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The week's best concerts: June 15-21

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Skyway Theatre, Wednesday 6.15
From the dark side of another moon, specifically Mars’ Phobos, comes the idiosyncratic, psychedelic, outer/inner space romp that is Les Claypool’s and Sean Lennon’s new duo album. Monolith of Phobos’ title track was inspired by an oddly shaped rock that fascinates moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. Another moonwalker turns up in “Bubbles Burst,” a poignant tale fraught with double meanings about Michael Jackson’s pet chimp. Surreal, playful lyrics hammer surprisingly serious points throughout Phobos, whether it’s the creepy voyeurism of “Mr. Wright,” the dangers of prescription drugs, rampant cluelessness threatening the democracy, or electronic alienation. The pair, who play everything on Phobos, decided to collaborate after their respective bands — Primus and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger — toured together. Delirium really shine in their eccentric, hallucinogenic stew of star-trekking progressive rock, Beatles-tinged pop, fuzzy melodicism, and zinging space oddities. Everything marvelously coalesces around Claypool’s funk-laced, eloquent bass and Lennon’s expressive electric guitar. L.A.’s Chicano Batman opens. $30-$49.50. 9 p.m. 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-6100. — Rick Mason

  • Adia Victoria: With Big Thief., 7:30 p.m. Wed., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen: 7 p.m. Wed., $20-$25. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
  • Dream On Nilsson (Record Release Show): With Paul Fonfara., 7 p.m., $15-$18. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.

Leyla McCalla
Dakota Jazz Club, Thursday 6.16
The daughter of Haitian parents, cellist/singer Leyla McCalla was born in New York but now lives in New Orleans, with its own French, Creole, and nearby Acadian heritage. McCalla, a former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, explores all those entwined roots, including jazz and folk, on her stunning second solo album, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey. The record boasts a subtle, often poignant thread of socio-political consciousness that winds through traditional pieces as well as tunes by Haitian musician/activist Manno Charlemagne (“Manman”) and obscure Georgia bluesman Abner Jay (“Vietnam”). McCalla is a wonderful singer whose lustrous, marbled Creole timbre seems to flow from her exquisite instrumental work on banjo, guitar, and classically inclined cello. She’s also a talented arranger who points out Haitian-Louisiana Creole ties with vivid covers of Canray Fontenot’s “Le Plat Sont Tous Mis Sur La Table” and Bébé Carrière’s “Bluerunner,” plus delves into NOLA trad jazz. North Shore “folky-tonk” act Pushing Chain opens. $25-$30. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. — Rick Mason

  • Kesha: 8 p.m. Thu., $59-$69. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 800-262-7799, mysticlake.com.
  • Tectonics (EP Release Show): With Autumn Kid, and Rainbow Bruce., 7 p.m. Thu., $5. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
  • Waxahatchee: With Allison Crutchfield., 7 p.m. Thu., $15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, triplerocksocialclub.com.

Angel Olsen
The Cedar Cultural Center, Friday 6.17
Before breaking through as a solo artist, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen recorded and toured with iconic indie-folker Bonnie “Prince” Billy, sometimes under the moniker Angela Babbler. Even then, she was always destined to excel on her own. The undeniable evidence? A singing voice that once prompted Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein to praise her “effortless evocation.” Olsen’s arresting vocals and her lonesome (but not hopeless) lyrics gave her a singular identity on her breakout 2012 album, Half Way Home, though that LP also recalled Joni Mitchell and Vashti Bunyan. With her sophomore release, 2014’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Olsen introduced a new blend of folk, country, and punk aided by producer/engineer John Congleton’s array of microphones and the presence of a full band. This year, the 29-year-old from St. Louis is readying her third album, My Woman, set for a September release. She recently teased the synthesizer-sparkled single “Intern,” which showcases her vocal range while signaling continued evolution. With Scott Tuma. 8 p.m. $15-$18. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. —Michael Madden

Flight of the Conchords
Orpheum Theatre, Friday 6.17
New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords haven’t been very active since 2009. That’s when their HBO series was canceled and their last album, I Told You I Was Freaky, dropped. But through their several hiatuses and Jemaine Clement’s bid at a movie career, the musical comedy act have continued to refine their show into a tight, wry riot that mixes Bowie-infused folk with sharp Kiwi wit. The pair of Clement and Bret (pronounced “Brit”) McKenzie have a familial intimacy that radiates in the theater setting, making their gig at the Orpheum a rare chance to see the Conchords in an optimal environment. Last year Clement teased that a Flight of the Conchords movie might be in the works. $39.50-$59.50. 7 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. — Jerard Fagerberg

Against Me!: With Tim Barry, and FEA., 7 p.m. Fri., $25-$28. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100, finelinemusic.com.Angel Olsen: With Scott Tuma., 7:30 p.m. Fri., $15-$18. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.Astronautalis: With Ceschi, and Factor Chandelier., 8 p.m. Fri., $15. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.

