Thursday March 10
Parquet Courts and Mdou Moctar: What a disparate but delectable double bill. Beloved quirky art-punks from New York City, Parquet Courts found eccentric and often downtempo dance grooves on 2021’s “Sympathy for Life,” their seventh album. The co-headliner is psychedelic Nigerian guitarist Moctar, whose electrifying desert blues record “Afrique Victime” was one of the most gripping albums of 2021 across all genres. Minneapolis Pit Stop opens. (8 p.m. Thu. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Mpls., $27-$32, first-avenue.com).
Also: Lauren Alaina (7 p.m. Varsity, $30 and up); country rock outlaw Whiskey Myers (8 p.m. Armory, $32.50); the New York Celtic team, Cherish the Ladies (7 am Dakota, $45-$50); Hiss Golden Messenger (8 p.m., Fine Line, $26); Ghost of Lolo (Char-Bar Driftwood).
Friday March 11
Tank and the Bangas: Nominated for the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2020, Tarriona “Tank” Ball is a cheerful force of modern New Orleans soul. Preparing to release their third album, “Red Balloon,” in May, the Tank quartet introduced the project with “No ID,” a light lite-funk about deepening a relationship, and “Black Folk,” a jazz-and-spoken celebration of black culture like a family reunion in the park and big Sunday hats with ribbons. With Cory Henry, the former Snarky Puppy keyboardist who collaborated with Kanye West. (8:00 p.m. Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Mpls., $25-$42.50, ticketmaster.com).
Swell Season: The intermittent duo of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová is back for six US shows – their first tour dates in 11 years. The life-imitating artist duo shot to fame in the endearing 2007 drama “Once,” in which they portrayed themselves and won the Best Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly.” The film was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2012 which won eight Tony Awards. Other than a “Swell Season” concert documentary in 2011, there have been little more than cameo duo appearances since then. While Hansard has been a prolific solo artist (touring this winter in Eddie Vedder’s solo band, the Earthlings), the low-key Irglova recently released a short “Among the Living,” shot in Iceland where she lives with her husband and three children. (7 p.m. State Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., $49.50-$59.50, ticketmaster.com)
Also: Papa Roach and Hollywood Undead (6:45 p.m. the Armory, $47+); Andy Cook’s new local all-star project Marathoner is hosting an EP release party (8 p.m., Parkway Theatre, $20-$27); the Dollyrots and Von Tramps (8:30 a.m., Uptown VFW, $16); Andrew Walesch pays tribute to Frank Sinatra with his Twin Cities Players Orchestra (8 pm Crooners, $40-$45); “Session of Invention” with Maskinongé and Portal III by Charlie Parr (8 p.m. Hook & Ladder, $20); Julius Collins and Tommy Barbarella (8 p.m., Icehouse, $30); Cindy Lawson (7:30 p.m., Palmer’s Bar); Minnesota Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra with pianist Alon Goldstein (7 p.m., Roseville Lutheran Church, free).
Saturday March 12
Brown Chastity: It’s only fitting that this pioneering, genre-crossing singer-songwriter from the Twin Cities opens the new Music & Storyteller Sessions series from music industry pioneers Sue McLean & Associates. Eric Hutchinson (April 1), Dessa (April 11) and Mason Jennings (April 12) are among the other names in the intimate series at this historic, hidden location. The earthy and passionate American folk Brown will debut songs from a new album with blues rocker Annie Mack opening. (7:30 p.m., Women’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St., $35-$45, suemclean.com)
She King: She’s bubbly and bluesy, a genre-defying vocal powerhouse who triumphed in rock with “Ex’s and Oh’s” and in country with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” with Miranda Lambert. King’s setlist includes covers of material made famous by Bonnie Raitt and Charlie Daniels. The new mom has baby Lucky Levi on tour, but he’ll sleep when she rocks hard. (7:30 p.m. Fillmore Minneapolis, 525 N. 5th St., $30 and up)
Marisa Monte: On her longest-running U.S. tour, the veteran Brazilian singer will deliver new material from “Portas,” her recent long-distance collaboration with art-rocker Arto Lindsay in New York, Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler in Spain and a string section in Portugal. Read our interview with Monte before the show. (8:00 p.m. State Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., $45-$108)
Also: Dance-pop group Hot Freaks reunites amid “Puppy Princess” TikTok fame (8 p.m., 7th St. Entry); Momentary Lapse of Reason performs “The Wall” with Twin Cities Ballet (7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. Sunday, Fitzgerald Theater, $37-$53); Persian music singer Aida Shahghasemi (8 p.m., Icehouse, $15); Davina & the Vagabonds (7pm & 9pm, also Sunday, the Dakota, $35-$45); ABBAsolutely Fab (The Music Room at St. Michael’s Cinema, $28); longtime Twin Cities country rockers Daisy Dillman Band begin their farewell year (8 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sun. Crooners, $40-$45); four-band Christian Rock Bill headlining Toby Mac (7 p.m. Target Center, $20-$90); the Gibson Brothers (8 p.m., Cedar Cultural Center, $25).
