7:30 p.m. • Xcel Energy Center • $18-$82

Sound-wise, it isn't the best circumstances but the context will put you in the mood for some country music. The World's Toughest Rodeo has tapped Gloriana as post-roundup entertainment in what's billed as "Party on the Dirt." The twangy trio will, at times, recall Lady Antebellum ("Can't Shake You," "Good Night") and at other times suggest Little Big Town ("Trouble"). But the way Rachel Reinert interacts with brothers Tom and Mike Gossin suggests this trio has the talent to forge their own identity. Jon Bream

48-hour Band Contestival

10 p.m. • Hexagon Bar • free

Like your music with a raw, improvised, anything-can-happen bent? Then the 48-hour Band Contestival is for you. Now in its 10th year, the fest randomly pairs local musicians who throw their names in the proverbial hat and gives them 48 hours to create and rehearse a couple of songs. Tonight's resulting mini sets are sure to be unpredictable, weird and entertaining. The event will be judged by local music "celebrities" for the chance to win big prizes (i.e. beer). Interested parties can sign up Thursday from 7-10 p.m. Jahna Peloquin

Moon & Pollution

11 p.m. • Icehouse • $8-$10

Yet another local electronic duo with an elegant female vocalist and a gearhead dude producer/beatmaker, Moon & Pollution features siren-voiced folkie Molly Dean at the mic and No Bird Sing drummer Graham O'Brien behind the gear. They made their live debut two summers ago in Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park with Atmosphere and Trampled by Turtles and recently saw one of their tracks used on MTV's "Teen Wolf." Now comes their full-length debut, "The Box Borealis," offering a subsonic brand of haunting, vibrant vocals and slow-burning trip-hop that falls somewhere between Poliça and Massive Attack. Their release party opens with Damage Controller, a new project with old friends Jeremy Ylvisaker, Martin Dosh and Mike Lewis. Chris Riemenschneider

Marshall Tucker Band

8:30 p.m. • Medina Entertainment Center • $32-$52

Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Toy Caldwell and brother/bassist Tommy Caldwell died in the past century, but the 44-year-old band's original frontman, Doug Gray, is still carrying on the Southern rock tradition with "Can't You See" and other favorites. And KQRS listeners will appreciate opening act Atlanta Rhythm Section, with its FM staples "Champagne Jam" and "So Into You." J.B.