Dave Matthews Band
Xcel Energy Center, Wednesday 7.1
If it’s summer, the Dave Matthews Band must be on the road. This summer DMB is reprising its two-set format from 2014, which means one acoustic, one electric, and significantly different set lists nightly for its avid followers. It’s been three years since DMB’s last studio album, the Steve Lillywhite-produced Away From the World, and the band is using its current excursion to provide a tantalizing taste of its in-the-works follow-up. The handful of new tunes includes “Virginia in the Rain,” a gossamer swirl with hints of Traffic; “Death on the High Seas,” a ballad with Matthews on piano and ethereal vocals; the lilting, reggae-ish “Black and Blue Bird;” and the soulful, upbeat “Be Yourself.” Based on this brief new whiff and the more substantial World, DMB – some 20 years in – appears to be fine working through the nuances and polishing its blend of rock and jam-band noodling spiked with funk, R&B, and such relative exoticisms as jazz, bluegrass, and township jive. $55-$85. 7 p.m. 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-726-8240.
— Rick Mason
Charles Lloyd • $50-$30 • 7 p.m. Wed. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Mates of State • $15 • 8 p.m. Wed. • Turf Club
Bassjackers • $20 • 10 p.m. Thu. • City Hall
Meat Wave with What Tyrants • $8-$10 • 8 p.m. Thu. • 7th St. Entry
Mystic Lake, Friday 7.3
“Weird Al” Yankovic has a weird fanbase. It's not that his fans are super into cosplay and Star Wars and building rockets (well, most probably are and we’re totally down with that). No, Weird Al crowds are weird in the sense they're comprised of children and adults from every walk of life. His pop parodies have been delighting music fans for nigh on 30 years, and every familiar beat is a godsend, every food-themed song a treasure. His petitioners didn’t get Super Bowl XLIX, but a casino show at Mystic Lake is the next best thing, right? When was the last time you saw a live-polka version of Ke$ha's “Tik Tok” outside of your grandparents’ favorite hangout? Al's Mandatory World Tour is in support of his 2014 album Mandatory Fun – rumored to be his final one. 18+. $34-$42. 8 p.m. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW., Prior Lake; 952-496-6563.
— Loren Green
Booker T. Jones
Dakota Jazz Club, Friday-Saturday 7.3 & 7.4
Booker T. Jones authored a signature sound in 20th century American music. His simmering, piquant Hammond B3 organ excursions rode the slippery Memphis grooves at the heart of Booker T. and the MGs, the Stax Records house band that helped put Soulsville U.S.A. and such artists as Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding on the map. Along the way, the MGs scored some hits of their own, including “Green Onions” and “Time Is Tight.” Jones spent a couple of decades mostly behind the music-biz scenes before reemerging with a trio of strong albums, beginning with 2009’s Potato Hole. Each record bubbles with that classic organ flair and features such notable guests as the Drive-By Truckers, Neil Young, the Roots, Gary Clark Jr., and Sheila E. Expect a tasty batch of soulful cooking from Jones and his band. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $35-$42. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299.
— Rick Mason
Remember the Time: A Michael Jackson Tribute Dance Party • 9 p.m. Fri. • First Avenue
Tabah • $8-$10 • 10:30 p.m. Fri. • Icehouse
D'4th of July
Triple Rock Social Club, Saturday 7.4
Long ago, back in the '90s, the basements of the Twin Cities produced a little band called Dillinger Four, who built huge local and national followings based on catchy hooks, razor sharp lyrics, and live shows that teetered the fine edge between reckless abandon and complete chaos. Fortunately, D4 hasn't lost that edge after four albums plus two decades of shows, and this year's traditional D4th of July brings together a mighty assemblage of punk-rock bands in celebration of the band's 21st birthday. Triple Rock Social Club plays host to this all-day outdoor fiesta, featuring national acts Against Me!, Scared of Chaka, Toys That Kill, quasi-locals Off With Their Heads, and Tim Barry (former frontman of Avail!). Rounding out the lineup are locals Pink Mink, Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band, and United Teachers of Music. Perhaps this isn't enough fun for one birthday celebration? Luckily, your $50 ticket gets you admission to the afterparty inside the Triple Rock, featuring Underground Railroad to Candyland (a Toys That Kill side project), the Slowdeath, plus comedians Jonah Ray, Rana May, and Mike Brody. Friday night's kickoff show features Zero, Arms Aloft, No Skin, and the Chinchees. Like what you see, but still not sure you want to skip burnt hamburgers and drunken fireworks in your neighbor's back yard? Rumors abound of extra special guests, but secrets are more heavily guarded than the '90s underground nightclub scene; we highly recommend you get yourself down to Triple Rock to see what surprises are being held under wraps until the very last minute. 21+. $50. 1 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis; 612-333-7399.
