Har Mar Superstar
Turf Club, Wednesday 4.6 & First Avenue, Friday 4.8
Minnesota-born R&B maven Har Mar Superstar is a rightful spectacle, and his forthcoming album, Best Summer Ever, stands to prove as much to his largest audience ever. All eyes are on the real-life Sean Tillmann after the success of his sultry, sun-bleached single “Youth Without Love,” which was written with the help of Summer producer/Strokes mastermind Julian Casablancas. Denizens of the Twin Cities have known that Har Mar was a hitmaker since he first debuted in a burst of synth and testosterone in 2000, but the impending, Karen O-guesting release will finally answer the question of whether or not the world is ready for Sean Tillmann. Invisible Boy and Cherry Cola open Wednesday at the Turf; Solid Gold, Bug Fix, and DJ Fundo open Friday, the official release day for Summer. 21+, $20, 7 p.m., Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-647-0486 & 18+, $20, 8 p.m., First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Jerard Fagerberg
- Lucinda Williams: 7 p.m. Wed., $50-$70. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
- Penny and Sparrow: With Corey Kilgannon., 7 p.m. Wed., $15-$18. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
- Pusha T: 8 p.m. Wed., $35. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
Dakota Jazz Club, Thursday 4.7
Sandwiched in the middle of Lucinda Williams’ four-night residency at the Dakota is this solo gig by another exceptional Louisiana-born singer-songwriter. Besides their Pelican State connection, there are quite a few parallels between Gauthier and Williams. Both sing with an understated but emotionally charged drawl. Both write richly detailed, poetically inclined lyrics that unflinchingly delve into life’s wreckage. Both favor sinewy blends of country, folk, blues, and rock. That said, each is distinctive and distinguished in her own right. Gauthier’s circumstances — teenage runaway; issues with identity, drug addiction and the law; acclaim as a chef — fueled her songwriting as catharsis, sometimes leading her to the darkest end of noir, as was the case with her latest album, 2014’s Trouble & Love. The songs, riddled with grief and pain, eloquently detail her grappling with the end of a romantic relationship, progressing from an inability to tell “False from True” to an eventual ray of sunlight in the finale, “Another Train.” $25. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. – Rick Mason
- MN Music Summit: Presented by the Minnesota Music Coalition, featuring keynote address by David Lowery, performances by Toki Wright & Big Cats, the Big Wu, Ashley DuBose, Katy Vernon, and Dean Magraw, a kickoff party at Summit Brewing, presentations, and panel discussions. Tickets, full lineup and locations www.mnmusiccoalition.org., 6-8 p.m. Thu., $20-$40. McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange St. E., St. Paul, 651-291-0177, mcnallysmith.edu.
- Barry Manilow: With Dave Koz., 7:30 p.m. Thu., $19.75-$169.75. Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com.
- Tacocat: With Royal Brat, and Lisa Prank., 7:30 p.m. Thu., $10. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
Cabooze, Friday 4.8
Father followed up his debauched 2015 debut, Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First?, with last month’s I’m a Piece of Shit, a subdued and contemplative take on the Atlanta rapper’s penchant for drugs, sex, and snap bass. It’s the comedown counterpoint to his traditionally rambunctious Awful Records sound, an underground slice of Atlanta’s bubbling rap scene. On Shit, Father is as interested in hedonism and turning up as the big industry names, but he approaches his sound with a looser vibe and a casual, lo-fi cool. Featuring a stacked bill of rappers who produce themselves — including local wunderkind Bobby Raps and Chicago’s droning Martin $ky — this Red Bull Sound Select showcase is a solid representation of some of the most unique voices in under-the-radar rap, and worth checking out for anyone interested in the innovations happening at the fringes. With Bobby Raps, Martin $ky, DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP, and bvkwoods. 18+. $3 w/RSVP. 8 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. —Jack Spencer
7th St. Entry, Friday 4.8
Expanding upon the dark grit that defined his former Raider Klan crew, Florida’s Denzel Curry has grown his sound and stretched his talents since his teen mixtape days with his sophomore effort, last month’s Imperial. Keeping his wide-ranging influences on his sleeve — a punk-tinged blend of Three 6 Mafia’s lo-fi goth raps, nostalgia-addled Golden Age underground, and Florida’s party-driven turn-up sound — Curry added pop character to to his latest effort without sacrificing his distinctive and energetic vibe. It’s a refined version of his experimental attitude toward music, and is sure to gain a lot from his expressive live performance. Opener J.K. the Reaper represents some of the best work coming from today’s oppositional rap underground. 18+. $16. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis. 612-338-8388. —Jack Spencer
- MN Music Summit: Presented by the Minnesota Music Coalition, featuring keynote address by David Lowery, performances by Toki Wright & Big Cats, the Big Wu, Ashley DuBose, Katy Vernon, and Dean Magraw, a kickoff party at Summit Brewing, presentations, and panel discussions. Tickets, full lineup and locations www.mnmusiccoalition.org., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., $20-$40. McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange St. E., St. Paul, 651-291-0177, mcnallysmith.edu.
