Winstock: For the area's first country fest, Lee Brice, a Minnesota favorite, headlines on Friday, and Brad Paisley, one of Nashville's big knockers, tops Saturday's bill, which also includes Big & Rich and R&B-tinged hitmaker Thomas Rhett. Read an interview with Paisley at (Fri.-Sat., Winsted Airport, Winsted, Minn., $130-$165, Jon Bream

Cage the Elephant: The funky Kentucky rockers took on a more straight-ahead mainstream sound on their new Dan Auerbach-produced album, "Tell Me I'm Pretty," and they're following suit with their biggest local show to date, a half-arena configuration featuring two other long-simmering alt-rock bands, Portugal. the Man and Twin Peaks. (7 p.m. Fri., Target Center, $29.50-$45.) Chris Riemenschneider

Jimmy Webb: The piano man will tell the stories behind some of those pop classics he wrote including "MacArthur Park," "Wichita Lineman" and "Up Up and Away." (7 p.m. Fri., Dakota, $40-$45.) Bream

Robert Ellis: One of Texas' most reputable twangy tunesmiths of the past decade, this Houston song wiz takes on a rockier sound on his new eponymous record, offering atmospheric echoes of Delta Spirit and Bon Iver. (9 p.m. Fri., Turf Club, $12-$14.) Riemenschneider

Avett Brothers & Brandi Carlile: Longtime cohorts on the Americana tour circuit, the North Carolinian twang-pop sibling band and the Seattle-area folk-rocker can hopefully carry over the warm vibes of their 2013 Somerset Amphitheater show into an indoor arena. Each has only added to their fanatical fan base in the interim, even without a new studio album in the case of the Avetts. The bubbly pickers will finally make fans happy with "True Sadness" on June 24. Carlile is still touring for last year's record, "The Firewatcher's Daughter," which landed the fiery-voiced songwriter two more hits with "The Eye" and "Things I Regret." She's stunning in concert, while the Avetts are undeniably fun. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Target Center, $44.50-$64.50, Riemenschneider

Blondie: At 70 (!) Debbie Harry still has the voice, the cheekbones and, of course, the platinum hair — plus underappreciated drummer Clem Burke and guitarist/guiding light Chris Stein from the original lineup. One way or another, expect a tour through the new-wave classics "Rapture" and "Call Me" that elevated Harry to iconic status. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Zoo, $67-$79.50, Bream

Nothing: Attention shoegazer lovers! This whirring, melancholy Philadelphia rock quartet is reverberating with praise for its new Relapse LP, "Tired of Tomorrow," and playing many of the big festivals this summer. (8 p.m. Sat., Triple Rock, $15.) Riemenschneider

The Lower 48: The harmonious, '60s-flavored pop/rock trio, which cut out for Portland, Ore., a few years ago, returns to tout its new album "Hot Fool," with another former local fave, Kid Dakota, opening. (11 p.m. Fri., Icehouse, $8.) Riemenschneider

Butanes Soul Revue: A rare chance to see Minnesota's best blues band in its full-blown glory, with a special guest DJ: KFAI Radio queen bee Lolly Obeda, spinning tunes as she prepares to quit the airwaves next week. (9 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Music Cafe, $12.) Tim Campbell

Vic Volare & His Volare Lounge Orchestra: From last week's purple- and paisley-tinted NPG celebrations to red-velvet smoking jackets this weekend, the Parkway Theater will host the 20th anniversary bash of vintage big-band leader Volare with guests including Charmin Michelle and Terry Michelle (7 p.m. Sat., Parkway, $15-$18.) Riemenschneider

Charanga Tropical: Doug Little and Minneapolis' veteran salsa ensemble have a new album to tout, "In Cuba," which they recorded in the same Havana studio as Buena Vista Social Club after being the first U.S. act to play Cuba's Danzón Festival. (3 p.m. Sun., Icehouse, free.) Riemenschneider

Home Free: This will be the first chance for the home state of this "Sing Off"-winning a cappella group to hear new singer Adam Chance. Last month he replaced co-founder Chris Rupp, who is pursuing a solo career. The group is working on a new album. The Sound Exchange opens. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Minnesota Zoo, $38-$137.) Bream

Eliot Sumner: The apple is a respectable stone's throw from the tree in the case of this budding English rocker, who calls Sting dad but doesn't go by a gender label, and whose full-length debut "Information" has Police-like undertones alongside '80s new wave and goth influences. (8 p.m. Sun., Turf Club, $10-$12.) Riemenschneider

A$AP Ferg & Tory Lanez: While his mob mate A$AP Rocky headlined Soundset two weeknes ago, the Harlem-bred Ferg returns on a well-received co-headlining club tour with Drake's Toronto cohort Lanez, playing a tag-team-style alternating set. (7 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, all ages, $30.) Riemenschneider

Ziggy Marley: Bob Marley's first-born, Grammy-winning son will light up the zoo once again with his brand of reggae, including material from his just-released, self-titled sixth solo album. (7:30 p.m. Mon., Minnesota Zoo, 445-$57.50.) Bream

Paul Simon: He just dropped an intriguingly rhythmic new album, "Stranger to Stranger" (love the new "Wristband" about backstage access at concerts) as he hits the theater circuit. (8 p.m. Tue., Orpheum Theatre, $64.50-$144.50.) Bream

The Lumineers: Denver's exclamatory folk-rock band broke big with the radio hit "Ho Hey" in 2012, earning them platinum status five times over and a best new artist Grammy nomination. Wesley Schultz and his hard-strumming cohorts also kicked up a pretty faithful fan base with a couple years of steady touring. They're well past one-hit-wonder status now and landed at No. 1 in Billboard in April with their long-awaited follow-up record, "Cleopatra," led by another repetitive hit single, "Ophelia." Catch them with 19 year-old Irish singer Soak and opening band Sleepwalkers. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Roy Wilkins Auditorium, $30, Riemenschneider

Catfish & the Bottlemen: This might be the last chance to catch the young Welsh rock quartet in a club. Their sophomore album, "The Ride," just went No. 1 on the U.K. charts and their new Nirvana-lite single "Soundcheck" is blowing up. (8 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, $20-$25.) Riemenschneider

Hayes Carll: While other Americana songmen seem to be rocking out more, this Austin-based cult favorite issued a mellower and moving new acoustic record, "Lovers and Leavers," his first in five years and well worth the wait. (8 p.m. Wed., Varsity Theater, $20.) Riemenschneider

Kesha: After losing an attention-grabbing lawsuit accusing superstar producer Dr. Luke of sexually harassing her, she is back concentrating on music. Her cameo at the massive Coachella fest in April caused a bigger stir than Kanye West's cameo there and then her low-key reading of Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" on the Billboard Awards last month earned her newfound respect. Now the voice of the No. 1 pop hits "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R" is returning to the road, with the Twin Cities as her first show. (8 p.m. Thu., Mystic Lake, sold out) Bream

Chris Riemenschneider • 612-673-4658