POP/ROCK

Troye Sivan sold out the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis last fall before the release of his debut album. A YouTube sensation in his native Australia, he was championed early on by Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. Moreover, he played a young Wolverine in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” On his December debut, “Blue Neighbourhood,” the 20-year-old electro-pop singer-songwriter explores very personal issues — growing up gay in a sheltered Jewish community in Perth — with pain and poignancy. Vulnerable and resilient, he has a sense of purpose and polish beyond his years. (7 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, sold out.) Jon Bream

 

One of the more noteworthy — albeit pricey and weirdly all-male — local tributes to emerge since David Bowie’s death last month, “We Can Be Heroes: The Bowie Tribute” will feature Greazy Meal’s Julius Collins, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner and the Rembrandts’ Phil Solem for singers fronting such starmen instrumentalists as the Soul Asylum rhythm section of Michael Bland and Winston Roye, Jeremy Ylvisaker (Suburbs), Brian Gallagher (Greazy Meal) and Cory Eischen (Sleep Study). (8 p.m. Fri., Parkway Theater, $35.) Riemenschneider

 

After two back-to-back acclaimed records and consistently riveting performances in recent post-sobriety years, Jason Isbell has deservedly risen to the top of the Americana music bin. The Alabama-bred ex-Drive-by Trucker played the Basilica Block Party last summer a week before the release of his latest record, “Something More Than Free,” so in a way this is his first proper local gig behind the collection. Another personal but less tumultuous and more hopeful follow-up to his 2013 masterpiece, “Southeastern,” it picked up two Grammys this week. This will also be his first local theater performance, which in his case should be a good transition. Rowdy but smart, gospel-spiked South Carolina folk-rock couple Shovels & Rope open. (7:30 p.m. Mon., the Northrop, sold out.) Chris Riemenschneider

Anderson East is getting attention for two things: his famous girlfriend, Miranda Lambert, and his Elektra debut album, “Delilah.” The latter reason deserves discussion because East, a 27-year-old Alabama native, has an affinity for vintage Southern soul. His voice has a gently soulful rasp (think a low-energy Bob Seger), and his songs fit the form without ever overwhelming you. Andrew Combs opens. (8 p.m. Tue., Varsity, $12.50-$15.) Bream

 

Guitarist Warren Haynes may be known for his bluesy jams with Gov’t Mule and the Allman Brothers but he’s touring to support his “Ashes & Dust” album with a bunch of progressive bluegrassers, Chessboxer, plus drummer Jeff Sipe. Haynes made the album with the rootsy Railroad Earth, exploring the kind of Appalachian and bluegrass music he grew up with in Asheville, N.C. The album, which also features singers Shawn Colvin and Grace Potter, harmonica man Mickey Raphael and Haynes’ electric guitar, isn’t as mellow as it sounds. It just doesn’t rock like Gov’t Mule. Moreover, Haynes manifests more vocal range in this context. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Fitzgerald, $36.50 & $42.50.) Bream

 

Low Cut Connie is a loose and lively, boogie-woogie-branded indie-rock band from Philadelphia led by playful piano-plunking song man Adam Weiner. They’ve earned 89.3 the Current airplay recently with their 2012 single “Boozophilia” and show more of a ’60s garage-rock influence on a newer album, “Hi Honey,” which includes contributions from Dean Ween and Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus. John Kass’ Go Johnny Go Records enlisted them to celebrate its third anniversary with Mark Lickteig & the Vicious Licks and Gospel Machine. (8:30 p.m. Wed., Turf Club, $8-$10.) Riemenschneider

 

A decade after earning widespread alt-rock radio play and a ubiquitous iPod commercial with its eponymous album, Australia’s throwback stoner-rock band Wolfmother will kick off its U.S. tour in Minneapolis behind a new Brendan O’Brien-produced album, “Victorious,” which arrives Friday. The album was basically all frontman Andrew Stockdale’s doing, aside from contributions by Twin Cities-connected drummers Josh Freese and Joey Waronker. One of the singles, “Pretty Peggy,” sounds a little too Imagine Dragons-ish, but other tracks carry the old fire. Los Angeles duo Deap Vally opens. (8:30 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, $20.) Riemenschneider

 

The most famous Liverpudlian living in the Twin Cities, Joey Molland will salute one of his hometown’s most famous heroes, George Harrison, in concert. Molland, best known for his work with Badfinger (Harrison produced their biggest hit “Day After Day”), played on Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album and at the Harrison-organized Concert for Bangladesh. Molland, who married a Minnesota woman, has lived in the Twin Cities since 1985. (6 p.m. Thu., Famous Dave’s, $30-$100.) Bream

