The Big Gigs for week of March 22

  • Updated: March 22, 2013 - 10:12 AM

Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving plays the Triple Rock on Wednesday.

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On 2011’s “Fixin’ to Die,” G. Love traded Special Sauce, his usual backup band, for the Avett Brothers, who produced the disc. It’s kinda country, kinda bluesy (with covers of Son House and Bukka White) and kinda special. Since his unforgettable debut at the old Uptown Bar in 1994, the blues-loving, hip-hop-breathing Philly star has always slayed Twin Cities audience. On this trip, he’ll be joined by Special Sauce. Arrive early for highly talented Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright, a Grammy-nominated Oklahoman who impressed opening for Shawn Colvin at the Guthrie, especially with his Merle Haggard-evoking original “Forgotten Flowers.” (9 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, $25.) Jon Bream


“Miracle Mile,” the new album by sparkly synth-poppers Strfkr, deals in the summer-breeze disco and psychedelic divergences that have marked the Portland quartet’s career. If not groundbreaking, main man Joshua Hodge’s danceable, mid-tempo magic is infectious. (9 p.m. Fri., Varsity Theater, 18-plus, $13-$15.) Michael Rietmulder


Kyle Falconer, frontman for Scottish guitar-pop band the View, described their latest album, “Cheeky for a Reason,” as “Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ done by the Clash.” So, greatest album ever, right? Not quite. But even if the View stays in the middle of the road, at least they’re cruisin’ in a rather sleek ride filled with a bunch of guitars-and-good-times-loving rockers. (9 p.m. Fri., 7th Street Entry, 18-plus, $10-$12.) Mark Brenden


Low’s new Jeff Tweedy-produced album for Sub Pop Records, “The Invisible Way,” is a unique affair, with drummer Mimi Parker stepping out front more as a singer and with piano being a primary instrument. The Duluth trio is making its Twin Cities release concert all the more unique by recruiting members of Trampled by Turtles for collaborators and taping it as a “Current Sessions” special for 89.3 the Current. Read an interview with frontman Alan Sparhawk at (8 p.m. Sat., Fitzgerald Theater, sold out.) Chris Riemenschneider


Fans of L.A.-based Local Natives enjoy a certain cinematography with their music. With dreamy, ventilated three-part harmonies and ever-building drum and guitar rhythms, the band likes to reach a kind of musical orgasm in the middle of its songs. Produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner, the second Natives LP, “Hummingbird,” has garnered pleasant reviews since its January release. Any Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend comparisons come of the group’s own volition — nothing new this way comes. (9 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, 18-plus. Sold out.) Brenden


Uh, oh. Rihanna has been suffering from laryngitis, which forced her to cancel two recent shows on her just-started Diamonds World Tour. Does that mean pop’s reigning sexpot — who has enjoyed a remarkable eight-year run of Top 10 pop hits, including the current striking ballad “Stay” — will turn to lip synching? In past shows, she has proved to be an impressively strong vocalist and a provocative entertainer. With RiRi arriving five days after Pink in the same arena, there will be unavoidable comparisons between the two hot pop divas. New York rapper A$AP Rocky opens. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Xcel Energy Center, $59.50-$125.) Bream


In the ’90s, every goth with a heart full of discontent and a mom who’d drive them to Hot Topic rocked a KMFDM T-shirt hard. There’s still a legion of fans devoted to the German electro-metalers, who have logged nearly 30 years in the biz. Car-crushing guitars and dark dance beats abound on last month’s “Kunst,” the quintet’s 18th studio album. Legion Within and Czar open. (8 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, 18-plus, $22.) Rietmulder


Over the course of a decade, Montreal’s Stars have become masters of synth-pop versatility. With the male/female vocals of Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, they can sound blithely indie or ambitiously majestic. “Backlines,” from Stars’ sixth and current album, “North,” fits in the latter category, and “Do You Want to Die Together?” melds both styles. Both tracks are receiving love from the Current. Opening are Canada’s Said the Whale and Los Angeles’ Milo Greene, an indie-folk ensemble with sunny melodies and sweet harmonies. (8 p.m. Tue., First Avenue, $20.) Bream

The “who’s that girl?” questions started swirling around U.K. singer/songwriter Lucy Rose after she handled backup vocals for Bombay Bicycle Club. Last September the budding Brit earned her own major-label stripes, dropping her debut album, “Like I Used To,” via Columbia Records. The 23-year-old’s fleshed-out folk-pop and wunderkind girl-with-guitar narrative has garnered Laura Marling comparisons. While she’s capable of bare-bones ballads, most of Rose’s work comes with a stylish pop sheen. Holly Newsom of Zoo Animal and the Chalice’s endearing-in-her-own-right Claire de Lune open. (8 p.m. Tue., 7th Street Entry, 18-plus, $8-$10.) Rietmulder


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