DJ Shadow, Fleet Foxes, the Suburbs, and more

Andrew Broder re-emerges with the Cloak Ox

Andrew Broder re-emerges with the Cloak Ox

The Cloak Ox

Turf Club on Thursday 7.14

Fog fans, take note: Andrew Broder is back in the songwriting saddle and he's bringing familiar faces Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, and Mark Erickson along for his new amble down the experimental rock trail. The Cloak Ox finds Broder lassoing his jagged, popping melodies to chugging locomotive drumbeats and shuddering, shrieking guitar wails, creating a stark basement vibe so dank you can practically smell the mold creeping up its concrete walls. Though the Cloak Ox have yet to release a proper record, Radio K has been spinning a few of their tracks in heavy rotation and repping the band since their very first gig, and their live shows sound incredibly polished given the limited time this band of pros has been playing together. For their Turf Club show, the Cloak Ox will be joined by a pair of bands who also excel at setting the midnight mood: stormy, spare rock trio Brute Heart and improvisational electro-brooders Votel (formerly H.U.N.X.). Members of Marijuana Deathsquads will also be on hand to spin tracks as BombPartySquad DJs. 21+. $6. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651.647.0486. —Andrea Swensson

Old Gray Mule and C.W. Ayon

Bayport BBQ on Thursday 7.14

The existence of a Southern juke joint within hailing distance of the St. Croix is as remarkable as the gritty, deep blues artists showing up there, including this latest pair. Old Gray Mule is Lockhart, Texas, guitarist C.R. (Charley) Humphrey, whose electric blues are sinewy and wickedly evocative of the hard-scrabble essence of the genuine article. His stinging instrumental grooves suggest the likes of North Mississippi icons R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. In fact, Kimbrough's son Kinney played drums on OGM's new 40 Nickels for a Bag of Chips. New Mexico's Cooper Ayon will be on the skins for Humphrey here. Ayon is also known as One Man Band, whose stomping percussion complements his own squally blues guitar escapades. He sings too, a Delta whine that winds quivering knots with his guitar on his new one, Ain't No Use in Moving. His stunning version of "You Are My Sunshine" is positively harrowing. $5. 8 p.m. 328 Fifth Ave. N., Bayport; 651.955.6337. —Rick Mason

The Suburbs

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater on Friday 7.15

"I dunno if the breakup really stuck, you know?" says Chan Poling of the Suburbs, reflecting on his band's decision to call it quits in the late '80s. "A little time goes by, those songs are too fun, and we're still friends." Poling went on to compose music for films and TV, picking up an Emmy along the way. His current musical project is the New Standards with John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) and Steve Roehm (Billygoat, Electropolis), which started out as a jam session with Munson, but has since morphed into a popular outfit that regularly plays theaters in the region. However, the rest of America still associates Poling with the Suburbs, and he hasn't ruled out creating new material with the surviving members of the band (guitarist Bruce Allen past away in 2009). "I'm always afraid of that," he muses. "People love 'Rattle My Bones' and 'Love Is the Law,' and you play a new song and they're like, 'What's this?' You're always up against the past.... There was so much great music from back then," Poling says of the '80s, "and it was about melody, and energy, and stuff like that." Modern acts seem to concur, as many have been influenced by the music from that decade. "It's so weird, I turn on the radio and I'll say, 'Oh, I remember that song,' and then say, 'Oh, it's brand new." In turn, the Suburbs will unleash a few new tracks. "I finally got to the point where I'm like, screw it," Poling says. "I've got a batch of really good new songs and one of the best rock bands that's ever played, so we're going to play some new stuff and see what happens, you know? What the hell." With the Suicide Commandos. All ages. $36. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —P.F. Wilson

Lakefront Jazz & Blues Festival with Buddy Guy

Lakefront Park on Saturday 7.16

Headlining the second annual Lakefront Jazz & Blues Festival, Chicago blues giant Buddy Guy has been singing and playing beautifully about getting old for longer than many musicians have had a career—and is still showman enough to make you see what captivated Jimi Hendrix and so many other guitarists. Last year's Grammy-winning Living Proof featured a sweet duet with B.B. King on the subject of sticking around, while Hip-O Select just reissued 1970's Buddy and the Juniors, a legendary off-the-cuff collaboration with Junior Wells and Junior Mance. But the place to start might be 2001's "going South" album Sweet Tea, where Guy basically covers the Fat Possum catalog through a stack of vintage amps—a true taste of his live explosiveness. With Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, the Lamont Cranston Band, Tim Mahoney, Jessy J, and more. All ages. $5.50/$10 at the gate. 12 p.m. Lakefront Park, 5000 Kopp Pkwy., Prior Lake; 952.447.4230. —Peter S. Scholtes

