Orpheum Theatre, Monday 10.29

Curmudgeonly crooner Morrissey mastered the art of melodic melancholy ages ago — right around the time of the Smiths' 1986 classic The Queen Is Dead, to be exact. Thankfully the notoriously depressive star manages to overcome his bummed-out moods long enough to mount proper tours with surprising regularity even as the pace of his recorded output continues to slow. So while there's no word yet on when 2009's glum-as-ever Years of Refusal will receive an official follow-up, that isn't stopping the Moz from giving fans a glimpse of what's still to come in concert. With Kristeen Young. All Ages, $39.50-$75, 7:30 p.m., 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rob Van Alstyne

Passion Pit

First Avenue, Monday 10.29 + Tuesday 10.30

METZ's mind-blurring debut is one of the year's best
Robby Reis
METZ's mind-blurring debut is one of the year's best

For every person falling hard for Passion Pit's sugar-sweet 2009 debut, Manners, there seemed to be an equally impassioned naysayer driven bonkers by frontman Michael Angelakos's unhinged falsetto and seemingly unearned overnight success. The Boston-based electro-pop band's sophomore album, Gossamer, doesn't try to win over non-believers, instead continuing to play to Angelakos's strengths — oodles of ear-worm synths abound — while making enough forays into new terrain to avoid being written off as a mere Manners retread. With Youngblood Hawke, Hollerado. All Ages, $30, 6:30 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rob Van Alstyne

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Dakota Jazz club, Tuesday 10.30 + Wednesday 10.31

Windom native and University of Minnesota grad Maria Schneider is oft regarded as one of the finest composers, arrangers, and conductors in contemporary music. Working in big-band jazz and the nexus where jazz, classical, and avant-garde connect, Schneider won two Grammys for the 2004 album Concert in the Garden and her composition "Cerulean Skies," and received commissions and invitations to be a guest conductor from dozens of organizations across the globe. For nearly two decades she has led her own orchestra, and paints with sound, exploring a rich palette of tonal colors in compositions that are sophisticated, vividly detailed, and loaded with arresting imagery while exploiting the strengths of her talented musicians. $60 at 7 p.m. $40 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

The Rural Alberta Advantage

7th St. Entry, Tuesday 10.30

Hard fact: Summer's over, gang. If the current glut of dance-pop isn't helping, dig around that dusty mp3 folder and revisit those two Rural Alberta Advantage albums probably tucked away in there. They still tug as hard on the heartstrings as they did a couple of years ago. The RAA managed that trick by scaling back on grandiose arrangements, streamlining their plaintive folk-rock until each element sounded raw and emotive — even the tiny electronic embellishments felt hand-carved. It's music for saying goodbye to the summer sun or your summer fling, and the RAA will be here to say it with you. With Dan Mangan. 18+, $18-$20, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

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