Kristin Hersh: Since forming the slow-burning, artfully explosive indie-rock band Throwing Muses with her stepsister Tanya Donelly at age 14, Hersh has gone through many transformative phases professionally and personally over three decades. She explores those crossroads in a powerful and intimate new CD/book combo, “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace,” featuring 24 songs she recorded over a four-year period playing all the instruments herself. Her acoustic tour also includes readings and stories. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $18-$20, TheCedar.org; also: 3 p.m. Fri., Electric Fetus, Mpls., free.)

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith: The two giants of contemporary Christian music are once again pairing up for the KTIS Christmas concert, which will feature a full symphony behind the veteran singers this year. (7 p.m. Sat., Target Center, $30-$75, AXS.com.)

Kinda Kinky Christmas: One of the best tributes in bands in town, Kinda Kinky, hosts one of the warmest holiday parties, featuring a long, sometimes naughty list of local music vets chiming in on Kinks hits and deep cuts while helping stock food shelves. (7 p.m. Sat., Eagles Club #34, Mpls., $10, or $5 with food donation.)

Lizzo: “Worship me / on your knees,” the Twin Cities’ most in-demand music ambassador brazenly demands in the opening track of her soulful, new six-song EP, “Coconut Oil.” It’s a flip way of furthering her message of empowerment, but that line should also ring true as she returns home triumphant from her various TV endeavours — including co-hosting duties on MTV’s “Wonderland” and an unforgettable postelection appearance on “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” — for her first two-night headlining stand at the club she has ruled many times before. (9 p.m. Sat. & Sun., First Avenue, $20, sold-out Sat., eTix.com.)

Martin Zellar: Back in town a week ahead of his old band’s usual holiday-season reunion at the Medina, the Gear Daddies frontman suits the Turf’s corner-bar aesthetic and has Ben Kyle opening to preview songs from Romantica’s new album. (9 p.m. Sat., Turf Club, $20, eTix.com.)

Jon Dee Graham: A fixture at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas, Graham played a mean guitar with Alejandro Escovedo in the True Believers before becoming another cult-revered singer/songwriter with echoes of John Hiatt and James McMurtry. (8 p.m. Mon., Warming House, Mpls., $12-$15.)

Helmet and Local H: The great crunch-rock band of 1992’s “Unsung” fame, Helmet has returned strong on its first album in six years and makes for a great pairing tour with these fellow ’90s alt-metalists. (8 p.m. Wed., Fine Line, $20-$25, eTix.com.)

Supersuckers: Seattle’s grease-rock king Eddie Spaghetti and his mighty band are back out with a new country album and touring with Texas twang troubadour Jesse Dayton. (8 p.m. Wed., Ballentine Uptown VFW, Mpls., $14-$16, Ticketfly.com.)

Bastille: Led by nice-guy, guitar-eschewing singer/songwriter Dan Smith, this London pop/rock band broke big in 2013 with its Imagine Dragons-like, bravado-laden hit “Pompeii,” and then it graduated from First Ave to Wilkins Auditorium the following year. Smith & Co. are back to tout their lukewarmly received sophomore album, “Wild World,” as headliners of Go 96.3’s Snow Show ’16. Moved from Target Center, the lineup also includes California electropop singer Banks, Judah & the Lion and Coin. (7 p.m. Thu., Myth, 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplweood, $37.63, AXS.com.)