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The week's best concerts: Feb. 17-23

Jason Isbell shreds at the 2015 Basilica Block Party

Jason Isbell shreds at the 2015 Basilica Block Party

  • Naughty By Nature: 8 p.m. Wed., $25-$30. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.

  • Enemy Planes: Wednesday night residency, featuring a variety of opening acts., 9 p.m. Wed., $5. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425, cabooze.com.

  • Davell Crawford: Tribute to Allen Toussaint: 7 p.m. Wed., $20-$35. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.

Parquet Courts

Triple Rock Social Club, Thursday 2.18

Instead of changing their name when working on various projects, New York City band Parquet Courts likes to confuse fans by using variations on their existing name, including Parkay Quarts and PCPC. This much is clear: The quartet’s 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal, shot to No. 55 on the Billboard charts, a promising accomplishment for an indie-rock band. The group had already achieved significant buzz with their 2012 sophomore release, Light Up Gold. That record’s popular tracks — namely “Borrowed Time” and “Stoned and Starving” — flaunted singer Andrew Savage’s bored, nasally drawl, one that’s somewhat reminiscent of Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus. Parquet Courts’ upcoming album, Human Performance, is slated for an April 8 release. Chicago native Bobby Burg’s project Love of Everything and Iowa experimental group Gem Jones open. 18+. $15-$17. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. —Grace Birnstengel

  • Communion: Twin Cities: Featuring Allan Rayman, Lolo, Whiskey Shivers, Moonrise Nation, and DJ set by Sean McPherson., 7 p.m. Thu., $8-$13. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.

  • Go 96.3 New Music Showcase: Featuring Family of the Year, New Beat Fund, Transviolet, and Ben Hazlewood. In Studio B., 7:30 p.m. Thu., $9.63. The Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, skywaytheatre.com.

  • Seedship: With Tower, Kult of the Wizard, and Livid., 8 p.m. Thu., $5. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
Noura Mint Seymali

Cedar Cultural Center, Friday 2.19

From the northwestern African nation of Mauritania, both singer Noura Mint Seymali and her guitarist/husband Jeich Ould Chighaly trace their roots to long lineages of Moorish griots. But their exotic, enthralling, fiercely compelling music, while grounded in traditions of the Western Sahara region, is also cleverly fused with more contemporary elements: pop sensibility, funky twists on ancient desert rhythms, some modern instrumentation (electric bass, drum kit). Chighaly, who plays a modified electric guitar, conjures wiry, sinuous lines that scramble like a sidewinder flirting with blues and psychedelia, something of a cross between Hendrix and Ali Farka Toure. Seymali is an extraordinary vocalist with a brash, declarative style as expansive as the desert sky but as exquisitely nuanced as sandy riffles etched by the wind. The songs on Seymali’s recent album, Tzenni (named after a whirling Moorish dance), are a mix of tradition and universal concerns about a changing world. Minneapolis’ Gospel Machine opens. All ages. $22-$25. 8 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. —Rick Mason

Dre Day

Triple Rock Social Club, Friday 2.19

Setting aside his horrible history of violence against women, Dr. Dre is undeniably an important figure in hip-hop. To ring in the millionaire music mogul’s 51st birthday, Triple Rock is hosting its 14th annual Dre Day, featuring a mix of rappers and DJs celebrating the West Coast rap legend. Dem Atlas, BdotCroc, Sean Anonymous, and Chance York will perform backed by the G Funk Error band while DJs Tiiiiiiiiiip, King Otto and Dan Speak spin Dre-era rap cuts. Maybe Minnesota in the wintertime isn’t the ideal place to celebrate Dre’s iconic L.A. sound, but it just might be our cold weather that helps us understand what the doc meant on “The Chronic” when he called someone a “penguin-looking motherfucker.” Either way, the show’s $20 sack pyramid and the "leaf drop" at midnight is sure to unite anyone who really relates to “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang.” $8-12. 9 p.m. Fri. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-733-7399. —Jared Hemming

  • Prof: With Mike Mictlan, Mac Irv, and DJ Fundo., 8 p.m. Fri., $25. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.

  • Rayland Baxter: With Margaret Glaspy., 7:30 p.m. Fri., $12-$14. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.

  • We Can Be Heroes: The Bowie Tribute: Featuring Dave Pirner, Phil Solem, Jeremy Ylvislaker, Michael Black, DJ Phat, and more., 8 p.m. Fri., $35. Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-3030, theparkwaytheater.com.
Bill Frisell

Dakota Jazz Club, Saturday 2.20

Prolific, peripatetic, insightful, wildly eclectic, endlessly inventive, and able to leap sprawled time signatures in a single bound: Guitarist Bill Frisell is a sort of musical Superman. As likely to be playing with a jazz master as an Americana queen (recently Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams, respectively), Frisell tackles iconic film and TV scores with his latest project. As with all Frisell’s work, the familiar tunes on When You Wish Upon a Star bend, twist, and evolve into pieces that elicit a broad emotional range while reflecting on their cultural significance. “The Godfather,” for instance, is fraught with aching, haunting tragedy, especially via Eyvind Kang’s viola. “You Only Live Twice” and “Moon River” are languid and dreamy, both with wide vistas thanks to Petra Haden’s unfettered vocals. The two parts of “To Kill a Mockingbird” are darker with underlying tension, while “Happy Trails” trots into the sunset with wistful optimism. Kang, Haden, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Kenny Wollesen will join Frisell live. $30-$40. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —Rick Mason

