The Libertines

It comes as no surprise that the Libertines’ instant cool factor had much to do with the fact that their debut album was produced by the Clash’s M.I.A. Mick Jones, granting them the ultimate punk-rock seal of approval. An appropriately snotty attitude with Kinks-like melodies made the first record, Up the Bracket, hugely lovable, and topped critics’ best-of lists. The band’s future seems rather precarious, with frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty playing out their contentious relationship through a number of songs on their latest eponymous recording (someone needed to carry on the tradition of Oasis’ Gallagher brothers) and certain members drugging up and dropping out. See them while they’re still so good and so not dead. 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8100;