Critics' Picks: Blink 182, Psychedelic Furs, and more

What's their age again? Blink-182, still going strong

What's their age again? Blink-182, still going strong


Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday 9.7

There's something mercurial about punk rock: a snapshot of intense, snobbish certainty about one's ideals or predilections or foibles. There's an incendiary moment that ends in a flash. In other words, ideally, punk bands should pull the plug after a string of singles or a handful of albums, leaving fans to wonder what might have been while disparate members go on to coalesce in new and slightly different bands that offer slightly skewed takes on the genre's limited palette. Nth generation brat-punk trio Blink-182 missed this memo and overstayed their welcome, transitioning from dick-joke three-chord pop to the Cure before flaming out in acrimony. Subsequent side projects underwhelmed, but tatted-up drummer Travis Barker got his own reality show and befriended a great many rappers. Now, lacking the courage of their individual convictions, they're back to cash in on your thirst for "What's My Age Again?" specifically, and pre-9/11 nostalgia generally. We hope you know better than they do. All ages. $29-$49. 7 p.m. 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651.726.8240. —Ray Cummings

Sleeping in the Aviary (CD-release show)

Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday 9.8

Sleeping in the Aviary have always had a pop sensibility underlying their jangly indie-rock base. With their fourth record, You and Me, Ghost, they bring that to the forefront. Building off '60s pop and sheen, crisp "la la la" choruses, Elliott Kozel, Phil Mahlstadt, Michael Sienkowski, Celeste Heule, and Kyle Sobczak deliver songs that are both casual, slacker indie rock and tight, boisterous pop at the same time: equal parts loud and energetic and reflective and dense. The fiber that holds it all together is Kozel's lyricism, which ambiguously reflects the wisdoms of life while mixing in enough silliness and abstraction to keep you guessing. With Red Pens, Brute Heart, and Night Moves. 18+. $5. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Loren Green

Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom Club

First Avenue on Thursday 9.8

It'll be déjà vu all over again when these two hallmark bands of the new-wave era reconvene at First Avenue. The Furs crawled out of England's punk scene, its roiling, tempestuous rock leavened with touches of pop, while Richard Butler's blustery lead vocals practically bled irony. Their "Pretty in Pink" became an enduring standard through its ties to the John Hughes brat pack film it inspired. Although there haven't been any new Furs recordings since a 2001 single, the band has toured increasingly in recent years to positive reviews. The current lineup sports originals Butler and brother Tim on bass, longtime associate Mars Williams on sax, drummer Paul Garisto, keyboardist Amanda Kramer, and guitarist Rich Good. Tom Tom Club started as a side project of the Talking Heads' rhythm section, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz, whose infectious dance beats and playful genre-hopping tunes filled dance clubs worldwide and eventually inspired widespread sampling. A Weymouth-Frantz-led sextet toured for the first time in a decade last year, coinciding with the release of the two-disc Genius of Live, featuring 2001 live versions of such TTC classics as "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood" plus Latin-flavored remixes of "Genius of Love" by the likes of Ozomatli and King Coya. Both bands are considerably more timeless than you might expect. 18+. $23. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

Sena Ehrhardt Band (CD-release show)

Shaw's Bar on Grill

This gig celebrates the release by the national blues label Blind Pig of Leave the Light On, the debut album from Rochester's Sena Ehrhardt Band. Sena Ehrhardt is a blond fireball with a powerhouse blues voice infused with copious amounts of grit and sass. She can do sultry too, with a no-nonsense attitude that oozes out of originals like "The Best Thing" (whose lacerating addendum is "he ever did was leave you, darling"). Sena apparently learned a lot about the blues at her family's kitchen table from her guitarist dad, Ed Ehrhardt, who still anchors her band with wickedly accomplished electric work. The father-daughter duo also co-wrote all the solid originals that are among the album's revelations. Live, they're likely to tackle blues and soul standards as well as nuggets like John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery." The SEB will also play Wilebski's on September 16. Free. 6 p.m. 1528 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.781.4405. —Rick Mason

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Turf Club on Saturday 9.10

It's kind of a shame for Black Moth Super Rainbow that "acid" was a genre of music before they came along. Their vocoder-and-synth approach feels anchored in signifiers, conjuring up the psychedelic leftovers of the '70s, where warm colors and spacy analog sounds left the counterculture for Main Street, USA. Of course, BMSR offer a modern twist: Choppy drums and hazy production techniques earmark the band as suitable for hipster consumption. Still, buzz band or not, the almost-ominous vibe they wring out of such blissful reference material is a master lesson in constructing a singular atmosphere—they've captured the exact moment between high and low when you realize the drugs have bled you dry. 21+. $15. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Ian Traas

Vieux Farka Touré

Cedar Cultural Center on Sunday 9.11

Son of late Malian guitar giant Ali Farka Touré, Vieux may be only three albums into his career but already is creating a new synthesis sound that blurs distinctions between genres, continents, and time itself. Just as Ali reconciled African and Delta blues, Vieux's inspired juggling of ancient and modern threads that wind as far afield as avant-garde rock and jazz results in fiercely compelling music. The title track of Vieux's new The Secret is from Ali's last recording session, father and son seamlessly blending their guitars on Mali's characteristic drones and terse, clustered phrasing, also the foundation for Vieux's other forays. Those include a flamenco-tinged jazz escapade with John Scofield, blues-rock explorations with slide master Derek Trucks, soul and funk implications with Ivan Neville's organ and Dave Matthew's vocals, plus the occasional hovering spirit of Hendrix; but all in a thoroughly Malian context of rhythms and melodies. This tour features Touré in what's being touted as a power trio context, with bassist Mamadou Sidibe and drummer Tim Keiper. All ages. $18/$20 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Olivia Tremor Control

Varsity Theater on Monday 9.12

Idiosyncratic Electric Six psych-rockers the Olivia Tremor Control are back in a major way in 2011, with the announcement of a full-scale U.S. tour, as well as vinyl reissues of two celebrated but long out-of-print albums, Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle and Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1. And the quirky quintet isn't stopping there, with plans for a new record that should see release at some point next year. For those fans who perhaps didn't get a chance to see them play live back in the '90s (or didn't see them enough), this show is sure to be filled with songs that range from surreal folk jams to experimental noise freak-outs, and everything else in between. You're not going to see anything quite like this anytime soon. The Music Tapes, led by Neutral Milk Hotel's Julian Koster, is a fitting opener, and well-worth showing up early for as well. 18+. $16. 7:30 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Erik Thompson

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday 9.13

After her spectacular, multiple Grammy-winning collaboration with Robert Plant on Raising Sand, bluegrass thrush Alison Krauss mustered up her old band of all-star pickers and soared to even dizzier heights on this spring's Paper Airplane. Their first recording together in seven years, Airplane again combines Krauss's unique soprano, which manages to be airily ethereal while unveiling poignant layers of deep emotion, with Union Station's stirring, assured ensemble work, led by Dan Tyminski's guitar, Jerry Douglas's dobro, and Krauss's fiddle. A sense of exquisite melancholy permeates Airplane, heartache and hard times addressed with sadness but also a certain indomitable spirit, expressed via the resilient music if nowhere else. The fine tune collection includes Robert Lee Castleman's title track, Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day," Jackson Browne's "My Opening Farewell," and Peter Rowan's "Dust Bowl Children," the last distinguished by Tyminksi's searing lead vocal. All ages. $51.50-$85. 7:30 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason