Red Stag Supper Club

Lead Playboy Kevin Anthony was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, and though he's spent the past four years in Minneapolis, his music is decidedly southbound. Rather than adapt country-western music to marry it with more modern genres like alt-country, Anthony takes a classic approach: The tunes on Anthony's solo debut, North Star, amble and swagger with the ease of a well-tread country singer playing tunes at a Cajun cookout on a hot summer day, with even the most downtrodden songs ("I Miss You," "Surveyors Blues") taking on a rosy hue with the help of galloping snare drums and bouncing fiddles. Anthony is donating part of the proceeds from his album to the rebuilding efforts down south after Hurricane Ike, as his hometown of Galveston was severely affected by the storm. Ever the optimist, Anthony has created a solo album that's a testament to his ability to weather the storms that he has faced in life, both literally and figuratively, which he sums up in a line from "Hurricane Ike": "He tried to wash us away but our roots were strong." 21+. Free. 9 p.m. 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.767.7766. —Andrea Swensson

SUNDAY 1.30

Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard

Varsity Theater

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It took something extraordinary to get Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard together, and his name was Jack Kerouac. Icon of the Beat generation and author of the acclaimed stream-of-consciousness novel On the Road, Kerouac had lost his youthful exuberance and was burning out on celebrity, alcoholism, and depression when he sought refuge at Lawrence Ferlinghetti's cabin in the California woods. Although Kerouac was mostly unsuccessful in fighting off his demons, he did write a dark, powerful book about it: Big Sur. When Kerouac's nephew, film producer Jim Sampas, decided to make a documentary about the author's Big Sur period 50 years later, he asked Farrar and Gibbard to work on the soundtrack. Both strongly influenced by Kerouac, the unlikely pair dived into the project, despite having never met before, and eventually produced a full-length album, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, released last fall as a CD/DVD package with the two-hour-plus documentary. The album's lyrics were all adapted from Kerouac's prose, written as he fought his own dissolution, and most of the music has the spare, haunting, alt-Americana feel of Son Volt. Farrar wrote the bulk of the material, but Gibbard contributed the title track, a folk-rock ballad with glimmers of light in Gibbard's high tenor despite Kerouac pondering the depths of the bottle and eternity. This is the last performance of a limited tour, and likely a unique event. Accompanying Farrar and Gibbard will be bassist Nick Harmer from Death Cab, Son Volt multi-instrumentalist Mark Spencer, and drummer Jon Wurster of Superchunk. 18+. $25. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Rick Mason

TUESDAY 2.2

Bettye Lavette

Hopkins Center for the Arts

How Bettye LaVette remained hidden from the great majority of the music-obsessed public for some 40 years is one of the great mysteries of the ages. But since she finally broke out in the mid-'00s, she has been widely praised as a singer for those ages, a soul sister who can belt it out with the best of them but also work the nuances to give special meaning to a lyric while easily stretching from soul to jazz, rock, and country. Even President Obama noted that LaVette's prime had been a long time coming when she sang Sam Cooke's apropos "A Change Is Gonna Come" at last January's inaugural celebration. Cooke's classic is also on the digital-only EP LaVette, issued as a bridge between 2007's The Scene of the Crime (recorded in Muscle Shoals with the Drive-By Truckers) and her still pending next album. The EP also shows off her grand range, traversing soul from Cooke and Bill Withers, Jimmy Rushing blues, and jazz classics from Monk, Billie Holiday, and Billy Strayhorn. In cabaret performances last summer, she also reportedly did stunning versions of songs by Springsteen, Neil Young, and the Beatles. Some of those may infiltrate her set list when she's back in town, this time in Hopkins. $33. 6 p.m. 1111 Main St., Hopkins; 952.979.1100. —Rick Mason

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