Ol' Yeller

| December 5, 2012 - 9:46 PM

OL' YELLER

9:30 p.m. • Lee's Liquor Lounge • $7

Like summertime lakes and sleepy hometowns, Ol' Yeller is something you don't realize how much you missed until you soak up its comfort once again. The classic-sounding, guitar-jangly, Uncle Tupelo-meets-CCR trio is back from a half-decade hiatus, in which time frontman Rich Mattson returned to the Iron Range to start his rural Sparta Studio and form a noisier garage-rock band (the Tisdales), while drummer Keely Lane took up gigging in Nashville. They recently reconvened at Mattson's place to try out new songs, and lo and behold they wham-bammed an album that reiterates why they were one of the best-loved local bands of the early-'00s -- and maybe now the early-'10s. Titled "Levels," it offers a few mellow acoustic gems between barnstorming rockers, and ends with one of the all-time best odes to the Twin Cities music scene, "Love to Rock." Germaine Gemberling and the Brothers Burn Mountain open. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

YOUNG JEEZY

10 p.m. 8 • Epic • 18-plus • $30-$60

Veteran rap-feuder Young Jeezy isn't one to mince words with his adversaries. But at September's BET Hip Hop Awards, his beef with Rick Ross boiled over backstage and led to a parking-lot tussle between their camps. When not squabbling with his peers, the Atlanta emcee found time to record his "It's tha World" mixtape, his first release since last year's "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition." Leaked from the Dec. 12-due tape, "How It Feel" is a booming trap march laced with Da Snowman's gravelly, slow-mo delivery. With DJ Enferno.

MICHAEL RIETMULDER

 

THE NEW STANDARDS

8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. ($33); 2 p.m. Sun. ($22) • Fitzgerald Theater

Twin Cities music vets Chan Poling (the Suburbs), John Munson (Semisonic) and Steve Roehm (vibes player extraordinaire) began the jazz-pop vehicle the New Standards in 2005, and their star-studded holiday concerts at the Fitz became a hit two years later. For the sixth installment, they are dropping a new album that's a jewel of a stocking stuffer. Among the highlights on "Sunday Morning Coming Down": a Dan Wilson-produced version of Beck's "The Golden Age," a snow-fluttery take on Tom Waits' "You're Innocent When You Dream" and a cover of Arcade Fire's "No Cars Go." There are a few fun ones, too, especially the gender-flipped Robyn remake, "Call Your Boyfriend." C.R.

GRIZ

10 p.m. • Cabooze • 18-plus • $15-$17

Despite growing up in America's techno capital, this Detroit-area producer fell in love with drum 'n' bass and glitch in his early teens. The 21-year-old Grant Kwiecinski is now following in the footsteps of Big Gigantic's Dominic Lalli (a past tour mate and collaborator), weaving alto sax licks into his scrambled electro-soul tracks. The booming bass cub brings his sultry samples and low-end spasms back to town after a crowd-pleasing mid-day performance and an additional late-night slot at Summer Set. Manic Focus opens. M.R.

WAR POETS

8:30 p.m. • Bunkers • $8-$10

Last weekend's First Ave headliners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis aren't the only ones with a marriage-equality/gay-rights anthem that's turning into a viral hit: Local folk-rock group the War Poets have garnered 150,000-plus YouTube views with their video for "Close Enough." It's just one of many socially conscious, historically contextualized songs on the new album, "Dulce."C.R

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