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Continued: The Big Gigs for April 26-May 2

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How much respect does Gordon Lightfoot still command? Bob Dylan covered the Canadian hero’s “Shadows” last year in Edmonton, and the Replacements recorded his “I’m Not Sayin’ ” for their new “Songs for Slim” reunion disc. At 74, Lightfoot is celebrating 50 years on the Carefree Highway Tour. He was in good form on last year’s “All Live” album, recorded in 2011 at Toronto’s landmark Massey Hall. (7:30 p.m. Mon. State, $48.50-$58.50.) Bream


In a sweaty, spastic and sometimes outright annoying set last weekend at the Coachella Music Fest, young British buzz band Palma Violets made a strong impression with a devilish mix of Clash-like bombast and Blur-like psychedelic pop charm. The highlight was “Best of Friends,” a howling anthem that England’s NME magazine named best song of 2012, but the band’s two alternating frontmen have a few other tricks up their album sleeve, as heard on their Rough Trade debut, “180.” Also boasting a sizable smattering of hype, opening act Guards is a New York garage-pop band led by Richie Follin, formerly of the Willowz and a brother to Cults singer Madeline Follin. (9 p.m. Tue., 7th Street Entry, $12.) Riemenschneider


Trendy British pop star James Blake creates an intoxicating mix of minimalist pop and subtle electronica. On his just-released second album “Overgrown,” he invites RZA to rap on the mesmerizingly repetitious but rhythm-free “Take a Fall for Me” and enlists Brian Eno to go up-tempo on the chill electronica “Digital Lion.” Rewarding stuff but not necessarily easy to listen to live. This should be one of the most challenging shows in a string of late-April full houses in First Ave’s main room. (9 p.m. Wed. First Avenue, $20-$22.) Bream


Danny Brown’s big floppy hairdo is hardly his most shocking trait. The high-wired Detroit rapper’s acclaimed 2011 album, “XXX,” had plenty of X-rated sexual lyrics and other raunchy rhymes along with a wicked sense of humor and manic beats. Fresh from playing Coachella and opening A$AP Rocky’s tour, Brown seems poised to break out of the rap underground with his upcoming album, “Old,” due in August. He’s touring with rapper/comedian Kitty, a k a Kitty Pride, the Florida college student who recently landed the teen trash-talk viral hit “Okay Cupid.” (9 p.m. Fri., Triple Rock, sold out.) Riemenschneider


Self-styled “roaming blues poet and musician” Ray Bonne­ville is a Canadian native and Juno Award winner who was inspired by the music of New Orleans, where he lived in the 1980s. A one-man band who plays guitar and harmonica and often keeps the beat with foot percussion, he’s recorded three acclaimed CDs for Red House Records, the latest being “Bad Man’s Blood.” Before turning to music full-time, Bonneville was a cabdriver, flight instructor and bush pilot. He didn’t write his first song until age 41, though the musical vignettes, rough-hewn and romantic, seem to pour out of him now. (9 p.m. Sat., Aster Cafe, $10.) Tom Surowicz


Making their annual visit to St. Paul, the African Jazz Trio features two talented brothers originally from the Ivory Coast: guitarist Loba Akou and electric bassist Serge Akou. Though Serge has lived a long while in the Twin Cities, he’s certainly not overexposed locally. His highest-profile gig has been working with singer Estaire Godinez, who left town several years ago. His brother resides in Detroit, where he recorded a fine live CD. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $12.) Surowicz


After making his mark with Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, saxophonist Eric Marienthal has gone on to record 13 hit-and-miss solo CDs, working both with jazz heavyweights and smooth operators. He’s a potent player capable of serious soloing, though you’d hardly know that from his latest creamy studio effort, “It’s Love.” Largely sexy aural wallpaper, it shows off Marienthal’s striking sound in a highly commercial context. Hopefully, the JazzMN Orchestra — who invited him to headline their season-ending concert — will bring out the best in the multi-reedman (alto, tenor, soprano), whose regular work with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is a good omen. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center, 2400 Lindbergh Dr., Minnetonka. $17-$29. Surowicz


In a real departure on last year’s “Glad Rag Doll,” Diana Krall explored mostly songs of the 1920s and ’30s with rootsy producer T Bone Burnett. Think vaudeville and Ziegfeld Follies — with one boogeying rockabilly ditty thrown in for good measure. Now the standards-loving, sultry jazz piano queen is bringing her “Glad Rag Doll” flavor to the stage, complete with retro stage design, clips of classic black-and-white movies and even some Tom Waits tunes. (7:30 p.m. Sun., State Theatre, $65-$95.) Bream

After a casually brilliant, standing-room-only solo performance at Macalester in February, guitar guru Bill Frisell is back with one of his many bands. The Beautiful Dreamers, co-starring violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston, are named after the Stephen Foster classic, which they recorded in quirky Frisell fashion on a lovely 2010 CD that also featured covers of Benny Goodman, Blind Willie Johnson, the Carter Family, even Little Anthony & the Imperials (“Goin’ Out of My Head”) — a picture of Frisell should appear in the dictionary alongside the word eclectic. (7 & 9 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, $35-$40.) Surowicz


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