- We Can Be Heroes: The Bowie Encore: Night of fashion, art, and culture, paying tribute to David Bowie, featuring Julius Collins, Michael Bland, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Ryan Smith, Cory Eischen, Steve Price, Katie Gearty, Rachel Holder, Dave Pirner, Shannon Curfman, Phil Solem, and Brynn Arens., 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri., $35. Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-3030, theparkwaytheater.com.
- Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute: 9 p.m. Fri., $20-$22. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
Triple Rock Social Club, Saturday 4.9
Virginia’s pioneering metal outfit Pig Destroyer — who helped define the caustic sonics, blistering speed, and visceral intensity of American grindcore — will play their first Minneapolis show since forming in 1997. Incorporating electronics and grimly poetic lyrics into a hybridized amalgam of hardcore, sludge, thrash, and powerviolence, the five-piece add unique elements to their blast-beats and sinew-chewing guitar tone. The fine-tuning of that unbridled sound amounts to a pummeling, excruciating whole. Pig Destroyer’s live shows are a rarity, but their brand of rancorous, nihilistic musical fervor remains among the most celebrated in extreme music. The intimate Triple Rock should provide a tightly packed mosh pit for the band’s under-a-minute bursts of destructive intensity. With Call of the Void, Invidiosus, Ambassador Gun, and Aetheric. 18+. $17-$20. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Jack Spencer
Galactic and Bombino
First Avenue, Saturday 4.9
Packing a potent, funky punch powerful even by New Orleans standards, Galactic have been stirring up the gumbo for more than 20 years. Driven by master drummer Stanton Moore’s kit, Galactic douse the traditional NOLA ingredients of second-line funk, jazz, brass bands, and Mardi Gras Indians stuff with an innovative array of spices, running the gamut from hip-hop to rock, soul, gospel, and global carnival sounds. Currently touring with the Galactic core is Crescent City soul singer Erica Falls. Bombino is the nickname of Omara Moctar, a Tuareg guitarist and singer from northern Niger who plays his own variation of Saharan “desert blues,” largely brought to the world’s attention by the late Ali Farka Touré. Bombino superbly picks out characteristically intricate Saharan guitar patterns while singing in Tamasheq about love, desert life, and preserving Tuareg culture. His new album, Azel, produced by Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, pushes the envelope a bit, incorporating rock, Celtic, and even Cajun influences. 18+. $26-$28. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Rick Mason
- MN Music Summit: Presented by the Minnesota Music Coalition, featuring keynote address by David Lowery, performances by Toki Wright & Big Cats, the Big Wu, Ashley DuBose, Katy Vernon, and Dean Magraw, a kickoff party at Summit Brewing, presentations, and panel discussions. Tickets, full lineup and locations www.mnmusiccoalition.org., 1-11 p.m. Sat., $20-$40. McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange St. E., St. Paul, 651-291-0177, mcnallysmith.edu.
