The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/3-3/9

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Monday, March 3

Blind Shake SXSW Tour Kickoff with Dick Savage and Dead Gurus
18+, $7, 8 PM

Mega Ran with e-dubble & 27 Lights, Brentalfloss, Danimal Cannon, and Metasota
18+, $7/$10, 7 PM

Fever the Ghost with Queen of France and Hey, Remember Nostalgia
$7, 8 PM

Tuesday, March 4

Bob Mould with Paul Metzger
Last June, beloved ex-local icon Bob Mould blasted ear drums at Rock the Garden, mixing in choice selections from his thunderous back catalog with Sugar and Hüsker Dü alongside the equally hard-edged tunes from 2012's solo album, Silver Age. The decibel level will be decidedly lower when Mould takes the stage of the Woman's Club Theatre backed by longtime bassist Jason Narducy. They'll perform highlights from Mould's 1989 solo debut Workbook with selections that "sit nicely alongside the album." A fragile folk-pop affair, the record is undoubtedly Mould's finest as a singer-songwriter, and its combination of lyrical acidity and cello-accented mid-tempo melodicism still sounds as fresh today as it did a quarter century ago. With Paul Metzger. - Rob van Alstyne
$25, 7 PM

Cibo Matto with Buffalo Daughter
Hotel Valentine, fittingly released on February 14, is the first album in 15 years from Cibo Matto, the Japanese expat duo of Yuko Honda and Miho Hatori. Long connected to the New York downtown avant-garde mob, Hatori and Honda have been plenty busy in the interim, working on solo projects and collaborating with Yoko Ono, Martha Wainwright, and Gorillaz. Their reunion again unleashes the giddy synthesis of wildly disparate styles -- pop, jazz, hip-hop, Brazilian, African, just for starters -- that characterized their groundbreaking work in the '90s, this time built around the concept of a haunted hotel. The ghostly guests are by turns playfully and soberly enigmatic: "The afterworld is more civilized than the one I used to live in," says one in "Lobby." The music similarly ranges from bouncy pop-hop fantasies tinged with new wave or swinging London horns to spooky, echoey electronica. Japanese rock trio Buffalo Daughter opens. - Rick Mason
$20, 7 PM

Kodaline with LP
18+, $13.50/$15, 7 PM

The Unlikely Candidates with the Vegabonds
15+, $12/$15, 7 PM

Wednesday, March 5

Jeremy Spencer
$25, 7 PM

Gordon Globe (CD release) with Vicious Lips, Scarlet Mother
18+, $5, 7:30 PM

Breakneck the Mage with Ideal Avenue, G Dot, Intelligent Design, and Max Chillin
$5, 8 PM

The Pack AD with Fury Things
$10, 8 PM

Thursday, March 6

Andrew Belle with Diane Birch
Sounding a bit like Coldplay covering M83, Chicagoan Andrew Belle's sophomore album Black Bear ditches the wholesome acoustic sound of his 2010 debut Ladders in favor of tones far more sleek and synthetic. While occasionally too smooth for its own good, Belle's gentle grooves and dulcet vocals prove irresistible over the long haul, and leave the 29-year-old rising talent well positioned to break big in 2014. - Rob van Alstyne
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Sound Horizon: Dave King
Free, 6 PM, 7 PM, & 8 PM

Are You Local? with the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, more.
18+, $10/$12, 7 PM

EMOT (record release) with the Cairo Gang and We Are the Willows
$10/$12, 7 PM

Griffin House

Kings of Leon with Gary Clark, Jr.
$29.50-$59.50, 7:30 PM

Friday, March 7

Get Cryphy! 6th Anniversary with Big Freedia and Spank Rock
18+, $8/$10, 10 PM

The Musical Box performs Genesis's Foxtrot
All ages, $25-$75, 7 PM

Black Oak Arkansas with Red Daughters and the Oddfathers
$25/$27, 8 PM

C Rayz Walz with Big Jess, M.C. Rentz, Katana, Mike Shank, and Capaciti
$10, 8 PM

Dead Leaf Echo with Lightfoils, Brief Candles, and Chatham Rise
18+, $8, 8 PM

Joe Louis Walker
$25, 8 PM

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