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The week's best concerts: Feb. 10-16

The Cactus Blossom bros: Ready to rock or ready roll?

The Cactus Blossom bros: Ready to rock or ready roll?

  • 2 Fast 4 the Devil: 7 p.m. Wed., $6. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486.

  • Enemy Planes: 9 p.m. Wed., $5. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor

First Avenue, Thursday 2.11

Arguably one of the most prominent post-rock bands in the world, Godspeed You! Black Emperor put out three official records beginning in 1997 before going on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2003. Since a reunion in 2010, the Montreal group has released two albums — ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend in 2012 and Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, the latter of which made several prominent 2015 best-of lists. Godspeed’s longest and best record, 2000’s Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, clocks in at one hour and 27 minutes. Although their greatest commercial success was opening for Nine Inch Nails in 2013, the band gained a cult following through their epic, orchestral sequences put to loops of film at live shows. Godspeed currently has nine active members, with duties ranging from violin to keyboards to projecting the film. Greek/Australian lute-infused post-rock duo Xylouris White open. 18+. $25. 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Grace Birnstengel

Mack Avenue SuperBand

Dakota Jazz Club, Thursday 2.11

Whether representing the Detroit-based label they share or the wider jazz world, the illustrious members of the Mack Avenue SuperBand are all-star caliber. Now under the direction of bass icon Christian McBride, the SuperBand is touring for the first time after four straight appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Joining McBride are pianist Christian Sands, saxophonist Tia Fuller, drummer Carl Allen, trumpeter Sean Jones, and vibraphone master Gary Burton. The group’s recording of its performance last summer, Live! From the Detroit Jazz Festival, is an engaging, mostly straightforward affair, ranging from Kirk Whalum’s jaunty soul-jazz tribute to Hank Crawford (“Preach Hank!”) to Sands’ boppish blast “Up!” In between are the sultry blues of Makoto Ozone’s “Test of Time,” an exquisite Burton ballad (“All You Have to Be Is You”), and “Decisive Steps,” sporting a hard-blowing duel between Fuller and Freddy Hendrix. 7 & 9 p.m. $35-$50. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —Rick Mason

  • Ben Lubeck (CD Release Show): With Silverback Colony, and Mary Bue., 7 p.m. Thu., $10-$12. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486.

  • Drake Nite 4: With DJ Bach, DJ Greenery, and Cloud., 10 p.m. Thu., $7-$10. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388.

  • Sound Horizon: Mary Halvorson: 6 p.m. Thu., free. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600.
Cactus Blossoms

Turf Club, Friday 2-12 & Saturday 2-13

Evocative of a classic era yet firmly grounded in this one, the Cactus Blossoms have honed a sound that’s essentially timeless. After a holiday tour with Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets, Cactus brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum return home to mark the release of new album You’re Dreaming, which Rolling Stone named one of its 35 most anticipated country releases of 2016. With a push from heavyweight national publicists and an upcoming tour featuring dates opening for Kacey Musgraves, the Cactuses could indeed be about to blossom. Produced by JD McPherson, Dreaming luxuriates in its languid pace and spare arrangements, leaving plenty of room for Torrey and Burkum’s rich, Everly Brothers-like vocal harmonies. Songs like “Stoplight Kisses” have a sweet, ’50s-ish naïveté; “Change Your Ways or Die” has a noir-ish edge and chugging drive; and “No More Crying the Blues” boasts gritty guitar and a rockabilly lope. Spider John Koerner opens Friday; Frankie Lee opens Saturday. 21+. $12-$15. 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651-647-0486. —Rick Mason

Forever Young Love Semi-Formal: Celebrating the love songs of the TRL era., 9 p.m. Fri., $6-$10 (for two tickets). First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388.

More Than Lights: With Pho, and Big Zach., 9 p.m. Fri., $10-$12. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425.

Old Dominion: 7 p.m. Fri, $15-$17. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222.

