Mill City Nights, Friday 11.30

Longtime stars in their native Canada, the Tragically Hip have never made the leap beyond large rock clubs here in the States, despite repeated efforts. With their aptly titled 13th album, Now for Plan A, the veteran quintet clearly aren't worried about pleasing anyone but themselves anymore. While prior latter-day Hip albums occasionally suffered for their stabs at adult-contemporary pop-rock, Now for Plan A plays to the band's strengths. No pandering to American radio formats here, just plenty of blasts of muscular mid-tempo rock punctuated by the frantic theatrical vocals of Gordon Downie, still reeling off cryptic yet compelling lyrics 29 years into the Hip's career. If past local shows are any indication, expect plenty of well lubricated and highly impassioned road-tripping Canadians to help pack the club. 18+, $30-$33, 8 p.m., 111 Fifth St. N., Minneapolis; 612.333.3422. —Rob Van Alstyne

Patrick Watson

Cedar Cultural Center, Saturday 12.1

Patrick Watson's music first gained notoriety via a series of elegant chamber pop records, notably 2009's Polaris Music Prize-nominated Wooden Arms. For his fourth album, Adventures in Your Own Backyard, the Montreal-bred talent and his longtime backing band have scaled back the sonic grandeur, serving up a streamlined version of their sound that rightly shines the spotlight on Watson's Jeff Buckley-reminiscent windpipes. While French horns, piccolos, and clarinets still pop up on occasion to provide some lovely complementary melodic coloring, the bulk of Backyard relies on Watson's voice to hook listeners, a task for which his nimble instrument repeatedly proves up to the task. With Half Moon Run. All ages, $15, 7 p.m., 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rob Van Alstyne

The World/Inferno Friendship Society/O'Death

Triple Rock Social Club, Saturday 12.1

The spirited orchestral punk-cabaret of Brooklyn's the World/Inferno Friendship Society and the rousing Americana-rock of O'Death come together for a co-headlining Triple Rock show set to get December started with a bang. The unconventional vaudevillian collective that is the World/Inferno Friendship Society are fresh off of their fabled annual Halloween show (which they have dubbed "Hallowmas"), and are now set to celebrate the release of an exhilarating new 7-inch and comic book, which perfectly complements the group's artsy, convivial aesthetic. O'Death are still touring behind the stark, uplifting beauty of 2011's Outside, a stirring collection of songs partly inspired by the cancer treatment and survival of their drummer, David Rogers-Berry. With Wild Yaks. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis; 612.333.7399.Erik Thompson

Kreayshawn/Rye Rye

Varsity Theater, Sunday 12.2

Kreayshawn may be ending 2012 feeling less like Nicki Minaj and more like the Numa Numa guy. The Bay Area's most popular white female rapper of 2011 has been trudging north through the East Coast leg of her Group Hug Tour for the bulk of November — just 13 months after the last person on Earth spoke the words, "Have you seen that 'Gucci Gucci' Youtube video?" With paltry crowd turnouts reported from Tampa Bay to the weather-rebounding populous of Manhattan, Kreayshawn's biggest East Coast supporter may be tourmate and Baltimore native Rye Rye. The Maryland crew member is also the strongest argument for attendance to their Sunday tour stop at the Varsity. Where Kreayshawn's cavernous mid-tempo trash oft mentions starting a party, Rye Rye's fondness for house textures actually has the capacity to get the job done. Hopefully the party won't stop when she does. 16+, $18-$20, 6:30 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222.Andrew Penkalski

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