Big Gigs: The best Twin Cities concerts, Jan. 3-9

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Pink performed during her “The Truth About Love” tour at Madison Square Garden last march in New York.

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With her ridiculously daring acrobatics, grand pop voice and embraceable underdog personality, Pink unquestionably delivered the best concert of 2013. A knockout in March in St. Paul, she was supposed to reprise her show in November in Minneapolis but had to postpone due to inflamed vocal cords. Now Billboard magazine’s 2013 woman of the year is going to give us a reason to go out in frigid January as she brings “Raise Your Glass,” the Grammy-nominated “Just Give Me a Reason” and all those aerial gymnastics back to town. Opening is New Politics, a Brooklyn pop/rock trio with Danish roots. (8 p.m. Tue., Target Center, $39.50-$125.) Jon Bream

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One of the best bands that have to drive south to play the Twin Cities, the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank had their best year yet in 2013. Their second album, “Number One Contender,” was a lively and sometimes lovely collection of Dylanesque acoustic twang-rock and bluesy folk. The North Shore duo pairs brothers Ian and Teague Alexy, both reputable songwriters. Teague is also a hip-hop beatmaker, per his latest solo album (no kidding). Unlike most brothers, they seem to love playing together. Rootsy Twin Cities newcomers Luke Warms & the Cool Hands and the May North open. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, $12.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

As could be expected of a band featuring 10 reputable musicians from different corners of the music scene, And the Professors performs at rare intervals. The string-laden folk-pop/orchestral-rock ensemble is finally playing a follow-up gig to October’s release party for “Our Postmortem,” featuring the classic American Songbook influences of Adam Levy. The Honeydogs frontman is joined by co-vocalists Bethany Larson and Aby Wolf, a core unit with seasoned sidemen DeVon Gray, Joey Van Phillips and Trent Norton, plus players from the Minnesota Opera orchestra. Batteryboy and Har-di-Har open. (9 p.m. Fri., Turf Club, $8-$10.) Riemenschneider

 

For the #1 Queens of the Dancefloor, a pair of illustrious, beat-loving ladies holds court over First Ave’s main room. Play Me Records matriarch Reid Speed (the “Bass Boss”) has been a force in contemporary bass music between her influential label and subgenre-melding mixes. Apparently, the SoCal DJ has a project in the works with local violinist made good Jessy Greene. This year Paul van Dyk-approved trance star Sandra Collins was featured in “Girl,” a documentary about women in dance music. Alien Brain Food, Bunny Mob, DJ ESP, Centrific and many more also perform on two stages. (7 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, 18-plus, $12-$15.) Michael Rietmulder

 

January is once again tribute month at the Cabooze, with salutes to Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin and this weekend’s ninth annual re-creation of the Band’s 1976 all-star swan song, “The Last Waltz.” Keyboardist Rob Hillstrom organizes the whole thing, and Terry Walsh as Van Morrison is worth the price of admission. Other standouts to watch for include Pat Hayes as Paul Butterfield, Big George Jackson as Muddy Waters and Jared Rush as Dr. John. Arrive early to see Walsh’s Van tribute band, the Belfast Cowboys. (9:30 p.m. Sat., Cabooze, $12-$15.) Bream

 

R&B singer-songwriter K.Raydio and producer pal Psymun’s full-length debut arrived too late to sneak onto local year-end lists, but “LucidDreamingSkylines” delivers the goods, with Krysta Rayford’s mellifluous vocals playing off Psymun’s laidback-yet-trippy beat work. There’s substance, too, as Rayford touches on bullying (“Yearbook”) and the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin (“Sirens”). (9 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $5-$7.) Jay Boller

 

U.K. bass bro BadKlaat has been kicking around the club circuit for a few years, collaborating with the likes of Cookie Monsta and Belgian duo Requake. But this fall the real-life Adam James got a nod from Caspa’s Dub Police Records when the respected dubstep label picked up his “Get Twisted” for the “future” section of its recent “Past Present Future” compilation. It’s a characteristically rigid and grinding track from BadKlaat, who holds fast to early brostep tenets exemplified by his label boss. (9 p.m. Sun., Loft at Barfly, 18-plus, $10-$15.) Rietmulder

 

It’s been a quiet few years for cellist/looping pro Zoë Keating since 2010’s bewitching “Into the Trees.” The former Rasputina member has been busy speaking out about issues facing musicians in the digital era, but she apparently has a new record in the works. David Gerald Sutton opens. (7:30 p.m. Wed., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $22-$25.) Rietmulder

 

Although he’s best known for the 1979 hit “What You Won’t Do for Love,” veteran vocalist Bobby Caldwell is equally effective crooning standards Sinatra-style, interpreting the Beatles and delivering blue-eyed soul. He mastered the smooth crooner bit before Michael Bublé ever set foot outside of Canada. (7 & 9 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, $30-$42.) Bream

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