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Continued: The Big Gigs for April 19-25

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British singer/songwriter Nick Drake was a brilliant, brooding, stage-fearing, depressive loner who become more famous after his death. He made only three albums from 1969 to ’72, but those works, especially the finale “Pink Moon,” have elevated him to revered status, with his dark, solitary and often bleak work often cited as the inspiration for many, including the Cure, Kate Bush and Lucinda Williams. He will be saluted by several Twin Cities musicians, including Mason Jennings, Steve Tibbetts and Haley Bonar, as well as esteemed music-biz executive Joe Boyd, who produced Drake along with Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd and many others. Boyd, who just produced a new Drake tribute album, will also give a presentation and do a Q&A. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Cedar Cultural Center, $10.) Bream


Much like Trampled by Turtles did last week, Poliça is wrapping up a steady year of international touring with a hometown gig at the club where it launched its album’s release. If there happens to be any doubt the two-drummered, ethereal throb-rock quartet maintained its buzz in that time, this show follows a two-weekend stint at the Coachella Music Fest and the release of a new single, “Tiff,” which features longtime pal Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on guest vocals. Psychedelic twang-poppers Night Moves open along with Ronia, a new duo featuring Dark Dark Dark singer Nona Marie and electronic wiz Mark McGee. (8:30 p.m. Tue., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider


Black, brilliant, woefully underappreciated — composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990) is a natural for Jace Clayton’s first foray into classical music. As DJ/rupture, the Brooklyn-based renaissance dude has been creating and re-creating music with meaning (with an emphasis on Africa and the African diaspora) for the better part of 15 years. “Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner” finds Clayton and a small army of collaborators conjuring a multimedia celebration of the troubled visionary’s short life and remarkable work. (7:30 p.m. Thu., 8 p.m. next Fri., Music Room at SPCO Center, 408 St. Peter St., third floor, $5-$10.) Rod Smith


After a decade of cultish fame and critical accolades, Idaho-bred Americana pop tunesmith Josh Ritter should see a little more commercial success with his charmer of a new album, “The Beast in Its Tracks.” There’s already good radio support for the sweet-lament single “Joy to You Baby,” which sounds like a long lost Nilsson classic. Sea Wolf, a k a Los Angeles folk-rocker Alex Brown Church, opens with a solo acoustic set. (8:30 p.m. Thu., First Avenue, $25.) Riemenschneider


So, is T.I. out of jail? He’d better be, because he has a gig in Minneapolis to make. Some might call the ticket prices a crime, though. The Atlanta rapper and occasional actor finally seems to have gotten his life together, following two prison stays for weapons and drug charges. Then again, his life is still crazy enough to be the basis for a new VH1 reality show, “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” with his wife “Tiny” Tameka Cottle of the ’90s R&B group Xscape. He’s out promoting his humbly titled 2012 album, “Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head,” which landed a minor hit with “Ball” but nothing like his late-’00s mega-singles “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life” and “Dead and Gone.” (9 p.m. Fri., Epic, $50-$80.) Riemenschneider


Kellie Pickler is starting to get more respect. The first “American Idol” alum to land on “Dancing With the Stars” — where she’s doing quite well — Pickler released one of the most critically acclaimed country albums of 2012, “100 Proof.” It’s good ol’ classic country, with such standout tracks as “Long as I Never See You Again” and “Where’s Tammy Wynette?” Pickler always gets amped for her Twin Cities performances because her songwriter husband, Kyle Jacobs, is from Bloomington. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Mystic Lake Casino, $39-$49.) Bream


If you like sparkling, inventive, driving and bluesy mainstream jazz piano, David Hazeltine is your man. A Milwaukee native and longtime New York fixture, he has played with quite a collection of seminal jazz stars, including Eddie Harris, James Moody and Chet Baker (who advised him to move to the Apple). (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $15.) Surowicz


Tributes to John Coltrane usually involve a sax or two, but local guitar trio Red Planet pays tribute to Trane at every gig, recycling lesser known compositions such as “Saturn,” “Africa” and “Mr. Syms.” Now the Twin Cities Jazz Society has invited the band to tackle a whole concert’s worth of Coltrane classics. That’s an ideal challenge for lifelong Coltrane lovers Dean Magraw (guitar), Chris Bates (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums). (4 p.m. Sun., Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. $5-$12.) Surowicz


Lest you think Molly Ringwald is another actress trying to be a singer, consider her background: She recorded with her father, a jazz pianist, at age 6, sang in L.A. musicals at 10 and recorded albums for Disney at 12. Then she became a teen actress, starring in “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink.” This year, Ringwald released her first adult album, “Except ... Sometimes,” a collection of jazz standards. While she shows a good grasp of jazz instincts, her voice is a bit thin and her phrasing self-conscious. But Ringwald fans must hear her reworking of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” — the Simple Minds smash featured in her film “The Breakfast Club” — as a dark, intimate ballad. (7 & 9 p.m. Tue., Dakota, $25-$35.) Bream

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