Kid Ink

8 p.m. • Mill City Nights • all ages • $27

Kid Ink’s producer-turned-rapper background is both his biggest strength and weakness. The L.A. emcee wields melodies better than most, lacing his bars with a singsong-y smoothness, as on double-platinum single “Show Me,” which helped thrust his 2014 major-label debut to No. 1 on iTunes. Earworm-y as they may be, his tracks are fraught with punchless punch lines and lazy metaphors. When at his best, Ink’s polished tunes on his new “Full Speed” LP are simultaneously club- and airwave-friendly. But without the distractions of a nightclub or detoured commute, they feel flat. With Bricc Baby Shitro, Luke Christopher and J Plaza. Michael Rietmulder



8 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $17-$20

As far as down-tempo music designed for the dance floor goes, it doesn’t get much more affectionate and complex than Caribou. Canadian Dan Snaith is the critically acclaimed musician, producer and DJ behind the lush and understatedly soulful electronica project. He’s in the middle of a huge tour in support of last year’s excellent full-length “Our Love,” which was described by Snaith in an interview with music blog Pretty Much Amazing as warm, direct and close. Now with 15 years of digital-pop production under his belt, Snaith applies his love for soul and jazz sounds more and more in each new release. Egyptrixx opens. Alex Nelson


Neil Diamond

8 p.m. • Xcel Energy Center • $65-$150

He’s sporting a gray beard befitting his age (74) and status as one of pop’s most enduring arena attractions. Neil Diamond is even still making new music. Last year’s “Melody Road,” a batch of schmaltzy originals understatedly produced by Don Was, didn’t create the reaction that Diamond’s two Rick Rubin-produced collections, “12 Songs” and “Home Before Dark,” did in the ’00s. But Diamond will still offer a few new numbers to go with a jukebox full of classics including “Sweet Caroline” and “America.” Jon Bream