Get Cryphy, Clapperclaw, and more

Whimsical alt-rapper Busdriver



7th St. Entry

Pop quiz: Name a band from Los Angeles that has connections with a Nobel Prize winner, St. Louis Park, and Trent Reznor. Give up? The answer is eclectic California rock quartet Autolux. The band formed in 2000 when Carla Azar and Eugene Goreshter met while writing the score for Accidental Death of an Anarchist, a play written by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. By March of 2001, Autolux had rounded out into its present lineup and released the self-produced Demonstration EP. While the band was performing in support of the EP, they were "discovered" by T-Bone Burnett and signed to his DMZ label. (Burnett had founded DMZ with a pair of brothers from St. Louis Park known for writing and directing such modern cinema cult classics as The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, and Fargo—Joel and Ethan Coen.) Autolux would go on to release their first full-length in 2004, Future Perfect, which was met with critical acclaim and led to a variety of high-profile tours and performances over the next year and a half. They played with acts such as the White Stripes and Beck—and, later, were personally asked by Trent Reznor to open for Nine Inch Nails. In addition to touring, the band are in the process of recording their second full-length, tentatively titled Transit, which is set to be released sometime later this year. Also performing will be L.A.'s Mini Mansions and locals First Communion Afterparty. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine


Get Cryphy!

First Avenue VIP Lounge

We may be a few years past the point where crunk and hyphy are the hot-trend hip-hop subgenres, but First Ave's recurring Get Cryphy! night isn't just a matter of trying to breathe new life into a couple of aging styles by portmanteauing them together. Jimmy2Times is the deck-annihilating DJ behind some of the most get-stupid dance nights in the Twin Cities over the last several years, and his guest-packed first-Friday takeovers of the VIP Lounge cross almost every line you can think of when it comes to mashing up new and classic hits from across the dance, R&B, and hip-hop spectrum. With Jimmy's mix of genre-tweaking beat selection and scratch-battle virtuosity, you're guaranteed to hear old favorites in new and outlandish ways. 18+. $3. 10 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Nate Patrin


Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles (CD-release)

Cedar Cultural Center

It's been a little over a year since Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles dropped the band's independently released debut album, Orange Peels and Rattlesnakes—and, oh, what a year it has been. A month and a half after the CD-release show, the band, led by the ukulele-strumming songstress Michelle, edged out Gospel Gossip by a mere two votes in City Pages' Picked to Click 2008 poll. The group continued to develop a wider fan base as it left the state multiple times during the following year, including trips to SXSW and a recent East Coast tour. With such a successful year you'd think that the band would be interested in either kicking back and reminiscing or throwing a mad party and inviting everyone to join them in welcoming the next stage of their career. With the title of the group's forthcoming album, Special Party Time for Everybody, it appears as though Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles are putting off the resting and sticking with the latter. The CD-release show will also feature local acts Northern Howl and the Chris Tomson Quartet. All ages. $10/$12 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Chris DeLine


Intermedia Arts

We're still not entirely certain what a "clapperclaw" is, per se, but that doesn't detract from our excitement about the third installment of this jam-packed music, art, fashion, and theater extravaganza. Now at Intermedia Arts in Uptown (relocated from the Sound Gallery in the Warehouse District), Clapperclaw will spread out into the parking lot with an outdoor music stage in addition to the festivities occurring within the graffiti-decorated walls of the art gallery and theater space. This year's music lineup alone is reason to check out the festival: Indie buzz band Free Energy will headline (featuring former members of Hockey Night), with support from Missouri's Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and a lineup of eclectic local bands such as rock/blues/punk hybrids City on the Make, brooding live hip-hop group No Bird Sing, rappers Kristoff Krane and Guante, and electro wizard Tarlton. Add to that visual art from 19 local artists, a fashion show with work by Laura Fulk, a documentary screening, and a performance by inventive theater troupe Lamb Lays with Lion. All told, this year's festival will span 10 hours and give attendees plenty of bang for their buck. With The Show Is the Rainbow (Lincoln, Nebraska), Dada Trash Collage, Elite Gymnastics, and Phantom Tails. $15/$20 at the door. 2 p.m. 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.871.4444. —Andrea Swensson

5th Annual Minneapolis Punk Rock Bowling Awards Show

Triple Rock Social Club

Punk rock and bowling make strange bedfellows at first glance, but the more you think about it, the more the pairing makes sense: Bowling's one of the noisier sports going, you can drink while you play, it's pretty inexpensive, and it's a good excuse to wear ugly shoes. The Triple Rock hosts the 5th Annual Minneapolis Punk Rock Bowling Awards Show this Saturday, where the elite of the city's D.I.Y. 10-pin specialists will show up to throw down (or have a throw-up showdown; it depends on how hairy things get). And what would a punk bowling tournament be without punk rock—in this case, represented by the first Minneapolis appearance in 10 years of Chicago's own Dwarves. The Dwarves are notorious for their onstage audience-provoking fisticuffs and the fake-death hoax of guitarist HeWhoShallNotBeNamed (which got them thrown off Sub Pop), and while their brand of fast and scuzzy hardcore has grown more hooky and eclectic over the years, they haven't let up in their mission to bring "scum rock" to demented heights. With the Retainers and Getting Even. 21+. $12. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Nate Patrin



Triple Rock Social Club

Is there an alternative rapper more neurotically self-conscious about being an alternative rapper than Busdriver? The Angeleno's nerdlinger verbosity at Twista speeds is comic, even perversely compelling as music on his eighth studio album, Jhelli Beam, where he rhymes "anal beads" with "Dane Cook's table reads," jokes that "my records only get released in Anchorage, Alaska," and sing-raps a syllable per note to the third movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11, on "Me-Time (with the Pulmonary Palimpsest)," which sounds like Busta Rhymes singing Gilbert and Sullivan's Major-General's song. Dude never lets you forget his whimsy costs him a big rap career, but comes catchiest in celebration, bringing giddy live drums to what sounds like a tribute to his band: "some piccolos and cutlery and thermoses and fashionistas with jumpsuits and congos." Openers include fellow Project Blowed alum Abstract Rude, who released his own recent album, Rejuvenation, on the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label, and Open Mike Eagle. 18+. $10. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Peter S. Scholtes


Corea, Clarke & White

Dakota Jazz Club

Return to Forever was a seminal jazz-rock group launched by keyboardist Chick Corea in the early 1970s to further explore the fusion ideas of Miles Davis. RTF's most enduring and now classic lineup featured Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White, and guitarist Al DiMeola. Each masters of their instruments, together they soared on expansive, often space-themed compositions that were charged with electrifying energy and the angular intricacies of improvisational jazz. When the quartet reunited last summer for the first time in a quarter-century, their tour of large venues was greeted with glowing reviews, and subsequently documented on the sizzling, live two-CD set Returns. Now the trio of Corea, Clarke & White comes to the friendly confines of the Dakota, which promises to be a major event in itself. None of the three are remotely complacent; in fact, Corea has numerous projects going, including Five Peace Band, an extraordinary collaboration with John McLaughlin, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Vinnie Colaiuta. So don't expect a rehash of last summer's concerts, although RTF material will undoubtedly be on tap. $60-$100 at 7 p.m.; $55-$80 at 9:30 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. Also Monday. —Rick Mason

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