Dum Dum Girls, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Polica, and more

Let the Dum Dum Girls take control
Patrice Jackson

Dum Dum Girls

Triple rock Social club, Wednesday 8.8

If the Ramones promised a way to love girl groups and garage bashers with freshly electrified ears, the delivery of this newer Dee Dee, Kristin Gundred of San Pedro's Dum Dum Girls, is to elevate that love to something knowing and elegant and stark. She has the ache of Chrissie Hynde but without any needful punk urgency — just swaggering adoration for form seethed through enough dreamy roughness and realness to attract excited local pleasure seekers. With the Teenage Moods and L'Assassins. 18+, $14, 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Peter S. Scholtes

Taj Mahal/Blind Boys of Alabama

Minnesota Zoo Amphitheatre, Wednesday 8.8

Each representing a deep, rich lode of African-American musical history, Taj Mahal and the Blind Boys of Alabama have sometimes taken those roots where few if any before have ventured. Mahal, aka Henry St. Clair Fredericks, initially became enamored of country blues and helped spark the blues revival of the early '60s with the spare elegance of his distinctive approach. Over the following decades, Mahal explored myriad blues offshoots and looked for common ground across the globe from India to Hawaii with an enthnomusicologist's enthusiasm and an inspired spirit of discovery. The Blind Boys have been weaving complex gospel harmonies for about three-quarters of a century. In recent years, they've ventured beyond traditional gospel, tackling more diverse material and collaborating with artists from other genres, most recently on the country-oriented Take the High Road. $47, 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 800.745.3000. —Rick Mason

My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses

Somerset Amphitheater, Friday 8.10

Tonight's solid triple bill at the Somerset Ampitheater boasts the rare musical talents capable of exciting both granola jam-band fans and tight-panted hipsters. Headliners My Morning Jacket bring their epic and spacious brand of Southern rock back to the Twin Cities for the first time since a spectacular gig top-lining Rock the Garden in 2011, and the intervening year has seen them translate to stage the style-hopping strangeness of their latest album, Circuital. Band of Horses holds down the middle slot with a similarly Southern sound — albeit more conventionally catchy. They'll showcase tunes from their forthcoming (unfortunately titled) fourth album, Mirage Rock. If the other songs in the collection due this September are as ingratiating as lead single "Knock Knock," the band may yet overcome that heinous title. The night kicks off with Minnesota's own Trampled by Turtles, who turned heads far and wide with this year's Stars and Satellites, a confident mixture of fast-pickin' modern bluegrass and glacially paced pastoral folk-rock. All ages, $41, 5:30 p.m. 715 Spring St., Somerset, Wisconsin. —Rob Van Alstyne


The Cabooze, Friday 8.10

It's not simply the certifiable classics under his belt, his position as de facto leader of one of the most respected rap groups of all time, nor his bombastic and funk-fueled stage performances that set the RZA apart from other top hip-hop producers. His innate ability to create fully realized sonic worlds with raw, crackled samples and kung-fu percussion has built not just a legacy but a mythology surrounding his work. With his debut film, The Man With the Iron Fists, just around the corner, Wu-Tang Clan's definitive renaissance man is coming to the Cabooze to show off his many musical talents, likely rapping under the guise of Bobby Digital as well as bringing some of the old favorites to life. Local opener Carnage is a beast in his own right, with a top-notch beatboxing ability and explosive rap ferocity that ought to make the night one for the books. 18+, $23-$25, 9 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Jack Spencer


The Cabooze, Saturday 8.11

Right after last weekend's storm on Lollapalooza and a convincing showing at the River's Edge fest on Harriet Island in June, Minneapolis art-rockers Poliça return for their biggest headlining gig to date. Channy Leaneagh's mystical vocals and the thudding, glitchy madness of the rest of the outfit have had no trouble adapting to larger stages — if anything, the two drum sets seem to want more room. This outdoor show comes just days before their debut, Give You the Ghost, is reissued via Mom + Pop on Tuesday. Their new labelmates include Andrew Bird, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Metric, Sleeper Agent, and a wealth of other artists who benefit from the distribution heft of Sony Music Entertainment — and the attention an indie label can provide. With Supreme Cuts and Zoo Animal. 18+, $25, 6:30 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Reed Fischer

Rufus Wainwright

Minnesota Zoo, Saturday 8.11

The death of Rufus Wainwright's mother, Kate McGarrigle, overshadowed his dark, sometimes somber, starkly melancholy 2010 album All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu. But rather than returning to the grand cabaret and operatic pop that he has long favored for the follow-up, Wainwright hooked up with producer Mark Ronson — who has worked with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Adele — and collaborators like the bristling Dap-Kings, and dove into '70s pop of the Elton John/Harry Nilsson ilk. The effervescence, strong melodies, and vintage pop conceits on Out of the Game don't prevent Wainwright from sending his tenor soaring, working in a few florid touches, or tossing in his characteristically quirky lyrics. "Bitter Tears" invokes a harpsichord-like funky piano breakdown, while the heavy bottom, soulful chorus, and sax in "Raschida" suggest Brit R&B on steroids. "Montauk," meanwhile, addresses his young daughter in a swirling cloud of pop synths while getting positively Loudonian in his take on Wainwright family values. At the zoo, Rufus will be backed by a full band. $38, 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 800.745.3000. —Rick Mason

Square Lake Film & Music Festival

Square Lake, Saturday 8.11

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Square Lake Film & Music Festival, with festivities taking place a stone's throw away from the scenic setting of Stillwater's Square Lake County Park. In addition to a batch of films being screened by emerging filmmakers, the fest also boasts performances by cherished local acts who all embrace varying levels of experimentation such as Retribution Gospel Choir, Night Moves, the Pines, Food Pyramid, Father You See Queen, Spider John Koerner, KBDS, and a special score by International Novelty Gameplan, which will accompany a film screening. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own food and beverages, re-usable water bottles, blankets, and camping gear, leaving your dogs and frowns at home. A limited amount of free onsite camping is available on a first come, first served basis. All ages, $5-$30, free for kids under 12, 2 p.m. 13359 Partridge Rd. N., Stillwater; 651-204-0775. —Erik thompson

Rodney Crowell

Dakota Jazz club, Monday 8.13

Always something of a maverick, Rodney Crowell likes to stir up his country tunes with R&B, rock 'n' roll, bits of folk and pop, and then run them out to the honky-tonk. He's written a slew of classics, including "Bluebird Wine," "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," and "Shame on the Moon," been covered by a who's who of country and pop stars, and forged a critically acclaimed rep as a performer. His last few albums have been deeply personal affairs, as is his latest, Kin, a songwriting collaboration with poet Mary Karr, renowned for The Liar's Club, her memoir of growing up dysfunctional in what she calls the East Texas Ringworm Belt. Crowell grew up in the vicinity and under similar circumstances, and the songs they wrote together are vivid, literate, and starkly evocative of wild times long ago. And when Rodney isn't singin' 'em, an impressive cast of his friends are: Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris. None of those will be along at the Dakota, but Crowell's band will be there, and the new songs should get a thorough airing. $35, 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.3325299. —Rick Mason

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