Kathleen Edwards

| September 27, 2012 - 11:01 AM

KATHLEEN EDWARDS

8 p.m. • Varsity Theater • 18-plus • $20

After vocal problems postponed her Varsity show in April, Canadian folk-rocker and part-time Wisconsinite Edwards nearly didn't make it back to the makeup date: She had a near-fatal allergic reaction to a wasp sting just three weeks ago. All the more reason to be thankful we finally get to hear live adaptations of her Justin Vernon-produced album from January, "Voyageur." Fellow songstress from the north Jenn Grant opens. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

MICHAEL KIWANUKA

8:30 p.m. • Fine Line • 18-plus • $15

British singer Kiwanuka's debut "Home Again" is filled with soft, kinda summery, old-school sounds. Think Bill Withers, Ted Hawkins or Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay." Kiwanuka delivers mellow, soulful stuff with a honeyed voice that makes the pain a little bittersweet. The newcomer has hipster cred: He recorded a single featuring Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and "Home Again" has been nominated for England's prestigious Mercury Prize; Kiwanuka already won the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.JON BREAM

THE DIRTY THREE

8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $18-$20

One of rock's all-time best instrumental bands, with one of its wickedest violinists, Australian trio the Dirty Three is probably now better known for its members' work outside the band than for their acclaimed albums of the '90s and early '00s: The maniacally bowing Warren Ellis plays with Nick Cave in the Bad Seeds and Grinderman, while drummer Jim White and guitarist Mick Turner have each backed Cat Power and PJ Harvey. They've issued their first D3 album in eight years, "Toward the Low Sun," with orchestral noise-rock that can turn from beautiful to bloody in split, hair-raising seconds. C.R

LIL B

7 p.m. • Cabooze • all ages • $21-$25

Berkeley, Calif., rapper Lil B first made a splash as a teenager with his rap group the Pack's 2006 hyphy hit "Vans," and he has been rapidly hyper-producing singles and mixtapes ever since with weirder and wilder consequences. One mixtape featured 855 songs. Another was issued under an alter ego of sorts, the Based God. And then there was last year's mixtape, "I'm Gay," the title of which earned the straight, non-homophobic rapper all kinds of grief, adding to an already booming online presence that includes his 500,000 followers on Twitter.C.R.

MINT CONDITION

9 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $26-$29

Twenty-three years after they caught the attention of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at First Avenue to jump-start their career, the childhood pals in Mint Condition return to the club. The St. Paul-bred R&B hitmakers of "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" fame are playing there to tout their eighth album, "Music @ the Speed of Life," which shot straight to the top of the iTunes R&B chart upon its release last week and made it to No. 9 on Billboard's album chart. C.R.

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