Critics' Picks: The Who, Titus Andronicus, Rogue Valley, and more

Back in business: BBQ and King Khan
Philip Karger

The King Khan & BBQ Show

Turf Club, Saturday 11.24

Despite a tumultuous history that led to their breakup in 2010, the King Khan & BBQ Show have reformed, and the subversive garage-rockers are kicking off what they are calling the Anal Apocalypse 2012 Mini-Tour. The group is led by Mark Sultan (a.k.a. BBQ) and Arish (King) Khan, and their combustible musical partnership fuels their untamed, fiery sound, drawing from styles as wildly divergent as soul, R&B, doo-wop, and balls-to-the-wall rock 'n' roll. While the group are rumored to be recording some new material, this welcomed reformation should dip into their past, including "Tastebuds," one of the most revoltingly catchy songs ever conceived. With Toxic Shrews and Hot Rash. 21+, $13, 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave, St. Paul, 651.647.0486. —Erik Thompson

Death Grips

First Avenue, Wednesday 11.21

Death Grips' skate-punk rap breakout The Money Store was grimy enough to sustain momentum for 2012, but they figured a same-year followup would keep their blistering assault going. NO LOVE DEEP WEB was slated to come out this fall, but when Epic decided to sit on it for a while and push its release date out to some nebulous date next year, the band decided to leak it themselves through every channel they could think of — Soundcloud, BitTorrent, — and slap a massive, tumescent schlong on the cover. Inevitably, the music itself was overshadowed by label-feud speculation and dick-joke fallout, which seems like a pretty unfair fate considering the album is every bit as anxious, furious, assaultive, and cathartic as its recent predecessor. MC Ride's still bellowing every line as a threat, a dare, or a motivational challenge. And the production — if you can call it "produced" instead of simply ripped out of the guts of some Cronenberg-style flesh-808 — keeps one foot in avant-leaning bass music and hip hop while using the other foot to kick your speakers in. With Mykki Blanco. 18+, sold out, 8 p.m. 701 N. First Ave. Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Nate Patrin

Titus Andronicus

7th St. Entry, Thursday 11.22

New Jersey-based punks Titus Andronicus established themselves as one of indie's strongest live acts on the heels of 2008's lo-fi salvo The Airing of Grievances and 2010's American Civil War-based The Monitor. Still, finding that the bulky instrumentation of those LPs made it challenging to formulate a show that could be truly faithful to their studio output (the Vandronicus doesn't have room for trumpets, bagpipes, and a piano!), frontman Patrick Stickles and co. scaled back for the new Local Business in hopes of finding an easily reproducible aesthetic for the road. The result finds a more economical middle ground between Thin Lizzy's muscular riffing and the Mats' road-rock, making it easier for this five-piece to focus less on making sure bells and whistles are aligned and more on maximizing their many other virtues. With Ceremony and Buildings. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —mike Madden

Kevin Kling and Mason Jennings

Fitzgerald Theater, Friday 11.23 + Saturday + 11.24 + Sunday 11.25

On Thanksgiving weekend, Minnesota Public Radio has the perfect event planned to examine the emotion and sentiment of what heading home truly means. The distinguished local playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling and celebrated singer-songwriter Mason Jennings have scheduled three performances at the Fitzgerald Theater for a unique series called Back Home. It delves into what home signifies in the modern age as well as how that idea has changed over the years, as influenced by the enduring spirit of Minnesota. All ages, $35, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651.290.1200. —Erik Thompson

A Tribute to the Replacements

First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, Friday 11.23

We can't hardly wait for the annual nod to hometown punk rockers the Replacements. Both First Avenue's mainroom and the 7th St. Entry are set to overflow with the Melismatics, Pink Mink, Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, Bloodnstuff, and more tearing through the 'Mats catalog. In particular, 1987's pop-laced Pleased to Meet Me gets a full run-through, but expect a wide range of perspectives on the material. Also among those set to perform are Curtiss A, Orion Treon, John Swardson, 89.3 the Current's David Campbell, the 4onthefloor's Gabe Douglas, Actual Wolf's Eric Pollard, and Jim "The Mad Ripple" Walsh bringing his Hootenanny antics. This time around there's a chance to bid on VIP tables to send funds to ex-Replacement Slim Dunlap, who has been on the mend after a debilitating stroke. 18+, $8-$10, 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Reed Fischer

