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September 27, 2004 // UPDATED 4:08 pm - April 25, 2007
By: PJ Harvey
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PJ Harvey is an amazingly versatile artist. She's a published poet, an exhibiting sculptress and an actress. She's also one of the most important female musicians of the past decade, releasing a scant but incredible seven albums over the past 13 years, the most recent being "Uh Huh, Her."

She's collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, doing duets with Nick Cave, Tricky, How Gelb of Giant Sand, Pascal Comelade and Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes.

Last time she came to town, she performed at the Target Center -- somehow, she's expecting to be able to pack that same crowd into the significantly smaller First Avenue main room.

Definitely buy your ticket in advance and get there early, or else prepare to wait in line a long, long time.

Friday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. Call for prices. 338-8388.

Brian Wilson

Legendary Beach Boys' songwriter and vocalist Brian Wilson will be performing at the Orpheum Theater, backed by his extraordinary 10-piece band, Swedish strings and brass octet.

While everyone will, of course, be blown away by hearing classic Beach Boys songs performed in this manner (imagine going to this and "the Music of Styx" in the same week; see column), the true reason for going is to hear the yet-unreleased and very well-received performance of Wilson's "lost" masterpiece, "SMiLE."

This is new material, at least it is to all of us who didn't catch his sold-out shows in Europe earlier this year. The only legitimate, complete studio recording of "SMiLE" will be released Tuesday, Sept. 28 by Nonesuch Records to coincide with the United States concert tour.

Thursday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. Historic Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Ave. S. $29.50-$150. 339-7007.