PAUL VAN DYK
There's a light-show arms race of Cold War proportions afoot in commercial dance music, and when you're a 20-year Euro trance Goliath reportedly worth $50 million, you can do things like tab Muse's production designers to handle your getup (we'll take hyper stimulation over nuclear war threats any day). The German EDM phenom is trekking in support of his first artist album in five years, "Evolution," which critics have knocked as being a bit stagnant. However, a collaborative track with local Owl City boy Adam Young is a pop-soaked standout. MICHAEL RIETMULDER
Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, who made her name in the late '50s, never really stopped performing, but she's been enjoying a high-profile comeback thanks to her 2009 induction into the Rock Hall of Fame, last year's Jack White-produced album, "The Party Ain't Over," and a slot opening for Adele's tour. Now Jackson, 74, has made another album, this time with producer Justin Townes Earle. Due in October, "Unfinished Business" suggests that she may have lost a tad of her vocal power but she's still full of personality. She'll be backed by the Twin Cities' own Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls, who will retire as a band after these gigs out of respect for bandleader Paul Manske, who died in January. JON BREAM
Did their appearance in last year's hilarious movie "Bridesmaids" singing "Hold On" revive interest in Wilson Phillips? Or was it Chynna Phillips competing on "Dancing With the Stars"? Or the trio's new reality show, "Still Holding On"? It certainly isn't this year's new album, "Dedicated," featuring covers of songs that their parents (Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Michelle and John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas) made famous. But the price is right for a little '90s nostalgia.J.B.
7 p.m. • Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Av. • 18-plus • $20-$25
If Twin Cities' dubstep fans didn't get their wobble fix last weekend at Summer Set, this U.K. bass bludgeoner should do the trick. Like many a dubstep DJ, the good doctor once specialized in drum 'n' bass, but changed styles as the relatively young genre was taking flight. The 26-year-old producer, perhaps best known for his Gameboy-informed track "Tetris," co-runs the Circus Records label alongside high school-bud Flux Pavilion and Earl Falconer from UB40 (yep, that UB40). Dirtyloud, Schoolboy, Alpha Data and more play on four different stages. M.R.
THE EVENING RIG
The veteran purveyors of twangy bar rock are toasting their third album, "Nothin' to Hear Here," with tonight's release gig. As authentic as an old photograph, like the kind the quartet's notorious for using as cover art, the Kickstarter-funded LP has a countrified pulse with a "Can't Hardly Wait"-esque poignancy. This may be the last chance to soak up Evening Rig's catchy barroom melodies in an actual bar for some time, with drummer Rebecca Hanten being all preggers. The Dirty Hits and It's Criminal open. M.R.
Remember earlier this year when that Howler kid said some things and everybody freaked out? Well, one aspect of his Twin Cities music scene commentary he hit on the head was that Teenage Moods warrants more daps, or whatever slang kids these days use for recognition, in the local media. Tonight the garage rock trio, which often expands with loaner players from Sleeping in the Aviary, is celebrating a strong new album, "Grow," filled with punky riffs and sugary surf-pop melodies. Crimes, France Camp and Mystery Train open. M.R.
After hitting the road with Animal Collective and Crystal Castles last year, this Brooklyn-based dance-ish duo just got around to dropping its stunning sophomore album, "Tracer," in August. While borrowing aspects of Detroit techno, house and IDM, the loopy new disc isn't exactly club-tailored. Richly hollow bass clunks, chiming synth leads and a disloyalty to the constant 4/4 time signature make for a sneakily layered and unpredictable recording. With Gatekeeper and Sovietpanda. M.R.