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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 3/6-8

Zoo Animal -- see Saturday!

Zoo Animal -- see Saturday!

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Friday, March 6

2:54 With Honeyblood The spacey, electro-tinged shoegaze of London's 2:54 coalesced on their self-titled debut in 2012. High-profile tours with the xx, Warpaint, and Wild Beasts were to follow. The group -- led by sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow -- have returned with The Other I, released by the taste-making U.K. indie label Bella Union (founded by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins). Hannah's edgy guitar riffs have grown more refined on the new record, but no less intoxicating, while Colette's dulcet vocals float hauntingly over the swelling din. The sisters' moody elegance translated well to a live setting in their brief but memorable Minneapolis debut at the Triple Rock in 2012. Burgeoning Glaswegian indie rock duo Honeyblood opens. 10 p.m., $12-$14. -- Erik Thompson 7th St. Entry

Are You Local? 2015 With Brother Ali, the Blind Shake, Tiny Deaths, Baby Shel, Sam Cassidy, Moon & Pollution, and the Stress of Her Regard. The sixth annual Are You Local? quest to find a hot Minnesota act has yielded four finalists: Baby Shel, Sam Cassidy, Moon & Pollution, and the Stress of Her Regard. Yelawolf fans will link up with quick-tongued rapper Baby Shel from Red Lake (up near Bemidji). Shel's machine gun skills are all over "Automatic Go," featured on his first proper solo album, Soulo. Alt-Americana artist Sam Cassidy's reverberating voice over rich, twang-tinged desert rock paints vivid images of life's daily struggles. On the cutting edge of ambient rock, downtempo, and R&B, Moon & Pollution match their adventurous musicality with unbridled emotion. Finally, Following the breakup of the Idle Hands, Ciaran Daly, Criostoir Daly, and Eric Wilson assembled a shoegaze-laced project called the Stress of Her Regard (it's a book). There's more than a little Jesus and Mary Chain in their DNA. The show also features three more-established area talents in rapper Brother Ali, garage rockers the Blind Shake, and dream-pop act Tiny Deaths. 7 p.m., $15. (In both the Mainroom and 7th St. Entry) -- Reed Fischer First Avenue

Bob Schneider 7 p.m., $25-$35. The Cedar Cultural Center

Braver With Drones, Bvtts, and Couch Potato Massacre 10 p.m., Free. Memory Lanes

Jake Manders (CD Release Show) With Baaron 7 p.m., $10. Patrick's Cabaret

Lily & Madeleine With Shannon Hayden All ages early show, 18+ late show., 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $12-$15. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

Little Man With the Persian Leaps and Deleter 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

McTerry Music Showcase Featuring Jake Nelson, Liam Gerard, Casual Confusion, and Sister Calypso 7:30 p.m., $8-$12. Amsterdam

MisterWives With BØRNS and Handsome Ghost All ages., 5 p.m., $15. Triple Rock Social Club

Nickelback - Postponed to July 25 With the Pretty Reckless 8 p.m., $25-$80. Target Center

Nightosaur With L'Assassins and Rabbit Holes 10 p.m., $5-$7. Triple Rock Social Club

Paper Diamond 8 p.m., $15-$25. The Skyway Theatre

Phillip of Nazareth With Tree Blood, the DTs, and Orchyd 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Shifting Perspectives Presents: Words + Music Featuring Tyler Cessor, Tou Saiko Lee, and Davu Seru 7 p.m., $15. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band With Marah in the Mainsail 8 p.m., $10-$12. Turf Club

The Robert Cray Band 7:30 p.m., $31-$44. Medina Entertainment Center

Trailer Trash 9 p.m., $6. Lee's Liquor Lounge

Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra With D. Mills & the Thrills 11 p.m., $8. Icehouse

Vicky Emerson With Jourdan Myers 9 p.m., $10. Aster Cafe

Saturday, March 7

Aaron and the Sea (RMX Release Party) With Umami and Votel 9 p.m., $5. Kitty Cat Klub

A Prairie Home Companion Featuring Becky Schlegel, Kim Parent, GQ, and The Limestones 4:45 p.m., $35-$55. Historic State Theatre

American Roots Revue: Featuring Guy Davis and Dave Pirner With Robert Robinson, Larry Long, and Waubanewquay Day 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $40-$35. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Ashley DuBose Be You Release Show With Maria Isa, Vie Boheme, Sankophoenix, and Proper-T R&B singer Ashley DuBose made music her full-time job during her run on the 2013 season of the NBC singing competition The Voice, and hasn't looked back since. After auditioning on a whim, her dazzling cover of Rihanna's "Diamonds" earned support from all four celebrity judges. Maroon 5's Adam Levine even said her voice "cuts like a razor through this entire place." Now, her first album since the experience comes via Be You. Her sophomore full-length maintains DuBose's ties to hip-hop with guest appearances from Rocky Diamonds, BdotCroc, and Lexii Alijai. Production on the album comes from from Jimmy Easy - who executive produced the album in addition to Wisdomatic and DuBose herself - as well as GMo, Wade B, Ashlee Gilot, and Ralio. All of them round out the smooth and lush sound with contemporary beats that complement DuBose's warm, inviting tone. With Maria Isa, Proper-T, Sankophoenix, and Vie Boheme. 9 p.m., $10-$15. -- Jack Spencer Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

