When the X Games return to the Vikings Stadium for the weekend it’s a lot like the Super Bowl, except you can get in, the vibe is great, the events are more fun to watch, the big name music is better (including Ice Cube, whose first four albums basically laid out the political/social/racial landscape of today, playing a show with Brother Ali), and the surrounding parties—like the big bash at First Ave with locals Prof, Sa-Roc, Cashinova, and Blowtorch. That’s pretty snarky, we get it, but it’s to say that we’re fans of all the stuff happening around the X Games and hope we continue to be a destination for them. Thursday, July 19th, 9 PM. $25.Paul Cajun

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS; first-avenue.com