Monday 3.7 at First Avenue

Dublin native Dave King launched Flogging Molly in a Los Angeles Irish bar, taking a page from bands like the Pogues by fusing traditional Celtic music and instrumentation with electric guitars and a blistering tumult of post-punk mayhem. The septet became known for its raucous, passionate performances, but also for the quality of King's hard-bitten lyrics, which grapple with greed, pain, and treachery. King and company also toss in the odd ballad, which can reach the searing intensity of prime Waterboys. The band has been in the studio with Ryan Hewitt (who produced 2007's Float in Ireland) working on a new album due in late May. Meanwhile, with St. Paddy imminently on the prowl, so too will be Flogging Molly, playing old favorites and introducing the new songs. With Moneybrother and the Drowning Men. 18+. $32/$35 at the door. 6:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

Girl Talk

Tuesday 3.8 and Wednesday 3.9 at First Avenue

Get ready for a Gayngsplosion this Sunday at First Ave
Andy Hardman
Get ready for a Gayngsplosion this Sunday at First Ave

No longer ripping under the cover of night, Greg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk) took a bold if legally dubious step on All Day. His tracks have always been constructed exclusively from excerpts of songs that other people made famous, but this time the excerpts are longer and even more immediately recognizable—in some cases featuring entire choruses. Gillis has always maintained that his sample-and-stitch appropriation constitutes fair use (a defense to copyright infringement), even though the name of his record label is Illegal Art. So far, he's managed to avoid having his interpretation of fair use tested in a court of law; however, given Gillis's rising profile (his back-to-back headlining shows at First Ave have been sold out for months), one suspects the major labels won't be able to ignore him much longer. He could choose to quit while he's ahead, but Gillis is clearly having way too much fun doubling down. 18+. Sold out. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Jonathan Garrett

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