This concert roundup is dedicated to the teens in the row behind me at St. Anthony Main this weekend who made out for the entirety of BlacKkKlansman.
Ziggy Marley @ Minnesota Zoo
With fear, loathing, and abundant evil ascendant globally, reggae vet Ziggy Marley has responded with an impassioned call for love, unity, and positive countervailing action. His May release Rebellion Rises is a rallying cry for progressive challenges to the divisive chicanery he details in “See Dem Fake Leaders.” Songs like “I Am Human” and “Circle of Peace” defy their kumbaya titles with eloquent assertions of individual dignity and empathetic understanding, while the band’s deft fusion of roots and progressive reggae is incisive and lively. Siama opens. 7:30 p.m. $49—$61.50. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley. More info here.—Rick Mason
Steel Pulse @ First Avenue
Steel Pulse emerged from the Handsworth projects of England more than 40 years ago as pure reggae band in terms of topical politics, rasta religion, a killer rhythm section, and a galvanizing leader in singer-songwriter David Hinds, who sounded a lot like Bob Marley. Over the decades the band has shifted, taken stabs at commercial success, and incorporated more jazz and hip hop, but Hinds and a catalog of fabulous songs remains. Tribal Seeds and Iya Terra open. Doors open at 7 p.m. $30, $35 day of show. 21+. 701 First Avenue N., Minneapolis. More info here.—Britt Robson
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Nichols, Bates, and Bates @ Vieux Carre
The sibling rhythm section of bassist Chris Bates and drummer JT Bates don’t play together nearly enough, and to have them in an intimate trio with brother-in-spirit Bryan Nichols on piano is a treat laden with possibilities. Expect “mainstream” and “outside” jazz to both get their due in rigorous synergy. 8 p.m. $7. 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul. More info here.—Britt Robson
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Dinosaur Jr. @ First Avenue
The roiling riffs and splatter of guitarist J Mascis flow like lava, gilded and relentless, prompting folks to label Dinosaur Jr. as punk or thrash or alt-rock or indie-rock at various points of their bifurcated career. (They took nearly a decade off, beginning in 1997.) But Mascis, who comes off as nebbish-slacker in mien, has a signature style of thrust and feedback that is at once classic and inimitable, and with the trio’s best lineup (Lou Barlow on bass, Murph on drums), remains one of more reliably superb performers in music today. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $25, $30 at the door. 18+. 701 First Avenue N., Minneapolis. More info here.—Britt Robson
Philthy Rich @ Cabooze
Oakland rapper Philthy Rich is the kind of regional MC who, through astonishing prolificacy, has eventually amassed a vast internet following. Originally affiliated with slain Oakland legend Mac Dre, Rich, now 35, is something of a late bloomer, as his classically gritty (if otherwise nondescript) street-rap style is finally rising along with younger Bay Area and Northern California talent like SOB x RBE, Mozzy, and OMB Peezy. This is Rich’s first-ever headlining show in Minnesota. 18+. 9 p.m. $40/$60. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis. More info here.—Michael Madden
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Alice Cooper @ Ordway
As bizarre, golf-obsessed, bile-projecting, erstwhile TV-hack Republicans go, Vincent Furnier puts on a far more believable performance than the chump in the White House. Once, Furnier was lead singer of a pretty good rock band that issued hits like “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out.” Faux horror show theatrics overwhelmed the music and the original band as Furnier assumed the titular persona. Eons later, AC’s latest comic nightmare, the not at all embarrassing Paranormal, invades the Ordway’s refined confines, sporting fake spews if not news. 7:30 p.m. $58--$750. 325 Washington St., St. Paul. More info here.—Rick Mason
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