Beck outside his home in Malibu, Calif., in 2014. / Katy Winn, Invision/AP

Beck outside his home in Malibu, Calif., in 2014. / Katy Winn, Invision/AP

Arguably the biggest booking yet in the Palace Theatre’s comeback year, Beck will end a nine-year gap between Twin Cities dates with an Aug. 17 show at St. Paul’s refurbished historic theater. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $50 via eTix.com and First Avenue outlets.

This will be the enduring California alt-hipster’s first local date since 2008, and it’s a prime example of why the Palace’s reopening has been so widely cheered by local musicheads and industry insiders: His show that year on the “Modern Guilt” tour was held a few blocks away at the long-derided Roy Wilkins Auditorium. That might explain why he waited so long to return.

Beck hasn’t exactly been super productive in the interim. His only release in that time was 2014’s mellow LP “Morning Phase,” a surprise winner for best album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. He is readying another record for release this summer and has already issued two tracks off it, “Dreams” and “Wow,” both of which hark back to his more upbeat albums such as “Odelay” and “Midnite Vultures" (but not as far back as his "Loser" days, thankfully).

Although he has an open night between St. Paul and an Aug. 19 show in Winnipeg, word is there are no plans to add a second night at the Palace. So act fast getting tickets for the Aug. 17 date.

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