Dark Dark Dark

Star Tribune staff | Updated 10/4/2012

Wednesday: Local chamber-folk act hopes you have fun! fun! fun! at its LP release party at the Cedar

Dark Dark Dark
Photo by Tod Seelie

DARK DARK DARK

7:30 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $13

After a five-month hiatus, this Minneapolis-spawned chamber-folk ensemble proved it's serious about surviving the breakup of co-founders Nona Marie Invie (the only current local) and Marshall LaCount when the quintet congregated in New Orleans to record its third album, "Who Needs Who," earlier this year. Lead single "Tell Me" is vintage Dark Dark Dark, with anguished strings caught in a piano gust, steadied by Invie's distinct bellow. The instrumentation-rich troupe is celebrating the release with shows tonight and Friday, joined by harmony-happy folkies Mountain Man and Emily Wells. MICHAEL RIETMULDER

AMANDA PALMER

8:30 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $25

Palmer, of the goth-pop carnival duo Dresden Dolls, is getting beat up by the music blogs and producer Steve Albini for asking string and horn musicians in each city on her Grand Theft Orchestra Tour to perform for free. That's after she raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter for her theatrical new album, "Theatre Is Evil," and married the undoubtedly rich sci-fi author Neil Gaiman. Her adoring fans undoubtedly won't feel shortchanged whoever she brings on stage. Jherek Bischoff and Ronald Reagan open. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

The Go-Go's

8 p.m. • Mill City Nights • 18-plus • $39.50-$42

Last year, the Go-Go's waited out the rain and performed at the Minnesota Zoo. This year, the best-selling all-female new-wave band of the 1980s is having to tour without bassist Kathy Valentine, who broke her wrist this summer. Don't fret. Abby Travis is pinch-hitting, and Belinda Carlisle and company are delivering "Our Lips Are Sealed," "We Got the Beat" and "Vacation" with spirited aplomb. DJ Jake Rudh opens.JON BREAM

JUNIOR BROWN

7 p.m. Wed.-Thu. • Dakota Jazz Club • $35-$40

If you saw Brown at the State Fair last year, you witnessed a musical marvel, who is a hoot to boot. This Texas guitar master plays everything from honky-tonk and Hawaiian to blues and bluegrass. And he's clever with both his music and his lyrics. These titles say it all: "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," "Venom Wearin' Denim" and "I Get Up Every Morning to Say Goodnight to You." Moreover, he sings with the deep-voiced passion of Ernest Tubb. A guitar inventor -- he created the double-necked "guit-steel" -- he's toured with Bob Dylan, recorded with the Beach Boys and acted on "X-Files." J.B.