Fleet Foxes

State Theatre on Sunday 7.17

Helplessness Blues, the second album from Seattle's Fleet Foxes, is dense with influences from myriad directions and eras, but mostly coalescing around the freaky late '60s and early '70s. There's abundant folk of various ilks—trad, rock, chamber—as well as pop and country, plus vocal harmonies that stretch all the way from the Beach Boys and CSN&Y to the hootenanny era and monkish chorals. Yet the Foxes' refreshing lack of affectation and fearless arrangements set a unique tone while Robin Pecknold's high tenor contemplates deep, sometimes somber questions of identity and existence. Opener Alela Diane & Wild Devine's sound also harkens back to early-'70s country rock. Previously mostly a nouveau folkie, Diane cranks up the twang with the help of a more aggressive band on her eponymous third album, whose songs boast a dusty eloquence. All ages. $32. 6:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

DJ Shadow

First Avenue on Sunday 7.17

On the landmark Entroducing, the songier and nearly as great Private Press, and a great many singles and collaborations, hip-hop independent scholar and pioneer DJ Shadow has made compositionally and emotionally rich sample-based music whose ambition doesn't preclude humor and loud, body-moving beats, and whose deracinated, transformed elements are nearly always—as he boasts on his better-than-you-might-expect live album—"in tune and in time." A new album, The Less You Know the Better, is due in early September. A teaser EP from this spring was led by the compellingly hard and monotonous "I Gotta Rokk," and also featured ominous drum workouts and beaded-curtain psych-soul. 18+. $21/$25 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Dylan Hicks

Cold Cave

Varsity Theater on Sunday 7.17

The dynamic, synth-driven Philadelphia trio Cold Cave have crafted two stellar albums full of pulsing, moody songs that immediately recall the dark, insular sound of edgy '80s New Wave. But there is an urgent, energetic spirit to their particular style that is refreshingly modern and enthralling, led by vocalist and songwriter Wesley Eisold, whose downcast delivery will at once sound familiar to old-school U.K. music fans but is a perfect match for these bold, capricious arrangements. Their opening slot for the Kills back in May got everyone's attention both through the sheer volume of the performance and the catchy, killer songs featured in their set. This headlining show should allow this talented band to win over some more fans in a city that has always seemed to embrace their particular type of moody, mercurial sound. With Cult of Youth. 18+. $12. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Erik Thompson

Thurston Moore

Varsity Theater on Monday 7.18

"Thurston Moore turns down the volume" seems like an oxymoronic headline; the fiftysomething underground iconoclast has spent an entire career inspiring splitting migraines. Yet on new disc Demolished Thoughts, the Sonic Youth guitarist's sound implodes, trading gritted-teeth intensity for pillowy grace. Moore's leads remain reliably recognizable—trotting, circular melodic doodles and starry-eyed scales—but now his plectrums are affixed to acoustic axes, he's singing in a lulling, bedroom whisper, and a heavenly host of strings and harps are there to sweeten his reveries; even the atmospheric, vanishing-into-fuzz larks here soothe. Moore finally sounding his age, and sounding amazing doing so? Crazy. With Kurt Vile & the Violators (read our interview with Vile on p. 43) and Hush Arbors. 18+. $20. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Ray Cummings


Varsity Theater on Tuesday 7.19

The hotly tipped young London quartet Yuck finally make their highly anticipated Minneapolis debut in support of their gritty self-titled debut, an album that has been garnering plenty of acclaim on both sides of the pond. And while the fledgling group clearly aren't reinventing the wheel with their choppy, guitar-heavy sound (think Dinosaur Jr. blended with Sonic Youth and a touch of Pavement), there is a tuneful quality layered within the discord, and the infectious nature of the material proves to be quite irresistible, especially at a loud volume. Reports indicate that their live shows have been decidedly hit or miss so far, but hopefully we'll catch them on a good night and their highly appealing songs will take flight within the cozy confines of the Varsity. With Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 18+. $12/$14 at the door. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Erik Thompson