Rock the Garden
Boom Island Park, Saturday 6.18
The 2016 installment of Rock the Garden will be a gardenless affair! The annual fest was relocated to Boom Island Park in northeast Minneapolis due to construction at its usual home outside the Walker Art Center. RTG features two stages instead of one this year, but it’s also just a one-day party (the past two editions were spread over two days). Psych-rock favorites the Flaming Lips will bring their confetti-drenched carnival of a stage show to the headlining slot. They’ll be preceded by Chance the Rapper, the adventurous, Kanye-collaborating, 23-year-old Chicago MC whose mixtape from May, Coloring Book, scored universal critical praise; his career has exploded since RTG managed to snag him. The Twin Cities presence is strong with Lizzo’s Grrrl Prty crew, hyper-polished young pop-rockers Hippo Campus, and politically charged synth-pop stars Poliça. Veteran indie-folk star M. Ward, blues-folk rockers Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and Cali punks Plague Vendor also perform. $64. 2:30 p.m. 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis; www.thecurrent.org. — Jay Boller

  • The Plott Hounds (Album Release Show): With Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, and the Reverb Country Dusters., 7 p.m. Sat., $10-$15. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100, finelinemusic.com.
  • Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Lil Yachty: With Jace, and Drelli. RSVP and more info at www.redbullsoundselect.com., 8 p.m. Sat., $3 with RSVP; $10. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, skywaytheatre.com.
  • Eagulls: With Gloss, and Pale Spectre., 8 p.m. Sat., $13-$15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, triplerocksocialclub.com.

Justin Bieber
Target Center, Sunday 6.19
Lock up your non-gender-specific tweens: Justin Bieber is coming to town! The gabbed-about pop megastar is bringing his Purpose World Tour to Minneapolis on Sunday. The 58-date global trek is Bieber’s first in three years. Equipped with asymmetrical blond bangs and sensitive mugging, the 22-year-old Canuck is touring in support of his comeback album, last fall’s Purpose. Singles “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry,” and “Love Yourself” are legit bangers, and the record was received warmly by critics. Biebsie seems determined to avoid the self-destructive tabloid antics that kept the nation’s moms so enthralled. In a recent Billboard cover story, he focuses on attending church while avoiding talk of public urination, brothels, drag racing, illegal monkeys, deportation efforts, and landing in jail. Ya know, the good stuff. Justin 2.0 is still an album-sales titan, though, as Purpose was one of just a handful of 2015 releases to surpass 1 million in sales. Post Malone and Moxie Raia open. $50.50-$126. 6 p.m. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-673-0900. — Jay Boller

Los Lobos
Minnesota Zoo, Sunday 6.19
More than 40 years later, Los Lobos haven’t just survived. No, the east L.A. quintet has thrived on a rare blend of spirit, perspective, musicianship, ingenuity, songwriting prowess, and camaraderie. The last has allowed original high school friends David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, and Conrad Lozano to remain intact through the decades, the only lineup change being the early addition of saxophonist Steve Berlin. The band’s eclectic influences — rock ’n’ roll, norteño, blues, R&B, jazz, country, Tex-Mex — have provided abundant room for tradition, innovation, and rocking out, whether it’s via Mexican folk music or flirtations with punk and avant-garde. Last fall’s Gates of Gold, Los Lobos’ 17th studio album, touches all those bases with stylish assurance, élan, and lyrical richness. New treasures run the gamut from the cumbia of “Poquito Para Aqui” to the quirky soulfulness of “There I Go” to the glorious roll of “Mis-Treater Boogie Blues.” Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers open. $46-$58.50. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952-431-9200. — Rick Mason

  • Julianna Barwick: 7 p.m. Sun., $13-$15. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
  • Dry Bones Blues Festival: Featuring Gawd Awful Boys, Detroit Don King, Mercy Wild Fire Band with Banjo Tom, Dorothy Shelby Blues & Gospel BAnd, Mike Ball & Blood Like Wine, and Running from the Blues., 12-10 p.m. Sun., free; suggested $10 donation. Minnesota Music Cafe, 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699, minnesotamusiccafe.com.
  • The Hunna: With the Living Statues., 7:30 p.m. Sun., $10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
  • Edgar Winter Band: 7 p.m. Mon., $45-$75. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
  • King Khan & the Shrines: With Giorgio Murderer., 8 p.m. Mon., $16. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
  • Steve Gunn: With Promised Land Sound., 7:30 p.m. Mon., $13. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
  • Built to Spill: With Love as Laughter., 7 p.m. Tue., $22-$25. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield: With Johnny and Molly from Communist Daughter., 7 p.m. Tue., $15, first-avenue.com/event/2016/06/jessicaleamayfield. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
  • Pure Bathing Culture: With Sombear, and Dem Yuut., 7:30 p.m. Tue., $10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.