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Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of the most thrilling experimental rock acts of the moment, developing from New Zealand native Ruban Nielson’s one-man project to a band with a personality all its own — or rather five or six personalities. That’s how many you’ll hear on the second UMO release, “II,” from the Deadhead-ish psychedelica of the single “From the Sun” to fuzz-laden guitar pop and maniacally paced rockers. Mississippi band Bass Drum of Death opens. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $15-$18.) Riemenschneider

 

British retro rock ’n’ soul man James Hunter’s new album, “Minute by Minute,” is his first recorded entirely in the United States, the first to give billing to his longtime sidemen (now the James Hunter Six) — and his best. Working with producer Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings, his voice sounds more ragged at times, but also more passionate, as he updates the styles of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and the Five Royales. Opening is soul shouter Shemekia Copeland, who showed distinctive restraint on last year’s “331/3.” (7:30 p.m. Sun., Minnesota Zoo, $33-$45.50.) Bream

 

One of several ’90s-rock package tours on the summer tour docket, Summerland 2013 features a less-than-sunny lineup of angsty one-word-named bands with remade lineups. Headliner Everclear features frontman Art Alexakis and all new guys, while Live has its core lineup save for singer Ed Kowal­czyk, who quit in 2009. They’re out with Filter and Sponge. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Myth, all ages, $32.) Riemenschneider

 

After touring in 2000 to support his hit “Voodoo” album, soul star D’Angelo has been mostly missing in action. Last year, he did about 15 U.S. concerts with Mary J. Blige, proving that, after three stints in rehab, he’s alive and well, if no longer as buff as his naked-video prime of “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” This March, he and longtime friend Questlove collaborated on a duo show in New York, doing D’Angelo jams and mostly R&B covers. The duo now has two more performances scheduled: Philly in July and First Avenue Monday. And D’Angelo is talking about a fall release for his long-promised third album, produced by Questlove. Read an interview in Sunday’s Star Tribune. (8 p.m. Sun., First Avenue, $40.) Bream

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have put on some of First Ave’s best live shows of the past decade, so why stop now? While they’re mostly playing festivals and outdoor venues this summer, glam-punk goddess Karen O and bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase opted to do their one and only summer club show in Minneapolis. Truth is, they could go over huge anywhere if they muster anything close to their chills-inducing set at Coachella, with the spiritual scope of new songs such as “Sacrilege” and “Despair” adding to the deep emotional scarring of the classic “Maps.” Maximum Hedrum opens, a curious new duo featuring hot-list dance producer Sam Spiegel and metal singer Derrick Green of Sepultura fame. (8:30 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider

 

Los Angeles urban-hippie folk-rock revivalists Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros make a fitting opener for this summer’s concert series at Cabooze Plaza, with its cityscape setting and old West Bank music vibe. Frontman Alex Ebert and his colorful coed troupe landed another song on the Current playlist last year with the John Prine-copping “Man on Fire.” Sun or no sun, it’ll be sunny. The Giving Tree Band opens. (6:30 p.m. Tue., Cabooze Plaza, $30.) Riemenschneider

 

Originally from Denver and now living in Iceland, John Grant sure took a roundabout way to make it back to Middle America. Part Father John Misty and part Nick Cave, the former leader of the Czars earned widespread acclaim in England with his 2010 debut and is now breaking stateside with his new album, “Pale Green Ghost.” The eerie, electro-wired title track features Sinead O’Connor and reportedly alludes to Grant’s discovery of being HIV-positive. U.S. stations are now spinning the janglier single, “GMF.” (7 p.m. Tue., Dakota, $20.) Riemenschneider

 

Emo pop standard bearers in the mid-’00s, Fall Out Boy fell out of favor after 2008’s “Folie a Deux.” Lyricist/bassist Pete Wentz formed a side project, Black Cards, and frontman Patrick Stump released a solo album. Those outside endeavors went nowhere, but somehow Fall Out Boy got reinvigorated for this year’s “Save Rock and Roll.” They invited Elton John, the Foxes and Courtney Love to the party but it’s FOB that brings the emotion and energy to this encouraging comeback. (8 p.m. Wed., Myth, sold out.) Bream

 

Communist Daughter saved its Cedar debut for a special occasion: The band recently wrapped up the bulk of recording for the long-awaited follow-up to its last full-length album, 2010’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” and it’s ready for a live preview. Said to be a rockier collection — with plenty of life experience to mine for inspiration (sobriety, marriage) — the new material was produced with veteran guitarist and studio ace Kevin Bowe, who opens with his band the Okemah Prophets. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Cedar Cultural Center, $12-$15.) Riemenschneider

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