Pantages Theatre

For better or worse (and the jury is definitely on the side of the former), Billie Holiday is intrinsically linked to Madeleine Peyroux. A pair of wondrous voices sharing timbres, phrasing, and a sly melancholy, both work in painterly washes of muted colors characterized by mysterious shades of blues and jazz. Peyroux absorbed the work of Holiday and other vintage jazz and blues artists while busking in Paris in her youth, and continues to evoke their spirits while forging her own path, which is unfolding to find her an interpreter of original material rather than covers. Peyroux had a hand in writing all the songs on her new Bare Bones, collaborating with the likes of producer Larry Klein, Joe Henry, and Steely Dan's Walter Becker. What emerges over the 11 tracks is a sort of existential life philosophy, cautiously optimistic even while dealing with the residuals of various losses: loves, lives, dreams, possessions. As with Holiday, much of Bare Bones has a sophisticated after-hours vibe. One exception is "You Can't Do Me," which rides a jaunty, Steely Dan-like groove. All ages. $34-$41. 7:30 p.m. 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

MONDAY 3.16

Black Lips

Turf Club

Lounging around with psych rockers Black Lips
Zach Wolfe
Lounging around with psych rockers Black Lips

Black Lips have been known to puke onstage, using their bluesy psych rock less like a shtick and more like a lifestyle. The Atlanta band used to play as if their amps came prepackaged with reverb knobs turned up to 10. But their new release, 200 Million Thousand, shows they want to grow up, get a good producer, and perhaps not cover the front row in their last eight lagers and digestive fluids. Though they are still unconcerned with the vocals being on key, the group does seem more together, with riffs actually audible through the fuzz. Does this mean the boys will start wearing ties and saving up for Volvos? Probably not, considering they were chased out of India in January after stripping naked during a gig and making out with each other. The music may be toned down, but claiming to have a more professional ethic can't mask insanity. And Black Lips are ready to spew their craziness all over St. Paul—probably on your faces. With Gentleman Jesse & His Man and Vampire Hands. 21+. $13. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Erin Roof

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