The Vaccines

Updated 2/14/2013

Saturday: London rockers (and former Howler tourmates) stop by Triple Rock.

Justin Young of the Vaccines
Photo by Leslie Plesser

The Vaccines 

9 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • sold out

The Vaccines washed ashore already a tad washed up in 2010 after generating a boatload of hype back home in England for their debut, which included the fun, Joy-Division-meets-Blur single “Post-Breakup Sex.” They’re back with less cynicism and a second, slightly better album, aptly named “Come of Age” and produced by Ethan Johns. More of the buzz this time around is for Australian tour partners San Cisco, whose boppy boy/girl single “Awkward” is in steady rotation at the Current and sounds tailor-made line for a Target commercial. Local opener France Camp toured with the Vaccines when he was part of Howler’s lineup. Chris Riemenschneider

The Ashtray Hearts

11 p.m. • Icehouse • $8

It’s one thing when band members wind up a few hundred miles apart by interstate. Ashtray Hearts frontman Dan Richmond landed worlds away from the rest of his serene folk-rock/alt-twang band in 2008. He followed his wife to the University of Tuzla in Bosnia-Herzegovina, two hours outside Sarajevo. With not a lot else to do, he wrote a lot of songs during their two-year stay. After settling back stateside (first in Oregon and now in Salt Lake City), he put the old Minneapolis band back together to make a new album, “The Strangest Light.” Starfolk opens. C.R. 

‘Dream Sequence’

8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $8-$10

Already a band that uses film projectors to great effect, psychedelic rockers Teenage Moods host “Dream Sequence,” a Legacy Amendment-funded show with video accompaniment and art installations meant to create a unique “teenage dreamland of garage rock and pillow forts.” Vita.mn Are You Local? 2012 winners Prissy Clerks also perform, along with Nallo and GlossC.R.

Buke and Gase

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $10

Headed down to Guitar Center? Don’t invite Buke and Gase to come along; members Arone and Aron (seriously) would likely respond with scoffs. Among the New York duo’s musical inventions: the “buke” (a six-string baritone ukulele), the “gase” (a hybrid guitar-bass) and the “toe-bourine” (a foot-powered tambourine). All that instrumental gimmickry pays off for the most part, as Buke and Gase’s Tune-Yards-gone-punk aesthetic is anchored by a sneaky tunefulness. The arty junkyard rockers are touring in support of their sophomore LP, last month’s “General Dome.” North Carolina math-rockers Ahleuchatistas open. Jay Boller

Lotus

9 p.m. • Mill City Nights • 18-plus • $22-$25

It can be hard for jam-band outsiders to latch onto some of the noodly nonsense that infects the genre. To its credit, Lotus’ greatest feat is its self-restraint. Sure, there’s improvisational indulgence, but it’s bestudded in the quintet’s laid-back funk grooves along with a tempered electro flair, and it’s not overbearing. With synths set to chill, the veteran jammers gave a refreshingly (and much-needed) serene performance at Summer Set last August. The band is set to drop its fifth studio album, “Build,” Feb. 19, featuring dance-rock act Rubblebucket’s horn section. Moon Hooch opens. Michael Rietmulder 

Crankshaft

9 p.m. • Famous Dave’s • $6

You’ve probably heard of bands changing their song arrangements or even altering their lineups before making an album, but how about converting an abandoned barn into a recording studio? That’s the great length that gritty roots-rocker Alex “Crankshaft” Larson went to in order to find the perfect sound on his new Crankshaft disc, “What You Gonna Do?” The record was made entirely within the rustic confines of a 1914 barn in Larson’s native Anoka County town of St. Francis. C.R.