Big Gigs for 9/27-10/3

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Trent Reznor brings Nine Inch Nails to town on Saturday.

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On this month’s “World Boogie Is Coming,” their eighth studio disc, North Mississippi Allstars get back to the basics: primal boogie. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson get help from a parade of guests, including Robert Plant (on harmonica), the Babies and Alvin Youngblood Hart, covering such chestnuts as “Rollin’ ’n’ Tumblin’ ” and “Goin’ to Brownsville” and offering originals including “Turn Up Satan.” With all due respect to Black Keys and Jack White, not in this century has back-porch Southern boogie been celebrated with such ragged glory. Opening is Lightnin’ Malcolm, who appears on the album. (9 p.m. Fri., Cabooze, $15-$17.) Jon Bream

 

After hitting the festival circuit in a big way this summer, Trent Reznor and his continually shape-shifting grrr-rock lineup come to St. Paul to kick off a proper tour behind Nine Inch Nails’ new album, “Hesitation Marks.” Praise from Lollapalooza, Reading and the other fest gigs was universally high. So are reviews of the new record, which revisits some of the more playfully electronic sounds of NIN past, but also gets as dark and hard-rocking as the band’s seminal 1994 record, “The Downward Spiral.” Texas’ guitar-storming instrumental quartet Explosions in the Sky comes highly recommended in the opening slot. (8 p.m. Sat., Xcel Energy Center, $37.50-$99.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Local label Totally Gross National Product’s annual Totally Gross National Party has become an anticipated Twin Cities showcase in its four years. The all-day lineup is topped by amorphous dance-psych brigade Marijuana Deathsquads, whose “Oh My Sexy Lord” album is due Oct. 15 — the same day rising rap chanteuse Lizzo drops her “LizzoBangers” LP. Proggy psych-rock vets Moonstone Continuum are toasting their new “Salon Edition” record. This year’s event also sees a reunion of electro-rock faves Digitata, featuring ex-Lookbook singer Maggie Morrison and TGNP honchos Ryan Olson and Drew Christopherson. Other acts include Pony Bwoy, Allan Kingdom, Dream Weapon, Tender Meat, Albert, Makr, Plain Ole Bill and Jonathan Ackerman (3 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat., Icehouse, all ages before 10 p.m., $10-$12.) Michael Rietmulder

 

Since winning the critics choice award in February at the Brits (the Grammys of the U.K.), Tom Odell, 22, has become a polarizing figure in England. Not as talented or polished as such recent winners as Emeli Sande, Florence + the Machine and Adele, Odell saw his debut album, “Long Way Down,” receive a rating of zero stars by NME, which prompted his father to write a letter of complaint. Odell’s brooding, downbeat piano tunes have shades of Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen and Antony & the Johnsons but ooze innocence, not experience. Opening is Aussie newcomer Vance Joy. (9 p.m. Sat., Turf Club, $15.) Bream

 

Food trucks as well as a new single-batch smoked lager will be on hand as Harriet Brewing throws its third annual Rauchfest, along with music on two stages by Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers, Erik Koskinen Band, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and more. (1-10 p.m., 3036 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. $10-$15.) Rietmulder

 

Despite being outshined by some of their legendary first-wave peers, British punks the Vibrators produced a few minor hits, such as pogoing shout-along “Automatic Lover” and “Baby, Baby.” This year they released a new album of originals, “On the Guest List,” featuring co-founding vocalist Ian “Knox” Carnochan. (9 p.m. Sat., Cause, $10.) Rietmulder

 

Bring your own instrument and, of course, your voices for a sing-along session with Dan Zanes, the Grammy-winning children’s musician who makes music for the entire family. Over the past 13 years, the Boston ex-rocker — the Del Fuegos were his calling card in the 1980s — has made albums featuring an eclectic array of guests including the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Sharon Jones, the Kronos Quartet, Lou Reed, Carol Channing and Andrew Bird. (11 a.m. Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, $25, $12 for ages 3-12.) Bream

 

A Parisian nightclub seems an odd place for garage-blues bros to meet, but it was while DJ’ing in the City of Light that San Francisco-raised skater/rocker Hanni El Khatib bonded with it-guy producer Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Auerbach wound up giving El Khatib’s sophomore album, “Head in the Dirt,” a Nashvillian spit shine, leaving just enough soul scuffs and punk-revved rhythms. Raucous power duo Bass Drum of Death — who put more “punk” in “blues punk” than the Black Keys ever did —opens. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Triple Rock, 18-plus, $13-$15.) Rietmulder

For the third consecutive year, legendary Southern soul songwriter/producer Dan Penn returns to the Dakota accompanied by ace session keyboardist Bobby Emmons. Penn is a soulful singer, a charming storyteller and, of course, a splendid songwriter, known for “Dark End of the Street,” “I’m Your Puppet,” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.” Emmons has a sparkling résumé, too, having recorded with Elvis Presley, King Curtis, Dusty Springfield and Willie Nelson, among others, and written “Luckenbach, Texas.” (7 p.m. Mon., Dakota Jazz Club, $35.) Bream

 

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