Dakota, Monday 11.26 + Tuesday 11.27

One of the premier jazz vocalists of her generation, former Twin Cities resident Karrin Allyson can scat with a vitality that recalls Ella Fitzgerald, get smoky with the blues, add fresh intrigue to both bop and pop, sound like a native in French and Portuguese, and render a ballad so exquisitely that it's like inventing emotion. She's simply brilliant as a song interpreter, always transforming even the most familiar lyrics into something magical with her intonation and phrasing. And she has a fine touch on piano. Allyson's latest album is last year's Grammy-nominated 'Round Midnight, a superb collection of jazz and pop standards anchored by a hushed, exceptionally intimate version of Monk's title tune, featuring only the subtle textures of Allyson's voice and Ed Howard's conspiratorial, woody bass. Joining Allyson and Howard at the Dakota will be guitarist Bob Mann. $40 at 7 p.m. $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299. —Rick Mason

Turbo Fruits

Turf Club, Monday 11.26

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

Nashville's Turbo Fruits are a quartet led by former Be Your Own Pet guitarist Jonas Stein, whose garage aspirations now seem to share space with a '71 Buick. BYOP was a frenzied, pop-punk blast of raging attitude, which Stein in large part carried over when he formed the Fruits. With their third album, Butter (produced by Spoon's Jim Eno), and third lineup under Stein, TF now seem to have settled into a more comfortable sound driven by jangly blues-rock riffs, a touch of Mersey Beat, a sizable dose of '70s hard rock, and a kind of hapless, too-ripped-to-care angst that's more slacker than attacker. There are pleasures to be found in TF's familiar chords and power pop melodies, even when the sentiments about motorcycles, elusive girls, whiskey, and weed prove ephemeral. $8, 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Rick Mason

The Coup

Cabooze, Tuesday 11.27

Oakland hip-hop veterans the Coup have released only three albums under their own name in the past 11 years. That their previous two sound like they could've been released yesterday says a lot about both how timeless their g (for guerilla)-funk sound is and how desperate things have gotten politically. More than a decade after 2001's Steal This Album gave sly yet frustrated voice to social struggle in America, more and more citizens have stopped riding the fence and started itching to come up with another five million ways to kill a CEO. Pick a Bigger Weapon, released in 2006, maintained its predecessor's mixture of leftist fervor, everyday-people empathy, and elastic West Coast bounce. But while the message of Sorry to Bother You retains Boots Riley's sharp-witted, limberly drawled call-to-arms lyricism, the group's sound has taken a turn for the punk — well, sort of. Sure, "Your Parents' Cocaine" is two and a half minutes of snotty, kazoo-laden polemicism featuring a gnarled guest spot from Anti-Flag's Justin Sane, and the stomping guitar buzz of lead single "The Magic Clap" sounds a bit like Bikini Kill, at least when it isn't sounding like Sly & the Family Stone. But you can still move to it, and it can still move you. 18+, $15-$17, 8 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Nate Patrin

The Who

Target Center, Tuesday 11.27

Nearly a half-century into his career, Roger Daltrey still twirls his microphone like a lasso and Pete Townshend attacks his guitar with his trademark windmill windup. These two long-time members of the Who — the iconic, erstwhile iconoclastic rock band from the heady days of the British Invasion — pull into town with a full-length version of Townshend's second rock opera, Quadrophenia. Frenetic drummer Keith Moon and implacable bassist John Entwistle, both integral to the Who's sound, each died before he got old, and fitting tributes are reportedly embedded in the current show. Daltrey and Townshend (also with a new biography out) have sustained the band's legacy in somewhat sporadic fashion. But this Quadrophenia, Townshend's quest for meaning amid the Mods and Rockers drama of the early '60s, reportedly is full of spunk and spirit, with the band's lineup fleshed out by drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo's son), brother Simon Townshend on guitar, and bassist Pino Palladino. Additional Who nuggets will round out the set. Opening will be Vintage Trouble, an L.A. quartet specializing in classic soul, blues, and R&B fronted by James Brown-inspired Ty Taylor. $37.50-$127.50, 7:30 p.m. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.673.1600. —Rick Mason

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