Icehouse, Sunday 9.9

Not only do the fine creative folks behind Totally Gross National Product consistently put out stellar records from emerging Twin Cities bands (including the initial release of Poliça's Give You the Ghost), but they know how to throw one hell of a party as well. The third annual Totally Gross National Party will feature performances from a bunch of TGNP bands and DJs, as well as the fantastic food, drinks, and atmosphere featured at one of the best new nightclubs in Minneapolis. The party will also celebrate the release of the latest Marijuana Deathsquads mixtape, TAMPER, DISABLE, DESTROY. With Tha Clerb, Tender Meat, Plain Ole Bill, Slapping Purses, Leisure Birds, Votel, Heavy Deeds, Father You See Queen, Lewis + Burnett, Umami, and more. $10, 5 p.m. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.276.6523. — Erik Thompson


First Avenue, Tuesday 9.11

Now, Now is a great band to listen to while drinking Summit
Shervin Lainez
Now, Now is a great band to listen to while drinking Summit

With blazing horns, scintillating grooves, tart call-and-response vocals, and incendiary spirit, Antibalas are back after a five-year absence with their muscular Afrobeat. There's a new eponymous album on Daptone too, recorded at the label's Brooklyn studio with former Antibalas member and Daptone label founder Gabriel Roth at the controls. In the interim, many of Antibalas's members contributed to FELA!, the Broadway hit based on Fela Kuti, the late Nigerian instigator of Afrobeat, which in Antibalas's powerful hands packs a punch worthy of its originator. The 11-piece group factors in elements of jazz, funked-up brass bands, and R&B, with sinuous polyrhythms simmering conspiratorially until the horns ignite them into infernos of James-Brown-meets-Dirty-Dozen funk. Victor Axelrod's percolating organ riffs often ride loping rhythms that open into sizzling exchanges between Nigerian lead singer Abraham Amayo and a shimmering female chorus, as in "Dirty Money." "Ari Degbe" opens with a blast of declarative horns over raw New Orleans street rhythms, settles into pointillist juju guitar, then jaunty keyboards, before the horns swagger back in with a brash rumble. The finale, "Sáré Kon Kon," is a frenetic, soca-like romp overflowing with Antibalas's carnavalistic élan. 18+, $18-$20, 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Rick Mason

Ben Kyle CD-release show

Cedar Cultural Center, Tuesday 9.11

Five long years after the last full-length album by his elegant alt-country band Romantica hit shelves comes Ben Kyle's self-titled solo debut. The Minneapolis-by-way-of-Belfast singer-songwriter still possesses one of the finest voices on the local scene. There's a reason he's sang with the likes of Ryan Adams and Dan Wilson in the past, and that voice is front and center on the new album's sparse but spritely arrangements. Kyle's such an emotive and gifted singer that his songs manage to connect even when his lyrics occasionally veer toward the treacly, as on the too-cute-tune "Minneapolis" ("Oh Minneapolis/I saw you and Saint Paul kiss/Neath the moonlight in a Mississippi mist/Never saw a thing as beautiful as this"). Ben Kyle's gentle sounds won't rock your world, that's not really their intention, but they'll likely bring a smile to your face. All Ages, $15, 7 p.m., 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.2674. —Rob Van Alstyne


State Theater, Tuesday 9.11

Picking up the slick New Wave torch from forebears like Blondie, Metric have been a big deal in their native Canada since the early 2000s, but didn't hit huge stateside until 2009's Fantasies. Their fifth album and hotly anticipated follow-up, Synthetica, shows the quartet confidently embracing stardom on a set of epic and bold tunes clearly meant for big stages and blockbuster-movie soundtrack placement (apropos seeing as they were already prominently featured in Twilight Saga: Eclipse). The title is a bit of a misnomer, however, as there's plenty of barbed six-string action in addition to the expected array of '80s-indebted keyboards and Emily Haines's always on-point ice-queen vocals. With Half Moon Run. All Ages, $34, 7:30 p.m., 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.339.7007. —Rob Van Alstyne

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