The Big Gigs, March 1-7

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  • Updated: February 28, 2013 - 5:18 PM

Concert spotlights on Maroon 5, Tame Impala, Tegan and Sara, the Tribe & Big Cats and more.

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Tegan and Sara play First Avenue on Wednesday.

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It’s been 30 years since the late Bob Feldman restarted Greg Brown’s Red House Records and built it into one of the world’s most important purveyors of acoustic music. Three of the label’s brightest talents will team up to celebrate the anniversary: thoughtful New York singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky; Canadian folkie Heather Masse (of Wailin’ Jennys), who just put out a nifty album of standards with pianist Dick Hyman, and Michigan’s heartwarming and versatile Claudia Schmidt, a “Prairie Home Companion” favorite. (7:30 p.m. Fri., the O’Shaughnessy, University of St. Catherine, $20-$35.) Jon Bream

 

Bon Iver Sound-Alike Alert #437: Indians is a one-man band who often sings in falsetto and sounds like his heart is entombed in ice. The real-life Sǿren Lǿkke Juul hails from Denmark, though, not Wisconsin, and relies a lot more on mellow electronics and ethereal synth parts to round out his hallowed songs, sometimes meriting comparison to 4AD labelmate Grimes. His debut album, “Somewhere Else,” arrived Jan. 29. Night Beds and Cat Martino also perform. (9 p.m. Fri., 7th Street Entry, $12.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

After tearing through their older favorites for a 10th straight year at First Avenue on Thanksgiving Eve, the Ike Reilly Assassination will test-drive new songs in the smaller room next door. This show kicks off another Twin Cities residency by the Irish-eyed Illinois rockers, which continues March 16 (St. Paddy’s Eve) at the Turf Club, where the band’s local legend was born. Local teen rockers Stereo Confession open. (10 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $15.) Riemenschneider

 

Who says Maroon 5 doesn’t have a sense of humor? The Los Angeles popsters’ songs — “Payphone,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “One More Night” — are all over the radio, frontman Adam “The Voice” Levine is all over TV, and the band’s album is titled “Overexposed.” After numerous Twin Cities gigs both big (State Fair) and small (Fine Line), Maroon 5 is headlining a sold-out arena show. Opening are Minnesota’s own radio-friendly pop group Owl City and Utah’s Neon Trees, known for the hit “Everybody Talks.” (7:30 p.m. Mon., Xcel Energy Center.) Bream

 

One of the buzziest club shows this year, Tame Impala’s sold-out concert foretells a busy festival season (Sasquatch, Bonnaroo) for the psychedelic quartet from Perth, Australia. Heavily influenced by the Beatles’ “Revolver” and akin to fellow Aussies the Easybeats, their slow-chugging single “Elephant” has been a staple on the Current’s playlist and there’s plenty more fiery and richly textured songs on last year’s sophomore effort “Lonerism,” the first album from Down Under to top NME’s year-end poll. Another Western Australian band, the Growl, opens. (8 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider

 

South Dakota-born Shawn Colvin is usually a charmer in concert, a witty conversationalist and warm, sensitive singer/songwriter. But at her gig last August at the Guthrie, the sleep-deprived singer seemed to be on autopilot, finding no joy in her performance. She didn’t even plug her then-new memoir, “Diamond in the Rough.” Here’s hoping the Grammy-winning Texan will return to form at this three-night stand. (7 p.m. Tue.-Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, $50.) Bream

 

Tegan and Sara have sold out and gone pop, some fans contend, as the cult-adored twin sisters return behind their month-old album “Heartthrob.” It’s true, this one’s a lot slicker and more accessible than past albums, with throbbing dance beats and bubblegummy choruses that suit the Bieber-like, teen-centric title. The Quin siblings’ sophisticated harmonies and jagged songwriting style are still front and center, though. Any fans who want to sit this one out obviously don’t know how to have fun. Fellow Canadian band Diana opens. (8 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider

 

Muse is the best British band you’ve probably never seen. Huge in the U.K., this trio writes big songs, gives big performances and delivers some of the splashiest special effects this side of U2. Bombastic, to be sure, but frontman Matthew Bellamy has a heroic voice, masterful guitar skills and the kind of rock-star charm to have won the heart of Kate Hudson. Whether or not you’ve warmed up to Muse’s occasional radio hits like “Uprising” or the current “Madness,” you will not regret seeing one of rock’s most exciting live bands. Dead Sara opens. (7 p.m. Thu., Target Center, $38-$63.) Bream

 

The masses discovered her on TV’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, and now pseudo-hip violinist Lindsey Stirling has gone viral with her own You Tube channel, lindseystomp. Her “Crystallize” video, which she describes as dubstep violin music, has more than 49 million views; the number can be heard on “Lindsey Stirling,” a collection of original tunes. But she established herself with interpretations of songs from “Mission: Impossible,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Phantom of the Opera.” (7 p.m. Thu., First Avenue, sold out) Bream

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