8 p.m. • Walker Art Center • $16-$20
A decade after Wilco headlined Rock the Garden, another member of the band is returning to the Walker to step out from behind the frontman: Drummer Glenn Kotche, who joined Wilco circa “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” follows guitarist Nels Cline to the museum to perform a nature-inspired, tape-looped “percussion opera” titled “Ilimaq” and written by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. If that sounds a little too bird-cally, Kotche will also pair up with the Twin Cities’ own revered drummer/looper/composer Martin Dosh for what should be a rocking melding of their talents. Chris Riemenschneider
Baauer & Just Blaze
10 p.m. • The Loft at Bar Fly • 18-plus • $15-$20
Once a term reserved for a brand of high-hat-heavy Southern rap, trap music has been commandeered by dance crowds. Brooklyn trap producer Baauer has become one of the EDM adaptation’s burgeoning stars, thanks to his Dutch house-informed “Harlem Shake” single. The Mad Decent-released smash recently spawned a YouTube meme, in which crazed dancers go H.A.M., as they say, at the drop of the beat (see T-Pain and Matt & Kim’s contributions). Hip-hop superproducer Just Blaze (Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross) has delved into the electronic realm of late and has a solo EP in the works. The tourmates/collaborators cap a 16-date run in Minneapolis. DJ Abilities opens. Michael Rietmulder
Curren$y & Big K.R.I.T.
10 p.m. • Epic • 18-plus • $25
Irking high school guidance counselors everywhere, Curren$y has parlayed his affinities for weed and loose women into a successful career. But surely they’d appreciate the resilience it took the “lifestyle” rapper to weather fruitless and bitter stints on various labels before getting major-label money with last year’s “The Stoned Immaculate.” Hailing from “Cadillactica” (or Mississippi), Big K.R.I.T. oozes Southern suaveness on last year’s self-produced debut album “Live From the Underground.” The trunk-knocking rapper/beatsmith has stayed busy with a mixtape, a new album and a collaborative record with Yelawolf all in the works. With special guests Rocky Diamonds, That Guy Soda, DJ Enferno and DJ Sidereal. M.R.
8 p.m. • Treasure Island Casino • 12-plus • sold out
Country brooder Allan rocks a little harder on his brand new “Set You Free,” his ninth album, but the emotions cut deep, especially on the hit ballad “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” the organ- and pedal-steel drenched “It Ain’t the Whiskey” and the sweet and lonely “You Without Me.” The big payoff here might be the bluesy rock scorcher “Bones,” which has become the official theme of the Professional Bull Riders’ Built Ford Tough Series 2013. Jon Bream
Forever Young Winter Semi-Formal Dance
9 p.m. • James Ballentine VFW Post 246, 2916 Lyndale Av. S. • $5-$7
After the success of the Forever Young Prom last spring, it’s clear that Minnesotans love any excuse to dress up and dance to music they grew up with. This month, the Forever Young crew is celebrating that other high school tradition — the winter semi-formal dance. For those who came of age in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the soundtrack will remain the same, with era-specific hits from Justin Timberlake, OutKast, Nelly, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah and TLC. Fortunately, the adult version will have cheap drinks ($3 tallboys, $4 well drinks and $5 call drinks) to help you avoid any awkward social faux pas. Jahna Peloquin