Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, Minnesota State University

The enigmatic outsider musician Jandek is coming to Mankato for his first-ever live performance in Minnesota during his lengthy and legendary musical career. The inscrutable singer-songwriter from Dallas has developed a cultlike following within the fringes of the music community, self-releasing over 60 albums in his 30-plus years on the outskirts of the industry. Since he has kept his story and his background mostly unknown, only his music remains for his fans to decipher. Jandek's musical styles typically range from folk to blues, with enough sharp right turns to keep everyone guessing. All ages, $20-$25, 7:30 p.m. 320 Maywood Ave., Mankato, 507.389.5549. —Erik Thompson


Triple Rock Social Club

Sign of the Grimes
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Sign of the Grimes

Portland's Menomena are the rare experimental pop provocateurs whose tunes boast an insistent rhythmic pulse. Originally a trio of singers/multi-instrumentalists, Menomena's never suffered from a lack of musical ideas. At times they've been overstuffed with them, so the surviving duo of Justin Harris and Danny Seim weather the departure of co-founder Brent Knopf in fine form on this year's Moms. A song cycle dedicated to their mothers, the album contains intensely personal material — "You brought me into this shit show without a penny or a plan" — that is musically kinetic and uplifting even when lyrically despondent. The band continue deftly blending machine-manipulated rhythms and samples with atypical rock instrumentation — hello there, flute — and organic piano and guitar textures in a manner rarely heard since the Folk Implosion's heyday. 18+, $15, 8 p.m., 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.333.7399. —Rob Van Alstyne


San Cisco

The Turf Club

The video for San Cisco's taut boy/girl disco-rock ditty "Awkward" finds the Australian foursome so irresistibly cutesy in sound and look that they were seemingly birthed in a lab to soundtrack future Bing commercials. Already a fixture on 89.3 the Current thanks to "Awkward," San Cisco perform at the Turf Club directly following a barrage of shows at New York's buzz-building CMJ Music Marathon while en route to Los Angeles. It's pretty much a lock that any return appearances will be at decidedly bigger venues. They're far from a one trick pony, however: Dutiful YouTube listening to their overseas singles reveals a highly polished band with dashes of Vampire Weekend's spritely melodicism at work in tunes like "Golden Revolver." With Chaos Chaos. 21+, $12, 7:30 p.m., 1601 University Ave., St. Paul, 651.647.0486. —Rob Van Alstyne



VArsity Theater, MonDay 10.22

With all the artists clamoring to be a pop princess, Grimes was able to float just under the radar as a pop poltergeist. After a couple of albums that buried hooks under a stratum of digital sludge, Claire Boucher (the lone woman behind the project) lifted her noisy veil to reveal Visions, an album that grabbed listeners with ghostly loops and held them with subtly inviting melodies. The combination made Visions something of a breakthrough, as it proved that Boucher didn't need to obfuscate anything with murk — the hide-and-seek game was just Grimes having fun. With Elite Gymnastics and Myths. 18+, $15-$17, 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Ian Traas

Public Image Ltd.


Resurrected in 2009 by John Lydon with former members Lu Edmonds (guitar) and Bruce Smith (drums), plus Scott Firth on bass, PiL received good notices after hitting the road and subsequently recorded their first album in 20 years, This Is PiL. Whatever the expectations, the new disc is far better than you could hope for. Lydon, who financed the album by appearing in ads for butter(!), still yowls, yelps, theatrically rolls his Rs, and spits vituperative lyrics, achieving a quirkily mesmerizing intensity, if once or twice sounding like a Dalek threatening Dr. Who. The songs are a curious mix of complaints, rants, reflections, and even a musing about Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, held together by Lydon's raging, pointillist vocals and the exceptionally taut, searing instrumental work that daubs bristling rock with echoes of dub and funk. 18+, $29.50, 9 p.m. 111 Fifth St. N., Minneapolis; 612.333.3422. —Rick Mason


Waka Flocka Flame

First Avenue

After years as Atlanta's resident mixtape messiah, Waka Flocka Flame huffed, puffed, and blew the trap down with 2010's Flockaveli, an album of ridiculously potent hooks and blistering Southern rattle that has, improbably, proven to be one of the most influential rap full-lengths of the past few years. Then, following another handful of tapes and an eponymous LP with Gucci Mane under their Ferrari Boyz moniker, Waka dropped his sophomore solo effort, Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family, in June. Though not as iconoclastic as Flockaveli was, the new album captures much of the same energy while also distributing sing-song hooks and EDM-influenced beats as quickly as Waka does cash when he's around a certain type of female entertainer (see, for evidence of all of the above, "Round of Applause" and "I Don't Really Care"). If nothing else, Triple F proves that the 26-year-old is still down to fuck the club up. With Wooh Da Kid and Reema Major. 18+, $25, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Mike Madden

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