Critics' Picks: Lil Wayne, KMFDM, and the Pizza Luce Block Party

The Bombay Sweets unleash a new 12-inch this week
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The Bombay Sweets

Turf Club on Saturday 8.13

Bombay Sweets frontman Nathan Grumdahl has arranged some of the finest rockers in the city to celebrate their new 12-inch record. The Blind Shake, Birthday Suits, and Brute Heart will share the bill, ensuring that your morning-after iPod listening will come strictly from the "B" section. Though locals will dominate the show, he is bringing guest DJ John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt/Hot Snakes/Night Marchers) from San Diego to spin wax in between sets. Grumdahl's Bombay Sweets play an R&B-driven garage rock that wears its heart on its sleeve, equal parts emotion and let-loose rock 'n' roll. The self-released record is a piece of art itself, with pink-and-blue coloring and hand-screened covers. 21+. $7. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Loren Green

Lil Wayne

Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday 8.10

Being an out-of-it Lil Wayne fan has its benefits: Blink, and you miss two albums and two mixtapes since Weezy's panoramic, often brilliant 2008 New Orleans-on-Mars opus Tha Carter III, plus a gloriously superfluous new mixtape, Sorry 4 the Wait, titled for the delay of his forthcoming Tha Carter IV. (He also served a prison sentence in there somewhere, for gun possession.) Between the endless outer-stratospheric freestyles and failed "rock" album (last year's Rebirth), you could reasonably wonder if the Hot Boy is lazing in high gear, using his status as the greatest American rapper (by acclaim and sales) for nonstop one-liners. But then you haven't heard the new album, which he's said will be his last, and right now this show is the place to experience it. With Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Lloyd. All ages. $49.75-$89.75. 7 p.m. 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651.726.8240. —Peter S. Scholtes


Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday 8.11

Jimmy Tamborello's Dntel project has produced electronic music that practically defines the term "bedroom pop." It's introverted, personal, and frayed at the edges—no small feat when you're working with sequencers and grids that all but demand lockstep precision. Dntel's involvement with Death Cab's Ben Gibbard for the one-off surprise smash Postal Service exposed him to a wide audience that screamed for more from the pair, only to be denied. But Tamborello is still hard at work writing intricate, skittering pop gems, and now, he's venturing out on the road solo (a rare event) to share his little masterpieces with the world. With the One AM Radio and Geotic. 18+. $10/$12 at the door. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Ian Traas


First Avenue on Friday 8.12

It would be easy to think that, after 27 years and 17 albums, KMFDM have completely exhausted the power that established the band as figureheads of the industrial scene. At this point, the group have outlasted numerous challengers to their throne, but Sascha Konietzko (the band's leader and only permanent member) has a seemingly endless reservoir of clanking beats and buzzing guitar riffs he can draw from, and to consider that he's saved some of his best material for this stage of his career is impressive in the extreme. Still loud, fast, and anthemic, KMFDM are hitting an enviable late-career stride. With Army of the Universe, 16 Volt, and Human Factors Lab. 18+. $22. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

Pizza Luce Block Party

Pizza Luce Uptown on Saturday 8.13

The block party is a Twin Cities summer institution. With the list growing annually, Pizza Luce's continues to be the highlight—and not due to seniority or the fine cuisine. What truly sets Luce apart among the block-party crowd is its consistently solid, varied, and locally based lineup year in and year out. This year, Rhymesayers/Doomtree MC P.O.S. will headline, bringing his spirited stage presence to the corner of 32nd and Lyndale. Not to be overlooked, the lineup also boasts Communist Daughter, No Bird Sing, Farewell Continental, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, the 4onthefloor, and Charles, a new group featuring Sean Tillmann (better known as Har Mar Superstar). The crowd will fluctuate as the day passes, with the open-door policy allowing a manageable crowd, decent sightlines, and short portajohn lines. Fight the sun, eat some pizza, and enjoy a cold one while taking in some of the best music the Twin Cities has to offer, free of charge. All ages. Free. Noon to 10 p.m. 3200 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.827.5978. —Loren Green

Commander Cody

Dakota Jazz Club on Saturday 8.13

Mild-mannered (well, sometimes) George Frayne's alter ego is piano-pounding superhero Commander Cody, who once upon a more twisted time led an ozone-exploring, seeds-and-stems lamenting, hot rod-juicing little outfit called the Lost Planet Airmen. The Airmen were roots-rockin' pioneers before anybody used the term, charging full-tilt through a mind-warping assortment of country, rockabilly, trucker tunes, boogie, blues, cowboy anthems, and Texas swing, and in the process recording one of the greatest live albums ever at the old Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin: Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas. The Commander had a pretty low profile for several decades (although Frayne is a talented graphic artist), but poked out of the debris a couple of years ago with a nice collection dubbed Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers, many of whom will likely be on hand to watch Cody try to stir up a little too much fun. $25. 8 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason


7th St. Entry on Sunday 8.14

You'd be hard pressed to find a more suitable venue in town for Darsombra than the stark black confines of the Entry. A vehicle for Baltimore metal vet and experimental guitarist Brian Daniloski, Darsombra finds Daniloski alone on stage, unraveling forboding melodies and layering them on top of one another in 15-minute explorations of shrieking and shivering sound. For this tour, Daniloski will be accompanied by visual artist Ann Everton, who projects space imagery onto the back of the stage as he unpacks each opus. Fans of the Twin Cities' Heliotrope Festival will find familiar terrain here. With Do as the Romans Do and These Worlds Collide. 18+. $5. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Andrea Swensson

Dan Penn

Dakota Jazz Club on Sunday 8.14

One of those Zelig-like characters who seemingly has been everywhere and done everything, Dan Penn fits the bill in the fathomlessly potent realm of Southern soul. A masterful songsmith who often wrote with the likes of Chips Moman and Spooner Oldham, Penn is responsible for such soul classics as James Carr's "Dark End of the Street," Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," the Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby" and Bobby Purify's "I'm Your Puppet," and that barely scratches the surface. As a studio fixture in Muscle Shoals and Memphis, Penn produced countless sessions, perhaps most notably "The Letter" for the Box Tops. All that overshadowed Penn's performance career despite his being a talented singer and guitarist. Longtime friend and keyboardist Bobby Emmons will be on hand here to help Penn spin tales and work through the classics. Minnesota blues bard Charlie Parr will open. $30. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Railroad Earth

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater on Tuesday 8.16

Hailing from the deep glens and precipitous slopes of wildest New Jersey, Railroad Earth has evolved from a predominantly bluegrass outfit to an all-around Americana band that stresses solid songwriting from Todd Scheaffer, nice vocal harmonies, and exemplary ensemble work. Plus, increasingly, Railroad Earth like to rock out. Last year's eponymous fifth album was a breakthrough of sorts that solidified the band's rep on the Americana circuit while continuing to mix in Celtic, English folk, and jazz strains. At the same time, the Earthlings remain sufficiently expansive live to charm the jug band crowd. With Jon Wayne & the Pain. $30. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

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Turf Club

1601 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55104


Xcel Energy Center

175 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


Triple Rock Social Club

629 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454


First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124


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