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Continued: Big Gigs: The best Twin Cities concerts Nov. 8-14

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One of rock’s beloved oddballs, Jonathan Richman is as prolific as he is unique. So don’t call out for Modern Lovers gems — though he might reprise the lovely “Let Her Go Into the Darkness” from “There’s Something About Mary,” or his cult hit “I Was Dancing at the Lesbian Bar.” Otherwise, Richman and his drummer/co-star, Tommy Larkins, are likely to offer whatever new thoughts and grooves are on their mind, sometimes in French or Spanish. Local “progressive funk” band PHO opens. (7:30 p.m. Wed., Cedar Cultural Center, $12-$16.) Tom Surowicz


Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has rebounded from his band’s disappointing fourth record, “Comedown Machine,” and his own struggles through rehab to produce one of the stronger efforts in the group’s extracurricular canon. He gets personal but sticks pretty close to the guitar-spunk sound he’s known for on a five-song EP, “St. Justice,” issued last month on bandmate Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. His solo tour includes tunes from his 2008 solo album, “¿Cómo Te Llama?,” plus covers. Luke Rathborne opens. (8:30 p.m. Thu., Varsity Theater, $17.) Riemenschneider


A good sign it’s for a great cause: People Serving People’s second annual Sounds Like Home concert features four bands of varying styles who could headline the club on another night. The headliner in this case will be Astronautalis, the philosophical indie-rap road hound who just smashed the same venue last month with P.O.S. as Four Fists. Rounding out the bill are psychedelic pop-twangers Night Moves, arty boy-girl duo Fort Wilson Riot and nervy dance-rockers Strange Names. All proceeds help the reputable Minneapolis family homeless shelter. (7 p.m. Thu., Triple Rock, $13.) Riemenschneider


Jimmy Webb is such a revered songwriter that he got Keith Urban, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker and other big names to duet on this year’s “Still Within the Sound of My Voice,” a collection of Webb’s songs. Brian Wilson adds Beach Boys-like harmonies on “MacArthur Park” and David Crosby and Graham Nash frame “If These Walls Could Speak.” Webb returns to Minneapolis to tell tales behind his songs, including “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman” and “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress.” Pianist Robin Spielberg opens. (7 p.m. Thu., Dakota, $40-$45.) Bream


Revered in Canada yet barely known in the States, ace folk songwriter David Francey started his musical career a bit late — at age 45. But he’s recorded 11 albums since 1999, winning three Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) and starring in a full-length documentary. Francey lived in Scotland until age 12, and you can still hear echoes from across the pond in his winning and warm voice. And he’s a natural storyteller, charming and funny. (6:30 p.m. Sat., Ginkgo Coffeehouse, $50 with dinner, $39 with dessert and beverage.) Surowicz


The most compelling young pianist/composer on the local jazz scene, Bryan Nichols will front two different combos this weekend. Friday it’s a quartet co-starring sax man Brandon Wozniak, bassist James Buckley and drummer Cory Healey, an Iowa native who’s a nice addition to the scene after fruitful stops in New York City and Chicago. Saturday’s quintet retains Wozniak and Buckley, adds a second potent sax in Michael Lewis of Happy Apple, and replaces Healey on drums with Mr. “Jazz Implosion,” J.T. Bates. A good bet either way. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $12. ) Surowicz


“Foodie nights” at the Dakota are a good deal, with no cover charge and $10 bottles of wine. Those nights are especially attractive when they involve versatile accordion maestro Patrick Harison and his ever-charming Patty & the Buttons. This time they’re joined by the often sublime duo of singer Maud Hixson and piano all-pro Rick Carlson. Hixson works regularly with the Buttons’ splendid clarinetist, Tony Balluff, in the groovy Gallic group French 75. (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota Jazz Club.) Surowicz


One of today’s most prodigious jazz trumpeters (and flugelhornists), two-time Grammy winner Roy Hargrove makes his annual visit downtown. His acoustic hard-jazz quintet includes old pal and longtime foil Justin Robinson on alto sax, plus excellent young New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner. (7 & 9 p.m. Tue.-Wed., Dakota Jazz Club, $25-$35.) (9 p.m.) Surowicz


Pianist Timothy Lovelace performs the music of Minnesota composers Eric Stokes and Steve Heitzeg, both known for their evocation of the natural world. He premieres two works by Heitzeg: “Earthshaker (in memory of Eric Stokes),” scored for solo piano with stones and plastic water bottles, and “Quaker Peace Waltz.” Heitzig also will be featured with “Sandhill Crane (Migration Variations)” for solo piano, “Pipestone Peace Pipe” for solo flute and “Three Graces for Hildur” for soprano and piano. Stokes’ works include “Four Songs” for voice and oboe, “Las Golondrinas for Cynthia” for solo flute and “Rock and Roll” for five players and rocks. Lovelace is joined by Immanuel Davis on flute, John Snow on oboe, soprano Maria Jette and percussionist Randall Davidson. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall, 2106 S. 4th St., University of Minnesota, Mpls. Free.) William Randall Beard


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