Music: The big gigs for March 15-21

  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 12:32 PM
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Pink performs Tuesday at sold-out Xcel Energy Center.

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Rochester blues-rock belter Sena Ehrhardt hopes to raise her national profile with “All In,” her second album for San Francisco’s Blind Pig label. The blonde bombshell, 30, has powerful pipes, a sense of style and a way with words (she co-wrote seven of the groove-loving selections with her guitar-playing dad, Ed). She adds a certain slow, soulful savoir faire to Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me,” delivers Albert Collins’ “Cold Cold Feeling” with the right mixture of pain and determination, and finds a spiritual purpose on the passionate original “Dreamin’ or Dyin.’ ” While the musicianship is solid, the sound on the disc is a bit antiseptic. There will undoubtedly be more roadhouse grit at her CD-release party. (6 p.m. Fri., Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, $10.) Jon Bream

 

One of two idiosyncratic British buzz bands playing a sold-out show here in the next few weeks — see also: Alt-J — Django Django plays jaggedly rhythmic but sunnily harmonious psychedelic rock that falls somewhere between Yeasayer and Beta Band. The London-based quartet’s eponymous debut earned a Mercury Prize nomination last year (it lost to Alt-J) and two of its hazy singles, “Default” and the meteoric “Hail Bop,” have been Current playlist staples. Yep, the dudes are hipster fare to a T, but sound quite legit. Minneapolis’ own psychedelic twang-pop faves Night Moves earned a choice opening slot on Django Django’s spring tour. (9 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, sold out.). Chris Riemenschneider

 

Texas pop-jazz thrush Kat Edmondson gets around. She crooned “Nothing Compares 2 U” at last week’s Prince tribute in Carnegie Hall. She duetted with Lyle Lovett (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) on disc and on “The Tonight Show” in 2011, and last year wangled A-list studio names including producer Phil Ramone, engineer Al Schmitt and keyboardist Larry Goldings (and Lovett) to play on her Kickstarter-funded second album, “Way Down Low.” Her voice can get a little breathy and girlish, but she can also croon sad and sultry. Belgian singer/songwriter Milow opens. (8 p.m. Sat., Dakota Jazz Club, $20.) Bream

 

In 2010, Ryan Bingham won an Oscar, a Grammy and the Americana Music Association’s artist of the year for his music in the movie “Crazy Heart” and his own “Junky Star” album. Pretty heady stuff for the raspy voiced Texan. Last year Bingham returned with the self-released, self-produced, uneven “Tomorrowland.” Something’s clearly bugging him, personally and politically, as he rambles through some reckless roadhouse rockers, but he’s convincing on the quieter, acoustic-based Americana tunes, including the weary-voiced “No Help From God.” Honey Honey opens. (8 p.m. Sun., First Avenue, $20.) Bream

 

One of the more unique musical characters the San Francisco Bay Area ever produced, droll and swinging Dan Hicks snuck a lot of hip jazz jive past the Haight-Ashbury hippies on such classic albums as “Where’s the Money?” and “Last Train to Hicksville.” That was 40 years ago, yet Hicks is still fresh as a daisy, in flawless voice, funnier than all but a few stand-up comics, and happily leading a new-millennium crop of Hot Licks through his timeless catalog of cult “hits.” (7 p.m. Sun.-Mon., Dakota, $35.) Tom Surowicz

 

Always the happiest of bluesmen, Keb Mo sounds warm and almost cuddly on “The Reflection,” his 2011 collection of mostly originals co-written with the likes of pop balladeer Melissa Manchester, country star Vince Gill and soul man Leon Ware. The most intriguing number is the lone cover, the Eagles’ “One of These Nights,” which Mo turns into a quiet-storm tune of sweet yearning. (7:30 p.m. Mon., Guthrie, $46-$48.) Bream

 

Animal Collective played a lackluster and semi-incoherent First Ave show last time around behind the mesmerizing 2009 album “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” but the Baltimore-reared gurus of psychedelic indie-folk-pop have once again kept things interesting enough on record to merit another chance. Their ninth album in 12 years — the boys have been prolific even around their many solo endeavors as Panda Bear, Avey Tare, etc. — sounds more like a band than a collective, with rockier tones amid the usual sonic playground. Even if they disappoint, fans can count on the rowdy electronic freak-out dance party created by opening act Dan Deacon. (8 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider

Northern Ireland’s fuzztone pop-punk trio Ash made a small splash on this side of the pond with its Weezer-y mid-’90s singles “Kung Fu” and “Goldfinger” but never matched its U.K. following. The original threesome’s first wide-reaching U.S. tour in seven years follows the stateside release of “A-Z Series,” a compilation of recent singles. Dance-rockers Strange Names return home straight from SXSW to open. (8 p.m. Mon., Varsity Theater, $15-$17.) Riemenschneider

 

Picking up steam with its Feist-like piano-bopped tune “Little Numbers,” Hamburg-based harmonious-pop duo Boy — Swiss-born Valeska Steiner and German native Sonja Glass — has a whirlwind week planned at South by Southwest Music Conference before a calmer two-night stand in Minnesota. The pair’s lone album, “Mutual Friends,” came out in 2011 but was just reissued stateside by Nettwerk in February. It’s more somber in tone than the single, with traces of Joanna Newsom. Their intimate Bryant-Lake Bowl show (7 p.m. Mon.) has long been sold out, so they added a gig with local sister songwriting team the Ericksons for openers, fresh off their new album with Field Report/Bon Iver collaborator Beau Sorenson producing. (8 p.m. Tue., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $15.) Riemenschneider

 

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