The Big Gigs for May 10-16

  • Updated: May 10, 2013 - 9:31 AM

Concert spotlights on Daughter, Limp Bizkit, Rodriguez, the Girls Got Rhythm fest, kids act Clementown and more.


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For its second year, the Girls Got Rhythm Festival didn’t nab a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame heroine like last year’s headliner, Ronnie Spector, but it did recruit two acts permanently tied to rock history. First up are the Avengers, who opened the Sex Pistols’ infamous last show in San Francisco and helped spark the Bay Area’s great punk scene. They play Friday along with local favorites Gateway District and Total Trash. Saturday’s big name is former Runaways singer Cherie Currie, whose old bandmate Joan Jett actually was up for a Rock Hall induction this year. At least Joan won in her efforts to bring Cherie out of rock ’n’ roll retirement. She’s performing with Milwaukee pop darlings the Sugar Stems, Italy’s Marilu & the Machettes and psychedelic all-female local trio Is/Is. Read our interview with Currie at (9 p.m. Fri. & 8 p.m. Sat., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $20 per night, $35 both, Chris Riemenschneider

A clear highlight of Minnesota Public Radio’s “Wits” series this season, torch-twang/alt-country favorite Neko Case and her singing partner Kelly Hogan will play their first local gig since 2011’s Rock the Garden concert as Case winds down recording on her first album since 2009’s acclaimed “Middle Cyclone.” Case’s staunch animal-rights support and who-knows-what-else could be fodder for her comedic pairing for the show, Rob Delaney, the hip Boston-reared writer and stand-up best-known from Twitter, where his musings last week included: “So cool about the openly gay @NRA player.” (7 p.m. Fri., Fitzgerald Theater, sold out, Riemenschneider

With hints of the XX’s lo-fi throb and Beach House’s more ornate ambience, Daughter has not surprisingly ignited a healthy buzz following last week’s stateside release of its full-length debut, “If You Leave.” The London trio — fronted by raven-haired, siren-voiced singer/guitarist Elena Tonra — is on its first major headlining tour, and guess who its opener is? Minneapolis’ own Jeremy Messersmith, now a labelmate on Glassnote Records. (9 p.m. Fri., Fine Line, $15.) Riemenschneider

Fondly remembered as a lead voice of the R&B Cadets and Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, cool canary Robin Pluer is back for a couple of gigs, singing French songs, pop, jazz and country with guitar-playing pal Robb Henry and his Parisota Hot Club cronies. Friday, you’ll get a standard electric guitar trio with drummer Jay Epstein and bassist Keith Boyles. Saturday, it’s more of a Parisian bistro lineup, with violinist Jim Plattes, bassist Matt Senjem and Epstein. Either way, Pluer will enchant. Reservations strongly recommended. (7-10 p.m. Fri., Shanghai Bistro, 324 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-430-9000, no cover; 6-9 p.m. Sat., Loring Pasta Bar, 327 14th Av. SE., Mpls., 612-378-4849, no cover.) Tom Surowicz

You could give your mom tickets for Josh Groban or Michael Bublé this fall. Or you could get more instant gratification with old-school romantic balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck. The 77-year-old British idol will regale mothers and others with “After the Lovin’ ” and “The Last Waltz.” (8 p.m. Sat., Mystic Lake Casino, $32-$38.) Jon Bream

Cleveland-born, Northwestern-educated Joshua Radin is a well-connected sensitive singer/songwriter. He knew Zach Braff, which got his music on “Scrubs” and on Columbia Records. Radin eventually fell in with the Hotel Cafe crowd in Los Angeles, where the music on last year’s “Underwater” fits in perfectly. Equal parts early John Mayer and early Paul Simon, Radin is a breathy-voiced, bittersweet romantic who seasons his sadness with optimism and a dash of orchestral sweetening. Radin self-released a new album, “Wax Wings,” this week. (7 p.m. Tue., Dakota Jazz Club, $40.) Bream

After stints on Sub Pop and Kill Rock Stars, wiry Oregonian punk blasters the Thermals are now working with another famed indie label, Omaha’s Saddle Creek. The move reflects the no-fuss, all-heart approach of their dark new album, “Desperate Ground,” recorded in New York with producer John Agnello (Hold Steady, Free Energy) hours before Hurricane Sandy went into overdrive. Suffice it to say there’s a lot of urgency in the songs. Local openers Strange Relations are a collegiate trio well studied on classic, reverb-laden ethereal rock. (9 p.m. Tue., 7th Street Entry, $15.) Riemenschneider

Best known for his mutton-chop sideburns and his work with Jackson Browne, David Lindley is a guitar player’s guitarist. He’s accompanied a who’s who of stars, including Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt and the Bangles. His latest album, “Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino,” is a live disc of a duo tour he did with Browne in Spain in 2006. (7:30 p.m. Tue. Cedar, $20-$25.) Bream

The brawn-over-brainpower rap-metal band that gave us such memorable titles as “Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water” and “Break Stuff,” Limp Bizkit is back. Credit/blame partially goes to Lil Wayne, who signed the late-’90s group to his Cash Money Records and guests on the first single, “Ready to Go.” Weezy’s involvement might turn on a whole new generation of testosterone-testy teens to Fred Durst & Co., whose team again includes original guitarist Wes Borland. Maybe best remembered locally for nearly setting the Metrodome roof on fire in 2003 with Metallica, they seriously were an explosive live band. They’re touring again to build buzz for a would-be comeback album due this summer titled — wait for it! — “Stampede of the Disco Elephants.” (8:30 p.m. Tue., Varsity Theater, sold out.) Riemenschneider

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