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Continued: Big Gigs, Aug. 22-28: Aretha, Tim McGraw, Katy Perry

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After packing First Ave together last summer, Sims and Astronautalis are back for another easy-peasy pairing of their rapid-paced, spitfire-y, electro-rocky, topical brand of indie-rap. The local scene-pushers will perform as one for much of the show, picking from their respective albums, with a few guests sure to drop by. Sims has a strong batch of new songs to debut live from his hard-bashing new mini-album, “Field Notes,” due Sept. 2. His Doomtree mate Mike Mictlan opens with Metasota and Zero. (8 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $15.) Riemenschneider


Music in the Zoo has finally gotten around to presenting mainstream country, with Grand Ole Opry favorite Josh Turner following on the heels of maverick Jamey Johnson’s concert Monday. In the 13th year of his career, Turner has delivered a new book titled “Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood.” The deep-voiced star behind the hits “Your Man” and “Time Is Love” shares his thoughts on conservative family values, the Bible and raising his three sons. Minnesota warbler Barbara Jean opens. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Zoo, $66-$78.50.) Bream


Blues guitar star Coco Montoya is touring in support of “Songs From the Road,” a two-disc live album that has some old fans carping — not bluesy enough, too few guitar solos, too much keyboard. But the blowback seems pretty narrow-minded. Let’s play devil’s advocate and say Montoya’s surprising cover of the old Mary Wells hit “The One That Really Loves You” shows his breadth and taste, and has one of the best vocals he’s ever laid down. Also: One-trick ponies too often make for boring rides, and a little less guitar flash ain’t a bad thing. (9 p.m. Fri., Minnesota Music Cafe, $17-$20.) Tom Surowicz

Wisconsin blues guitar ace Perry Weber honed his art the time-honored way, studying and playing with his heroes (Luther Allison, Bryan Lee, Hubert Sumlin) in Madison and Milwaukee bars, then signing on as a sideman for such as acts as Barrelhouse Chuck, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Weber’s group du jour, the Jimmys. This weekend he makes a whirlwind tour of local no-cover bars as a guest of harmonica blaster Boom Boom Stevie V and his fine combo, the Knockouts. (9 p.m. Fri., Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Av. S., Mpls.; 8 p.m. Sat., Hollihan’s, 2160 3rd St., White Bear Lake; 4 p.m. Sun., Muddy Waters Bar & Grill, 231 Broad St., Prescott, Wis.) Surowicz


Master drummer Tony Allen has belatedly gotten his props as an Afrobeat pioneer. The man who powered so many classic Fela albums, Allen, 74, has communed more recently with a host of younger rockers (Damon Albarn, Flea, Sebastian Tellier, Simon Tong, Jarvis Cocker, Paul Simonon) and will kick off an eight-city U.S. tour here with his well-schooled pals in the Chicago Afrobeat Project, with whom he recorded last year. Opening act Black Market Brass, esteemed local practitioners of Nigerian-style grooving, should get the club energized early. Have booty, will shake. (9:30 p.m. Thu., Cabooze, $15.) Surowicz


Modern jazz on the tuba is a rare treat, so it’s great to welcome home young practitioner Stefan Kac, who has been laying his beefy low notes, classical and jazz, on L.A. listeners since 2011. His new Band of Return co-stars Geoff Senn (trumpet), Shilad Sen (tenor sax) and Pete Henning (drums). Opening is another rarity, a Minneapolis appearance by the excellent Phil Hey Quartet, with Dave Hagedorn (vibraphone), Tom Lewis (bass) and Phil Aaron (piano). For many years, drummer Hey’s band played only the fabled Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Jazz Central Studios, 407 Central Av. SE., Mpls., $10.) Surowicz


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