King Sunny Ade
Cedar Cultural Center, Wednesday 7.20
In the early 1980s, Nigerian King Sunny Ade and his African Beats were the vanguard of a wave of African musicians that swept into Europe and North America with fascinating music. Ade, descendent of Yoruban royalty, and his 20-odd Beats introduced juju, a sinuous, rhythmically rich genre dating to the early 20th century that incorporated traditional and outside influences. Ade’s many innovations included multiplying the complexity of the rhythms rolling off the talking drums; adding electrified instruments, including multiple guitars backing his lead, pedal steel, bass, and synthesizers; and adjusting the relationship of his lead in the call-and-response vocal patterns. The result was sublime music juxtaposing equally infectious melodies and sophisticated percussion in a packed but buoyant context. Ade and his band are back in the U.S. for the first time in seven years, the tour coinciding with his 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his band. $35-$40. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. —Rick Mason
- Space Monster: With Mayfield (CD Release Show), and Feed Your Head., 7:30 p.m. Wed., $5. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
- George Thorogood and the Destroyers: 7 p.m. Wed., $61. Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, mnzoo.org.
- Raging Fyah: With Dred I Dread., 8 p.m. Wed., $13-$15. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
7th St. Entry, Thursday 7.21
One of the best underground bands to come out of Atlanta in the last decade — which is saying something — the Coathangers have sustained a long run across five albums, cranking out infectious garage-rock song after infectious garage-rock song. Beginning as something of a joke, they showed their cheeky sense of humor early on with songs like “Nestle in My Boobies” (“It’s so comfortable!”). But the band’s recent work, released by Seattle’s Suicide Squeeze Records, proves they’ve become expert songwriters on the fly. They’ve never had trouble piecing together catchy vocal hooks, which have come from each and every member (now three, formerly four). Meanwhile, their musicianship sizzles with punk energy, but it’s still well-rounded, from the guitar assault to the rhythm section that includes masterful drummer Stephanie Luke. The Coathangers have enjoyed an eventful 2016 so far, releasing one of the year’s underrated rock albums (April’s Nosebleed Weekend) and supporting Refused on a U.S. tour. With their anthemic songs, they pack virtually as much punch as those more famous hardcore Swedes. With L.A. Witch and Monica LaPlante. 18+. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden
- Music in Mears: Little Fevers: With Reina del Cid., 6 p.m. Thu., free. Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111, stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=1458.
- Riff Raff: With Dollabillgates, Trill Sammy & Dice Soho, and Lenerd., 9 p.m. Thu., $19.95- $25-. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, skywaytheatre.com.
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: 7 p.m. Thu., $46. Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, mnzoo.org.
Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest
Mears Park, Friday 7.22 and Saturday 7.23
The third incarnation of the Lowertown Blues Festival added a funky Friday this year, promising an evening of classic R&B, funk, and soul hits from Otis Day and the Knights, the Family Stone, and horn-heavy locals the Good, the Bad and the Funky. Day, a.k.a. DeWayne Jessie, led the pivotal band in the classic film Animal House and continues to this day by popular demand. The Family Stone are the still-potent remnants of Sly Stewart’s groundbreaking funk/rock/soul band, featuring original drummer Greg Errico and saxophonist Jerry Martini, along with Phunne “Raw Syl” Stone, daughter of Sly and original trumpeter/vocalist Cynthia Robinson. Saturday’s lineup includes a trio of notable blues guitarists: Lil’ Ed, the diminutive ace who carves out a big sound with his Blues Imperials; Bernard Allison, following in the large Chicago footsteps of his illustrious father Luther; and Corey Stevens, who integrates a strong rock component. Also up is guitarist Kim Simmonds of the veteran English blues-rock band Savoy Brown and local, New Orleans-tinged all-stars the Butanes. Saturday’s headliner is iconic Hammond B3 master Booker T. Jones, erstwhile leader of the seminal Stax house band Booker T. & the MGs. Free. 4:30 p.m. Friday. Noon Saturday. 221 Fifth St. E., St. Paul. —Rick Mason
- New Sound Underground (CD Release Party): With Soap, and McNasty Brass Band., 7:30 p.m. Fri., $8-$10. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.\
- Knife Party: With Contrvbvnd., 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri., $30-40. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, skywaytheatre.com.