DeVotchKa

First Avenue, Saturday 2.13

DeVotchKa frontman Nick Urata croons with a soaring intensity that falls somewhere among Roy Orbison, Bryan Ferry, and some Eastern European circus ringmaster. And his band wears eclecticism like a cloak that has soaked up influences from around the globe, including the cheesy corners of American pop. Among the group’s hallmarks is the sometimes fractious juxtaposition of all those elements. That formula leads to startling fusions of, say, Eastern European folk music, mariachi, and cowpoke country with a punk edge. In a move of inspired perversity, the band even teamed up for a time with burlesque icon Dita Von Teese. In the mid-’00s, the group took a more cinematic track, composing the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for Little Miss Sunshine. DeVotchKa’s over-the-top inclinations reached a peak on its last album, 2012’s Live with the Colorado Symphony, a mostly successful collaboration with its hometown orchestra. 18+. $25. 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Rick Mason

  • Andrew Ripp: With Swear and Shake, and Act As If., 8 p.m. Sat., $15. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388.

  • Kat Perkins: With Shannon Curfman., 7:30 p.m. Sat., $25-$36. Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Hwy. 55, Hamel, 763-478-6661.

  • Slippery People: 7th Annual Tribute to the Talking Heads: 8:30 p.m. Sat., $8-$12. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425.
34th Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands

Eagles Club #34, Saturday 2.13 & Cabooze, Sunday 2.14

Why aren’t there more jug band festivals? Most likely because the Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands dominates the market. Now in its 34th year, this annual “jug-o-cratic party” features homemade sounds from 35 acts, 11 of which include the word “jug” in their name (my personal favorite: the Presidents of the Jugnited States). The two-day fest kicks off with toe-tapping music each afternoon, with bands like Jugs and Kisses and Funktous Bumpkins battling well into the evening. The cavalcade of eccentric musicians competing for the Holliwood Waffle Iron trophy earned national exposure with Jug Band Hokum, filmmaker Jack Norton’s 2015 documentary about the quirky Twin Cities tradition. The volunteer-organized event always features a potluck dinner, so slap some hot dish on a paper plate and shuffle along at one of the longest-running jug band battles in the nation. $5 suggested donation. 1:30 p.m. Eagles 34, 2507 E. 25th St., Minneapolis; 612-729-4469. 12:30 p.m. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. —Jared Hemming

AC/DC

Xcel Energy Center, Sunday 2.14

For those about to rock: The Aussie rock gods of AC/DC are hitting St. Paul for an amplified/expensive Valentine’s Day eardrum explosion. The current Rock or Bust World Tour sounds more like a concern than a decree, given the band’s advanced age, but they’re likely shredding through the 87 scheduled dates. The classic-rock staples, touring in support of their 17th album, Rock or Bust, endured recent lineup changes. Original rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young bowed out in 2014 due to dementia; longtime drummer Phil Rudd got the boot last year after being charged with attempting to procure a murder and drug possession. Rock ’n’ roll! Per usual, leggy guitar hero Angus Young and screeching frontman Brian Johnson will lead the charge. AC/DC last played St. Paul in 2008 and 2009 during their Black Ice World Tour. $117.50-$142.50. 7:30 p.m. Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-726-8240. —Jay Boller

  • Erik Koskinen: 7 p.m. Sun., $10; $50 reserved dinner seats. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486.
  • Diane Coffee: With Jack and the Coax., 7 p.m. Sun., $10-$12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388.
  • The Love Below: All R&B Dance Nite - Valentine's Day Edition: Featuring Tiiiiiiiiiiip, Slamdunkapher, and hosted by MicaMaryJane., 9 p.m. Sun., $8-$10; $14-$18 for two tickets. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388.
  • Chris Bathgate: With Paul Spring., 7:30 p.m. Mon., $12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388.
  • Hot Club of Cowtown: 7 p.m. Mon., $30-$35. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010.
  • Jack & Jack: With Daya. All ages., 5:30 p.m. Tue., $20-$25. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222.
  • House of Dosh II: A Month Long Residency: Featuring Dosh and a variety of special guests., 8 p.m. Tue., $6-$8. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486.
  • Igor Levit: 7:30 p.m. Tue., $26-70. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222.