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The week's best concerts: July 27-Aug. 2

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon

  • ILLICIT SEXTET (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Jul 27 8 p.m. at Vieux Carre
  • BØRNS Jul 27 6 p.m. at First Avenue
  • ON AN ON Jul 27 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • MUSIC IN MEARS: FAREWELL MILWAUKEE Jul 28 6 p.m. at Mears Park
  • GHOST Jul 28 7 p.m. at Myth
  • FRAEA Jul 28 8 p.m. at 7th St. Entry

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon

The Pourhouse, Friday 7.29

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon are arguably — some might say undeniably — the best pure rappers in the entire Wu-Tang Clan. Together, the two MCs epitomize the dense criminological verses that have made the New York City group one of the most influential in hip-hop history. Over the past 20 years, they’ve collaborated on each other’s solo work again and again, beginning when Ghost “guest starred” throughout Rae’s 1995 mafioso-rap masterpiece Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…. It’s Ghost who has the more robust discography overall, from his early classics (Ironman, Supreme Clientele) to recent releases that found him experimenting with live instrumentation (BadBadNotGood collaboration Sour Soul) and focusing on storytelling (36 Seasons, Adrian Younge collab Twelve Reasons to Die). Rae, too, has remained prolific into his mid-40s, releasing an underrated album in last year’s Fly International Luxurious Art and making guest spots on songs like Schoolboy Q’s “Blind Threats” and Freddie Gibbs’ “Bomb.” 21+. 7 p.m. $20-$40. 10 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612-843-2555. —Michael Madden

Loudon Wainwright III

Orchestra Hall, Friday 7.29

Three decades ago, Loudon Wainwright III paused during his First Avenue set, swayed precipitously, and contemplated the impending election of George H.W. Bush. “Oh, no, that asshole is gonna win,” he moaned. Now faced with an even more appalling Republican candidate, Wainwright is back with “I Had a Dream,” copping an MLK line to imagine the nightmare of a Trump presidency. In a revolting and hilarious video made with Judd Apatow, Wainwright spits up his “Trumpweiser” beer after Trump, “his little finger on the button … blew up Cuba, he carpet-bombed Montreal,” named Rush Limbaugh secretary of hate, and put Lyin’ Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court. Live, it would seem apropos to follow up this new gem by stinkin’ it up with his lone, ancient hit, “Dead Skunk.” LWIII has cleverly chronicled myriad personal and societal foibles for years with lacerating sarcasm, leaving no one — especially himself — unscathed. His latest album, 2014’s Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet), tackles meth, guns, parking spaces, and the rockabillyin’ creaks and odors of his own elderly self. $30. 8 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-371-5600. —Rick Mason

  • ROGUE VALLEY (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) Jul 29 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald Theater
  • GO 96.3 LOCAL SHOWCASE Jul 29 7 p.m. at First Avenue
  • DIE ANTWOORD Jul 29 8 p.m. at Myth 

Go Fest ’16 feat. Miike Snow

First Avenue, Saturday 7.30

Following last year’s lineup of Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, Yelawolf, Allan Kingdom, and others, this year’s Go Fest will bring out fewer acts, but that shouldn’t be taken as a sign of lesser quality. Headlining is Miike Snow, the Stockholm indie-pop trio that grew out of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg’s production work as Bloodshy & Avant (Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Milian). On their third and latest album, iii, they bring both undeniably catchy songwriting (as featured on bona fide hit “Genghis Khan,” which explores the nature of sexual jealousy) and musical experimentation (see: the hip-hop rhythms on “Heart Is Full” and “Back of the Car”). Support comes from the explosive dance-pop of Los Angeles-via-Seattle musician Robert DeLong, as well as JR JR, the Detroit pop and electronic duo that broke through last year with their partly whistled single “Gone.” Also performing is local act Denny, the high-powered Minneapolis electronic rockers set to sustain the momentum of their three intriguing singles. 18+. 7 p.m. $25. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

The Baseball Project

Turf Club, Saturday 7.30

Brew up equally fanatical measures of rock ’n’ roll and baseball and you get the Baseball Project, an all-star collaboration of smart, wily music vets and hardcore hardball devotees. Projectors Scott McGaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Minneapolis native Linda Pitmon have spent time in the lineups of such major-league clubs as the Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, Dream Syndicate, R.E.M., and Zuzu’s Petals. The hot-hitting BBP has a grand-slam quartet of albums filled with edgy, roots-savvy alt-rock and gripping, intricate, and insightful tales about baseball’s glories, quirks, controversies, heroes, villains, and tragic figures. The Wooldridge Brothers will open. BBP will also be at Target Field Sunday for the Twins-White Sox game. The band will play two short sets before the game, then between innings and during the seventh-inning stretch. Although the irony will hover like a hanging curve in this dismal Twins season, BBP will have to dust off “Don’t Call Them Twinkies,” the 2011 anthem originally sung by pinch vocalist Craig Finn that caught local airplay when the Twins last made the playoffs. 21+. 8 p.m. $15. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-647-0486. —Rick Mason

  • NERSHFEST Jul 30 Noon at Summit Brewing Company
  • GENREBEAST: AN ANTI-GENRE RESIDENCY Jul 30 7 p.m. at Gamut Gallery
  • MAC IRV (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) Jul 30 9 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • WYE OAK Jul 31 7:30 p.m. at Fine Line Music Cafe
  • LAURIE BERKNER Jul 31 6:30 p.m. at Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
  • YANNI Jul 31 8 p.m. at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
  • SUMMER MUSIC AND MOVIES: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT w/ GRANT HART Aug 7 p.m. at Loring Park
  • ESME PATTERSON Aug 1 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • MARC AND TED BROUSSARD Aug 1 7 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant 

Cannibal Corpse

Cabooze, Tuesday 8.3

Cannibal Corpse have gone from being that band you never dare play in your mom’s minivan as a teen to the top-selling death metal band of all time. Through 28 years, 13 albums, and piles of gory T-shirts, they’re no longer the menace to morality that Bob Dole once railed against in the ’90s. They’re among the most respected musicians in the metal genre. CC’s latest LP, A Skeletal Domain, dropped in 2014. And now their Summer Slaughter Tour — itself a rightful legend at 10 strong years — will pummel its way through the Cabooze on Tuesday, bringing with it fellow vets like Carnifex and Nile. Also on the bill are Minneapolis punishers After the Burial, who had to drop out of last summer’s go-round because of the tragic and sudden suicide of lead singer, Justin Lowe. Suffocation, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail, and Ingested will also perform. 18+. 2:15 p.m. $29.50. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. —Jerard Fagerberg 

  • MELISSA BROOKS AND THE AQUADOLLS Aug 2 6:30 p.m. at The Garage
  • SHAWN COLVIN AND STEVE EARLE Aug 2 7 p.m. at Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
  • RICHARD BUCKNER Aug 2 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club