Matt & Kim

Updated 11/8/2012

Wednesday: Copulating indie-pop duo treats First Ave to sass, hooks.

Matt & Kim
Photo by Caleb Kuhl


7 p.m. • First Avenue • all ages • $17-$20

There's always the question with mixed-gender duos of whether the partnership is a brother-sister thing or if they're, you know, doing it. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are totally dating, but the indie-dance couple's chipper bed-jumpin' songs give the impression they're too busy pillow fighting to bump uglies. Aside from a couple of F-bombs, the playfully punky pair's effervescent fourth album, "Lightning," is filled with wholesome sass and poppy hooks. If Mark Hoppus played synth, it would probably sound like this, but it works. Don't miss surf-pop opener Oberhofer, which performed a ripping set for a paltry 7th Street Entry crowd earlier this year.MICHAEL RIETMULDER


7:30 p.m. • Xcel Energy Center • $47.50-$129.50

Will Bob Dylan address the presidential election? (He did on Election Night 2008 at Northrop Auditorium.) Will he sing any songs from "Tempest," his biting, bloody new album? (He's done so just once since its Sept. 11 release.) Will he acknowledge his home state? (He has at some Twin Cities and Duluth gigs.) We do know that Dylan will not collaborate with opening act Mark Knopfler, who was called a "new Dylan" when he emerged with Dire Straits in the late 1970s, but has crafted a fine solo career as a tasty guitarist making moody, cinematic pop. JON BREAM


8:30 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $18-$20

Propagandhi's 1996 debut "How to Clean Everything" -- featuring "Stick the Fucking Flag Up Your Goddam Ass, You Sonofabitch," "Haillie Sellasse, Up Your Ass" and ... a Cheap Trick cover -- wasn't a lesson in political restraint. The leftist message is less crass but equally blunt on "Failed States," Manitoba vets' sixth LP, released in September. The guitars, however, have full-on indulged into previous hints at metal; the resulting Rush-gone-hardcore vibe is a far cry from their early pop-punk sound. The imperialism-hatin' quartet should have plenty to banter about at this post-election gig. Locals Off With Their Heads and Pennsylvania punks the Menzingers open. JAY BOLLER


7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thu. • Cedar Cultural Center • $11

A band built on dramatic flare-ups, end-of-days lyricism and women's restitution, Zoo Animal was a wise choice to add to the elite gang of Twin Cities bands hired to score a movie. Duluth's Zeitgeist Arts recruited Holly Newsom and her remade indie-rock trio to perform live with the 1928 French silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" last April. The response was rabid enough for them to do it here two nights in a row. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER