Medina Entertainment Center

Slugging it out on the roadhouse circuit since his teenage years in the 1950s, Delbert McClinton has had a distinguished career as master of virtually every roots genre rattling around in his native Texas: R&B, hard country, blues, honky-tonk, real rock 'n' roll. Under the influence of his wonderfully raspy voice and formidable harmonica work, all those roots swirl together as if caught up in a Panhandle dust storm. Although never fully negotiating the star-making machinery, McClinton has flirted with the public consciousness: "Givin' It Up for Your Love" assaulted the charts in 1980. Emmylou Harris hit it big with his song "Two More Bottles of Wine." He sang prominent duets with Bonnie Raitt and Tanya Tucker, acquired a stray Grammy, and has always been in demand by those in the know. His latest in a string of great albums, Acquired Taste, produced by Don Was, runs the McClinton gamut from West Texas soul to fractured barroom weepers. Throughout he's backed by Dick50, a quartet of Nashville session vets who'll also do the honors at the Medina, and whose own debut, LateShow, is due out next month. All ages. $28/$35 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 500 Hwy. 55, Hamel; 763.478.6661. —Rick Mason

SUNDAY 3.7

Daughters of the Sun

Kitty Cat Klub

Jeremy Messersmith joins a bill of fellow Austin-bound locals at the SXSW send-off show
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Jeremy Messersmith joins a bill of fellow Austin-bound locals at the SXSW send-off show

Where the Lord rests, we must exalt him. Seems to be the logic here, as some of the city's preeminent musical shamans make a Sabbath feast out of a Kitty Cat Klub Sunday. As godless and hedonistic as the music scene can be, we seem to have taken the fourth commandment to heart—Sunday bills are either the proving grounds for rookie bands, or the last refuge of scoundrels looking for a bottle to which they can confess their numerous sins. But not tonight. Daughters of the Sun have been around long enough that their influence can be heard leaking into a burgeoning generation of new musicians who have taken the breadth of their musical vision and willingness to experiment deeply to heart. But is this Sunday show exaltation or blasphemy? There's only one way to find out, and unlike your usual Sunday activities, this little glass of booze comes with a beer back. With To Kill a Petty Bourgeiosie and Deathsquads. 21+. 9 p.m. 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612.331.9800. —David Hansen

MONDAY 3.8

Hiromi

Dakota Jazz Club

Fiery Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara has been little less than a phenomenon since graduating from Berklee seven years ago. Armed with dazzling technique, compositional prowess, an adventurous spirit, and overflowing exuberance in virtually every note she plays, Hiromi has carved her own niche in the jazz world by adeptly weaving the tendrils of jazz history with classical, errant pop, and jazz-rock fusion, just for starters. Of late, she has often roamed the sonic frontiers with her equally eclectic electric band, Sonicbloom. But she has opted for the solo piano route for her latest album, Place to Be, and current tour. Recorded just before her 30th birthday and conceived as a travel journal, PTB reflects not only her worldwide jaunts but also her musical perambulations, as references to ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, Gershwin, McCoy Tyner, Monk, even Deep Purple, and dozens more whip by. Hiromi can be wonderfully lyrical, as she is on the title track, but it's not in her nature to remain placid for long. She's really at home tooling along at top speed amid the frenzy of, for example, "BQE"—formally known as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway—elegantly dodging pot holes, stray refrigerators, and other drivers while stylishly pushing the pedal to the metal. Or maybe emulating a French dessert, as she does in "Choux À La Crème"—sweet and creamy on the inside, delightfully crisp around the edges. For an interview with Hiromi, see p. 48. $20-$30. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.1010. Also Tuesday —Rick Mason

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