Midway Stadium and West Bank, Saturday 10.13

Certainly the eighth Zombie Pub Crawl is a brain-devouring event, first and foremost, but the musical portion isn't too far behind. St. Paul's Midway Stadium, a.k.a. Zombie Island, will greet the barks, howls, and wails of the ultimate rap werewolf (and Reading Rainbow theme reviver) DMX. The stadium also hosts rhymer/reality star RiFF RaFF, the semi-sadistic rap talents of Action Bronson, and the locally bred insanity of Marijuana Deathsquads, among others. Yes, Empire Records soundtrack stars the Gin Blossoms, as well as booty-shaking instigators Big Freedia are taking part in the musical offerings at the Cabooze. Combine that with a metal lineup, a.k.a. music for folks who were never alive to begin with, at the Triple Rock led by Exodus. Midway: All ages, Cabooze and Triple Rock: 21+, $40 on the day of the crawl, read the full details at zombiepubcrawl.com. —Reed Fischer

Vince Gill

State Theater, Saturday 10.13

Vince Gill is a legit country superstar with a warehouse full of Grammys and other awards — plus stellar traditionalist credentials. He's also an outstanding guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and sufficiently versatile to convincingly play the gamut from bluegrass to contemporary country. Last year's eclectic Guitar Slinger is a perfect case in point, ranging from the early rock 'n' roll title track to the grand fiddle waltz that wraps things up. Packed in between are a pair of focused country-pop love songs with wife Amy Grant, examples of country soul, gospel, and blues, and a dash of renegade Bakersfield sound. Gill is also a member of the Time Jumpers, an all-star band of Nashville studio aces that just released an eponymous album of brilliantly realized Western swing and trad country, including five new Gill nuggets. This show will feature Gill's eight-piece band, which includes Time Jumpers Billy Taylor on drums and vocalist Dawn Sears. $53.50-$63.50, 8 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

Neil Halstead

Bryant Lake Bowl, Sunday 10.14

A critically esteemed veteran in the long line of sad-eyed British troubadours, Neil Halstead has a new solo album, Palindrome Hunches, that can't help but recall anguished forebears like Nick Drake's Pink Moon. The songs were written and recorded after the collapse of his longtime marriage, and the real-life circumstances behind Palindrome's creation come through in the pained weariness with which Halstead delivers admittedly borderline-generic lyrics ("Nothing left to change, you won't be disappointed anymore"), helping them land harder than they have any right to. Halstead's hushed and honeyed voice needs little in the way of ornamentation beyond an acoustic six-string, the occasional violin fill, and some subdued double bass. It's the right instrumental mix for a set of rueful ruminations, and those listeners wishing for a little more sonic variety must be the rare lucky breed who have never had their hearts broken. All ages, $15, 9:30 p.m., 810 West Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.825.8949. —Rob Van Alstyne

Calexico/The Dodos

Fine Line Music Cafe, Tuesday 10.16

Tucson-based Calexico have cultivated a distinctly arid, Southwestern sound. It's a provocative blend of Latin, rock, and country neatly laced with eclectic stuff like jazz, fado, and echoes of spaghetti westerns. The duo of Joey Burns and John Convertino, plus producer Craig Schumacher, traded dust for humidity to record their first album of new songs in four years. Algiers is named for the New Orleans West Bank neighborhood where they set up in an old church. Besides borrowing a classic title ("Fortune Teller") from Benny Spellman, the Crescent City influence comes as a kind of moist, haunted atmosphere that wisps through most of the tracks. In fact, B&C mostly cultivate a noirish intensity that peaks on "Splitter" and the spooky "Maybe on Monday," elsewhere adeptly splicing in mariachi horns, Cuban son, folk, and other elements from their vast repertoire, yet always nurturing that unsettling, bittersweet quality. The Dodos, who will open, conjure their own, noisier intensity, fashioned from the trio's eccentric mash of experimental pop, light metal, and multi-textured percussion. 18+, $20, 8:30 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Rick Mason

Miike Snow

First Avenue, Tuesday 10.16

What separates Swedish electro-pop trio Miike Snow from many of their like-minded peers within modern indie's obsession with '80s-pop pastiche is that they place a premium on clarity. This approach has resulted in not only resistless earworms ("Animal," "Silvia," and "Pretender" chief among them), but also two well-crafted LPs, 2009's self-titled record and this year's Happy to You, that beam with youthful exuberance despite their grownup themes. If the band's First Ave set is anything like their outing at August's Lollapalooza, hip-loosening and fist-raising will abound, resulting in a party in the U.S.A. courtesy of the land of Spotify and easily assembled home furnishings. With Niki and the Dove. 18+, $30, 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.Mike Madden

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