Miike Snow, Frightened Rabbit, A$AP Rocky, and more

A$AP Rocky

First Avenue, Saturday 10.13

A triple whammy of buzzing druggy rappers with charismatic stage presence, the LongLiveA$AP tour features A$AP Rocky and his A$AP Mob crew, Detroit foul-mouth Danny Brown, and the perpetually stoned Schoolboy Q of TDE. It's a back-to-back-to-back solid night of some of the freshest sounds in rap today. Rocky's codeine-fueled tributes to Houston's chopped and screwed sound (despite his origins in Harlem) have skyrocketed him to popularity, thanks to hits like "Peso" and "Purple Swag" which netted a $3 million major-label deal on the strength of free mixtape LiveLoveA$AP. The flows and slowed beats are infectious, and coupled with the live energy, they should sound great in the Mainroom. 18+, $25, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Jack Spencer

Beth Orton

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Varsity Theater, Wednesday 10.10

After getting her start as stunning guest vocalist for '90s U.K. techno stars like William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers, Beth Orton has had a solo career that's seen her gradually shed synthetic sounds in favor of a more pastoral sonic approach. Released a lengthy six years after the excellent Comfort of Strangers, an interregnum during which the 41-year-old Orton became a wife and mother of two, this year's Sugaring Season sees Orton now opting for a wholly organic sound. Cut largely live over the course of three days working with top-notch producer Tucker Martine, tracks like the orchestral piano ballad "Something More Beautiful" find Orton's soulful and smoky voice as evocative as ever. For this seated Varsity Theater gig she'll be performing in a solo acoustic setting, all the better to shine the spotlight on her stunning windpipes and deceptively dexterous guitar work. With Sam Amidon. 18+, $25-$35, 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Rob Van Alstyne

Taking Back Sunday

First Avenue, Thursday 10.11

Backlash against gushy, mushy breakup songs seems pretty quaint now. Consequently, an album like Taking Back Sunday's Tell All Your Friends can be remembered with the halo of nostalgia hanging over it. You can call it "emo" and be mostly right — the album is, after all, a punky caricature of girls as malicious heartbreakers — but the grief-stricken boys in TBS are great at couching their venom in gleaming choruses. It's a pity party, sure, but the party is a rager. The band celebrates the 10th birthday of their debut (and best) album with a tour that's centered on playing the whole thing live. You can relive your horrible high school relationships without having to break out the embarrassing photos. With Bayside and Mansions. All ages, $25, 5:30 pm. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

Nick Waterhouse

Fine Line Music Cafe, Thursday 10.11

Californian Nick Waterhouse's sweaty sax-driven R&B is so decisively retro in sound that those listening to his debut album without the benefit of liner notes might wrongly assume it was released in 1962 rather than five months ago. Prone to an onstage fashion sense best described as Roy Orbison-meets-Mad Men, it would be all too easy to write off Waterhouse's soul revival act as mere obnoxious kitsch — except the songs are so infectiously catchy. Waterhouse could become the new Winehouse if a bit of Mark Ronson production fairy dust were sprinkled on tunes like the bold and sassy "Is That Clear." Catch him now before a major label inevitably snatches him up, buffs away some of his appealing rawness, and sets him on the path to theater-headlining status. With Allah Las and Mike 2600. 18+, $15, 8 p.m., 318 First Avenue N., Minneapolis 612.338.8100. —Rob Van Alstyne

Frightened Rabbit

Woman's Club Theater, Friday 10.12

Easily sporting the thickest Scottish brogue ever signed to a major label in America, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison doesn't appear to have let his band's move to Atlantic Records alter their sound at all on their newly released EP, State Hospital. A five-song precursor to a full-length due in early 2013, this appealing appetizer shows the band still intent on pairing pained protagonist vignettes with anthemic folk-rock arrangements. The title track ranks up there with the best of the band's work, with Hutchison breathlessly chronicling the turbulent upbringing of an abused heroine "forced to be brave and born into a grave" and searching for reasons to hold on. With Arc in the Round. All ages, $15-$18 door, 7 p.m., 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis; 612.813.5314. —Rob Van Alstyne

Robyn Hitchcock

Dakota, Friday 10.12

Robyn Hitchcock has forged a long career writing intriguing melodic ditties about frogs, squid, eyeballs, trains, eggs, insects, death, sex, and, of course, uncorrected personality traits. Once a member of the influential, jangly psychedelic Soft Boys, Hitchcock has attracted a cult following by mingling absurdities with profundities on ringing pop-rock rooted in the British Invasion and a voice reminiscent of John Lennon's. Hitchcock followed up his ecstatically received 2010 album Propellor Time (which included guests Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, Nick Lowe, and John Paul Jones) with Tromsø, Kaptein, a new collection of tunes issued only on a Norwegian label. Responding via email to a complaint about Tromsø's scarcity, Hitchcock said, "I only play a couple of songs off TK, you could find clips on YouTube, along with all other knowledge since the Romans burned the library at Alexandria. Bloody Romans! My show now stretches from 1980 up to my forthcoming record, Love from London, and for the encores I play a few old songs from my record collection. As it's MPLS I'll eschew Dylan, of course!" $40, 8 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

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