Using the moniker St. Lucia, South Africa-raised, New York-based electropop music maker Jean-Philip Grobler has carved out a respectable niche for himself with a buoyant, ’80s-flavored sound that offers the overtly poppy hooks and just plain upbeat qualities that too much of today’s electronic/synth music lacks. He and his live quintet lineup just kicked off a tour behind their second album, “Matter,” and should have the First Ave dance floor moving like the old days. Buzzing Portland teenager Grace Mitchell opens. (8:30 p.m. Thu., First Avenue, $20.) Riemenschneider

 

COUNTRY

Phil Vassar, who made a big splash in country in the ’00s, hasn’t had a sizable hit since 2007’s “Love Is a Beautiful Thing.” But the high-energy piano man is still a highly entertaining performer with “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Six Pack Summer” and other winners in his repertoire. Jason Paulson, a local country singer, opens. (8:30 p.m. Fri., Medina Entertainment Center, $28.82-$47.76.) Bream

After being the sacrificial opening act last summer at Luke Bryan’s five-act extravaganza at TCF Bank Stadium, Dustin Lynch gets to headline his own show in a more manageable venue. The rising country star from Tennessee made some noise in 2014 with “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” and “Hell of a Night” from his second album. Opening are Chris Lane and Tyler Rich. (8 p.m. Sun., Myth, $22.) Bream

 

HIP-HOP

A self-made indie-rapper in the vein of G-Eazy who based his early mixtapes on his love for Sinatra, Logic was one of the hot new names at last summer’s Soundset festival and proved his worth in November when his Def Jam album, “The Incredible True Story,” hit the Billboard charts at No. 3. The sci-fi concept album is truly far out, but it shows the 26-year-old Maryland rapper to be a clever lyricist and unique personality. (8 p.m. Thu., Skyway Theatre, sold out.) Riemenschneider

After dropping a couple of well-regarded mixtapes and the “Red Balloon Project” EP, Harlem rapper Skizzy Mars will finally preview his long-awaited, first full-length, “Alone Together.” After multiple delays (which prompted the postponement of this tour last fall) and a brief leak of the material in December, the disc is finally scheduled for release in April. Fans will get an advance look on how it differs from Skizzy’s past work, which tackles the usual subjects — girls, drugs, bling — in a laconic, conversational style that enables his glancing insights and odd juxtapositions. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Mill City Nights, $17-$30.) Britt Robson

 

JAZZ

If you’re looking for brainy, intimate, quietly dazzling jazz in a relaxed setting, the trio of drummer/leader Ches Smith, piano titan and Golden Valley native Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri check all the boxes. After playing together for months, the trio drops “The Bell” three days before the gig and blends the sort of dilapidated gymnastics and brinkmanship of Taborn’s classic “Junk Magic” (also with Maneri), with Smith’s flair for audio experimentation and indie-rock rabbit holes. (9:30 p.m. Mon., Icehouse, $15.) Robson

 

It is always nice to have an ace in the hole. Rez Abbasi’s Invocation has two, in the persons of pianist Vijay Iyer and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, perennial poll winners and stirring band leaders in their own right. They’ll help the Pakastani-born guitar wizard Abbasi and other members of the sextet negotiate the thrilling, sophisticated territory between Indian Carnatic classical music and modern jazz on Invocation’s third album — material recorded just weeks ago and not yet released. The splendid opener is the Indo-Pak Coalition, featuring half of Invocation, including Coalition leader Mahanthappa, Abbasi, and drummer/percussionist Dan Weiss. (8 p.m. Thu., Walker, $24-$28.) Robson

 

CLASSICAL

Violinist Jorja Fleezanis spent two decades as concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, performing many concertos as a soloist, including premieres by John Adams and John Tavener. Fleezanis now teaches at Indiana University, but returns to Minneapolis for two concerts with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, playing J.S. Bach’s E Major Violin Concerto and helming the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto. Cantata 127, “Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott,” and a symphony by Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel further spice a program tailor-made for followers of Baroque music. (3 p.m. Sat. & Sun., MacPhail Center for Music, Mpls. $10-$25. mnbach.org) Terry Blain

 

The lute-like Chinese pipa has been around since the Han Dynasty in the second century A.D., but few have ever played it as vivaciously as Wu Man. Her virtuosity encompasses the Pudong School style from Imperial China to contemporary classical works composers such as Philip Glass and Terry Riley. She’ll perform renowned Chinese film scores and a suite of folk songs with the Shanghai Quartet and indulge us with some solo pipa in this program titled “A Night in Ancient and New China.” (7:30 Sat., O’Shaughnessy, $15-$25.) Robson