Girl Germs: A live Tribute to Women in Music
8 p.m. • Turf Club • $10
It’s not often we get to see Kate Bush, Erykah Badu and Marianne Faithfull in Minnesota, so the second installment of the Girl Germs Tribute to Women in Rock is extra welcome for helping fill the void. Local siren Aby Wolf is bold and gifted enough to take on Bush’s songs to headline the show, while feel-good-groove stalwart K. Raydio was a shoo-in choice to do Badu and electropunk band Yoni Yum should have some fun with Faithfull’s material. All the more intriguing are the unlikely choices of minimalist brat-punk trio Kitten Forever playing an all-Beyoncé set and experimental rockers Alpha Consumer interpreting Aretha Franklin. Sounds weird, but it’s a serious affair spotlighting how lackluster modern music would be without these women’s influence. Chris Riemenschneider
Sean Anonymous birthday show
9 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $8-$12
For eight years running, this dexterous Twin Cities rapper has celebrated his b-day with gigs that have grown from the defunct Dinkytowner to First Avenue’s Mainroom. Sean Anonymous made a name for himself rocking local and Warped Tour mics with nimble, quick-hit flows, although his relatively slim solo catalog belies his hustle. However, that could change when his full-length debut with producer Dimitry Killstorm drops this spring. With Doomtree’s Mike Mictlan, Hologram Kizzie (aka Psalm One), Commanders Handsome, DJ Name and hosts Phillip Morris and Mark Mallman. Michael Rietmulder
8:30 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $8
Tracking these scuzzy garage rockers’ myriad releases is like picking smashed-guitar splinters out of a haystack. But amid a flurry of 7-inches and splits (including one with disbanded locals Sleeping in the Aviary), the Madison, Wis., duo has unleashed three scrappy garage-punk albums dipped in dirty blues riffs. Vocals-swapping members Heather and Bobby Hussy are still touring on 2013’s “Pagan Hiss” and a re-pressing of their debut, but a new record is expected this year. With Gay Witch Abortion, Teenage Moods and Big Girl (featuring Jordan Gatesmith and Frankie Teardrop). M.R.
Lizzo and Toki Wright
8:30 p.m. • Varsity Theater • 18-plus • $21.50-$51.50
Two of the Twin Cities’ most popular and provocative rappers, Lizzo and Toki Wright, are nobly taking up a cause that’s unfortunately not so popular in hip-hop circles. They’re heading up a benefit for To the Bridge Foundation, a local nonprofit organization started in memory of musician Tony Dolksi to assist young people with addiction and mental-health issues. Lizzo recently opened up about her own sobriety challenges and is coming off her other triumphs of 2014, including the international rerelease of her “Lizzobangers” album. Wright will hit the show with producer/partner Big Cats and their band, who together earned a high spot on our year-end Twin Cities Critics Tally with their spacey record “Pangaea.” C.R.
7:30 p.m. • Fine Line • $25-$35
During its 25 years, Pittsburgh jam-band Rusted Root has opened for some big names (Dave Matthews Band, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Robert Plant/ Jimmy Page), released seven studio albums and played thousands of gigs. Frontman Michael Glabicki and singer/percussionist Liz Berlin formed the band after meeting in high school at a rally for students against racism and apartheid. Their songs have featured messages about social issues, religion and love while embracing a tapestry of sounds, including rock, soul, jazz and various kinds of world music. Their latest disc, 2012’s “The Movement,” is a percolating stew of positivity and organic grooves. Jon Bream
Cafe Accordion Orchestra
8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $22-$25
Movies and music go together like peanut butter and jelly, or ham and cheese, and Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra will prove it once again with “Cinema,” a special program featuring a century’s worth of sounds for celluloid, with the CAO’s take on soundtrack music from the Marx Brothers to James Bond to Quentin Tarantino. Expect film clips, cartoons and always welcome guest singer Diane Jarvi. (8 p.m. Sat., Cedar Cultural Center, $22-$25.) Tom Surowicz