Ice Cube and more

Does It Offend You, Yeah? find these balloons off-putting



Ice Cube


The first single off Ice Cube's new album Raw Footage, aptly titled "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It," encompasses a certain OG nostalgia and has good ol' O'Shea back with full-force Jheri curl fierceness and N-word dropping. The legendary rapper has also long been known as a proficient actor—however improbable some of his kid-friendly roles might have seemed back in the day. As he brings his rap game back to the city, or, pardon me, out into the St. Paul suburbs at the Myth, it'll be an intermittently balanced mix of the greats from the golden age of NWA and his equally successful career as a solo artist. Barbershop Ice Cube may not be in the building, but the "I don't give a shit," attitude-driven, aged lyrical fury of Cube the rapper will. All ages. $33/$35 at the door. 7 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651.779.6984. —Jen Paulson



Does It Offend You, Yeah?

7th St. Entry

As a good grammarian, punctuation gets me hot in the pants. I counted—and this band has not one, but two punctuation marks in its name. There's that comma to give you pause. Then there's the question mark at the end to really wham it home. Does It Offend You, Yeah? have a really good command of the English language, which is, of course, essential in rock 'n' roll. Even better, the band seems to be the best export from England's NME-branded "New Rave" scene. Let's face it, the Klaxons' snootiness got annoying after a while. But where the Klaxons got lost in their J.G. Ballard-reading intellectualism, Does It Offend You, Yeah? continue to pop out stellar, unimposing club hits. Sometimes a trouser-dropping romp like "Let's Make Out" is way more effective—as long as there's a well-placed apostrophe in there somewhere. With Dr. Manhattan. 18+. $10. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775 —Erin Roof



Walter Meego

7th St. Entry

"I know yesterday's gone, and tomorrow, it'll never come" is about as deep and original as Chicago duo Walter Meego allow themselves to get, so it helps that profundity isn't the point. What singer Justin Sconza and multi-instrumentalist Renaissance dude Colin Yarck seemed to be going for on debut Voyager (Almost Gold) was some unholy fusion of the Beatles, European dance music, New Wave generally, and—of course—Daft Punk; if you're a fan of Ugly Betty, you've heard at least a few of Walter Meego's tunes. So, as one might imagine, the borg beats and pop rushes are of the synthesized variety and the vocals come slathered in played-out vocodor goo. At moments—precious, precious moments, these—the duo's runway-DJ-friendly pablum evokes the hair-shirt goth nostalgia found on TheFutureEmbrace, Billy Corgan's 2005 solo album. But soon enough it's back to the chemically euphoric club shit that, somehow, never quite falls out of fashion. With Ra Ra Riot, Pepi Ginsberg. 18+. $8. 8 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ray Cummings

Ghost in the Water

Nomad Pub

Twee alert: Husband/wife team Ghost in the Water is playing this Friday. Bands composed of couples are always pretty desperately irresistible, and the Minneapolis duo helps solidify the theory. At times, they even sound like one of their best-known indie-couple counterparts, Mates of State. Then the next minute they sound straight out of the Ghostbusters soundtrack, all '80s electronica. They surprise you like that. The band released their first album, Tooth, this year and have been accumulating admirers in the local music scene. They look like people you might want to be friends with, too. Go decompress with some cuteness. With the lovely and harmonic Chicago fivesome Horse in the Sea and the Minneapolis-based Skittish. 21+. $5. 9 p.m. 501 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6424. —Jessica Chapman



Zebulon Pike

Triple Rock Social Club

Minnesota's favorite self-described "instrumental prog-doom" band issues forth its biennial statement of potent and tectonic heaviness, Intranscience (Unfortunate Music). The disc shows that even with personnel changes (bassist Tom Berg replaces Steve Post, now in Bastard Saint), the band is still piling boulders on the heavy foundation laid by 2004's And Blood Was Passion and 2006's The Deafening Twilight. Witness the opening track, "Mirrors of Blessed Miracles": Nearly 11 minutes in length, "Mirrors" channels a simple, plaintive theme that would fit right in at a Hungarian folk dance, through King Crimson trickiness, austere atmospherics, and tight metal grooves, to claim its throne as the most crushing and coherent track in a catalog known for its precision and craft. Good going. Keyboard adventurer Martin Dosh and edgy shoegazers Story of the Sea open. 21+. $8. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Cecile Cloutier



Balkan Beat Box

Cedar Cultural Center

Israeli-born New Yorkers Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat have a lot up their sleeves—and under their hats and in their pockets and stuffed under the sofa. And whatever's down their pants makes them indefatigable danceaholics at home on floors from Kazakstan to the South Bronx. In fact, as the principals leading the wildly eclectic international collective Balkan Beat Box, Kaplan and Muskat would seem to have squirreled away hundreds of world-music artifacts, all to be summoned by the crazy rhythms of contemporary beats and electronica. Actually, BBB primarily stick to Mediterranean realms, if that can be stretched to include the Eastern European origins of klezmer, the smart-ass downtown scene of Lower Manhattan, the Southern California home of surf guitar, and toasting's Jamaican roots. Pretty much anything is fair game, as long as it's exotic, cutting-edge, and audacious, as the BBB boys push politics aside for an endless party that easily transports listeners from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, Mexico City, Rio, and Sofia within just a few bars. $18/$20 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason



Cut Copy

Fine Line Music Cafe

If you took jazz dance classes in the early '90s, you will love Cut Copy. Or maybe you're a boy and your mom wouldn't let you take jazz class, but you had a secret crush on Marky Mark; you will love Cut Copy. Flashes of early-'90s club beats constantly flex their way into the band's upbeat shakers. But if, for some really uncool reason, this doesn't appeal to you, there is more to Cut Copy to love, like a particularly fantastic Interpol sample in Bright Like Neon Love's "Zap Zap" and some sedated Daft Punkish techno stylings. Cut Copy's newly released In Ghost Colours is even more high-powered than their debut, now that the band is in bed with the dance-hit-making production team of DFA. The new album has more of a "rock your face off" quality than in Cut Copy's past, but is still coupled with melodramatic lyrics perfect for a noble, strobe-lit booty chase. With the Presets. 18+. $17. 9 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Erin Roof

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