— Tigger Lunney
The Beach Boys
Mystic Lake, Saturday 7.4
It’s a quintessential America experience to fire up the little deuce coupe and have a little fun, fun, fun with those perfect pop purveyors the Beach Boys outdoors on Independence Day. But because it's not all good vibrations between certain members, every Beach Boys show must be accompanied by a caveat explaining exactly who’ll be turning up onstage. This version of the Beach Boys is led by Mike Love, lead singer on many of the group’s hits, co-writer of some (once subject of a lawsuit), and nominal frontman. Also on board are Bruce Johnston and, possibly, David Marks, both guitarists who weren’t founders but joined early on. Notably absent will be Brian Wilson, the pop genius responsible for the BB’s most memorable music, and guitarist Al Jardine. The cavalcade of indelible Beach Boys hits will no doubt sound great in the hands of Love and his band, but it remains an open question as to how many actual Boys it takes to make an authentic Beach. $32-$69. 7:30 p.m. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW., Prior Lake; 952-445-9000.
— Rick Mason
Turn Up 4 America ft. Karaoke & Dancing • $3-$8 • 10 p.m. Sat. • First Avenue
A Prairie Home Companion • $35 • 1 p.m. Sat. • Macalester College
Dakota Jazz Club, Sunday 7.5
In his native Brazil, guitarist/percussionist/singer/composer Vinicius Cantuária led a rock band, was a busy sideman, and wrote a number of significant songs, including “Lua e Estrela,” which was famously recorded by Caetano Veloso. Cantuária long ago moved to New York, where he became an integral part of the jazz and avant-garde downtown scene, associating with the likes of Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau, Brian Eno, and Bill Frisell. His focus essentially became fresh perspectives on bossa nova, exploring its sinuous sensuality while integrating it with subtle progressive touches. On his new album, Vinicius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cantuária vividly tackles the essential songbook of Brazil’s most iconic composer, also the subject of this solo performance. On the recording, Cantuária thoroughly reinvigorates the Jobim canon with stylish, creative insight. $25. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299.
— Rick Mason
Mega Ran • $7-$10 • 7:30 p.m. Sun. • 7th St. Entry
Tree Blood • $6 7:30 p.m. • Sun. • Turf Club
Icehouse, Monday 7.6
Broken Water is very much a product of its environment. Hell, the Olympia, Washington trio’s press bio even leads with a Tuck Everlasting-esque of myth about the bewitching properties of their native city's local water source. It’s also not too shabby of a metaphor for their free-flowing mix of Pacific Northwest rock-by-numbers. The group visits Icehouse in support of its third full-length, this year’s Wrought – a record that turns from compartmentalized Sleater-Kinney riffs to canyon-deep grunge strums on a dime. This is also Broken Water's first release with St. Paul’s Night People Records, a label that has discreetly dispensed early releases from now-established acts like EMA and Merchandise. Take that as a sign there’s something in the water. 21+. $10-$12. 9 p.m. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523.
— Andy Penkalski
Hoodie Allen • $30-$35 • 6 p.m. Mon. • Cabooze
The Family Crest • $10-$12 • 8 p.m. Mon. • 7th St. Entry
Stax Cover Band • $6 • 8 p.m. Tue. • Turf Club
Laney Jones and the Spirits • $10 • 8 p.m. Tue. • Aster Cafe