Sunday March 13
Tool: It took the shrewd kings of prog-metal another ridiculously long time – 13 years! — to finally release another album, and then it took them another two years to spin behind, thanks to COVID. The record, “Fear Inoculum,” probably won’t be a fan favorite, but it will at least provide more crescendo moments and bizarre visual gimmicks for Maynard James Keenan and his bandmates’ first Twin Cities date in five years. The acid helps to open. (7:30 p.m., Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N., Mpls., $72-$155, axs.com)
Dale Warland at 90: Few groups have done more to alter the American choral landscape than the Dale Warland Singers. As the conductor nears his 90th birthday, 80 alumni converge on Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to celebrate his legacy with the Singers, formed after his retirement in 2004. The band will premiere a new commissioned work in honor de Warland, “Changed by Beauty”. by composer Timothée Takach and librettist Brian Newhouse. (3 p.m., 1111 Mail Nicollet, Mpls., $5 to $45, singersmca.org)
Also: Madeon and Yung Bae (8 p.m., the Fillmore, $30+); We Banjo 3 (8 p.m., Cedar Cultural Center, sold out); Parcel (8 p.m., First Ave, $22); Johinie Brown’s Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass (7 p.m., Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, $40); The new weekly Cornbread Harris concert (5 p.m., Palmer’s Bar, free).
Monday March 14
Mitsky: With help from Minnesota songwriting veteran Dan Wilson on his current hit song “The Only Heartbreaker,” the Japanese-born, New York-trained synth-pop singer flirts with Top 40 stardom without sacrificing its inventive sounds and often dark, anxious lyrics. She performed most of her sixth and final album, ‘Laurel Hell’, on a theatrical tour of the United States ahead of a summer of festival dates including Glastonbury and Pitchfork. (8 p.m. Monday, Palace Theatre, 17 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, sold out except resale, AXS.com)
Also: Keep believing classic rockers Journey and Toto (7:30 p.m. Xcel Energy Center, $9.50-$399); blues guitar ace Tinsley Ellis (7 p.m. Dakota, $40-$45).
tuesday march 15
Billie Eilish: The 20-year-old pop phenom who swept the Grammy Awards assured us with her aptly titled sophomore 2021 album that she was “Happier Than Ever.” Not only is she a savvy recording artist in the bedroom with her producer brother who has tapped into the zeitgeist of young foreigners and the mainstream, but she’s a confident and delightfully eccentric performer, with contagion and minimalist aspirations. . . Along with her electrifying electro-pop treats like “Bad Guy,” expect acoustic numbers, a boom lift to ferry Eilish to the cheap seats and, of course, Finneas, her brother backing her up on various instruments. THE. rapper Duckwrth opens. (7:30 p.m. Tue. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, $150-$500, ticketmaster.com).
Also: Bonobo, the British producer/DJ who makes downtempo electronica that never sounded so soothing (7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, $39.50-$65); Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who brings her uplifting South African harmonies with diamonds on the soles of her shoes (7pm and 9pm Dakota, $35-$65); St. Dominic’s Trio performs for Foothold Twin Cities (7 p.m., Driftwood Char-Bar); Ex-Texans Trevord McFadden and Mary Cutrufello (6 p.m., White Squirrel Bar).
Wednesday March 16
Car seat headrest: Seven years after breaking into indie-rock with the clever lo-fi garage-rock album ‘Teens of Denial’, Virginia bedroom rocker Will Toledo and his now Seattle-based band have been lived up to the hype with their most ambitious album yet, 2020’s “Making a Door Less Open”, which incorporated more electronic and new-wave influences but retained a rock spirit. They finally promote it with the opening of Bartees Strange. (7 p.m., Palace Theatre, St. Paul, $30 to $40, etix.com)
Also: Scottish traditionalists Skerryvore (7 p.m. on Dakota, $30); Todd Snider (8 p.m., Fitzgerald Theater, $30 and up); Thao of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (8 p.m., Fine Line, $25-$42); the Score (8 p.m., Amsterdam Bar, $22); Dan Israel & Steve Brantseg (7 p.m., Carbone’s, Mpls., free).