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Continued: The Big Gigs: Best concerts in the Twin Cities Oct. 25-31

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No longer in Lily Allen’s shadow, U.K. pop star Kate Nash threw a curveball with her crowd-funded third album, this year’s “Girl Talk.” After debuting as a 20-year-old folk-popster, she leaned toward neo-soul on her sophomore effort and now has gone indie-rock with a garage-rock vibe. Part Courtney Love and part Avril Lavigne, it’s an inconsistent but liberating record. Nash is touring with an all-female band. (8 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, $15.) Bream

America was introduced to Cyndi Lauper with her aptly named “She’s So Unusual” album in 1983. With four Top 5 hits and a Grammy for best new artist, that LP helped launch a career that has included pro wrestling manager, gay rights activist, Emmy-winning actress and, most recently, Tony-winning Broadway composer (“Kinky Boots”). But Lauper is saluting where it all started by playing “She’s So Unusual” in its entirety, with stories about the making of the album plus some post-“Unusual” songs. (9 p.m. Wed., Mill City Nights, $39.50-$79.50.) Bream

HALLOWEEN CONCERTS

WookieFoot shows are already kaleidoscopic, costumed affairs on any given night, so no wonder the cosmic rap/rock/acid-funk band’s Halloween parties have turned into annual affairs. This year’s masquerade balls coincide with the group’s 15th anniversary and a new album, “Ready or Not.” Heatbox and the Limns open on Halloween, and That 1 Guy plays the second night (8 p.m. Thu. & next Fri., Cabooze, $14, or $25 for both.) Riemenschneider

Slayer, Dio, Guns N’ Roses, the Sex Pistols and Glenn Danzig were already booked this Halloween — what, you think the late Ronnie James Dio is not singing “Heaven and Hell” for some party in either locale? — so the Triple Rock booked local acts to play tribute sets instead. Death-metal band Daigaro is heading up the Slayer set, while Romantica/Kruddler bassist Tony Zaccardi’s Appetite for Zaccardi returns to handle GNR. (9 p.m. Thu., Triple Rock, $8 with costume, $10 without.) Riemenschneider

Harriet Brewing, which co-hosts the summertime Roots, Rock and Deep Blues Fest, is bringing in one of the deepest young blues acts around to head up its brewery bash: Kent Burnside & New Generation, the Mississippi-reared “Hill Country”-style quintet led by RL Burnside’s grandson. Jon Manners opens. (7 p.m. Thu., Harriet Brewing, 3036 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., $7.) Riemenschneider

COUNTRY

When “Don’t Ya” came on the radio, Brett Eldredge’s voice jumped out with its gravelly soulfulness. The song went to No. 1, landed the Illinois native a slot on Taylor Swift’s recent tour and a nomination for best new artist at next month’s Country Music Association Awards. His debut disc, “Bring You Back,” walks the line between Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, which means Eldredge fits nicely in contemporary Nashville. Catch him in a club before he returns in January to open for Keith Urban at Xcel Energy Center. (9 p.m. Wed., Toby Keith’s, $10.) Bream

WORLD

The 1960s Irish band Skara Brae achieved legendary status on the Emerald Isle, with its members going on to more high-profile groups including the Bothy Band, Altan, Trian and Nightnoise. After triumphant reunions in 1997 and 2005, influential singer/guitarist Mícheál Ó Domhnaill died seven years ago in a fall. Now the surviving trio of Dáithí Sproule and sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill has reassembled for a first-ever brief American tour. (7 p.m. Sun., Celtic Junction, 836 N. Prior Av., St. Paul, $18-$20. 651-330-4685.) Surowicz

Veterans of three impressive CDs, desert blues band Terakaft brings the slinky, soulful sounds of Mali’s nomadic Tuareg people to the world. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, $25-$28.) Surowicz

JAZZ

For decades Eric Kamau Gravatt has been a big presence on the Twin Cities jazz scene, known worldwide thanks to his membership in Weather Report, a long alliance with McCoy Tyner and his dynamic, exhilarating talent. Yet the master drummer only plays one local club with any regularity. And that venue is soon to be shuttered. So old fans and the curious would be well-advised to check out the latest edition of Gravatt’s band Source Code. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $12.) Surowicz

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