The week's best concerts: March 16-22

A Piano in Every Home won't be in a home at all Saturday — they'll be in a concert venue.

A Piano in Every Home won't be in a home at all Saturday — they'll be in a concert venue.

  • Lillie Lemon: With Benoit Pioulard, and Oh My Love., 8 p.m. Wed., $7-$10. Amsterdam, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112,

  • Melanie Martinez: All ages., 7:30 p.m. Wed., $27.50. Myth, 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood, 651-779-6984,

  • SPCO: Schubert's String Quintet: With guest cellist Jonathan Cohen., 6 p.m. Wed., $20. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523,
Dillinger Four


Cries for “Doublewhiskeycokenoice” will ring louder than usual at this Dillinger Four rager. The booze-swillin’ local punk greats are soundtracking the drunkest of all holidays – sorry, Flag Day – with this St. Patrick’s Day guitar party in St. Paul. Expect to hear “Sally MacLennane,” the group’s hyper-speed cover of the 1985 single from Celtic rock ‘n’ roll legends the Pogues. D4 hasn’t put out a full-length album since 2008’s Civil War, but frontman Paddy Costello promises “at least one new release” in 2016. Vice’s music blog Noisey called the veteran Twin Cities quartet “quite possibly the most beloved, most influential punk band of their generation” in a wide-ranging profile from last year. Opening the St. Paddy’s bash are Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Bug Fix, Cherry Cola, and multiple rounds. 21+. $13. 7:30 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W. St. Paul; 651-647-0486. – JAY BOLLER

  • Drake Nite 5: With DJ Bach, DJ Greenery, and Cloud., 9 p.m Thu., $10-$12, First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Stick Figure: With Fortunate Youth, and Raging Fyah., 7 p.m. Thu., $15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,

  • LP Music: 7 p.m. Thu., $10. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,
The Pines


The earthly and spiritual merge on the star-lit Great Plains on the Pines’ gorgeous new album, Above the Prairie. Acoustic and slide guitar, fiddle, banjo, shuffling rhythms, and grainy vocals seem to ooze out of rich black soil, while synth-generated celestial atmospherics flow like rose-tinted mist. Poetic, vividly impressionistic lyrics also probe that nexus between organic and ethereal, as the Minneapolis trio yearns for something essential and elusive in its rural roots. Except songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey don’t so much find a path back to Eden as lament the impossibility of doing so. There’s a sense throughout the album of something slipping away, whether it’s lost love or home, passing time or connections to the Earth: “We’re out of the wild and into the tame,” they sing on “Where Something Wild Still Grows.” It’s a disconnect echoed on the elegiac last track, “Time Dreams,” a poem by the late Native American musician/activist John Trudell set to music. Phil Cook and Stolyette open. 18+. $15. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – RICK MASON

  • Dark Horse Revue: A Tribute to George Harrison: Featuring John Eller, Randy Casey, Noah Levy, Steve Price, Andy Dee, Adam Levy, Dave Boquist, and Leslie Ball., 7:30 p.m. Fri., $10. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

  • Hawthorne Heights: With Mest, the Ataris, Handguns, and London Calling. 16+., 5 p.m. Fri., $20. Amsterdam, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112,

  • Korda Records Showcase: Featuring Jim Ruiz Set, the Ocean Blue, Deep Pool, the Starfolk, and DJ Jake Rudh., 7 p.m. Fri., $12-$17. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,
A Piano in Every Home


It's only March, but A Piano in Every Home are early favorites for 2016 year-end lists in the Twin Cities. The combination of Jake Pavek, Travis Erickson, Jake Wallenius, and Mark Newcome Kartarik has been impressing with rich, warm songwriting since the band's 2013 debut, Meridian. The upcoming two-part North American Review — part I being celebrated tonight at Icehouse, part II out in May — shows the St. Paul folksters growing not only in age but in ambition. "Waiting on a Big Jet Plane" is not the album's first single, but its cozy attic setting reveals more about North American Review than any of the band's previous releases. In the music video, with their breath freezing in the air, the four share a common mic to unspool their Americana blues. Rogue Wave frontman Chris Koza opens. 21+ $8-$10. 11 p.m. 2528 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. – JERARD FAGERBERG

Greg Dulli


Greg Dulli’s current tour has him performing 32 intimate solo shows (billed as “An Evening With …” no less) in 11 countries. The moody and horny indie-rock icon known best for fronting the Afghan Whigs drummed up hype for the solo excursion last October by releasing a cover of Sharon Van Etten’s “A Crime,” with help from guest vocalist Ani DiFranco. The solo tour promises to be career-spanning, which means cuts from the Whigs, the Twilight Singers, and his less celebrated solo albums. The reunited Whigs played First Avenue in 2014, but their devoted fanbase will relish the opportunity to see Dulli — whose gloominess is always wonderfully contrasted with R&B-indebted soulfulness — in these intimate digs. Writer Derrick Brown will open the American leg of the tour, so who the hell knows what that entails. All ages. $30. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. – JAY BOLLER

Laurie Anderson


Multimedia alchemist Laurie Anderson titles this performance “The Language of the Future.” But given the sweeping scope of her work, that could mean almost anything, the key exception being that it’s all undoubtedly based on her love for the power of language. For the record, Anderson, armed with her violin, proposes to explore “the inextricable link between the past, present and future” via stories, music, and whatever else she conjures up. At least some will likely be drawn from last fall’s Heart of a Dog, a film and soundtrack ostensibly about the life and death of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle. However, Anderson’s stories are also alternately wry, surreal, and biting philosophical commentaries on the state of the world. They’re shadowed in particular by the World Trade Center attack (virtually in her backyard), as well as the deaths of her mother and husband, rock icon Lou Reed, whose song, “Turning Time Around,” concludes Dog with an emphatic, haunting exclamation point. Sold out. 8 p.m. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651-290-1200. – RICK MASON

  • Brian Fallon & the Crowes: 7 p.m. Sat., $22.50-$25. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222,

  • Bag Raiders: With Plastic Plates., 8 p.m. Sat., $14-$16. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

  • The Mavericks: 8 p.m. Sat., $47-$59. Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-7007,
Jose Gonzalez


Swedish singer-songwriter José González has been touring behind his sublime, thoughtful, deceptively quiet Vestiges & Claws album for a year. But he returns to town, performing the same songs with a decided twist. Instead of a backing band with percussion and vocalists, he’s teamed up with yMusic, a New York chamber ensemble — strings, clarinet, flute, trumpet — that often links classical and pop, having collaborated with Ben Folds, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, and others. González, also a deft fingerstyle guitarist, has said that yMusic brings a “classic and delicate” quality to his songs. It also enhances their subtle complexity as González grapples with unsettling questions about life, love, and rationality. After performing an opening set, yMusic will back González through most of his. $33-$43. 7:30 p.m. 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. – RICK MASON

  • Nick Carter: 7 p.m. Mon., $25. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.
  • Battalion of Saints: With Phobia, and Nomads., 8 p.m. Mon., $12. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,
  • Birthday Suits: With Jungles, Color TV, and DJ Cozy., 8 p.m. Mon., $8-$10. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,
  • Shearwater: With Val Son., 7:30 p.m. Wed., $15. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,
  • Chon: With Polyphia, and Strawberry Girls. All ages., 5 p.m. Wed., $13-$15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,
  • Kick: With Colin Campbell & the Shakletons, the Rumours, and Gramma., 7:30 p.m. Wed., $7-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,