Critics' Picks: The Who, Titus Andronicus, Rogue Valley, and more

The King Khan & BBQ Show

Turf Club, Saturday 11.24

Despite a tumultuous history that led to their breakup in 2010, the King Khan & BBQ Show have reformed, and the subversive garage-rockers are kicking off what they are calling the Anal Apocalypse 2012 Mini-Tour. The group is led by Mark Sultan (a.k.a. BBQ) and Arish (King) Khan, and their combustible musical partnership fuels their untamed, fiery sound, drawing from styles as wildly divergent as soul, R&B, doo-wop, and balls-to-the-wall rock 'n' roll. While the group are rumored to be recording some new material, this welcomed reformation should dip into their past, including "Tastebuds," one of the most revoltingly catchy songs ever conceived. With Toxic Shrews and Hot Rash. 21+, $13, 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave, St. Paul, 651.647.0486. —Erik Thompson

Death Grips

Back in business: BBQ and King Khan
Philip Karger
Back in business: BBQ and King Khan

First Avenue, Wednesday 11.21

Death Grips' skate-punk rap breakout The Money Store was grimy enough to sustain momentum for 2012, but they figured a same-year followup would keep their blistering assault going. NO LOVE DEEP WEB was slated to come out this fall, but when Epic decided to sit on it for a while and push its release date out to some nebulous date next year, the band decided to leak it themselves through every channel they could think of — Soundcloud, BitTorrent, — and slap a massive, tumescent schlong on the cover. Inevitably, the music itself was overshadowed by label-feud speculation and dick-joke fallout, which seems like a pretty unfair fate considering the album is every bit as anxious, furious, assaultive, and cathartic as its recent predecessor. MC Ride's still bellowing every line as a threat, a dare, or a motivational challenge. And the production — if you can call it "produced" instead of simply ripped out of the guts of some Cronenberg-style flesh-808 — keeps one foot in avant-leaning bass music and hip hop while using the other foot to kick your speakers in. With Mykki Blanco. 18+, sold out, 8 p.m. 701 N. First Ave. Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Nate Patrin

Titus Andronicus

7th St. Entry, Thursday 11.22

New Jersey-based punks Titus Andronicus established themselves as one of indie's strongest live acts on the heels of 2008's lo-fi salvo The Airing of Grievances and 2010's American Civil War-based The Monitor. Still, finding that the bulky instrumentation of those LPs made it challenging to formulate a show that could be truly faithful to their studio output (the Vandronicus doesn't have room for trumpets, bagpipes, and a piano!), frontman Patrick Stickles and co. scaled back for the new Local Business in hopes of finding an easily reproducible aesthetic for the road. The result finds a more economical middle ground between Thin Lizzy's muscular riffing and the Mats' road-rock, making it easier for this five-piece to focus less on making sure bells and whistles are aligned and more on maximizing their many other virtues. With Ceremony and Buildings. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —mike Madden

Kevin Kling and Mason Jennings

Fitzgerald Theater, Friday 11.23 + Saturday + 11.24 + Sunday 11.25

On Thanksgiving weekend, Minnesota Public Radio has the perfect event planned to examine the emotion and sentiment of what heading home truly means. The distinguished local playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling and celebrated singer-songwriter Mason Jennings have scheduled three performances at the Fitzgerald Theater for a unique series called Back Home. It delves into what home signifies in the modern age as well as how that idea has changed over the years, as influenced by the enduring spirit of Minnesota. All ages, $35, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651.290.1200. —Erik Thompson

A Tribute to the Replacements

First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, Friday 11.23

We can't hardly wait for the annual nod to hometown punk rockers the Replacements. Both First Avenue's mainroom and the 7th St. Entry are set to overflow with the Melismatics, Pink Mink, Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, Bloodnstuff, and more tearing through the 'Mats catalog. In particular, 1987's pop-laced Pleased to Meet Me gets a full run-through, but expect a wide range of perspectives on the material. Also among those set to perform are Curtiss A, Orion Treon, John Swardson, 89.3 the Current's David Campbell, the 4onthefloor's Gabe Douglas, Actual Wolf's Eric Pollard, and Jim "The Mad Ripple" Walsh bringing his Hootenanny antics. This time around there's a chance to bid on VIP tables to send funds to ex-Replacement Slim Dunlap, who has been on the mend after a debilitating stroke. 18+, $8-$10, 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Reed Fischer

Rogue Valley vinyl release show

Cedar Cultural Center, Saturday 11.24

Now 18 months removed from releasing four full-length seasonal-themed albums in a year, locally beloved folk-pop act Rogue Valley revisit the project one last time in celebration of a vinyl compilation of the dozen tracks they deemed most essential. Considering they had 46 songs to choose from, the band, fronted by tuneful tenor Chris Koza, had their work cut out for them. The vinyl-release selections underscore that Rogue Valley understand that their strength lies in their stylistic breadth, with the compilation making space for both stormy midtempo rockers ("Cleaning Slates"), gorgeous electro-tinged balladry (89.3 the Current staple "Onward and Over"), psychedelic pop excursions ("The Color Wheel"), and cozy Americana ("Rope Swing Over Rogue Valley") from all four of their albums. With Joey Ryan & the Inks, Meredith Fierke. All ages, $10-$12, 7 p.m., 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rob Van Alstyne

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