The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/10-3/16

Categories: Concert Preview
Frank Maddocks
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. -- See Wednesday

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Monday, March 10

Celtic Woman
$41-$101, 7 PM

Gaelic Storm
18+, $32/$35, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 11

Lydia with HRVRD and Golden Sun
18+, $13/$15, 7 PM

Mike Gordon
18+, $25-$35, 7 PM

Sleepy Sun with Sun Gods to Gamma Rays and Some Pulp
$10/$12, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 12

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with Chad Valley
Although they hail from the Motor City and have impishly appropriated a famous NASCAR name, Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein―the duo behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.―have no need for speed. Instead their sunny electro-folk-pop tends to be languid, wistful and in no hurry to stop luxuriating in glistening melodies and sparkling arrangements, including on their current, second album, The Speed of Things. Amidst electronics, which bubble, squeak and sigh with endearing playfulness over infectious dance beats, Zott and Epstein dig up an array of vintage pop artifacts ranging from Beach Boys baubles and Brit invasion inlays to folk revival ricochets, always taking the most complicated and scenic route to the finish line. Chad Valley, aka England's Hugo Manuel, will open with his electro-R&B-pop hybrid. -Rick Mason
18+, $15-$20, 7:30 PM

Imagine Dragons with The Naked and Famous
After only a handful of EPs and grunt work in back channel casinos in their Vegas hometown, Imagine Dragons took the fast track to arena status on the strength of their first full-length, Night Visions. At the Grammys, the Dragons performed a surprisingly cool rock-hip-hop mash-up with Kendrick Lamar, then went home with the hardware for best rock performance for the Visions track "Radioactive." That's also how some are responding to the band's success, charging that the quartet is derivative and shallow. Actually, ID's big, billowy, emotionally wrought, synth-pop/alt-rock hybrid is well-suited for arenas, its abundant hooks and sing-along choruses capable of stirring crowd elation, even while its sound is maybe too generic. The Naked and Famous, built around the New Zealand duo of Thom Powers and Alisha Xayalith, will open with their moody synth-pop. -Rick Mason
$29.50-$49.50, 7 PM

David Garrett
$43.50-$53.50, 7:30 PM

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
18+, $12/$15, 8:30 PM

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