Somehow, this is both the last weekend of November and the first weekend of December. How'd that happen?
Brandi Carlile @ State Theatre
There’s never been anything subtle about this Americana hero, and rather than foolishly trying to rein her in, producers Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings repeatedly whip up a frenzy of strings and backing vocals that equal her voice in wattage on this February’s By the Way, I Forgive You. When Carlile sings the lyric that gives the album its title, the snare that lands where the comma would be sounds like cannon fire; and “The Joke” swells even higher, assuring the bullied and oppressed that they’re entitled to big, bold, indomitable emotions. Also Saturday night. With the Secret Sisters. 8 p.m. $39.50-$89.50. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. More info here.—Keith Harris
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Moodymann @ Paisley Park
This Detroit musician, whose productions run the gamut from house to funk to jazz to techno, can turn old songs (both classic and obscure tune) into something completely new and fresh while still paying tribute to the source material. Prince’s deep influence on Moodymann’s music is best exemplified by “U Can Dance If U Want 2,” which is essentially a rework of Prince’s “All The Critics Love U In New York.” And if Moodymann’s DJ set is anything like the one the Prince tribute he spun at the 7th St Entry on the first anniversary, which was full of B-sides, bootlegs, and rarities from his massive collection, even well-versed Prince fans will be hearing things for the first time. At the April 2017 show, the DJ showed off his extensive multimedia collection of rarities, mixing in bootleg versions of well-known songs such as “Let’s Work” and impossibly rare cuts with Paisley Park rehearsal footage and obscure recordings that he got from only God (and Prince) knows where. 18+. 8 p.m. $15/$25. 7801 Audubon Rd, Chanhassen. More info here . —Bobby Kahn
Phosphorescent @ First Avenue
Matthew Houck, the creative force behind Phosphorescent takes his time, be it in his meandering songs, gaps between album releases, or settling down in his personal life. The veteran Americana act’s new album, C’est la Vie, sounds like a sonic memoir of events since the band’s 2013 breakout release, Muchacho. Over the past five years, the motorcycle-riding bad boy married Australian musician Jo Schornikow, moved from Brooklyn to Nashville, built a home studio, and became the father of two children. Phosphorescent’s new album starts with tan existential crisis of sorts, “C’est la Vie No. 2,” moves into a jubilant meet-cute story with “New Birth in New England,” then turns melancholy with “These Rocks” before its urgent, instrumental end in “Black Waves/Silver Moon.” Throughout, the urban cowboy’s metaphor-laden lyrics immerse listeners in Houck’s unique brand of wounded beauty. C’est La Vie was worth the wait. Read our interview with Houck here. With Liz Cooper and the Stampede. 8 p.m. $22-$25. 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis. More info here.—Erica Rivera
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The Midnight Hour @ Cedar Cultural Center
Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of a Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge began collaborating in 2013, their versatile talents leading them to score work and various production gigs before officially debuting as the Midnight Hour. Their self-titled double album from June is a swirl of funk, jazz, rap, and soul, incorporating Muhammad and Younge’s expertise as multi-instrumentalists and samplers. It's filled with guest vocalists, too, notably CeeLo on “Questions” (previously heard as a sample on Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered.) and a posthumous Luther Vandross (whose “So Amazing” is reimagined via Vandross’ original vocal stems). With Greg Grease. 7:30 p.m. $22/$25. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis. More info here.—Michael Madden
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