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The week's best concerts: January 27-February 2

Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland

  • Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band $35-$45 7 p.m. Wed. Pantages Theatre

  • Hey Marseilles $12-$14 7 p.m. Wed. Turf Club

  • Umami $8 7 p.m. Wed. 7th St. Entry

  • Epica $22-$25 8 p.m. Thu. Mill City Nights

  • Invidiosis $10-$12 7 p.m. Thu. 7th St. Entry

  • Bones & Beeker Minneseries $5 9 p.m. Thu. Nomad World Pub

Sean Anonymous 10th Annual Birthday Show

First Avenue, Friday 1.29

Aside from his membership in local groups Wide Eyes, Bottom Feeders, and Dream Crusher, Minneapolis’ Sean Anonymous has found success as a solo artist with introspective, post-Rhymesayers hip-hop. But while humility is at the heart of his music, the rapper still has style. When his verses aren’t conversational, they can be dense and technical à la Eyedea or Aesop Rock. That, combined with his memorable hooks and sample-based beats from producers Dimitry Killstorm and DJ Corbett, separates him from other, less idiosyncratic indie rappers. Considering his wide-ranging team of collaborators on 2012’s Anonymo and last year’s Better Days (including Minnesota peers P.O.S and Lizzo in addition to out-of-state vets like Del the Funky Homosapien and Aceyalone), it’s no wonder his birthday party is always packed with guest performers. Sims, Greg Grease, Crunchy Kids, Sophia Eris, and artist Chuck U will all be supporting this 10th annual celebration, Sean’s third in a row in the First Avenue Mainroom. 18+. 9 p.m. $10-$12. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. –Michael Madden

  • Modern Radio Sweet Sixteen Party $10 8 p.m. Fri. 7th St. Entry

  • Morris Day and the Time $50 9 p.m. Fri. Paisley Park Studios

  • Yeni Türkü $30-$35 9:30 p.m. Fri. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

A Prairie Home Companion

Fitzgerald Theater, Saturday 1.30

For better or worse, A Prairie Home Companion wouldn’t be the public-radio staple it is without Garrison Keillor. As a viral 2015 Change.org petition by San Francisco resident Brace Belden made clearer than ever, some listeners have been miserably unhappy with the show and its longtime host. “There is absolutely a hell, and it’s in Minnesota, and its demon king is fucking Keillor,” Belden vented to the Willamette Week. Last summer, after years of teasing, Keillor announced not only his retirement but his replacement: Chris Thile, the mandolin virtuoso of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers fame. Longtime APHC musical director/pianist Richard Dworsky and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors will be present on Saturday for Thile’s first of two hosting gigs this month, but there’s no telling how much the program might change when Thile officially takes over later this year. Keillor has said APHC is in the process of returning to its roots as a music show, and this weekend’s guests — Ben Folds, Brandi Carlile, actor/banjoist Ed Helms, Sarah Jarosz, and Thile’s fellow Punch Brothers — make for a stacked lineup. 4:45 p.m. Sold out. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651-290-1200. –Michael Madden

Babes in Toyland

First Avenue, Saturday 1.30

Last June, in our cover story on Babes in Toyland’s surreptitious reunion, drummer Lori Barbero promised the garage punks would be returning to First Avenue, and now they’re making good on their word. Though the triumph of their homecoming gig at Rock the Garden 2015 is still ringing through the city, Babes will be coming back with a different energy, since they’ll be without longtime bassist Maureen Herman (who left the band in August) and with 23-year-old local Clara Salyer. It’s a room in which the band has a lot of history. They recorded their last wax, 2001’s Minneapolism (Live for the Last Time), in the Mainroom, so Saturday’s show will test how that history holds up after 14 years off and more than a handful of lineup changes. Local punks Kitten Forever, who’ve been touring alongside their idols all year, are the openers along with Ageist. 18+. 8 p.m. $25. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. –Jerard Fagerberg

Carnage

Skyway Theatre, Saturday 1.30

Frustrated with the supporting role that even the most ascendant rap producers find themselves pigeonholed in, Carnage gravitated away from his beginnings as a hip-hop beatmaker and toward the big business of EDM. It paid off for him seemingly overnight. The Nicaraguan-blooded, D.C.-born, Guatemala-bred DJ is now a star in his own right thanks to his “festival trap” sound and cosigns from guys like Tiësto. With his debut album, this past October’s Papi Gordo, Carnage showcased his genre-crossing versatility. It’s a record packed with kinetic trap-rap bangers — “Bricks,” “I Like Tuh,” and “WDYW” — alongside jackhammering instrumentals and relatively subtle songs driven by pop melodies. While some question Carnage’s belonging in the EDM world, the route he took to his superstardom is less important than the results. And, as he’s noted, he brings more diversity to the EDM community in light of his Latin background. With Jauz, Valentino Khan, and Kayzo. 18+. 8 p.m. $30-$40. 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-6100. –Rick Mason

  • The Toasters $12-$14 9 p.m. Sat. Triple Rock Social Club

  • Modern Radio Sweet Sixteen $10 8 p.m. Sat. Turf Club

  • Tor Miller$12 9:30 p.m. Sat. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

  • Charlie Parr $10 7 p.m. Sun. Turf Club

  • Michael McElrath (Album Release Show) $10 8 p.m. Sun. Aster Cafe

  • Carroll$10 7:30 p.m. Sun. 7th St. Entry

  • Grizfolk $12-$15 7:30 p.m. Mon. 7th St. Entry

  • Hill House Chamber Players Concert $22 7:30 p.m. Mon. James J. Hill House

  • JT's Jazz Implosion $8 9 p.m. Mon. Icehouse

House of Dosh II

Turf Club, Tuesdays In Feb.

When local musical oddball Martin Dosh throws a party, he sends invites to his favorite collaborators. For the second installment of his annual House of Dosh monthly residency at the Turf Club, however, the polyrhythmic drone mastermind is eschewing his usual synergetic onstage free-for-alls for more introspective performances. Rather than reprising last year’s nightly group jam, each Tuesday show will feature a solo set from Dosh and a second featuring different guest collaborators, including Andrew Broder, Aby Wolf, Eric Mayson, and more. Dosh says he’s ditching the stage and setting up his musical lair in the middle of the Turf floor for House of Dosh II. Fans of 2013’s Milk Money and other albums are in for something different each week, as Dosh mostly improvises his hyper-melodic tunes. $6-$8. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651-647-0486. –Jared Hemming

  • Never Shout Never $18-$22 5:30 p.m. Tue. The Varsity Theater
  • February Conspiracy Series: The Steelhead Stringers FREE 10 p.m. Tue. 331 Club
  • Charles Lloyd Trio with Bill Frisell $70-$50 7 p.m. Tue. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant