Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman
Last time he was in the Twin Cities, adventurous jazz pianist Mehldau collaborated with mandolin master Chris Thile, the new host of “A Prairie Home Companion.” This time Mehldau is teaming with saxophonist Redman, in whose quartet he cut his teeth in the 1990s. Considered one of the more influential jazz pianists of this century, Mehldau usually works with his own trio. However, he’s doing a three-city duo collaboration with Redman, who, like Mehldau, is a masterful improviser.
Sept. 25-26 Dakota Jazz Club, $25-$50, dakotacooks.com
Iceland’s beloved ambient rock outfit is rolling toward its first album in three years by scaling back to smaller venues and stripping down on the road. The band will perform strictly as a trio this fall — sans the strings players and everything — previewing new tracks and reinventing old faves in two distinct sets. It’s still offering the visual component that helped make its shows memorable going back to the mesmerizing 2001 show at the Woman’s Club.
Sept. 29, Orpheum Theatre, $53.50-$83.50, Ticketmaster.com
Bill Pohlad’s terrific 2014 film “Love and Mercy” gave fans a penetrating view into the genius and strangeness of the Beach Boys’ guiding light. The musical icon has a new memoir due this fall, “I Am Brian Wilson,” that chiefly explores his second act, mostly as a solo artist. But in concert he’s revisiting one of the crowning achievements of his first act — “Pet Sounds,” the glorious, ambitious 1966 album that is often rated as one of the top rock albums of all time.
Oct. 2 Orpheum Theatre, $63-$129, ticketmaster.com
Sonny Knight & the Lakers
What seemed like a studio experiment between a veteran soul singer and younger wannabes has turned into one of the Twin Cities’ most consistently electrifying and pre-eminent live bands. Proof that the funky eight-man troop is still rolling along strong comes in the form of their second studio album, “Sooner or Later,” dropping next month and featuring a batch of brassed-up original tunes penned by keyboardist Sam Harvey-Carlson and other band members. They’ll take over the main room to celebrate with Nooky Jones and Big Wave Dave & the Ripples.
Oct. 8, First Avenue, $15, First-Avenue.com
After canceling Twin Cities dates on both of his last tours, Chicago’s most famous public enemy since Al Capone wouldn’t dare cancel his St. Paul date since the city shares its name with his so-called Saint Pablo Tour, named after last year’s indulgent but weirdly intriguing album “The Life of Pablo.” If he does finally make good, it’ll be on what’s being widely heralded as one of his best tours ever. He’s bringing along an elaborate, high-flying stage production to match the ego and digging deep into his song catalog. As live performers go, when Ye’s on, he can set a room on fire.
Oct. 10, Xcel Energy Center, $30-$130
The face-covering wig is her shtick but the 40-year-old Aussie has been having dizzying success in the pop world. As a writer, she’s penned hits for Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Flo Rida, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna (“Diamonds”), among others. She finally broke through as a recording artist with 2014’s “Chandelier.” And enough hits have kept on coming — “Elastic Heart” and “Cheap Thrills” — so the faceless star can headline arenas. Soul man Miguel opens.
Oct. 13, Target Center, $35-$125, axs.com
The “American Idol” champ-turned-country superstar is calling this her Storyteller Tour. It has more to do with her 2015 “Storyteller” album than telling back stories about her hit songs. But there will be plenty of hits, including “Two Black Cadillacs” and “Blown Away,” and costume changes in this in-the-round staging.
Oct. 17, Xcel Energy Center
Working as an acoustic duo, these bros from Maryland impressed with their talent, personality and humor at the BUZN Half DUZN concert in February at Mystic Lake. Their “Stay a Little Longer” was a Grammy-nominated country hit, and “Pawnshop,” their debut album produced by the highly regarded Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town), showcases a fresh country act with one foot in the past and one in the current. In other words, imagine a more traditional Big & Rich for a new generation.
Oct. 20 Cabooze, $26-$30, ticketfly.com
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
First time around, this unlikely Alabama soul man magically channeled Otis Redding on the 2014 debut “Half the City.” With the horn-driven Broken Bones, Paul Janeway proved to be a dynamic showman and singer. On the sophomore album “Sea of Noise,” released this month, St. Paul and company have expanded their vintage soul palette, embracing fully arranged sounds from the ’70s with echoes of Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone and even Elton John.
Oct. 26-27 First Avenue, $25, etix.com
In the vein of sibling bands First Aid Kit and the Staves, this trio of sisters from Oregon has built up a strong NPR Music following and ample Subaru car-stereo play. The Closner clan — Natalie and twins Meegan and Allison — showcase that natural harmonizing thing that family acts often share on their warm, sometimes chills-inducing sophomore album for ATO Records, “I’m Alone, No You’re Not,” produced by Bright Eyes mainstay Mike Mogis.
Oct. 29, Cedar Cultural Center, $20, TheCedar.org