Rogue Valley vinyl release show

Cedar Cultural Center, Saturday 11.24

Now 18 months removed from releasing four full-length seasonal-themed albums in a year, locally beloved folk-pop act Rogue Valley revisit the project one last time in celebration of a vinyl compilation of the dozen tracks they deemed most essential. Considering they had 46 songs to choose from, the band, fronted by tuneful tenor Chris Koza, had their work cut out for them. The vinyl-release selections underscore that Rogue Valley understand that their strength lies in their stylistic breadth, with the compilation making space for both stormy midtempo rockers ("Cleaning Slates"), gorgeous electro-tinged balladry (89.3 the Current staple "Onward and Over"), psychedelic pop excursions ("The Color Wheel"), and cozy Americana ("Rope Swing Over Rogue Valley") from all four of their albums. With Joey Ryan & the Inks, Meredith Fierke. All ages, $10-$12, 7 p.m., 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rob Van Alstyne

Karrin Allyson


Dakota, Monday 11.26 + Tuesday 11.27

One of the premier jazz vocalists of her generation, former Twin Cities resident Karrin Allyson can scat with a vitality that recalls Ella Fitzgerald, get smoky with the blues, add fresh intrigue to both bop and pop, sound like a native in French and Portuguese, and render a ballad so exquisitely that it's like inventing emotion. She's simply brilliant as a song interpreter, always transforming even the most familiar lyrics into something magical with her intonation and phrasing. And she has a fine touch on piano. Allyson's latest album is last year's Grammy-nominated 'Round Midnight, a superb collection of jazz and pop standards anchored by a hushed, exceptionally intimate version of Monk's title tune, featuring only the subtle textures of Allyson's voice and Ed Howard's conspiratorial, woody bass. Joining Allyson and Howard at the Dakota will be guitarist Bob Mann. $40 at 7 p.m. $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299. —Rick Mason

Turbo Fruits

Turf Club, Monday 11.26

Nashville's Turbo Fruits are a quartet led by former Be Your Own Pet guitarist Jonas Stein, whose garage aspirations now seem to share space with a '71 Buick. BYOP was a frenzied, pop-punk blast of raging attitude, which Stein in large part carried over when he formed the Fruits. With their third album, Butter (produced by Spoon's Jim Eno), and third lineup under Stein, TF now seem to have settled into a more comfortable sound driven by jangly blues-rock riffs, a touch of Mersey Beat, a sizable dose of '70s hard rock, and a kind of hapless, too-ripped-to-care angst that's more slacker than attacker. There are pleasures to be found in TF's familiar chords and power pop melodies, even when the sentiments about motorcycles, elusive girls, whiskey, and weed prove ephemeral. $8, 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Rick Mason

The Coup

Cabooze, Tuesday 11.27

Oakland hip-hop veterans the Coup have released only three albums under their own name in the past 11 years. That their previous two sound like they could've been released yesterday says a lot about both how timeless their g (for guerilla)-funk sound is and how desperate things have gotten politically. More than a decade after 2001's Steal This Album gave sly yet frustrated voice to social struggle in America, more and more citizens have stopped riding the fence and started itching to come up with another five million ways to kill a CEO. Pick a Bigger Weapon, released in 2006, maintained its predecessor's mixture of leftist fervor, everyday-people empathy, and elastic West Coast bounce. But while the message of Sorry to Bother You retains Boots Riley's sharp-witted, limberly drawled call-to-arms lyricism, the group's sound has taken a turn for the punk — well, sort of. Sure, "Your Parents' Cocaine" is two and a half minutes of snotty, kazoo-laden polemicism featuring a gnarled guest spot from Anti-Flag's Justin Sane, and the stomping guitar buzz of lead single "The Magic Clap" sounds a bit like Bikini Kill, at least when it isn't sounding like Sly & the Family Stone. But you can still move to it, and it can still move you. 18+, $15-$17, 8 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Nate Patrin

The Who

Target Center, Tuesday 11.27

Nearly a half-century into his career, Roger Daltrey still twirls his microphone like a lasso and Pete Townshend attacks his guitar with his trademark windmill windup. These two long-time members of the Who — the iconic, erstwhile iconoclastic rock band from the heady days of the British Invasion — pull into town with a full-length version of Townshend's second rock opera, Quadrophenia. Frenetic drummer Keith Moon and implacable bassist John Entwistle, both integral to the Who's sound, each died before he got old, and fitting tributes are reportedly embedded in the current show. Daltrey and Townshend (also with a new biography out) have sustained the band's legacy in somewhat sporadic fashion. But this Quadrophenia, Townshend's quest for meaning amid the Mods and Rockers drama of the early '60s, reportedly is full of spunk and spirit, with the band's lineup fleshed out by drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo's son), brother Simon Townshend on guitar, and bassist Pino Palladino. Additional Who nuggets will round out the set. Opening will be Vintage Trouble, an L.A. quartet specializing in classic soul, blues, and R&B fronted by James Brown-inspired Ty Taylor. $37.50-$127.50, 7:30 p.m. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.673.1600. —Rick Mason

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