Fresh from his journey to Mecca, Minnesota-raised rapper Brother Ali explores new territory—including recent uprisings in the Middle East and the Occupy Wall Street movement—with his latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Ali says this collection of songs is, “an observation on the culture of murder and death and our society.” While the material may be dark, the melodies are not; horns and soulful sounds shine through, adding a danceable element to the music. His Mourning in America tour stops at First Ave. and features acts such as Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa, and The Reminders. At a familiar venue, Ali is sure to deliver those thought-provoking rhymes and well-loved hip-hop beats. Friday. 8 p.m. $15. 18+. —RO

First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls, 612-332-1775,