The XX, Brute Heart, Grimes, Dinosaur Jr., and more


Béla Fleck & the Marcus Roberts Trio

DAKOTA Jazz Club, WEDNESDAY 10.17 + THURSDAY 10.18

An extraordinary collaboration among banjoist Béla Fleck, pianist Marcus Roberts, and trio members Rodney Jordan (bass) and Jason Marsalis (drums), this is likely a one-time-only tour prompted by an album (Across the Imaginary Divide) that grew out of a late-night jam session at a festival. Fleck and Roberts are virtuosos as well as musical visionaries with innovative approaches to slicing and dicing myriad roots and reassembling them in striking ways. Fleck has taken the banjo from bluegrass to Bach, bop, Botswana, and beyond while Roberts casually rummages through the entire history of jazz piano and emerges with something new and luminous. If the divide of the title refers to genres, the band vaporizes it with dazzling interplay that transcends styles even while referencing them. $50-$65 at 7 p.m. $40-$50 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299. —Rick Mason


Dinosaur Jr.

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Sign of the Grimes

The Cabooze, Thursday 10.18

Now three albums into their unlikely second act, indie icons Dinosaur Jr. continue to blast eardrums and blow out speakers with a fury matching their late-'80s heyday. This year's I Bet on Sky fits in so smoothly alongside the rest of Dino's discography it could easily have been released 20 years ago, but that only enhances its atavistic appeal. The band does add some new wrinkles here and there — the twinkly piano fill on album-opener "Don't Pretend You Didn't Know" for one — but most of I Bet on Sky is by-the-book vintage Dino. That means plenty of detached nasal crooning and fiery fretwork from group mastermind J. Mascis and the occasional barbed-wire pop blast from bassist Lou Barlow. With Shearwater. 21+, $18, 7:30 p.m., 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Rob Van Alstyne

The Old 97s

First Avenue, Thursday 10.18

The Old 97s were alternative country's great commercial hope. Their 1997 major-label debut, Too Far to Care, was rightly hailed as a masterpiece, setting Rhett Miller's witty turn-of-phrase tales to searing honky-tonk pop. It boasted enough bar-band grit to appeal to country purists, and the sort of big choruses that go down easy on college campuses. While the album failed to make them stars, it remains a cult classic among the alt-country crowd. Tonight the band plays Too Far to Care in its entirety in honor of its 15th anniversary while presumably dipping into other highlights from their nine studio albums. With Salim Nourallah. 18+, $22, 6 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rob Van Alstyne


Brute Heart

Cedar Cultural Center, Friday 10.19

As an early Halloween treat, hauntingly dark art-rock trio Brute Heart perform the live score to the spooky 1920 German Expressionist silent horror masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Joined by cellist Jonathan Kaiser and electronic musician John Marks, Brute Heart produced this live score as a commission for the Walker Art Center and premiered it in August as the Summer Music and Movies series finale. As the nights grow bone-chilling, Brute Heart will reprise this eerie mystical performance in the dark, intimate setting of the Cedar. Kaiser is transforming the space with spooky walk-through sets replete with smoke-and-mirror infinity rooms, creepy shadow puppets by Christopher Allen, and hypnotic soundscapes by MAKR (Mark McGee). $8, 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Cyn Collins


Triple Rock Social Club

The 22-year metal vets Converge are back on the road in support of their fierce eighth studio record, All We Love We Leave Behind. This release comes after 2009's album, Axe to Fall, brought the Salem, Massachusetts, metal quartet plenty of well-earned acclaim from all corners of the music world, while also delivering on the promise suggested by their explosive 2001 masterpiece, Jane Doe. Although that 11-year-old record boldly assured ascendancy to the metal pantheon, Converge haven't churned out tame rehashes of their old work. Instead, they've always pushed their roiling sound further and faster while consistently challenging their fans to keep up with them in the process. With Torche, Kvelertak, and Mourner. 18+, $17, 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Erik Thompson

The XX

First Avenue

The XX conquered the world with their debut album, which undressed rock songs like an attentive lover and then slipped slyly into everyone's record collection. After their buzz died down, producer Jamie XX stayed in the public eye with some high-profile remixes and side projects, but the rest of the band was conspicuously silent. Now the trio's returned with Coexist, an album that extends their aesthetic instead of expanding it. It's more of a good thing, and as with the band itself, there aren't any wild gestures — just another set of slinky, smoldering tracks. With John Talabot and 2:54. 18+, $30.50, 8 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas


Black Prairie

400 BAR

Black Prairie was formed a few years back by guitarist Chris Funk and bassist Nate Query of the Decemberists as a vehicle for exploring string-band music. They recruited Decemberists accordionist Jenny Conlee as well as two other members of the Portland music scene: guitarist Jon Neufield and singer/violinist Annalisa Tornfelt. With the recent release of the band's second album, A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart, the members of BP have established their group as a significant Americana band in its own right, and broadened their scope to include elements of jazz and world music. Their distinctive take on Americana may originate in Appalachia but strays into distinctive territory where blues and bluegrass meet chamber jazz and European café music. $10, 9 p.m. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.332.2903. —Rick Mason


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