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Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé’s “adopted” sister in Destiny’s Child, has fashioned a respectable solo career with “Dilemma,” “Motivation” and David Guetta’s “When Love Takes Over.” On June 18, she’ll drop her fourth album, “Talk a Good Game,” touted as a return to R&B. That’s obvious on the first two singles, the dreamy medium-tempo “Ice,” featuring an R-rated rap by Lil Wayne, and the suggestive grinder “Kisses Down Below.” The album also features a track, “You Changed,” with all three members of the final incarnation of Destiny’s Child. Also performing is The-Dream, best known for the hits he’s written and produced for others, including “Single Ladies” and “Umbrella.” (9 p.m. Thu., Myth, $33-$100.) Bream


Heiruspecs’ outsized influence on the Twin Cities hip-hop scene is evident in the list of other musicians who employ its members, including Dessa and Brother Ali (and maybe even by the fact that Dessa and Brother Ali have backing bands). The five-piece live rap crew returned to the studio recently and will hit the stage for its fourth annual scholarship fundraiser for music students at St. Paul Central High, the group’s alma mater. About $10,000 has been raised in previous years. Sean Anonymous, Whistle Kid and DJ Beatnick will also perform, along with some surprise guests. (10 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $8-$10.) Riemenschneider


Though he still looks boyish, and maybe always will, jazz drummer and educator Phil Hey is celebrating his 60th birthday with a two-night stand. No Twin Cities drummer is more versatile, more reliable or more knowledgeable (and not just about music — Hey is an info bank on all manner of sports and his former hometown, Philadelphia). A veteran of Eddie Berger’s Jazz All Stars, Tribute to Mingus and a host of fine bands, Philly Phil has long led a creative quartet of his own, one with unchanging personnel — Dave Hagedorn on vibraphone, pianist Phil Aaron and bassist Tom Lewis, savvy stalwarts all — but an ever-expanding repertoire. (9 p.m Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $10.) Tom Surowicz

You’ve got to hand it to guitarist, composer and West Bank School of Music/MacPhail prof Paul Renz. The guy never lacks for energy or initiative. This weekend he imports his old flute-playing pal from Sweden (via New York City) Anders Bostrom to kick off “Jazz at the Steeple Center,” a new program at a former Rosemount church. Bostrom is an excellent Berklee-trained and Broadway-seasoned soloist, and Renz pens lots of fine material, some of it bluesy and rockin’. (8 p.m. Sat., Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, 651-322-6000. $10-$15.) Surowicz

Martin Taylor was marvelous in a cameo in February at the Dakota as part of the International Guitar Night tour. A master of the solo fingerstyle guitar, he impressed with sublime interpretations of famous jazz tunes as well as his witty patter. The British guitar star, who has worked with everyone from Stephane Grappelli to David Grisman, is touring with Laurence Juber, another British fingerstyle guitarist who may be best known for his two-year stint as lead guitarist with Wings, Paul McCartney’s other band, in the late 1970s. (7 p.m. Sun. Dakota, $25.) Bream


This weekend likely marks the season’s only opportunity to hear the Minnesota Chorale performing with a symphony orchestra. Their partner for “Praise in Heaven, Joy on Earth!” is the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, under music director William Schrickel. Chorale artistic director Kathy Saltzman Romey will lead the massed forces in Dvořák’s “Te Deum,” a smaller-scale work that inspired some of his finest music. Then Schrickel will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, featuring the Chorale in the final movement, “Ode to Joy.” (8 p.m. Sat., Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Av. W., Roseville; 4 p.m. Sun., Dragseth Auditorium, South View Middle School, 4725 South View Lane, Edina. Free.) William Randall Beard


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