The Gaslight Anthem, King Tuff, Wake Up Madagascar, and more

Gaslight Anthem: Sticking their necks out at the Fine Line
Danny Clinch

The Gaslight Anthem

Fine Line Music Cafe, Wednesday 7.11

The tough, rumbling rock 'n' roll of New Jersey's the Gaslight Anthem may have some punk roots that contribute to the quartet's rolling, thunderous drive. But the New Brunswick outfit can't deny that it was born to run on the same greasy fumes as that kid from over in Freehold. So the Springsteenisms are rife throughout TGA's catalogue, including the about-to-be-released Handwritten, the band's major-label debut. Just like Bruce, they're products of blue-collar central-Jersey environs (albeit a generation apart), with similar affinities for roots rock, Motown, R&B, and that sort of Mitch Ryder school of taut, wiry rock 'n' roll. Handwritten was recorded in Nashville with producer Brendan O'Brien, who previously worked with the likes of Springsteen and Pearl Jam. The intensity doesn't wane throughout, delivering the kind of stuff you want blasting out of a '55 Chevy dashboard when you go racing in the streets. Dave Hause of the Loved Ones opens. Sold out, 8 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Rick Mason

Wake Up Madagascar

Cedar Cultural Center, Friday 7.13

The alarm driving Wake Up Madagascar, a tour featuring four top Malagasy artists backed by a nine-piece band, is two-fold: the fiery, intoxicating Malagasy dance music called salegy, and the epidemic deforestation of Madagascar's rain forests due to illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming. The syncopated rhythms of salegy can be fierce and driving or more sinuous and alluring, as in the music of Said, who performed a wide array of western music before returning to her Malagasy roots with the 2010 album Zebu Nation. Salegy also features simmering, often pointillist electric guitars, bubbling accordion, lush call-and-response vocal harmonies, and subtle suggestions of funk and swing. $18-$20, 8 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Hot Chip

First Avenue, Friday 7.13

Previous albums from London electro-pop outfit Hot Chip always felt as neatly divided between get-on-the-floor rhythm-oriented outings (2006's The Warning) and more sedate mid-tempo explorations (2010's One Life Stand). This year's In Our Heads wisely splits the difference, largely avoiding fist-pumping beats but ensuring that even its gentlest moments have a subtly insistent rhythmic pulse. The end result is a new high-water mark for the always impressive septet, with dual frontmen Alexis Taylor and Joe Godard elevating their vocal chemistry by frequently favoring close harmonies. Effortlessly smooth album closer "Always Been Your Love" proves the boys could reinvent themselves as forward-thinking R&B crooners if audiences ever tire of their icy disco anthems. With Chromatics. 18+, $25, 8 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rob Van Alstyne

Fiona Apple

Orpheum Theatre, Saturday 7.16

Fiona Apple captured the attention of the music world when she was just a teenager. Her 1996 debut, Tidal, garnered her a dedicated following as well as a Grammy Award and countless other accolades. But since that initial creative burst, Apple has consistently shunned the spotlight while taking more time between each of her subsequent releases. Apple just released her fourth record, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, her first album in seven years, and it finds the songstress matured but still edgy, restrained but still perceptive. The new songs have a spare, elegant poignancy to them that has once again captured the attention of her longtime fans, who waited patiently for years for a sign of any new music. It has arrived majestically. With Blake Mills. All ages, $44-$74, 7:30 p.m. . 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Erik Thompson

Twin Cities' Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival

Patrick's Cabaret, Saturday 7.14

The second annual Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival builds on the success of last year's event, which coincided with the 25th Anniversary of Patrick's Cabaret. This time out, the theater has partnered with neighbors Harriet Brewing Company and Mosaic Cafe while expanding to three outdoor stages that will be filled with fantastically diverse bands and music. Local rockers Bloodnstuff and the Goondas will perform along with the folk-pop of the Brass Kings, the country stylings of the Cactus Blossoms, the experimental strings of the Sans Souci Quartet, the rich blues of Charlie Parr, and 20 other fine acts. The all-day event will also feature craft-beer gardens, assorted food vendors, and tours of Harriet Brewery. And if you haven't got your fill after a long day of music, Palmers Bar will keep the festivities going with an after-party featuring additional live performances. 21+, $10-$15, 12 p.m. 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612.721.3595. — Erik Thompson

Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday with Pop Wagner, Tony Glover, & Charlie Maguire

Dakota Jazz Club, Saturday 7.14

On the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth in Okemah, Oklahoma, a trio of Minnesota folk icons will pay tribute to a musical giant of now almost mythic stature. Many of Guthrie's songs — starting with "This Land Is Your Land" — are intrinsic parts of American culture, defining the American experience in stirring terms equally celebratory and revealing injustice. Renaissance cowboy Pop Wagner, harmonica ace Tony Glover (of Koerner, Ray and Glover fame); and Singing Ranger Charlie Maguire were all deeply influenced by Guthrie, with direct or close secondary connections to Woody, his key associates, and/or family. Their 2011 collaborative album, Woody Reflected, vividly reflects those ties, rendering relatively obscure Guthrie nuggets with an authentic spirit that proves Woody's legacy is still very much alive and relevant. $15, 7 & 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Bastille Day Block Party

Barbette, Sunday 7.15

Barbette not only provides local foodies with some of the best eats in town, but also serves up quality music. Look no further than this weekend's free block party. The varied lineup includes rapper-about-town Astronautalis, the atmospheric indie rock of Peter Wolf Crier, and the soulful stylings of A. Wolf & Her Claws. Filling out the day-long bill are Sleep Study, the Brass Messengers, Patty & the Buttons, and Prissy Clerks. Expect a load of street entertainers, and leave your garbage at home because this is a no-waste event. All ages, free, 3 p.m. 1600 West Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.827.5710. —Erik Thompson

Youth Lagoon

Varsity Theater, Sunday 7.15

The home recording project of 22-year-old Idaho musician Trevor Powers, Youth Lagoon is aptly named. Sounding boyish but broken, the 10 tunes that make up YL's debut, The Year of Hibernation, coat Powers's innocent yearning in murky reverb. While it's near impossible to make out much of what he's singing, those snippets that are clearly audible — "It's just me in my room with my eyes shut" — are in sync with the hushed intimacy of Powers's spare but mesmerizing melodies. Favoring fuzzy synthesizers and wobbly drum-machine rhythms, Youth Lagoon's heady bedroom pop isn't for everybody, but those enamored of idiosyncratic songwriters will find plenty to love in Powers's solipsistic but sly songs. With Father John Misty and Onuinu. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Rob Van Alstyne

King Tuff/Jaill

Triple Rock Social Club, Tuesday 7.17

King Tuff is the brainchild of enigmatic guitar virtuoso Kyle Thomas, who has generated a consistent buzz with other musical projects Feathers, Happy Birthday, and Witch (with Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis). King Tuff's brilliant, self-titled sophomore record was recently released on Sub Pop, and certainly delivers on the promise of his previous ventures. His new material is rooted in the lo-fi appeal of garage rock as well as the melodic beauty and easy effervescence featured in '60s surf pop. It's a potent, relentlessly catchy combination that should go over well in a live setting, as King Tuff's performances are rumored to be an absolute riot. Fellow Sub Pop signees Jaill are touring with King Tuff, and the inventive Milwaukee psych-rockers should set the stage well for the headliners. With Voytek. 18+, $10, 6 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Erik Thompson

Liars/Unknown Mortal Orchestra

First Avenue, Tuesday 7.17

Two cheers for three-piece individualism. Los Angeles-via-New York changelings Liars began as another tense, funky neo-postpunk band (better than the Rapture, not as good as GoGoGo Airheart) but ended their 2002 debut with a droney half-hour of electro-experimental bliss-out that became the amorphous state and country they've worked in ever since. Their latest, WIXIW, is like a No Wave moan filtered through New Wave atmospherics. New Zealand-via-Portland openers Unknown Mortal Orchestra sing catchy soul melodies in warlock voices amid melancholic jazz changes, and play psych-garage with Meters chops. A seriously cool live show. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes

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