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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/10-3/16

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. -- See Wednesday
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. -- See Wednesday
Frank Maddocks

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Monday, March 10


Celtic Woman
$41-$101, 7 PM

Gaelic Storm
18+, $32/$35, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 11

Lydia with HRVRD and Golden Sun
18+, $13/$15, 7 PM

Mike Gordon
18+, $25-$35, 7 PM

Sleepy Sun with Sun Gods to Gamma Rays and Some Pulp
$10/$12, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 12

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with Chad Valley
Although they hail from the Motor City and have impishly appropriated a famous NASCAR name, Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein―the duo behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.―have no need for speed. Instead their sunny electro-folk-pop tends to be languid, wistful and in no hurry to stop luxuriating in glistening melodies and sparkling arrangements, including on their current, second album, The Speed of Things. Amidst electronics, which bubble, squeak and sigh with endearing playfulness over infectious dance beats, Zott and Epstein dig up an array of vintage pop artifacts ranging from Beach Boys baubles and Brit invasion inlays to folk revival ricochets, always taking the most complicated and scenic route to the finish line. Chad Valley, aka England's Hugo Manuel, will open with his electro-R&B-pop hybrid. -Rick Mason
18+, $15-$20, 7:30 PM

Imagine Dragons with The Naked and Famous
After only a handful of EPs and grunt work in back channel casinos in their Vegas hometown, Imagine Dragons took the fast track to arena status on the strength of their first full-length, Night Visions. At the Grammys, the Dragons performed a surprisingly cool rock-hip-hop mash-up with Kendrick Lamar, then went home with the hardware for best rock performance for the Visions track "Radioactive." That's also how some are responding to the band's success, charging that the quartet is derivative and shallow. Actually, ID's big, billowy, emotionally wrought, synth-pop/alt-rock hybrid is well-suited for arenas, its abundant hooks and sing-along choruses capable of stirring crowd elation, even while its sound is maybe too generic. The Naked and Famous, built around the New Zealand duo of Thom Powers and Alisha Xayalith, will open with their moody synth-pop. -Rick Mason
$29.50-$49.50, 7 PM

David Garrett
$43.50-$53.50, 7:30 PM

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
18+, $12/$15, 8:30 PM

 

Thursday, March 13

Off With Their Heads with The Slow Death, Gateway District, and Dirty Hits
Off With Their Heads are slowing it down. After announcing they'll no longer be on the road 200+ days a year, the group ends this stretch of touring with a hometown show. OWTH released Home just last year and the Epitaph Records release explored the concept of a life on the road thoroughly. Come catch them pull all their themes together in a climactic evening at the Triple Rock, one of the first stages the band graced back in 2003. All four bands in the evening's line-up have poppy roots, leaning more toward melody and singalongs than fierce aggression. They're also old friends, so expect a lot of friendly revelry from the stage and floor. -Loren Green
18+, $12, 10 PM

Mike Doughty: the Question Jar Shows
$25, 7 PM & 9 PM; also Fri-Sat.

Rotting Out with No Bragging Rights, The Beautiful Ones, Heart to Heart, and Orthodox
All ages, $14, 4:30 PM

Dervish
$25/$28, 7 PM

Rocket Club (CD release)
18+, $15/$20, 7 PM

Slightly Stoopid
18+, $26/$30, 7 PM

Friday, March 14

Memphis May Fire with The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses, and Beartooth
15+, $17/$20, 7 PM

The Anger-Walsh-Gordy Quartet

Disasteratti (album release) with Buildings, Mrs., and Animal Lover
18+, $5, 8 PM

Leslie & the Ly's with Boon County Comedy and Dean & the Delilahs
18+, $15, 9 PM

Saturday, March 15

Boiled in Lead

Transmission: 13 Years
18+, $6/$8, 9 PM

Charn (CD release) with Verskotzi, Sam Cassidy, and Red Daughters.
18+, $5, 8 PM

Sidewalk Chalk with Grolar Bears and Treading North
$8/$10, 8 PM

That 1 Guy
18+, $13/$15, 8:30 PM

Sunday, March 16

Pat Metheny Unity Group
With the addition of multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, the Pat Metheny Unity Band morphed into the Unity Group. In doing so, virtuoso jazz guitarist Metheny again expanded a sonic palette that already had been enriched by adding saxophonist Chris Potter to a core of drummer Antonio Sanchez and bassist Ben Williams. Carmassi plays multiple horns and woodwinds, plus piano. His presence doesn't make Unity's sound bigger so much as adds dimension to its sublime mix of Metheny's experimentation and lyricism, and the rest of the band's textural sophistication. So the newly released Kin (←→) soars on "Rise Up," its fluid melodic wings driven by the earthy intensity of the rhythm section, and glides into lush contemplation on "Adagia," while the title cut is a swirling fusion maelstrom calmed by Potter's blues and gospel touches and Metheny's gorgeous pointillism. -Rick Mason

Grant Hart at the Rock N Jock Expo
$15, 5:30 PM

Andre Cymone
18+, $10, 8 PM

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (CD release) with Kevin Bowe & the Okemah Prophets

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