The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 2/24-3/2

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Monday, February 24

Terence Blanchard
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Over his prolific, 30-plus-year career, trumpeter Terence Blanchard has scored dozens of films -- including most of Spike Lee's -- while remaining a compelling and significant post-bop jazz artist. On last spring's Magnetic, Blanchard's cool, silvery tone leads his fine quintet (and a few stellar guests) through a modern soundscape that acknowledges bop and New Orleans roots. Both of the latter are most prominent on "Don't Run," which also reflects the blues and features Ron Carter's majestically plump, swinging bass and Ravi Coltrane's sizzling soprano sax. Elsewhere subtle electronic effects color Blanchard's trumpet, lending bubbling funkiness to the title track and spaciness to "Hallucinations." Above all Magnetic is a wonderful band album in the tradition of Blanchard mentor Art Blakey, with drummer Kendrick Scott, pianist Fabian Almazan, saxophonist Brice Winston, and bassist Joshua Crumbly all contributing tunes and glistening ensemble work. (Also Feb. 25.) - Rick Mason
$45, 7 PM

Tickle Torture, Ava Luna
$5, 9 PM

The Belle Game
$8/$10, 7 PM

Tuesday, February 25

Graveface Records Roadshow
Triple Rock Social Club
Though long-running indie label Graveface Records calls Georgia home, its ties to the local scene include recent releases from Minnesota music stalwarts like Dosh, Kid Dakota, and Haley Bonar's spazz-rock side project Gramma's Boyfriend. Bonar and co. will perform alongside a trio of other Graveface artists currently on tour across the nation. In keeping with the label's sonically adventurous spirit, they all sound markedly different from one another. The Casket Girls traffic in gothic electro-pop, while Dreamend's kaleidoscopic folk-rock will undoubtedly appeal to Animal Collective enthusiasts. Featuring the Casket Girls, the Stargazer Lillies, Gramma's Boyfriend, and Dreamend. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $10, 8 PM

Habib Koite & Bamada
The Cedar Cultural Center
Recent turmoil in Mali -- essentially a struggle to preserve the nation's rich multicultural heritage against Taliban-like troglodytes -- continues to elicit eloquent responses from its many superb musicians. Virtuoso acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter Habib Koité's newly released Soô, which means "home," is a simple concept that becomes profound in Mali's current context. Singing soulfully in several languages and characteristically incorporating diverse traditional elements from throughout the country, Koité addresses the crisis by celebrating Mali's roots, sharing its pleasures, waxing poignantly about war, and pleading for harmony. His music is sublime and seductive: alluring melodies picked with Western and Malian influences, simmering rhythms from djembe and calabash, Issa Kone's surprise turns on banjo, and subtle harmonies that sigh and whisper and seem to bring it all back home. -Rick Mason
All ages, $30/$35, 7 PM

Glasvegas with the Ceremonies
7th St. Entry
18+, $15, 7 PM

Wednesday, February 26

Hellfyre Club
7th St. Entry
Thanks to the likes of TDE and Brainfeeder, Los Angeles has earned a comparatively recent rep for cultivating a headspace for next-level hip-hop genius. But that didn't come overnight. Thanks to open-mic workshops and collective efforts like Project Blowed starting back in the '90s, the city that g-funk built was also a lab where indie visionaries from Freestyle Fellowship to Abstract Rude built up repertoires run through with quick-witted, battle-forged razor tongues. Nearly two decades after the first Project Blowed compilation, the Hellfyre Club crew put out Dorner vs. Tookie, a strikingly eclectic collection of punchlines, abstractions, technical joints, reflections, and just plain rappity-raps that continue to draw off the traditions that Project Blowed helped get off the ground. The MCs representing Hellfyre on this tour -- label founder/wiseass Nocando, the introspective Open Mike Eagle, incisive art-provocateur Busdriver, and the unpretentiously philosophical Milo -- are hard-hitting brainiacs, the types of rappers who knock your wig back because that gives them easier access to plant new seeds in your head. With Ecid. -Nate Patrin
18+, $12/$15, 8 PM

Dead Meadow with Dead Gurus & Flavor Crystals
Turf Club
21+, $15, 8 PM

Marijuana Deathsquads
$10, 10:30 PM, through Fri.

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