I discussed cannibalism with two sets of friends this weekend (it was a long weekend) and while I realize my evidence is anecdotal, I think the practice is becoming less taboo. How do you feel about feeding on human flesh? Sound off in the comments!
Deerhunter @ Fine Line
Among the decade’s freakiest and most protean bands, Deerhunter has lurched from tuneful electrofuzz to grungy amplifier blowout to pastoral jangle-pop while keeping their paranoid wits about them. They’ve now become a clattery, harpsichord-adorned art-rock ensemble. The key track on their new Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? is “Détournement,” an appreciation of natural earthly beauty that asks us to “imagine a world drawn piece by piece.” With DJ Jake Rudh. 8 p.m. $25-$40. 318 1st Ave. N. More info here.—Lucas Fagen
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Dave Alvin @ Cedar Cultural Center
Alvin has two virtues that are vital to a roots rocker: great taste and a flair for phrasing. Both came to the fore on his album King of California, which is getting its 25th anniversary reprise at the Cedar. There are terrific covers of Memphis Slim (“Mother Earth”) and George Jones (“What Am I Worth?”) and incisively composed originals, both then-brand new chestnuts and from his days with the Blasters and. Considering Alvin’s pedigree, the gentle tenor of the entire disc was surprisingly effective. 7:30 p.m. $28, $30 day of show. 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis. More info here.—Britt Robson
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The Iguanas @ Hook and Ladder
New Orleans’ Iguanas have forged their own path through the bayous as a sort of Louisiana version of Los Lobos, mixing quirky NOLA R&B into a pan-Latin stew of writhing grooves and noirish tangents. Cases in point, the hybrid sashay, salacious-horn-doused “Love, Sucker,” the lead track from their latest, 2014’s Juarez, or the more recent single “Needle In A Haystack,” a slithery dose of funk licked, caressed, and probed by Rod Hodges’ wicked slide guitar. Jazz, second-line funk, cumbia, blues, Cajun, and Atchafalaya pop all conspire in frothy fire throughout the lizards’ copious songbook. 8 p.m. $15—$20. 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. More info here.—Rick Mason
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John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band @ Dakota
All-star quartet J2B2 juggles tradition and innovation amid virtuoso picking. Revered guitarist/mandolinist John Jorgenson, just on the road with Elton John, is a highly coveted genre-spanning session ace, also leading his own eclectic bands. Multi-talented West Coast stalwart banjoist/guitarist Herb Pederson co-founded the Desert Rose Band with Jorgenson. The quartet, with Mark Fain (bass) and Patrick Sauber (guitar), conjures superb vocal harmonies and instrumental work on its debut, From The Crow’s Nest, featuring diversely inflected, country-rock-infused bluegrass. 7 p.m. $35—$40. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. More info here.—Rick Mason
Rebirth Brass Band @ Fine Line
Thirty-five years ago, Rebirth were fresh out of high school, busking on the streets of New Orleans and cutting their first record on the cult roots label Arhoolie. Now they share the credit with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for reinvigorating and updating a Crescent City tradition of second-line brass syncopation. There is funk and grease within the hornplay, and an inevitable sense of showmanship and energy that is the calling card of the genre. 18+. 8 p.m. $25/$30/$45. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis. More info here.—Britt Robson
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