catchy, new numbers should certainly find Schoenburg a wider audience in the folk music community. The talented 18-year-old John Mark Nelson is one of the openers for Shoenburg's album-release show, and is well worth showing up early for. With John Mark Nelson, Superchris, and Kara Laudon. 18+, $5, 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erik Thompson

Wiz Khalifa/Mac Miller

Minnesota state Fair Grandstand, Monday 9.3

The trippy universe of Teengirl Fantasy is upon us
Erez Avissar
The trippy universe of Teengirl Fantasy is upon us

Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa set the hip-hop world on fire straight out of high school, releasing buzzworthy mixtapes and his highly praised debut album, Show and Prove, while he was still a teenager. Despite troublesome label issues that plagued his early career, the young rapper really has shown no sign of slowing down. Khalifa has already collaborated with some heavy hitters in the hip-hop industry over his few short years in the game, including Curren$y, Wale, and Snoop Dogg, to name just a few. And with the massive success of 2011 single "Black & Yellow" and the album Rolling Papers, as well as his highly anticipated follow-up, O.N.I.F.C., Khalifa seems poised to take his unique style and distinctive flow to the top of the hip-hop charts as well as the Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair. Fellow Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller easily sold out First Avenue last year, so it's destined to be a strong pairing. With Big K.R.I.T. All ages, $29-$39, 6:30 p.m. 1265 Snelling Avenue N., St. Paul; 651.288.4400. —Erik Thompson

Pat Metheny Unity Band

Dakota, Tuesday 9.4 & Wednesday 9.5

The stellar quartet jazz guitarist Pat Metheny assembled for his new Unity Band includes longtime associate Antonio Sanchez on drums, versatile acoustic bassist Ben Williams, and top-tier saxophonist Chris Potter, who contributes tenor, soprano, and bass clarinet. The group's new Unity Band is the first time in over 30 years Metheny has led a band with a tenor sax. The last time was 80/81, when the late Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman were both aboard. There are inevitable subtle echoes of that outfit in the Unity Band, but the current quartet is distinguished by its own outstanding mesh of guitar, horns, and sublime rhythmic textures. Metheny's signature fluid blend of lyricism and experimentation is brilliantly complemented by Potter, whether in the swirling soprano-guitar synth joyride of "Roofdogs," the rich bass clarinet/sparkling strings juxtaposition at the beginning of "Come and See," or the fiery finale "Breakdealer." Metheny's compositions are challenging throughout, tapping an array of influences from bop to fusion to blues and beyond, bringing them together with his characteristic melodicism while the band repeatedly rises to the occasion and positively glows. $50-$100, 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

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