Saturday: Seattle-based Rhymesayers pair "raps" up its tour at First Ave.
Rapper Grieves and producer Budo hail from Seattle, but the rare non-Minnesota Rhymesayers signees should feel at home as they conclude their tour at First Ave. Grieves, born Benjamin Laub, has gotten plenty of mileage out of his punk-kid-finds-rap-then-battles-addiction-and-loss narrative, the bulk of which was rehashed on "Together/Apart," the duo's 2011 LP. The soft-rapping MC is a talented technician, though, and sounds comfortable dropping bars atop Budo's soulful, piano/organ-accented beats. Plus, it's not like Rhymesayers fans are averse to depressive lyrics. The Tribe & Big Cats! and Sweatshop Union open. JAY BOLLER
The wub-drubbing proselytizer of America's youth has graduated from festie fave to arena headliner. The real-life Lorin Ashton grossed $3.5 million in ticket sales (think how many glow sticks that could buy!) in the first half of 2012 alone, telling of EDM's newfound prominence in U.S. pop culture. Already with an LP under his belt this year, the Cali bass baron dropped his "Freestyle" EP last month. While all tickets are general admission, floor wristbands will be distributed first come, first served starting at 10 a.m. Surging electro-house star Zedd, Gramatik and Gladkill open. MICHAEL RIETMULDER
We've all seen the douche who spends half the show playing with his or her phone. But on this tour supporting his eighth album, "America," electronic experimentalist Dan Deacon wants you to be that douche. Well, kinda. The dance-friendly, dial-up composer helped design an interactive app that turns your smartphone "into a source of synchronized light and sound." The reviews make it sound a tad underwhelming, but even gimmick-less Deacon gigs generally score well. With Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda and Alan Resnick.M.R.
After a tour-capping gig opening in Minneapolis for Best Coast and JEFF the Brotherhood this summer, these bumpkin-rock Nashvillians got ax-jacked -- on guitarist/singer Jessi Darlin's birthday, no less -- after the show. Thankfully, Those Darlins aren't holding a grudge against the Twin Cities over the missing pair of guitars, as they return for a headlining slot, still touring on last year's "Screws Get Loose." Heavy Cream and France Camp open.M.R.
Though it smacks of '80s arcade games, Asteroids Galaxy Tour is a singular Danish dance-pop act with a sexy vocalist in Mette Lindberg, a platinum blonde Cindy Wilson (B-52s) soundalike. "Out of Frequency," AGT's sophomore release, puts a Motown spin on disco, producing a stylized end product that's ready-made for iPod ads (a feat the group accomplished in '08). Florida chillwaver Millionyoung opens. J.B.
Like a pair of well worn coveralls, local working-class rockers the Rockford Mules are hanging it up for no other reason than it feels like the right time. Tonight fans can grab one last swill of their Southern-style, bluesy bashers. As a parting gift, the Mules are releasing a four-song sayonara EP, "O Tulip I Told You So," which fittingly closes with the weeping-in-your-whiskey title track. The Goondas and DJ Assasin9 open.M.R.