Shannon McNally

8 p.m. Thu. • James J. Hill Center, 80 W. 4th St., St. Paul • $20

Deep-voiced, Mississippi-based Americana rocker McNally never became a household name despite a contract with Capitol Records and high praise for her early-’00s albums, but she did earn ample respect from her peers. That much was apparent on her 2013 album “Small Town Talk,” a slow-stewing tribute to Louisiana songwriter Bobby Charles that was produced by Dr. John and features Vince Gill and Derek Trucks. McNally is coming to town to play with the all-star Minnesota cast of the monthly “Real-Phonic Radio Hour” with Erik Koskinen and Dean Magraw’s Red Planet. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake

9 p.m. • Turf Club • $12-$14

St. Paul-bred noise-rock shredders the Blind Shake are on tour with “Swami” John Reis, leader of SoCal hot-rod punk band Rocket From the Crypt. The local trio made an album of wildly tubular, sometimes gorgeously intricate surf-riffing with Reis, titled “Modern Surf Classics.” Blind Shake fans won’t be surprised to hear the trio fit right in as surf-rockers, what with their already stellar, Spaghetti Western-gone-psych-punk guitar sound. Reis lets their bombastic, window-rattling rhythmic side shine, too. Both the album and tour are also spiked with hard-blasting saxophone, which adds to the way this project unforeseeably blurs the line between the Stooges and Ventures. The Bombay Sweets and Pink Mink open with DJs Lori Barbero and Paddy Costello. C.R.