The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/17-3/23

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Monday, March 17

Augustines
Augustines swing for the indie-rock fences throughout their self-titled sophomore album. Up-tempo rockers like "Nothing to Lose But Your Head" are beefed up with stacks of harmony vocals and orchestral overdubs. Weepier ballads are similarly gussied up. All the fishing-for-fist-pumps production touches steer the newly Seattle-based trio's record in a needlessly maudlin direction. A shame, as their 2011 debut proved anthemic minus all the accoutrement. These new songs will undoubtedly shine stripped back to their essence on stage. With My Goodness. 18+. - Rob van Alstyne

Celtic Woman
$41-$101, 7 PM

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

Tuesday, March 18

Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino, a.k.a. actor/comedian Donald Glover, doesn't deserve the hate he gets for his supposed dabbling in rap. Too many of the reviews dissing December's Because the Internet focused on the album as a multimedia project -- with its bonus short film Clapping for the Wrong Reasons and an interactive screenplay -- and not as a rap album. The music itself is all over the place stylistically, and Glover delivers an ill-advised line here and there. Otherwise, it's a record well-equipped with hooks and Glover's hyperlink charisma, with guests like Chance the Rapper and Jhene Aiko, and producers Christian Rich and Thundercat. Honest? Gambino can't carry a 58-minute album by himself. His back pages, though, between 2011's Camp and 2012's Royalty mixtape, are strong enough that his setlists are effective throughout. -Michael Madden
$30, 6:30 PM

Demi Lovato
$29.50-$65, 7 PM

Fat White Family with Bear the Sound
18+, $10, 8 PM

Wednesday, March 19

Junior Brown
Junior Brown is a genuine character: Armed with a white cowboy hat, remarkable baritone voice shaded by that of idol Ernest Tubb, ready "Mrs." (Tanya Rae) who chimes in on rhythm guitar and harmonies, and his trademark, patented (literally) guit-steel contraption, he's a virtuoso musician and country throwback all rolled into one. Brown's clever original tunes could be right out of the Tubb songbook; country-noir epics sometimes doused in blazing irony or matter-of-fact melodrama like "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," "Venom Wearin' Denom" or "Hang Up and Drive," the latter from his recent EP Vol. 10. As a guitarist, Brown is a fleet-fingered phenomenon who has seemingly mastered every genre from honky-tonk and western swing to surf, blues, rock'n'roll and most in between. -Rick Mason
$35-$40, 7 PM

Guerilla Toss, Ryan Power, Botzy
$8, 7:30 PM

The Ragbirds with Birds of Chicago
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Welaware (CD release) with Wesley Church & the Fabulous Vanguard and Puff Puff
Free, 9 PM

Antioch & Northstar Wisdom (album release) with Christopher Michael Jensen, Nicky Gwiggs w/ SOFTPORECORN, Apollo B, and DJ Adatrak.
18+, $5, 9:30 PM


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Dan Mathews Sr.
Dan Mathews Sr.

This is awesome! I saw these guys in concert in Chicago and Nashville and they are incredible!

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