The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/7-4/13

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Sharon Jones -- see Wednesday

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Monday, April 7

Iced Earth with Sabaton, Revamp
18+, $20/$23, 6:30 PM

18+, $16, 7:30 PM

The Lowertown Line: Har Mar Superstar
18+, free, 7 PM

Keb' Mo'
$46-$48, 7:30 PM

Ken South Rock with Tiger Blue, Rapedoor
18+, $5, 8 PM

Tuesday, April 8

Experience Hendrix
Some 40 years after his death, Jimi Hendrix remains a key influence on both musicians who were his contemporaries and those who could be his children and grandchildren. The strength of Hendrix's legacy in part is reflected in the caliber of artists who turn out annually for this tribute tour. The rhythm section is bassist Billy Cox, longtime Hendrix pal who was a member of Band of Gypsies, and drummer Chris Layton, who played with Hendrix disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan in Double Trouble. The guitarists, who will hook up in different combinations, include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, locally connected Jonny Lang, South Dakota's Mato Nanji of Indigenous, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, the Black Crowes' Rich Robinson, Dweezil Zappa, Texan Doyle Bramhall II, and Henri Brown, Jimi's cousin. Finally there's Dani Robinson and Stan Skibby, Americans who play in Hendrix tribute bands in the Czech Republic and Poland, respectively, proving that purple haze knows no temporal or national borders. -Rick Mason
$53.50-$63.50, 7:30 PM

Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau, 43, is a virtuoso pianist often cited as among the most influential jazz musicians of his generation. But his insatiable interests and impact stretch well beyond jazz, as these two dates should amply demonstrate. Tuesday, Mehldau will team up with Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers mandolinist/singer Chris Thile, whose technique is as spectacular as Mehldau's while his bluegrass roots similarly have grown into broad musical tastes along with a love of improvisation. Reprising a handful of dates a year ago, the duo is likely to stir up innovative takes on eclectic material ranging from Charlie Parker to Radiohead, Bach, Dylan, the Beach Boys, and Appalachian reels. Wednesday, Mehldau will play with his regular trio -- drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier -- as fine and intuitive an ensemble as in all of jazz, using complex and subtle language to redefine music of multiple origins. -Rick Mason
$30-$38, 8 PM (also Wed)

Hijinx Festival with Annie B & the Complication, Tuxedo Seagull, Ella Reid Band, Popshot
$8/$10, 7 PM

Tycho with Gems
18+, $15/$17, 7 PM

Dream Theater
$49-$69, 7:30 PM

Guttermouth with Atomic Lights and Nostrildamus
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 9

Juana Molina with Rajjjar Septet
A former comic actress in her native Argentina, Juana Molina has an acute sense of humor evident in her dreamy, experimental music. Although she has long relied on a deep vocabulary of electronic effects, Molina's organic tiers of acoustic instruments, skittering polyrhythms, enigmatic vocal murmurings and entrancing melodicism transform icy blips and clanks into alluring tropical breezes. On her latest, last fall's Wed 21, Molina abandons none of her charming eccentricities while expanding her sonic arsenal with a deft incursion of electric guitars, bass and a drum kit, plus a wily extrapolation of pop structures. The result is a radiant, thoroughly intriguing sound that joyfully juggles mischief and mystery. Opening for Molina and her band will be Rajjjar Septet, a new local experimental band featuring Jackie Beckey of Brute Heart. -Rick Mason
$15/$18, 7:30 PM

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
The release of Sharon Jones' fifth album with The Dap-Kings, Give The People What They Want, and follow-up tour was postponed last summer when the soul diva was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Following surgery, chemotherapy and a recuperative period, the godmother of soul returns to the road with the horn-fueled D-Kings. The new album is another delirious dose of the band's classic soul, funk and R&B mix, all glistening with raw, sweat-soaked energy. The deftly drawn, all-original material ranges from the stoned soul glide of "Making Up And Breaking Up" and slippery, Memphis-style funk of "Long Time, Wrong Time" to the raucous, muscular Motown-like workout "Stranger to My Happiness," each electrified by Jones' glorious voice, which oozes nuance and power, and her wonderfully agile big band. Together they've created a new classic of good old soul. -Rick Mason
$32, 7:30 PM

Matt Slocum & Friends
New York-based, St. Paul-born drummer Matt Slocum returns for two special performances showcasing his new album, Black Elk's Dream, as well as some of the Twin Cities' premier jazz artists. Each night will feature Slocum's trio, which includes pianist Sam Yahel and bassist Massimo Biolcati, followed by a "drum dialogue" between Slocum and his high school mentor, local drum icon Phil Hey. A set by Hey's quartet will round out Wednesday's show. On Thursday, prolific local piano ace Bryan Nichols will open with a solo set, and things will wrap up with the Dave Karr Quartet, featuring multiple-reed master Karr, Hey, pianist Chris Lomheim and bassist Brian Courage. Meanwhile, Black Elk's Dream is a sublime interpretation of the visionary Oglala Lakota leader's philosophy, life and times, the melodic sophistication of Slocum's compositions wonderfully realized by his lithe, restless percussion, plus Biolcati, pianist Gerald Clayton and saxophonists Walter Smith and Dayna Stephens. -Rick Mason
$15/$18, 8 PM (also Thu, 7 PM)

Rebelution with Common Kings
18+, $20, 8 PM

Haley Bonar
18+, free, 7:30 PM

King Parrot with Vattnet Viskar
18+, $12, 9 PM

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