Critics' Picks: Odd Future, Dum Dum Girls, and more

Odd Future make their Twin Cities debut
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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

First Avenue on Wednesday 10.12

A group controversial simply for being controversial, Odd Future have made just as many enemies as fans with their onslaught of crew releases, most notably Tyler, The Creator's violent new full-length, Goblin. But for a young artist who has hung a career on venting anger and spouting off like an idealistic, attention-starved teen (both through his lyrics and via his Twitter handle, @fucktyler), would we expect anything less visceral from him and his Wolf Gang? The jury's still out on whether their rape-positive and murderous lyrics are supposed to be social commentary, satire, or purposely offensive, but one thing about the group has gone undisputed: Their self-righteous, antagonistic energy makes for a live experience rivaled by few hip-hop artists touring today. See them—and decide whether you love 'em or hate 'em—for yourself. All ages. $20/$25 at the door. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Andrea Swensson

Dum Dum Girls

Turf Club on Wednesday 10.12

The enlightening point of comparison for Los Angeles's Dum Dum Girls isn't the Shop Assistants or Bratmobile—the girl-garage pantheon from which they take their echoing guitar and drum sound—but Blondie and the Pretenders, who forever-pop singer Kristen "Dee Dee" Gundred and company aspire and ascend to. "Bedroom Eyes," from the band's glossy new second album on Sub Pop, Only in Dreams, turns on the quiver in Gundred's voice, while "Just a Creep" is sultry enough to suggest that the creep in question is on to something. It's all still coming into its own, but it's something to hear and see before it does. With Crocodiles, Colleen Green, and DJ Mario Orduno. 21+. $12. 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St Paul; 651.647.0486. —Peter S. Scholtes

Com Truise

7th St. Entry on Thursday 10.13

How come Scottish IDM duo Boards of Canada never comes up in reference to Jersey chillwave guy Com Truise? Both acts go in for dehydrated, astigmatic electronic pop, and share joneses for questionable sleeve art, lysergically distressed samples, and '80s synthesizers. But while Boards of Canada was oft inclined to lay back in the proverbial cut, glowsticks rattling in its spokes, Com Truise's Betamax smudge is both busier and brawnier, less likely to melt onto the tongue like a communion wafer. Listening to debut full-length Galactic Melt is a little like riding a Segway through a shifting hall of mirrors while suffering an epileptic seizure; mood and temperament permitting, that's no bad thing. Opening for Neon Indian, with Purity Ring. 18+. $15. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Ray Cummings

The Funereal Remembrance of Luke the Drifter

Bradshaw Funeral Home on Thursday 10.13-Saturday 10.15

In 1950, country legend Hank Williams began recording religious songs and recitations under the name "Luke the Drifter," a pseudonym used to protect the marketability of his popular work. Two years later at the age of 30, Hank died after too few years of hard living. His Montgomery funeral was the largest in Alabama history, attended by as many as 25,000 mourners, and included performances by Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, and Red Foley. But what became of "Luke the Drifter?" To mark the impending demolition of the 1920s-era Bradshaw Funeral Home on Payne Avenue, a collective of music lovers from St. Paul's eclectic House of Mercy Church, including Reverend Russell Rathbun, Page Burkum and Jack Torrey of the Cactus Blossoms, and others will present "The Funereal Remembrance of Luke the Drifter," an imagining of a fictional Luke the Drifter's 1977 funeral. Open to folks who are a little bit Saturday night, a little bit Sunday morning, and everything in between, this participatory musical-theater experience will feature country music and eulogizing, gospel and recitations, food and drinks in a post-service reception-style format, and importantly, a reminder that whoever we are, however we live, we have one thing in common: We'll never get out of this world alive. All ages. $15. 8 p.m. 1174 Payne Ave., St. Paul; —Nikki Miller

Baaba Maal

Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday 10.15

One of the iconic voices of West Africa, Senegalese singer-songwriter-guitarist Baaba Maal long has championed a distinctive style that fuses myriad strains of African and Western pop, soul, blues, and reggae. His keening voice and lyrics often addressing spiritual concerns in multiple languages are key unifying elements as, for instance, he flirted with swamp blues, moody Euro-pop, and electronica on 2009's Television. Maal is also an activist on a variety of humanitarian causes, including the welfare of African children and women, something he will likely address in this unusual appearance, dubbed Tales from the Sahel (the sub-Sahara semi-arid belt that traverses Africa from northern Senegal to the Red Sea). Maal will talk about his experiences and issues of the day with English journalist Chris Salewicz, interspersing the discussion with performances with multi-instrumentalist Jim Palmer and percussionist Mamadou Sarr. All ages. $30/$35 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

First Avenue on Friday 10.14

The collision of sacred and secular doesn't get any more explosive (in a good way) than when sacred steel guitar hero Robert Randolph and his intrepid band crank it up. The gospel fervor, which Randolph grew up on at the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey, lights a torch under the secular influences—Stevie Ray, Hendrix, Sly, Clapton, Stevie Wonder—he later discovered and that now blaze through his music like a roman candle. The ferocious version of "Purple Haze" on the RRFB's new live album rivals virtually any for sheer intensity and blistering guitar work. The band's last studio album, We Walk This Road, was something of a tribute to the artists Randolph picked up on once the religious blinders were removed. And that continues to a degree on the live disc with fiery covers of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star" along with Hendrix, as well as gospel standards that crossed to the secular realm from both tradition and the Staple Singers. With Ha Ha Tonka. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Rick Mason

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