Dropkick Murphys

Myth, Saturday 2.20

Twenty years ago, a new brand of music hit the world when Dropkick Murphys took hard-edged street punk and mixed it with Irish tradition. Over the years, the band’s lineup has changed and the waistbands of their kilts have expanded. But they still bring the fight, the fury, and the rock with the same anthemic rage that has made them popular with spike-wearing punks, sports fans, and Hibernophiles alike. On this trek across the U.S., Dropkick Murphys will be hitting clubs just in time for St. Paddy’s Day pre-parties. The tour is in support of 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood, the group’s eighth full-length release. DM’s 2005 single, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” still blares from stadium PA systems around the country. Tiger Army and Darkbuster open. All ages. $32.50-$100. 6:30 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651-779-6984. —Loren Green

  • Are You Local?: Featuring Good Night Gold Dust, Ness Nite, Danami and the Blue, Dives, and Holidae., 7 p.m. Sat., $5. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.

  • Stephen Kellogg: With Liz Longley., 7 p.m. Sat., $20. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.

  • Kevin Gates: With Young Greatness, and OG Boobie Black., 8 p.m. Sat., $25. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
Rock-n-Bowl She Rock Fundraiser

Bryant-Lake Bowl, Sunday 2.21

She Rock She Rock, a Minneapolis nonprofit, has been teaching girls and women how to play and write music since 2009. The organization runs the Girls Rock ’n’ Roll Retreat summer camp, Women’s Jamshops, and a variety of after-school classes like Music Theory with the Beatles, Women’s Guitar & Wine, and more. New in the past couple of years is the Sisters of Sound Initiative, a five-day music and audio production camp for teenage girls. Sunday’s She Rock She Rock fundraiser at BLB features live music from Winona, Minneota, garage-pop band the Ultrasounds and Twin Cities punk rockers Bruise Violet and Kitten Forever. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 between 10 participating bowling teams, including the Bowling Stones, a squad composed of six Girls Rock ’n’ Rock Retreat teachers. DJ Andrea Swensson of 89.3 the Current will MC the event. All ages. $10. 4-7 p.m. 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-825-3737. —Grace Birnstengel

  • Dustin Lynch: With Chris Lane, and Tyler Rich., 7 p.m. Sun., $22. Myth, 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood, 651-779-6984, mythlive.com.

  • Cavanaugh: Featuring Open Mike Eagle & Serengeti., 7:30 p.m. Sun., $10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.

  • Skizzy Mars: With Kool John, and P Lo., 7 p.m. Sun., $17-$20. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
Jason Isbell

Northrop, Monday 2.22

Since parting ways with the Drive-By Truckers in 2007, Jason Isbell has created a body of work easily as impressive as any singer-songwriter over the same period. The Alabama native has arguably eclipsed his old band while accumulating near-universal critical acclaim. An astute lyricist and inheritor of Southern musical legacy, Isbell writes songs that chronicle a Dixie rogue’s gallery of struggling characters — himself included, as 2013’s Southeastern largely recounted his torturous path to sobriety. His subsequent release, 2015’s Something More Than Free, is again packed with memorable character studies, like the guy grimly “hell-bent on growing up, if it takes a lifetime.” It isn’t hard to spot Isbell getting on with his own life beneath the album’s thin narrative veneer. But, in keeping with Something’s reflective, medium-tempo music, Isbell remains cautious of the fragility of progress, no matter how eloquently etched in words and melodies. Americana duo Shovels & Rope opens. $40. 7:30 p.m. 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-624-2345. —Rick Mason

Ches Smith

Icehouse, Monday 2.22

Icehouse’s Monday-night music series, JT’s Jazz Implosion, brings in another impressive visiting act in a trio led by drummer, vibraphonist, and timpanist Ches Smith, last seen at the club with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil. He’s returning in support of his just-issued ECM Records release The Bells, on which he’s joined by violist Mat Maneri and Minnesota-bred pianist Craig Taborn. It’s tense, spacious, invitingly abstract music, rooted in jazz improvisation but also evocative of modernist chamber-music giants such as Elliott Carter. Bookending structures and other stock devices are strongly resisted. Melodies lean minimalist and are unpredictably introduced and discarded; group interplay is favored over spotlight solos; tempos and tonal orientation are often in flux, though a spirit of contemplation and control presides over even the freest passages. Dynamically and harmonically, The Bells suggests late nights not inundated with optimism, but things are by no stretch uniformly quiet. “Wacken Open Air,” for instance, builds from a dark, wobbly groove to pounding minor seconds of the finest acoustic metal. 21+. $15. 9:30 p.m. 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. —Dylan Hicks

  • Jukebox the Ghost: With the Family Crest. 16+., 7 p.m. Mon., $18-$20. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222, varsitytheater.org.

  • The Kickback: With Lions & Creators, and Autumn Kid., 7:30 p.m. Mon., $10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.

  • Anderson East: With Andrew Combs., 7 p.m. Tue., $12.50-$15. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222, varsitytheater.org.

  • Crooke: With Porno Wolves, and Nethan., 7:30 p.m. Tue., $5-$7. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.

  • House of Dosh II: A Month Long Residency: Featuring Dosh and a variety of special guests., 8 p.m. Tue., $6-$8, first-avenue.com/content/2016/02/houseofdosh. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.