Carly Rae Jepsen
FIRST AVENUE, WEDNESDAY 3.9
After getting the shaft from mainstream pop music, Carly Rae Jepsen is indie pop's newest sweetheart. These days, there's not a huge difference between the two realms. So when Top 40 radio ignored Jepsen's undeniable smash hits from her 2015 album, E•MO•TION, hip outlets like the Village Voice, Stereogum, and Vice giving were happy to champion Jepsen. The singer was made famous by the 2012 chart-topping song "Call Me Maybe," a track equally catchy as it is brain-bash inducing, but E•MO•TION reaches newer, greater themes and … emotions. On the record, Jepsen sought help from ultra-talented producers like Dev Hynes (of funky, R&B synth project Blood Orange) and Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend). If this isn't enough to give the too-often-mocked pop star another chance, listen to E•MO•TION's first track, "Run Away with Me," the best pop song of 2015 with some killer horn parts. Cardiknox and Fairground Saints open. All ages. Sold out. 7:30 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE. Minneapolis; 612-604-0222. –GRACE BIRNSTENGEL
FIRST AVENUE, WEDNESDAY 3.9
Ty Segall has enjoyed an illustrious career as a producer and solo artist. The Laguna Beach-bred garage-rock artist released his self-titled debut as a 20-year-old college student, and now Segall, 28, walks a curious line between stardom and obscurity. He shies from reveling in fame, and only allowed one interview during this tour. His music often contains an “Easter egg” — a surprise hidden within a song or even within the artwork. His eighth and most recent studio album, Emotional Mugger, was released in January. It follows the prolific rocker’s magnificent 2014 LP Manipulator, his longest-running release to date. Giving a kick in the balls to the perfectionism and tedious detail work that Manipulator required, Segall went right for the throat with Emotional Mugger. It's a blistering, 11-track slice of garage-punk frenzy, the perfect form of audio violence. Ready to get rid of that pent-up winter stir-craziness? Lace up your boots and keep your elbows up. 18+. 7:30 p.m. $20. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – SARAH STANLEY-AYRE
- Oneohtrix Point Never: Red Bull Sound Select show curated by Totally Gross National Product, with Leisure Birds, and Psymun. More info and RSVP at www.redbullsoundselect.com., 9 p.m. Wed., $3 w/RSVP; $12. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, triplerocksocialclub.com.
- Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: 7 p.m. Wed., $60-$40. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
- Tortoise: With Mind Over Mirrors., 7 p.m. Wed., $18-$20. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
- Future Rock: 8 p.m. Thu., $10-$15. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425, cabooze.com.
- Hippie Sabotage: With Alex Wiley, and Kembe X. 15+., 7 p.m. Thu., $15-$17. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
- Lake Street Dive: With the Suffers., 7 p.m. Thu., $25. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
MYTH, FRIDAY 3.12
Chaos, atheism, and blood have defined the legendary career of California thrash-rockers Slayer, and 2016 represents the 30th anniversary of their name-making LP Reign in Blood. Friday's trip to Maplewood will specifically honor their late 2015 release, Repentless, the 12th entry in their punishing catalog. The trajectory between the two albums has been harsh and well-decorated with pentagrams, placing the foursome in rarified air among metalheads. As such, you can probably expect Surly brewmaster Todd Haug headbanging his way through the crowd. Equally storied Bay Area thrashers Testament — who are on the cusp of releasing The Brotherhood of the Snake, their 11th album — open the show in what basically amounts to a double-headliner gig. Expect to see a sea of devil horns at the suburban club. All ages. $49.50-$50. 7 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651-779-6984. – JERARD FAGERBERG
Are You Local? Showcase
FIRST AVENUE, FRIDAY 3.12
Last month, synth duo Holidae proved they are indeed local by winning the Star Tribune’s Are You Local? contest, snagging the opportunity to feature at Friday’s Are You Local? Showcase with Allan Kingdom, King, and Kill the Vultures. Of course, music is subjective and Holidae isn’t necessarily better – or more local, as it were — than the four other worthy AYL finalists, but producer Garrett Neal’s slow-burning keyboard grooves and singer Ashley Gold’s bouncy melodies will fit right in on this bill. Kingdom’s career was skyrocketing even before he was featured on a Kanye song, and tunes from his excellent new mixtape, Northern Lights, will fill out First Avenue’s Mainroom nicely. The L.A.-by-way-of-Minneapolis trio King is playing in support of their 2016 debut, We Are KING, by bringing their sultry R&B jamz back to their hometown, and Kill the Vultures fill out the experimental side of the lineup with their woozy rap sound. $10-$12. 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612-332-1775. – JARED HEMMING
- The Big Pink: With the Heirs., 8 p.m. Fri., $15-$17, Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
- Charlie Parr: 7 p.m. Fri., $15. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
- Lily & Madeleine: 10:30 p.m. Fri., $16. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523, icehousempls.com.
