Sam Smith

8 p.m. • Roy Wilkins • $49.50-$85

He’s already headlined a sold-out Madison Square Garden and earned six Grammy nominations — including best album, record, song and new artist. Not bad for a 22-year-old newcomer with one album to his name. Smith, the Brit with an anonymous name, has one of the most distinctive male pop voices in years. He puts the ache in heartache, with ballads filled with vulnerability and sadness. His hits “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not the Only One” have been big on the radio but how will they fare in a cavernous auditorium? His Twin Cities debut has long been sold out. Jon Bream

 

The Current’s 10th Anniversary

8 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • sold out

Night Two of the Current’s First Ave bash is a truer representation of the public radio station’s DNA. There is one modern hero of the Twin Cities scene, indie-rap pioneers Atmosphere, who are headed to the Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball festivals this year. There’s one local of yesteryear, “Surfin’ Bird” hitmakers the Trashmen (see page 8). There’s one buzzing indie rock band from out of town, Tennessee’s booming boogie kings J. Roddy Walston & the Business, who’ve been in steady rotation with “Heavy Bells” and have consistently put on stellar local gigs over the past year and a half. Oh, and don’t forget one young, mindful, envelope-pushing singer for an opener, St. Paul neo-soul powerhouse PaviElle French. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Da Tweakaz

9 p.m. • The Loft at Bar Fly • 18-plus • $15-$20

After gradually climbing DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll the past three years, this Belgian-based duo is making its maiden U.S. voyage in 2015. Da Tweakaz play their second — and what appears to be only other — U.S. gig in Minneapolis following L.A.’s Basscon the night before. The Norwegian-born happy hardstyle tandem is coming off its Tweekay14 project, which had the real-life Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordi dropping a new track and accompanying video each month last year. With local support from Guy Wright, Rob Brier, Exile the Bear, Serious B and many more. Michael Rietmulder

 

Janis Joplin Tribute

8 p.m. • Cabooze • 18-plus • $10-$12

Tribute month at the Cabooze continues with the annual Joplin birthday celebration. The late blues-rock queen will be saluted by Twin Cities vocalists Debra G, Katy Hays, Jesse Langseth and Jill Mikelson, a powerhouse who was among those starring in the Ordway’s “Love, Janis.” The repertoire will include surprises as well as such hits as “Piece of My Heart” and “Mercedes-Benz.”J.B.

 

Dave Rave

9 p.m. • Lee’s Liquor Lounge • $7

Canadian garage-pop hero Rave is a semi-unknown legend. He made a small splash with the Shakers in the ’70s, and became the replacement singer in Teenage Head in the mid-’80s. He found a new musical partner in northern Minnesota, Ol’ Yeller/Tisdales leader Rich Mattson, who recorded Rave at his Sparta Sound studio last year, resulting in the rich, new, Big Starry LP “Sweet American Music.” C.R.