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When the Four Bitchin’ Babes got their start in the early 1990s, the hilarious Christine Lavin and the rising Patty Larkin were among their members. But they moved on, and Sally Fingerett has remained the den mother of this wise-cracking quartet of humor-inducing folkies, which now includes Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint and new member Marcy Marxer. Their latest show, “Mid-Life Vices: A Guilt-Free Musical Revue,” takes aim at Facebook, organized scatterbrains and boys and their big wheels. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Burnsville Performing Arts Center, $34-$39.) Bream

HIP-HOP

Always one of the more fun-loving hip-hop acts in the Twin Cities — and maybe the last rap act of note to get its start at the defunct Dinkytowner — the Tribe & Big Cats apparently aren’t having much fun anymore. They’re calling it quits after four years, two albums and this one final blowout. The group’s tongue-wagging/tieing MC, Truth Be Told, reportedly plans to strike out on his own using his new moniker, Rapper Hooks. Producer Big Cats already made his own successful solo excursion last year with his well-received album “For My Mother.” Their farewell bash will feature Toki Wright, MaLLy and DJ Snuggles. (10 p.m. Fri., Triple Rock, $7-$10.) Riemenschneider

 

After going M.I.A. for a couple of years around the time he put his pioneering label Def Jux to bed, Aesop Rock returns for his third show in less than a year with crew-of-late Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. The gruff-voiced, rapid-tongued indie-rap hero has deep ties in the Twin Cities that include memorable sets at the inaugural and most recent Soundset fests, and last year he joined the Rhymesayers roster to release his wild album “Skelethon.” He and pal Kimya Dawson will soon issue a rockier album on the label under the murky moniker Unclouded. Los Angeles scenester Busdriver opens. (9 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, $17-$19.) Riemenschneider

 

Another indie-rap stalwart with ample local history — his Felt albums with Slug remain fan favorites — Murs returns to town halfway into his Road to Paid Dues Tour, a warm-up to the Soundset-like hip-hop fest he helped start back home in Los Angeles. He returned to a classic L.A. rap sound for last year’s album “Love & Rockets, Vol. 1: The Transformation.” Local star Prof is part of this tour but not part of the local lineup (at least not officially), leaving Fashawn, Black Cloud Music and Kosha Dillz to do the opening honors. (9 p.m. Sat., Fine Line, $15-$17.) Riemenschneider

CELTIC

Beating their Irish drum — or bodhran, to be exact — right on time to kick off the Paddy’s Day rush, the Hounds of Finn continue their ascent as some of the Twin Cities’ finest purveyors of Celtic roots music. The quartet’s second full-length album, “Gravity Pulls,” boasts elegant fiddle and mandolin parts around the heartstring-pulling original tunes of Belfast-reared singer Leslie Rich and his American compatriot, Pete McCauley. Their release party benefits the Emergency Foodshelf Network and features young folk-rock upstarts Reina del Cid & the Cidizens. (9 p.m. Fri., Crooked Pint, $10.) Riemenschneider

 

Karan Casey is one of the jazzier, more adventurous singers in Irish music. Guitarist John Doyle was her former bandmate in the group Solas. Both have extensive credits on both sides of the ocean, working with everyone from James Taylor to Linda Thompson to Garrison Keillor and co-starring on the 2010 CD “Exile’s Return.” For Celtic folk fans, here’s a duo to savor. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, $20-$22.) Tom Surowicz

JAZZ

Only one jazz CD cracked last year’s Twin Cities Critics Tally on local albums in the Star Tribune, but it was a great one: “New Hope,” by Chris BatesRed 5. Diverse and dynamic, spiritual and spirited, “New Hope” offered both fine writing and stirring solos. The release party last August was packed and exhilarating, yet the band has rarely played together since, with all the members busy in multiple combos, especially bassist/leader Bates. But Red 5 is back to deliver the kind of fireworks you could never find at a roadside stand in Wisconsin. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $15.) Surowicz

 

An outstanding trumpeter from California, particularly adept at free improv though impressive in mainstream settings as well, Phil Grenadier comes from a musical family (his brother Larry is a well-known jazz bassist while another brother, Steve, plays guitar). He has played with some big names, touring the globe and selling out Carnegie Hall with John Scofield’s band. His latest offering is a moody and cool duets album (“Plunge”) with the great Swedish bassist Bruno Raberg. He’ll appear with the talented youths of the Dakota Combo, plus MacPhail Center for Music profs Adam Linz and J.T. Bates, at what the school is rather grandly calling a jazz festival. (7 p.m. Sun., MacPhail, $15-$20.) Surowicz

 

Jazz goes to church as St. Paul guitar great Dean Magraw and his newly assembled band the Siblings play a concert titled “Healing With Feeling.” A benefit for St. Joan of Arc church, it co-stars versatile singer Bruce Henry, outstanding post-bop pianist Bryan Nichols, “A Prairie Home Companion” drummer Peter Johnson, Ticket to Brasil percussionist and singer Lidia Berman and St. Joan “house” bassist Dick Hedlund. A promising crew, indeed. (7 p.m. Sun., St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Av. S., Mpls. $20. 612-823-8205.) Surowicz

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