City of Sound With Norman Toronto and Pornowolves 9 p.m., Free. 331 Club

Das Fauna With Dalmatian Toadflax, Sand Creeps, and Balloon Race 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Dividing Eden (CD Release Show) With Going to the Sun, Pasadena '68, and the Attley Project 7:30 p.m., $8-$12. Fine Line Music Cafe

Flamin' Ohs 9 p.m., $10. Aster Cafe

Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlesela Both true South African music legends, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela are renowned not only for the ebullient, joyful music they've created over their long careers, but also for their roles as beacons of strength and hope during their nation's bitter struggle with apartheid. First hitting the international charts in 1968 with the infectious instrumental "Grazin' in the Grass," Maskela's soaring flugelhorn and trumpet were symbols of freedom during his years in exile, while his anthem, "Bring Home Nelson Mandela" was a rallying cry for justice. Mahlesela, simply known as the Voice for his distinctive expression and poetic lyrics, wrote another anthem that resonated throughout the anti-apartheid movement, "When You Come Back," which was sung at Mandela's inauguration. Celebrating two decades of South African freedom, Masekela and Mahlesela are touring together for the first time, collaborating to present songs of freedom that promise to be full of effervescent, jubilant spirit. 7:30 p.m., $20-$47. -- Rick Mason Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Infected Mushroom 8 p.m., $20-$30. The Skyway Theatre

Nikki Schultz Going Away Party Featuring Phillip Morris, Pisces Mother, more.is.more, Andy Elwell, and That Dude Trey 9 p.m., $7. Nomad World Pub

Orange Kellin and the New Orleans Blue Serenaders 7 p.m., $26. Hopkins Center for the Arts

Pentatonix 8 p.m., $29.50-$59.50. Orpheum Theatre

Raquel Rodriguez With Hustle Rose and J Thompson 11 p.m., $8-$10. Icehouse

Reaping Asmodeia With By the Thousands, From Concept to Chronicle, and Thee Massacre 8 p.m., $6-$10. Triple Rock Social Club

Sarah McLachlan 8 p.m., $79-$99. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Sidewalk Chalk With Dichotomy and Southside Desire 8 p.m., $8-$10. Turf Club

The Belfast Cowboys With Joe Fahey & the Bottom 40 9 p.m., $7. Lee's Liquor Lounge

The Dodos With Springtime Carnivore 9:30 p.m., $15. 7th St. Entry

Zoo Animal With Fort Wilson Riot 6 p.m., $8-$10. Amsterdam

Sunday, March 8

George Kahumoku Jr. with Da 'Ukulele Boyz 7 p.m., $22-$25. The Cedar Cultural Center

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson: Ricky Nelson Remembered 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $30-$35. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Nelson Goerner Program includes Bach, Mendelssohn and Beethoven 3 p.m., $25. Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars Roots Revue 7 p.m., $29-$34. Fitzgerald Theater

Rykygnyzyr With Bob Bucko Jr. and Silky Lolita 9 p.m., Free. Kitty Cat Klub

T Collective 9:30 p.m. Free. Icehouse

The British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour Featuring Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Chad & Jeremy, Billy J. Kramer, Mike Pender's Searchers, and Terry Sylvester 7 p.m., $48.50-$58.50. Pantages Theatre

The Juliana Hatfield Three 7 p.m., $20. Turf Club

The Queers With Masked Intruder 8 p.m., $10-$15. Triple Rock Social Club

Tim Sparks With Phil Heywood 8 p.m., $10. Aster Cafe

Tweedy/The Minus 5 Tweedy's double album, Sukierae, is indelibly tied to family. The chief Tweedy is Wilco's Jeff, who does nearly everything on the album and wrote all 20 songs, linked in various degrees to his wife Sue's battle with lymphoma. The title is her nickname. Playing drums is their 18-year-old son Spencer, whose bustling, organic pulse significantly contributes to the album's restless feel. The tunes, scrappy, gritty and strung with low-key but penetrating melodies, reflect the stress, uncertainty, hope and love at the heart of this family affair: "I want to watch you growing old and dumb / I want to see what you and I become," Jeff sings on "Where My Love." Despite its intensely personal reflections, Sukierae is far from maudlin, its ambling country-rock working a sinuous path through a minefield of actual and potential emotions. Its ostensibly calm core, however, is occasionally betrayed; by the dissonant, bluesy guitars lashing out on "World Away," for instance. Live, Tweedy will have a full band. Opening will be the Minus 5, the indie rock band led by Tweedy pal Scott McCaughey and often featuring R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. The 5's new Dungeon Golds is due imminently. 7 p.m., $26.50. -- Rick Mason First Avenue

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