The week's best concerts: March 2-8

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

  • Brian Blade Fellowship: 7 p.m. Wed., $32-$22. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,

  • Elliott Brood: 7:30 p.m. Wed., $12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Erik Koskinen: 9:30 p.m. Wed., $8. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523,
Guante & Katrah-Quey

The Whole Music Club, Thursday 3.3

Two-time National Poetry Slam champion Guante is ready to drop his latest batch of thought-provoking raps, entitled Post-Post-Race, at the U. The collection addresses many hot-button issues — police violence, social media outrage, institutional racism — with the insight and nuance only the local firebrand can muster. See, for example, his detached, Open Mike Eagle-esque “White People on Twitter,” wherein Guante thumbs his nose at the All Lives Matter crowd by using his wit like an X-Acto. Post-Post-Race beatsmith Katrah-Quey will be on stage spinning with Guante, as will album collaborators Tony the Scribe, See More Perspective, G.P. Jacob, Lucien Parker, and Laresa Avent. Standout local singers Alicia Steele and Jayanthi Kyle open with their group Passed Presents. In line with Guante’s inclusive, accessible ethic, the event is free and open to the public. All ages. Free. 7:30 p.m. 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-625-2272. —Jerard Fagerberg

  • Altan: 7 p.m. Thu., $25-$30. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674,

  • Molly Dean (Record Release Show): With DeVon Gray., 9 p.m. Thu., $8-$10. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523,

  • Ringo Deathstar: With Flavor Crystals, and the Cult of Lip., 8 p.m. Thu., $8-$10. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,
Aaron Neville

Dakota, Friday 3.4 & Saturday 3.5

Aaron Neville has one of the most remarkable voices in pop history. His fluttery, soulful croon can soar into a stratosphere-scraping falsetto that’s positively angelic, making the contrast with his bulging muscles and menacing face tattoo all the more jarring. He’s really a gentle and musical giant, a New Orleans icon whose career stretches back to the late ’50s. He had a handful of Allen Toussaint-produced singles for the Minit label then hit it big a few years later with his signature tune, “Tell It Like It Is.” Neville subsequently juggled solo stuff (including duets with the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood) with the first family of Crescent City funk, the Neville Brothers. This show will be a duo performance with keyboardist Michael Goods. Much of the material will likely be drawn from Neville’s 2013 album, My True Story, a smart collection of doo-wop covers lovingly produced by Don Was and Keith Richards. $75-$100. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-322-5299. —Rick Mason

  • Foxing: With Lymbyc Systm, Tancred, and Adjy. All ages., 4:30 p.m. Fri., $13-$15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,

  • The Hussy: With Butchers Union, Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons, Pornonono, and Tony Peachka., 8 p.m. Fri., $8. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

  • Infected Mushroom: 8 p.m. Fri., $25-$30. The Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100,
Gigawatt 2016

7th St. Entry, Saturday 3.5

Radio K’s Gigawatt extravaganza is back again, featuring the U of M radio station’s finest hand-picked musical acts. You’ll notice a bit of crossover with the Best New Bands showcase they co-sponsored with 89.3 the Current and Go96.3 back in January. Burgeoning hometown favorites Murder Shoes will reprise their role as one of the chosen bands to perform, as will R&B sensualists Perfume Monster. The tried-and-true college radio crowd-pleasers will be countered by the wonderful, uplifting sounds of Warehouse Eyes — a duo of dreamers who channel their good vibes into jumpy little songs like recent single “I Think I Can Live With It.” Overall, a well-balanced and representative roster for Radio K’s long-running Gigawatt showcase. 18+. $7. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N. Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Jerard Fagerberg

  • Mustard Plug: 9 p.m. Sat., $10-$12. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,

  • Tony Bones and Jaron McDaniel (CD Release Show): With A.G., and Do or Die., 9:30 p.m. Sat., $15-$20. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425,

  • Willie Murphy and the Angel Headed Hipsters: 8 p.m. Sat., $10-$12. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

