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Continued: Big Gigs: The Twin Cities' best concerts, Dec. 27-Jan. 2

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In the year since he took third place on NBC’s top-rated music competition “The Voice,” Nicholas David has been all over the map, literally and figuratively. The hairy and hearty soul-rocker played his own pair of First Ave gigs in May, joined Bobby Z’s all-star jam and the Secret Stash Soul Revue there, dropped his iTunes-charting EP “Say Goodbye” and worked on a full-length record in 2013. Ever the do-gooder, he recently returned from a charity trip to rural Mexico with the Smile Network and has every reason to smile himself going into this year-end celebration. Fellow St. Paul singer Ashley DuBose opens, fresh from her own go-round on “The Voice.” (8:30 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $20-$25.) Chris Riemenschneider


Because one night of bass bombs just won’t cut it, the Skyway again hosts the annual two-night Infrasound blowout. Brooklyn-based hip-hop/electro producer Eliot Lipp headlines night one, with support from dubstep/DnB lurker the Widdler — whose Owsla-issued “Spacetime” EP dropped in December — Desert Dwellers and more. The Dec. 31 lineup features Katy Perry-remixing trap, er, “twonk” artist Brillz, West Coast-rooted beat monster and Ableton sensei ill.Gates, hometown hero Vaski, Megalodon, Midnight Tyrannosaurus and more. (7 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Skyway Theatre, $15-$35, 18-plus.) Michael Rietmulder


The Twin Cities’ love affair with Dawes — and vice versa — continues with the Los Angeles band’s second annual end-of-the-year stand at the Varsity. While Dawes didn’t seem quite as rollicking in July at First Avenue showcasing tunes from this year’s “Stories Don’t End,” they still remain one of America’s most vital young bands and Taylor Goldsmith one of the most compelling frontmen to emerge in the ’10s. Wisconsin’s Field Report opens both nights. (8:30 p.m. Mon.; sold out. 9:30 p.m. Tue., $75-$125, Varsity Theater, 18-plus.) Bream


New Year’s Day — when throbbing heads turn to resolutions of betterment — might be the slowest 24-hour period on the concert calendar. But Twin Cities scene vet Curtiss A has resolved to rock. Fresh off a tribute to the Replacements, his annual tip-o’-the-hat to John Lennon and the first CC Club concert in 38 years, tonight he’ll pay tribute to country legend Hank Williams. The celebration is sadly appropriate, as one of Williams’ last remaining honky-tonkin’ peers, Ray Price, died Dec. 16 at 87. “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,” indeed. Expect Curtiss to honor Hank with the gusto and pride he does all his musical heroes, with help from Frankie Lee, ex-Son Volt stalwarts Dave and Jim Boquist, and others. (7 p.m. Wed., Dakota Jazz Club, $10.) Boller


Twin Cities bar heroes the Butanes Soul Revue used to be omnipresent but now they only get their big gang together — including super-singers Maurice Jacox, Aisha Baker and Deb Brown, plus blow-the-roof-off-the-sucka Wisconsin sax powerhouse Sue Orfield — on very special occasions. And Curt Obeda and the boys have just such an occasion this week, their 26th anniversary gig. For the record, the band is now as old as Snooki, Ke$ha, Hilary Duff, Kevin Jonas and rapper/actor Bow Wow. Come out and help them celebrate. (9 p.m. Fri., Minnesota Music Cafe, $12.) Surowicz


There’s a new twist to the Bad Plus’ annual late-December residency at the Dakota. Besides playing old favorites, disarming rock covers and songs from the recent electrified “Made Possible” CD, the jazz power trio will tackle and transform Stravinsky’s classic “Rite of Spring” at their final night’s shows. Gotta love the audacity. (7 & 9 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Dakota Jazz Club, $40.) Surowicz


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