Nine Inch Nails

Updated 9/25/2013

Saturday: Trent Reznor's acclaimed "Hesitation Marks" tour at Xcel. Plus: Tom Odell, Totally Gross National Party.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

8 p.m • Xcel Energy Center • $37.50-$99

After hitting the festival circuit in a big way this summer, Trent Reznor and his continually shape-shifting grrr-rock lineup come to St. Paul to kick off a proper tour behind Nine Inch Nails’ new album, “Hesitation Marks.” Praise from Lollapalooza, Reading and the other fest gigs was pretty universally high. So are reviews of the new record, which revisits some of the more playfully electronic sounds of NIN past, but is also as dark and hard-rocking in parts as the band’s seminal 1994 record, “The Downward Spiral.” Reznor is mixing in some surprise oldies amid his staple songs and new tunes. Texas’ guitar-storming instrumental quartet Explosions in the Sky comes highly recommended in the opening slot. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Tom Odell

9 p.m. • Turf Club • $15

Since he won the critics’ choice award in February at the Brit Awards, Odell, 22, has been a polarizing figure in England. Not as talented or polished as such other recent winners as Emeli Sandé, Florence + the Machine and Adele, Odell saw his debut album, “Long Way Down,” receive a zero-star rating from NME, which prompted his father to write a letter of complaint. Odell’s brooding, downbeat piano tunes have shades of Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen and Antony & the Johnsons but ooze innocence, not experience. Aussie newcomer Vance Joy opens. Jon Bream

 

MS MR

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • sold out

It’s easy to see why Columbia conscripted this shining synth-pop duo armed with sticky pop hooks. The fact that the major label already had a distro deal with Neon Gold, the imprint co-run by singer Lizzy Plapinger (the “miss” of MS MR), probably didn’t hurt. The Tumblr breakouts are looking to earn their keep in the big leagues with their thundrous debut full-length “Secondhand Rapture,” featuring the creeping lead single “Hurricane.” L.A. indie-poppers Wildcat! Wildcat! canceled a recent Triple Rock gig to join MS MR on this tour. Michael Rietmulder

 

Totally Gross National Party

3 p.m.-2 a.m. • Icehouse • all ages before 10 p.m. • $10-$12

Local label Totally Gross National Product’s annual shindig has become an anticipated Twin Cities showcase in its four years. TGNP brass again take over Icehouse and its courtyard with an all-day lineup topped by amorphous dance-psych brigade Marijuana Deathsquads, whose “Oh My Sexy Lord” album is due Oct. 15 — the same day rising rap chanteuse Lizzo drops her “LizzoBangers” LP. Proggy psych-rock vets Moonstone Continuum are toasting their new “Salon Edition” record. This year’s event also sees a reunion of electro-rock faves Digitata, featuring ex-Lookbook singer Maggie Morrison and TGNP honchos Ryan Olson and Drew Christopherson. Other acts include Pony Bwoy, Allan Kingdom, Dream Weapon, Tender Meat, Albert, Makr, Plain Ole Bill and Jonathan Ackerman. The party moves inside at 10 p.m. M.R.

 

Harriet Brewing Rauchfest

1-10 p.m. • Harriet Brewing • $10-$15

The Belgian-style brewery throws its third annual Oktoberfest party coinciding with the release of Rauchfest — a single-batch smoked lager. Food trucks will be on hand, as the Boys ’N the Barrels, Useful Jenkins, Dead Larry, Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers, Erik Koskinen Band, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and more perform on two stages. M.R.

 

The Vibrators

9 p.m. • Cause • $10

Despite being outshined by some of their legendary first-wave peers, these British punks have earned an affectionate place in many a vinyl nerd’s collection. Their incipient recordings in the late ’70s, which merged the then-burgeoning genres of punk and pub rock, produced a few minor hits, such as pogoing shout-along “Automatic Lover” and “Baby, Baby.” The Vibrators have endured ever-rotating lineups with drummer John “Eddie” Edwards as the sole constant. This year the seasoned rockers released a new album of originals titled “On the Guest List,” featuring co-founding vocalist Ian “Knox” Carnochan. Locals Ripsnorter, L’Assassins, Virgin Whores and Rebel City Rollers open. M.R.