- Deer Tick: Acoustic show, with Ryley Walker., 8 p.m. Sat., $20. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
- Haelos: With Good Night Gold Dust, and Perfume Monster., 8 p.m. Sat., $10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
Cabooze, Sunday 4.10
Months shy of turning 40 and perpetually without a proper debut album, Jay Electronica is one of rap’s most respected figures despite operating outside of standard music-industry practices. It’s common to hear him praised by fans as an all-time great, a dazzling, whip-smart lyricist on par with absolutely anyone in the rap game. It’s a status he’s reached by unspooling verses of his nomadic, truth-seeking adult life over accompaniment ranging from Jon Brion’s score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (on the 2007 project Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)) to the more conventional backdrop of an earth-shaking Just Blaze beat (2009’s staggering masterpiece single “Exhibit C”). He’s maintained a low public profile throughout, even as an artist on Jay Z’s Roc Nation roster. The real-live Timothy Thedford’s distance from the spotlight ultimately makes him as intriguing as he is elusive, and it’s why a live show is the best opportunity to encounter the man whose legend keeps growing. Locals Sarah White and Greg Grease open. 18+. $20-$30. 7 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. —Mike Madden
First Avenue, Sunday 4.10
Ani DiFranco has been making gutsy folk music that shakes listeners from their Top 40 stupors and rallies audiences to action for almost 30 years. Offstage and on, she uses her feminist icon status to raise awareness about political and social issues at a grassroots level. A tireless entrepreneur and independent musician, the 45-year-old known for her unconventional vocals, blunt lyrics, and enviable fingerpicking guitar skills has released over 20 albums on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco, a Buffalo, New York, native, now lives in New Orleans with her husband-producer and their two children. Her 18th studio album, Allergic to Water, came out in 2014. She spoke to City Pages ahead of the Minneapolis stop of her Vote Dammit! tour, telling us, “Music has been on the forefront of every social movement there ever was.” Local singer-songwriter Chasity Brown opens. 18+. $45. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Erica Rivera
- Atlas Genius: With Skylar Grey, and Secret Weapons., 7 p.m. Sun., $18. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100, finelinemusic.com.
- Autolux: With Eureka the Butcher., 7:30 p.m. Sun., $15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, triplerocksocialclub.com.
- Cantus Presents: Would You Harbor Me?: 3 p.m. Sun., $23-43. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222, ordway.org.
- Lo’Jo: 7 p.m. Mon., $22-$25. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
- Silverseed (Album Release Show): With Color Tab, and the Starfolk., 7 p.m. Mon., $5. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- St. Germain: 7:30 p.m. Mon., $42.50-$50. Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, 651-290-1200, fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org.
Cedar Cultural Center, Tuesday 4.12
The story goes that Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones first sang together at an L.A. club in 2011. They harmonized on a George Jones tune and generated sufficient sparks to inspire Little Windows, their just-released debut album. Thompson, the son of long-divorced folk-rock royals Richard and Linda Thompson, has fashioned a respected solo career as a singer-songwriter, as well as a member of Rufus Wainwright’s band. Jones is an Americana/pop leaning singer-songwriter with a few solo albums of her own. Together, they’re resurrecting the sounds of classic duos like Jones and Tammy Wynette, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and the Everly Brothers. The songs, written in collaboration with Nashville pal Bill DeMain, revive the tenor of vintage love and heartache tunes from the golden eras of pop and country. “Never Knew You Loved Me” and “Don’t Remind Me” suggest the Everlys, while “Make A Wish On Me” rides a Bo Diddley beat and “As You Were” evokes Buddy Holly. Local Sarah Morris opens. $15-$18. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. – Rick Mason
- Peter Murphy: Stripped Tour: Solo, acoustic show., 8 p.m. Tue., $25-$30. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
- Taj Mahal: 7 p.m. Tue., $35-$65. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
- The Wild Feathers: With the Shelters., 7 p.m. Tue., $17.50. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222, varsitytheater.org.