  • Bryson Tiller: With They. All ages., 6 p.m. Sun., $25. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Devil Music (CD Release Show): Featuring John Hermanson, House of Mercy Band, Blood Washed Band, Miss Becky, and Matt Arthur., 7 p.m. Sun., $6-$8. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

  • BatMN and DJ Teddybear (Dual EP Release Show): With K.Raydio, Greg Grease, and Kristoff Krane., 7 p.m. Sun., $5. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Blaze Ya Dead Homie: With Lex the Hex Master, Trilogy, and Open Minded. 15+., 5 p.m. Mon., $15. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425,

  • Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton: 7 p.m. Mon., $30-$60. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,

  • A Party On Monday featuring Meinong's Jungle: With Bad N Rad, Blaze One, DJ Fresko, DJ ESP, and DJ Moonjuice., 8 p.m. Mon., $10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,
Kevin Garrett

Turf Club, Tuesday 3.8

You may have misread the headline – six-foot-11 Timberwolves megastar Kevin Garnett is not headlining the Turf Club. But like Garnett, crooner Kevin Garrett returns to Minnesota by way of Brooklyn, touring in support of his careful, emotional debut EP, Mellow Drama. The last time Garrett was in town, he was at the Turf supporting Hey Rosetta!, and now international concert series Communion is bringing him back solo. With a pensive voice that competes alongside Sam Smith and James Blake and a morose-but-evocative penchant for the piano, Garrett has positioned himself as one of the best rising singer-songwriters on the national scene. His spare arrangements should pair well with the recently revamped Turf Club, making for a more intimate Tuesday than the St. Paul venue typically sees. 21+. $10-$12. 7:30 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W. St. Paul; 651-647-0486. – Jerard Fagerberg

Basia Bulat

Cedar Cultural Center, Tuesday 3.8

Since her 2007 debut album, Ontario’s Basia Bulat has received a good measure of acclaim — especially in Canada and the U.K. — for her intriguing burnt-orange voice and organic blend of folk, chamber pop, and melodic folk-rock. But her new album, Good Advice, shimmers with a fresh, glistening pop aesthetic that suggests exuberant vintage soul and cascading girl-group dynamics. Largely responsible is producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket, who helped turn slow, acoustic demos into bright, sometimes exultant pop. Since Bulat’s new songs are about a difficult romantic breakup, the sharp contrast between grueling angst and the flowing, ultimately liberating music creates exquisite tension. Throughout, on emotionally teetering songs like “Long Goodbye” and “Infamous,” Bulat and James find catharsis by balancing emotional vulnerability and buoyant music. The Weather Station opens. All ages. $12-$15. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. —Rick Mason

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

Dakota, Tuesday 3.8 & Wednesday 3.9

The E Street Band is often lauded as the world’s greatest bar band. If so, Springsteen’s outfit has serious competition from their Jersey Shore compatriots the Asbury Jukes, led with uncompromising grit and glory for 40-some years by Southside Johnny Lyon. Emerging from the same Asbury Park scene, the Jukes and E Streeters are indelibly tied. Steve Van Zandt was an original Juke before moving on to E Street; the heart of the Jukes’ original horn section was part of Max Weinberg’s Late Show band. Both bands are rooted in muscular rock ’n’ roll, R&B, and soul. Southside’s flirtations with big-label success fizzled in the ’80s, but he’s never looked back. Throughout numerous personnel changes, he has maintained the Jukes as a tight, raucous unit with blazing horns and ferocious heart. The Jukes’ latest is 2015’s Soultime!, a bristling array of originals. This will be the Jukes’ first local appearance in more than a decade. $40-$60. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —Rick Mason

  • Dessa: Social hour preceding the performance at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. Tue., $25; $12 students. Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., Hopkins, 952-979-1100,
  • Great Good Fine OK: With Handsome Ghost., 7:30 p.m. Tue., $10-$12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,