Beach House

Star Tribune staff | Updated 10/11/2012

Tuesday: Adored dream-pop duo brings the mellow, mellow rock at First Ave.

Beach House
Photo by Liz Flyntz

BEACH HOUSE

8 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • sold out

As much as rock fans can get excited about a somber, serene, shoegazing pop band coming to town, many Twin Citians have been bursting with anticipation for the return of Beach House. The Baltimore duo, led by siren-voiced, French-born singer Victoria Legrand, has been slowly making the rounds in support of its breakout album, "Bloom," an ethereal collection of broken-heartbeat-paced, Cocteau Twins-style, gray-day songs that earned a 9.1 rating from Pitchfork and many more raves upon its Sub Pop release in May. It may not be a Springsteen-epic show, but Legrand and partner Alex Scalley have been doing this a while now and know how to make these songs fly on stage. Opening band Poor Moon features Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott of Fleet Foxes. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

SMOKE DZA

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $14

Only rappers can lionize weed smokin' with a blunted cool not otherwise bestowed on half-baked nacho culture, and this Harlem emcee has decidedly more swagger than your average cheesy-fingered stoner. As a co-founder of the Smoker's Club Tour, THC is part of the Kushed God's brand. Despite dilatory cadences, the Curren$y crony wastes nary a bar on his latest LP, "Rugby Thompson," fittingly released via High Times magazine's record label. Instead, Smoke DZA rhymes over Harry Fraud's beats with a lucidity his recreational habits might not normally permit. Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire, Cashius Green with Pheo and Nakim open.MICHAEL RIETMULDER

GENERATIONALS

7:30 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $10-$12

In a 2011 Vita.mn interview, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff said this of the current state of indie music: "Now I think everybody's highest goal is to get a Volkswagen ad ... and it's a fucking shame." New Orleans indie-pop duo Generationals haven't landed a Passat commercial yet, but they've hawked tracks to the likes of "Grey's Anatomy," Bloomingdales and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Is the group -- which comes off like a sugary cross between early Of Montreal and Phoenix -- a careerist façade, or earnest popsters making a buck in a post-album universe? Tough to say, but the end product is easy to listen to. "Actor-Caster," Generationals' sophomore LP, was released last year on Big Easy indie imprint Park the Van. Brooklyn rocker Devin opens.JAY BOLLER

MARIA MULDAUR

7 & 9 p.m. Tue.-Wed. • Dakota Jazz Club • $25-$30

Two songs you can expect to hear from Muldaur and her Bluesiana Band at the Dakota this week are her sinuous signature hit "Midnight At The Oasis," and "Tricks Ain't Walkin'," the Memphis Minnie song first played for her in 1963 by the blues singer Victoria Spivey and that left an indelible influence on her vocal style. Muldaur features it on her latest disc, "First There Was Memphis Minnie," the most recent chapter in her late-career resurgence as a maven of 20th-century roots music. BRITT ROBSON