7TH ST. ENTRY, SATURDAY 3.12
Greg Ahee and Alex Leonard used to perform as a duo under the name Butt Babies. That's a bit gobsmacking, considering their next group, Protomartyr, would go on to be one of the most respected buzz bands in the post-aughts. The Proto project is led by brooding frontman Joe Casey, who’s almost a decade older than his late-20s bandmates. The Detroit quartet’s recent Hardly Art release, The Agent Intellect, was lauded by critics, being named to Top 50 of 2015 lists by Spin, Rolling Stone, and Metacritic for its brooding post-punk style. Look no further than lead single "Why Does It Shake" and its drab adrenaline. It's a lot of atmosphere to cram into the Entry, but with Minneapolis kraut-punk upstart DIIE opening the show, it should kick butt, baby. 18+. $10-$12. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – JERARD FAGERBERG
Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus
MILL CITY NIGHTS, SATURDAY 3-12
The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles have a mutual admiration that goes beyond each’s affinity for and obvious creative debts to Bruce Springsteen. The friendship and inspirational ties that bind Twin Cites native Finn and New Jersey’s Stickles have prompted a joint tour. Finn is touring behind his second solo album, last fall’s Faith in the Future. Titus is touting The Most Lamentable Tragedy, a dual-disc rock opera as ambitious as it is — given the perilous nature of such enterprises — largely successful. Both albums are about enduring in the face of daunting odds. Brooklyn-based Finn wrote the songs in the wake of his mother’s death, and there’s a sad, sometimes bitter reflective quality to many of them, including “Newmyer’s Roof,” Finn’s vantage point when the Twin Towers went down. Titus’ Tragedy is about a character (read: Stickles) struggling with various afflictions, including mental illness. Both albums feature detailed and compelling narratives, Finn’s relying on lean arrangements, while Titus goes denser and punkier. 18+. $20-$45. 9 p.m. 111 Fifth St. N., Minneapolis; 612-333-3422. – RICK MASON
- Cloud Cult: With BBGUN., 7 p.m. Sat., $30-$35. Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org.
- Daughter: With Wilsen., 8 p.m. Sat., $16. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Nicki Bluhm: 7 p.m. Sat., $18-$22. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222, varsitytheater.org.
DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB, SUNDAY 3-13 & MONDAY 3-14
Wonderful jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and his deft, versatile New Orleans Jazz Orchestra collaborated last summer on Dee Dee’s Feathers, a tribute to the Crescent City and its rich musical heritage. Although not a NOLA native, Bridgewater, with the band, delivered a passionate, stylish love poem to the city. On the album, she conjured an unusual sassy voice for Earl King’s iconic “Big Chief,” initially scatting with Don Vappie’s banjo, then enlisting Dr. John on piano and vocals. The title cut, with considerable help from master percussionist Bill Summers, is a raucous exercise in Mardi Gras Indian street rhythms, the feathers an apparent reference to the Indians’ elaborate costumes. Bridgewater gives a marvelous gritty urgency to John Boutté’s “Tremé Song,” which segues into the brass band standard “Do Watcha Wanna.” Rounding it out is a lovely, lush version of Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday.” The septet set to hit the Dakota is a slimmed down version of NOJO. $35-$45 at 7 p.m. $30-$40 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. – RICK MASON
- Fall Out Boy: With Awolnation, and Pvris., 7 p.m. Sun., $29.50-$59.50. Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com.
- Dressy Bessy: With Maudlin, and Monica LaPlante., 7:30 p.m. Sun., $10-$12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
- Rangda: 7 p.m. Sun., $15-$20. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
- Dee Dee Bridgewater: With Irvin Mayfield & New Orleans 7., 7 p.m. Mon., $35-$45. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
- Meiko and Marie Digby: 7 p.m. Mon., $15-$18. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
- Dervish: 7 p.m. Tue., $30-$35. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
- Hamilton College Choir: 7:30 p.m. Tue., free. Saint James Lutheran Church, 460 W Annapolis St, West Saint Paul, 651-457-9232, saintjameslutheran.com.
- The Ike Reilly Assassination: With the Belfast Cowboys., 7 p.m. Tue., $20. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.