Liquid Music

8 p.m. • Walker Art Center • $22

Smooth stimulation has been a recurring motif in the bountiful “new classical” performances of the Liquid Music series, and this weekend’s enticing triple bill of Noveller, Glasser and Victoire is likely to burnish the trend. Sarah Lipstate, a k a Noveller, may be the most raucous of the bunch. The Austin-via-Brooklyn guitarist-composer hearkens back to her ambient noise roots on the new album “Fantastic Planet,” but mostly engages in lush layering. Cameron Mesirow, or Glasser, has been appropriately dubbed a “synth-pop chanteuse” for her playfully elegant songs. Victoire is an all-female chamber sextet that is the hand-chosen vehicle for founder Missy Mazzoli’s deceptively sophisticated compositions. Each act will perform an individual set and then come together for what could be a beguiling finale. Britt Robson


Northern Invasion Festival

Noon • Somerset, Wis. • sold out

Somerset Amphitheater is getting a jump on the summer concert season with the inaugural Northern Invasion metal fest, which could wind up as one of the area’s biggest festivals this year. Featuring Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Anthrax, Three Days Grace, the Pretty Reckless and Volbeat, it’s part of a network of reputable hard-rock festivals across the country this month, including Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma, and it harks back to the Ozzfests and X Fests that filled Somerset in the ’90s. No surprise it’s already sold out. This will be Des Moines vets Slipknot’s first time through in support of its well-received fifth album, “.5: The Gray Chronicles,” inspired by the death of bassist and one-time Minneapolitan Paul Gray. Chris Riemenschneider


Young Fathers

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • sold out

This Scottish hip-hop group — a k a the underdog act that snagged the BBC’s 2014 Mercury Prize from FKA Twigs and/or Bombay Bicycle Club — is getting deserved attention for its rhythmic fusion of pop and rock sensibilities. The group, which originally honed its sound in Edinburgh’s nightclub scene, has released a handful of well-received EPs, but has yet to gain real traction. In hopes of riding their Mercury Prize buzz, Young Fathers quickly dropped their second full-length, “White Men Are Black Men Too,” to critical acclaim in April. Indietronica act Mas Ysa and Are You Local? finalists Moon and Pollution open. Alex Nelson


Cannonball Paul & Carolina Red

Noon • Union Depot, 14 E. 4th St., St. Paul • free

Did you know that Saturday is National Train Day? That’s why Cannonball Paul and Carolina Red, a Twin Cities duo, will offer a selection of old-fashioned train and hobo songs including “Hey, Porter,” “Wabash Cannonball” and “The Midnight Special” at — where else? — St. Paul’s refurbished train station. Jon Bream