Alanis Morissette plays the State

Star Tribune staff | Updated 10/18/2012

Friday: You oughta know the irony-loving '90s star will be at the State.


Tom Wallace

Alanis Morissette

7:30 p.m. • State Theatre • $51.50-$81.50

On "Havoc and Bright Lights," her first album since getting married and becoming a mother, Morissette sounds more relaxed, as introspective as always and, frankly, a little boring. Angst was always the attraction of 1995's "Jagged Little Pill," and now she seems a little too happy for her own good. With a set list that reportedly balances "Pill" and "Havoc," her concert should challenge both the 38-year-old rocker and her fans. Opening is MC Souleye, her husband. Jon Bream

Frightened Rabbit

8 p.m. • The Woman's Club, 410 Oak Grove St., Mpls. • all ages • sold out

Hopping the pond for a quick two-week tour, the Scottish folk-rockers come bearing a five-song precursor to their fourth album expected next year. With only one song off the EP making the new record, "State Hospital" feels like a B-side bone thrown to fans still eagerly awaiting a full-length follow-up to the rollicking epics on 2010's "The Winter of Mixed Drinks," which scored the band a deal with Atlantic Records. Regardless, the title track is the type of roots-rock rouser we've come to expect from the Glasgow group. Arc in Round opens.MICHAEL RIETMULDER

ROBYN HITCHCOCK

8 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $40

Ever wry-witted, British alt-rock folkie Hitchcock calls his website a museum, by which reasoning his show this week would qualify as a special exhibit. The former Soft Boys frontman, who went on to be a late-'80s college-rock staple with poppy psychedelic gems like "Balloon Man" and "Madonna of the Wasps," makes his Dakota debut on a solo acoustic tour that will find him playing his Twin/Tone-issued 1990 album "Eye" a night later in Chicago.CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER