Animals as Leaders serve instrumental progressive-metal shredding, aided by leader Tosin Abasi’s fondness for eight-string guitars (let’s see your average guitar hero do that). The band’s third LP, The Joy of Motion, is out this week, its first for major indie Sumerian. With After the Burial, Navene-K, CHON, Numbers. El Corazon. 7 p.m. $17 adv./$20 DOS. DL
The first of John Roderick’s every-other-Tuesday residencies at the Rendezvous sold out. This will be his second. His concept for the hour-long shindig is “some storytelling, some bullshitting, some new music, and some surprise guests.” JewelBox Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. SOLD OUT. 6 p.m. DL
Against Me!, Neptune. Read our show preview here .
Widespread Panic This Southern-rock jam band continues to draw stoners and music geeks alike. The Moore. $32.50–$42.50. 7:30 p.m. SW
As The Runaround, the second album from Austin-based indie-folk septet Wild Child, grew, so too did the band (it was once a duo). With the addition of keyboards, banjo, percussion, bass, and cello, the group creates a fuller, though still dreamy, sound. And don’t fret; the Ben Kweller–produced Runaround still features the ukulele accompaniment that made Wild Child’s 2010 debut, Pillow Talk, so charming. With Robert Ellis, Mike Giacolino. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $10. 21 and over. ACP
Wanting Born Wanting Qu, this Vancouver-based singer/songwriter was inspired by the music of Sarah McLaughlin and Dido; through her dogged efforts, she is now their labelmate. With Dawen Wang.The Triple Door. 8 p.m. $25. GE
Astronautalis is an odd talent in the world of hip-hop, an artist whose music is largely reminiscent of David Bowie’s and Isaac Brock’s. It’s fitting, then, that the wandering MC, known to the taxman as Andy Bothwell, has found a home in the Twin Cities, where supremely talented oddball rappers are embraced and celebrated. But it is too damn cold there, which is why he is touring the West on this, his Escape the Vortex Tour. With Playdough. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $13 adv. All ages. MSB