Monday, March 11: Lindsey Stirling at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Lindsey Stirling has a pretty hip pedigree for a violinist. She was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, and the music video for her song “Crystallize” was one of YouTube’s most-viewed last year. She’s found success using the violin as an instrument of pop culture, channeling hip-hop, dubstep and “The Legend of Zelda” for all the Internet to see (and hear). (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Thursday, March 14: The Lower 48 with Young Holidays and The Delphines at Mad Planet
Portland trio The Lower 48 plays gentle, carefully-arranged chamber pop that is always conscious of its spot in an orchestral lineage that began with Sgt. Pepper’s and trickled down through Beulauh and Sufjan Stevens. The group is at its best – and its most Beatles-y – on breezy new single “Setting Sun.” The touring band will be sandwiched by two excellent local acts: Young Holidays (playing its last show for a while) and The Delphines (playing its first show for a while). (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
Also: Wishbone Ash with Tom Fuller Band at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Friday, March 15: Leonard Cohen at the Milwaukee Theatre, 8 p.m.
The insanely talented Leonard Cohen has done so many things as a musician and performer over the course of his 45-year career, it’s easy to forget he was a Canadian literary titan before ever cutting a record. His 2010 “Lifetime Achievement” Grammy was certainly well-deserved, but he wasn’t done – 2012’s Old Ideas was his most successful album yet, critically and commercially. He visits Milwaukee for the first time since 1975, when he played at what is now the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. (500 W Kilbourn Ave, milwaukeetheatre.com)
Also: The Trusty Knife with Fahri and The Hecks at Linneman’s, 9:30 (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Saturday, March 16: Ikarus Down with Save The Clocktower and Sulek at Mad Planet, 9 p.m.
Fans of Back To The Future will hear something familiar in Chicago’s Save The Clocktower, whose sound, like the film it takes its name from, exists in both the ’80s and “the future.” That means sexy synth-pop leads, Daft Punk robotronics, Coldplay sentimentality and Exacto-knife production. They’ll be joined by local rockers Ikarus Down and Sulek. Among other, probably more obvious things, all three bands share a knack for dense arrangements – those big, warm sounds that clap the skull like a pair of earmuffs. (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
Also: Brain Tumors with Total Trash, Strange Matter and Soup Moat at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. (900 E. Center St.)
Sunday, March 17: Tim Schweiger and the Middlemen and No Bueno! at Circle-A Café, 8 p.m.
Milwaukee rock veteran Tim Schweiger and his Middlemen bring their jagged-edged power pop to Circle-A Sunday. A recently-released EP, The Valerie Stories, is a collection of unreleased songs that sound charmingly raw compared to the group’s polished 2010 effort The Big Letdown. They’ll split the bill with new band No Bueno! which features a former member of Louis Tully. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)
Also: Gaelic Storm at The Riverside, 6 p.m. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)