The Big Gigs for April 19-25

  • Updated: April 18, 2013 - 3:10 PM
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Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (brothers Ian, left, and Teague Alexy) celebrate their new album at the 7th Street Entry on Saturday.

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For the jam-band nation, the concerts are never long enough. So here’s a double bill that should provide plenty of soulful granola tunes. Ryan Montbleau is a Boston soul man, equal parts Amos Lee and G. Love with a hint of Dave Matthews. Montbleau swears that his band and headliners ALO are like brothers from different mothers. Headliners ALO, a California crew signed to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire label, are laid-back jammers with a flair for pop hooks who are more energetic live. (8 p.m. Fri., Varsity, $16.50-$28.50.) Jon Bream

 

Allentown, Pa., quartet Pissed Jeans is one modern band on the Sub Pop Records roster that sounds left over from the label’s late-’80s era, with hardcore-meets-sludge-metal guitar crunch and Nirvana/Melvins-style snark. The band’s fourth album, “Honeys,” is especially a riot, with fervent songs that mock everything from mass-processed food to drunken socialites, all delivered by wily, wild-eyed frontman Matt Korvette. Local noise maestros Gay Witch Abortion and Total Trash open, in case there was any doubt earplugs might be required. (9 p.m. Fri., Triple Rock, $12.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Fountains of Wayne’s celebrated songwriting duo Chris Collingsworth and Adam Schlesinger have always been held up as more sophisticated pop maestros than their rocky albums and novelty hit “Stacy’s Mom” suggest. So it shouldn’t be surprising that they’re playing one of the poshest clubs in town on a three-city acoustic trek. (8 p.m. Fri., Dakota, $35.) Riemenschneider

 

Nobody in Minnesota nowadays does native son Bob Dylan as well as the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank do. After issuing solo albums last year, Duluthian brothers Teague and Ian Alexy paired up for a second Hobos collection, “Number One Contender,” and it plainly yet magically shows off their No. 1 influence. Working at Sparta Studios with Rich Mattson co-producing, they seemed to egg each other on the way the Band prodded Bob, with loose, lively song rave-ups and masterful guitar work. Easily one of the best Minnesota-made albums of the year. The bros kick off their release weekend Friday at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth. Their Twin Cities party will feature Trampled by Turtles fiddler Ryan Young and openers the Jillian Rae Band and Walker Fields. (9 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $10.)

 

Johnny Rivers is the rare 1960s rock star who can still headline his own shows rather than touring with an oldies package. At 70, he retains the vocal strength and charisma to deliver his hits, including “Summer Rain,” “Secret Agent Man” and “Poor Side of Town.” He’s even got a new single, a bluegrass-tinged rendition of “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It.” (8 p.m. Sat., Treasure Island Casino, $20-$30.) Bream

 

Before she became a famous actress on Fox’s “Married ... With Children,” Katey Sagal was a singer who worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Tanya Tucker and Bette Midler. She even released a couple of solo albums and has contributed songs to the soundtrack of her current hit series, FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” Sagal is taking the show on the road for four Midwest gigs, bringing versatile jazzy soulman Curtis Stigers to sing the theme song, cast members Theo Rossi (Juice) and Mark Boone Junior (Bobby Elvis) to answer questions from fans, and herself to showcase her musical talents. Read an interview with Sagal at www.startribune.com/tv. (8 p.m. Sat., Mill City Nights, $49.50-$250.) Bream

 

Beyoncé played Etta James in the movie “Cadillac Records,” Christina Aguilera has included James’ “At Last” in her repertoire for years, and Flo Rida sampled James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” in his hit “Good Feeling.” Versatile Minneapolis singer Thomasina Petrus, who portrayed Billie Holiday at Park Square Theatre, will salute James in a show titled “Etta ... Tell Mama.” (7 p.m. Sat. & 3 p.m. Sun., Capri Theater, $25.) Bream

 

Longtime local R&B star Gwen Matthews has been missing in action for a while. To get back on the scene, she had both knees replaced this month. Her musical friends are staging a benefit called “Walk a Mile With Me” to help her out. The all-star local lineup will include Sounds of Blackness, Mary Jane Alm, Ginger Commodore, Boyd and Aimee Lee, Patty Peterson, Mick Sterling, Bruce Henry, Prudence Johnson, Debbie Duncan and Kandii Matthews, Gwen’s daughter. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Dakota, $45.) Bream

 

While his old bandmate Morrissey canceled on Twin Cities fans three times before finally calling off his date here, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr could very well pick up a lot of new admirers on his first-ever U.S. solo tour. His second solo album, “The Messenger,” is electrifying, showcasing the distinctive guitar work he also brought to The The, Electronic and Modest Mouse as well as Marr’s unsung songwriting abilities. He’s reiterating those abilities on tour by playing a handful of the Smiths’ best-loved songs, for which he shares credit. Read an interview with Marr in Sunday’s Variety section. (8 p.m. Tue., Varsity Theater, $22-$35.) Riemenschneider

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