- Krar Collective: 7 p.m. Fri., $18-$20. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
Xcel Energy Center, Saturday 7.23
Still featuring their heyday lineup after 30-plus years in the game, Duran Duran have proven resilient since helping shape the new-wave and synth-pop genres in the ’80s. The U.K. legends aren’t interested in going on nostalgia-driven cruise control, either. Last year saw Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, and Roger Taylor release Paper Gods, the 14th full-length release from Duran Duran. The New Romantic scenesters have aged well, as the new album — which features guest spots from John Frusciante, Janelle Monáe, Lindsay Lohan (?!) — earned warm praise from critics. The Duranies packing Xcel Energy Center will, of course, go wild for the band’s early MTV megahits, including “Girls on Film,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and “The Reflex.” Nile Rodgers’ band Chic opens. $29.50-$134.95. 6 p.m. 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-726-8240. —Jay Boller
Surly Brewing Co. Festival Field, Saturday 7.23
Dr. Dog have a way with simplistic but effective pop rock that evokes the Beach Boys, the Band, and the Grateful Dead. But over the course of 15 years and numerous lineup changes, they’ve also blown out that sound into layered, modernized psychedelia. They’ve maintained a core fanbase throughout their prolific 2010s, but their turn-of-the-millennium beginnings were humble DIY years. In this decade alone, the Philadelphia-based six-piece has released four studio albums and one live LP, last year’s Live at a Flamingo Hotel. Dr. Dog’s latest, this year’s The Psychedelic Swamp, was curiously conceived: It’s a reworking of their cassette-only 2001 debut album. Though it’s conceptual and jam-heavy on the whole, individual moments still stand out, including the honeyed harmonies of “Dead Record Player” and the yearning of “Bring My Baby Back.” The band should shine outdoors for the second major concert at Surly HQ. With Shakey Graves. 18+. 6 p.m. $30. 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 763-999-4040. —Michael Madden
- Kitten Forever's 10-Year Birthday Party: With Condominium, Candace, Royal Brat, and Tony Peachka., 7 p.m. Sat., $12-$15, first-avenue.com/event/2016/07/kittenforever-10years. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- Nazeem's Birthday Bash: Featuring Sophia Eris, Saint Laron, Unknown Creatures, Mike the Martyr, and a premiere of Nazeem and Spencer Joles music video., 7 p.m. Sat., $12-$15. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- Culture Club: 7 p.m. Sat., $59.50. Myth, 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood, 651-779-6984, mythlive.com.
Drake and Future
Xcel Energy Center, Sunday 7.24
Drake may have started from the bottom (not really), but he’s reached the pinnacle of the Twin Cities concert scene — really! The Canadian-born rap superstar is joining fellow rap hitmaker Future for the 59-date Summer Sixteen Tour, which kicked off Wednesday. Drake — who scored massive 2015 hits with “Hotline Bling” and “Jumpman” (feat. Future) — will be touring in support of his fourth full-length, April’s Views. Future — who also appeared at Soundset Festival in May — will be supporting EVOL, his fourth album, which arrived in February. The chart-dominating buddies each snatched the No. 1 Billboard spot with their new releases. Drake headlined Xcel back in 2013, a show our reviewer described as visually stunning, occasionally corny, and always strikingly earnest. Future opened that gig. Roy Woods, DVSN, and “special guests” are slated to open the current tour. $49.50-$129.50. 7 p.m. 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-726-8240. —Jay Boller
Canterbury Park, Sunday 7.24
Remember Good Charlotte? Remember Less Than Jake? Remember New Found Glory? Remember Reel Big Fish? Remember Sum 41? Remember Yellowcard? Those legacy pop-punk faves will all be in Shakopee for the 2016 Warped Tour, alongside electro partyboys 3OH!3, glam-y metalcore band Falling in Reverse, pop-culture-obsessed pop-punks Four Years Strong, and many other acts your nephew is currently scribbling on his algebra notebook. The Warped Tour has catered to neon-clad tweens and their unfamiliar/unnerving favorite groups in recent years, but this incarnation seems to incorporate plenty of throwback Warped acts from the ’90s and early ’00s. Our guess? Probably trying to lure parents of said tweens with some nostalgic goodies. The newbies are, of course, well represented. Warped Tour is for the kids, after all. Just get a load of these band names: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk; Saywecanfly; Oceans Ate Alaska; Fat Nick & the Buffet Boys. Holy shit! Nutty stuff. Of local concern: Rhymesayers-signed rap jester Prof appears on several of the national posters, but apparently won’t be able to make his hometown stop. $38. 11 a.m. 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee; 952-445-7223. —Jay Boller
- $uicideboy$: With Mikey the Magician, Tiiiiiiiiip, R.A.D., V.I.C.E., Lux, Smoove, and Cram. 16+., 7 p.m. Sun., $25. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
- New Edition: With Babyface., 7:30 p.m. Sun., $42-$128. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-673-0900, targetcenter.com.
- Ced Linus: With Warehouse Eyes, Devata Daun, Tall Paul, Kat, and DJ J Cupid., 8 p.m. Sun., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- The Brian McKnight 4: 7 p.m. Mon., $45-$75. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
- Indigo Girls: 7 p.m. Mon., $50. Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, mnzoo.org.
- Mrs.: With the Florists (EP Release Show), Wretch, and Nomenclatures., 7:30 p.m. Mon., $5. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- JT Bates Grain Trio: 8 p.m. Tue., $6. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 612-332-5299, dakotacooks.com.
- Mothers: With Invisible Boy., 7:30 p.m. Tue., $12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- Zakk Wylde: 7:30 p.m. Tue., $29-$35. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, skywaytheatre.com.