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Continued: Big Gigs: Twin Cities concert highlights for Sept. 6-12

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Animal Collective has had a rough year. The Baltimore-reared band/collective postponed at First Ave and several other venues in March due to primary singer Avey Tare’s throat problems, and then put off more dates in July due to an unspecified illness. These guys were already kind of rough as a live act, too. Still, last year’s album “Centipede Hz” offered another heady, genre-blowing batch of psychedelic alien-pop, and its 2009 predecessor “Merriweather Post Pavilion” is a modern indie-nerd classic. Brooklyn’s White Magic opens with local experimental sonic wizard Matthew St-Germain. (8 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider

Doug Aitken’s Station to Station has been described as a nomadic art project traveling this month from East to West by train, making occasional stops for performances and presentations. Some cities will get Beck, Cat Power or Dan Deacon; we get the esteemed poet/singer/songwriter/author Patti Smith and her son, guitarist Jackson Smith, doing an acoustic set. Each “happening” also will feature five Nomadic Sculptures created by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fisher, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller and Ernesto Neto as well as the Aitken-designed train, which has become something of a kinetic sculpture. (6 to 11 p.m. Thu., Union Depot, St. Paul, $25, Bream 

Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone, who starred as Eva Peron in “Evita” on Broadway, will make a rare Twin Cities club appearance with her “Far Away Places” show — her “reaction to wanderlust in the theater.” The cabaret show includes tunes by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and the Bee Gees as well as numbers associated with Edith Piaf and Brecht-Weill. (7 & 9 p.m. Thu.-next Fri., Dakota, $35-$70.) Bream 

Sub Pop Records’ most buzzed-about synth-pop act since Beach House, Washed Out is the pseudonym of Georgia-based musician Ernest Green. His second album for the famed Seattle label, “Paracosm,” landed last month with widespread critical raves over its sleepy, dreamscape-like whirring melodies and soft beats. (8:30 p.m. Thu., First Avenue, $16-$18.) Riemenschneider


On NBC’s “The Voice,” coach and country star Blake Shelton has charmed America with his quick wit, easy smile and good looks. The TV exposure has certainly elevated his profile, enabling him to headline three Twin Cities concerts in the past 15 months. During that stretch, he also dropped a new album, “Based on a True Story,” and scored more country hits, including “Sure Be Cool If You Did” and “Boys ’Round Here.” Opening are Easton Corbin, who made a splash a few years ago with “A Little More Country Than That,” and Jana Kramer, the former “One Tree Hill” star known for the country hit “Why Ya Wanna.” (7:30 p.m. Thu., Xcel Energy Center, $29.75-$54.75. ) Bream


The Graydon Peterson Quartet collects four young jazz talents with Wisconsin roots: bassist Peterson, trumpeter Adam Meckler, guitarist Vinnie Rose and drummer Adrian Suarez. This weekend the group, formed in 2011, celebrates the release of its impressive self-titled debut album. The opening track, “Crocodile Truck Driver,” goes from spare, lazy chamber jazz to bracing “Bitches Brew”-style fusion. Another cool cut, “Kid on a Bike,” mixes African beats with post-bop heat. Peterson has already established himself as a versatile, sensitive band anchor and able soloist. This disc shows him to be a crafty composer, as well. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $10.) Surowicz 

Four fiery horn men get together in the United Trumpet Summit. Randy Brecker has the biggest name recognition, but Dr. Eddie Henderson, who made some brilliant Miles-style albums in the 1970s, is the nicest surprise. A practicing psychiatrist offstage, his cross-country tours are rare. At 37 and with 10 albums as a leader under his belt, Jeremy Pelt is ready for prime time. And Leon Jordan Jr., a Philly phenom still in his early 20s, represents the next generation of class brass. (7 & 9 p.m. Wed., Dakota Jazz Club, $25 -$40.) Surowicz


Still vital after 44 years, Scottish folk greats the Battlefield Band are in top form on their new album, “Room Enough for All,” which kicks off with a great setting of Louis MacNeice’s cranky and comic nonsense poem “Bagpipe Music.” The quartet’s traditional instrumental medleys are filled with as much soulfulness and zest as ever. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, $18-$20.) Surowicz

Don’t do a double-take — Tom Rush isn’t back already from New England. His gig last month on the West Bank was postponed at the last minute, reportedly due to airline connections. This time we hope he’s taking a train — perhaps the “Panama Limited” that served Rush so well in the 1960s. (8 p.m. Sat., Cedar Cultural Center, $30.) Surowicz


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