10 delicious concerts to attend in metro Detroit this week

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Thursday, 3/31 - 
Sean Blackman 
@ Garden Theater - 
The monthly World Music Party event is back, this time showcasing sounds from Africa and Brazil. Specializing in world music, Sean Blackman is known for his collaborative styles. As a part of his “In Transit” shows, Blackman gathers artists and influences from all over the globe, blending his own unique Detroit influence with styles from different parts of the world. Nothing makes better music than integration, so if you’re into music, integrate it — at least according to Blackman. This month’s World Music Party will feature Brazilian vocalist Nanny Assis and special guest DJ Judy Adams. 
Show starts at 8 p.m.; 3929 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-0888; tickets are $15 at the door, $12 presale.
Thursday, 3/31 - Sean Blackman @ Garden Theater - The monthly World Music Party event is back, this time showcasing sounds from Africa and Brazil. Specializing in world music, Sean Blackman is known for his collaborative styles. As a part of his “In Transit” shows, Blackman gathers artists and influences from all over the globe, blending his own unique Detroit influence with styles from different parts of the world. Nothing makes better music than integration, so if you’re into music, integrate it — at least according to Blackman. This month’s World Music Party will feature Brazilian vocalist Nanny Assis and special guest DJ Judy Adams. Show starts at 8 p.m.; 3929 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-0888; tickets are $15 at the door, $12 presale.
Thursday, 3/31 - 
David J 
@ The Magic Bag - 
The first of the four members of the legendary post-punk alternative band Bauhaus to go solo, David J will be stopping by the Magic Bag in Ferndale. This year marks the 30th anniversary of his first solo album, Etiquette of Violence. David’s latest album came out in 2014 and was lauded by fans and critics alike. He even released a beautiful memoir, Who Killed Mister Moonlight, that same year. For fans of Bauhaus and David’s side project, Love and Rockets, do not fret: The dude will cover songs from both bands. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; Tickets $15.
Thursday, 3/31 - David J @ The Magic Bag - The first of the four members of the legendary post-punk alternative band Bauhaus to go solo, David J will be stopping by the Magic Bag in Ferndale. This year marks the 30th anniversary of his first solo album, Etiquette of Violence. David’s latest album came out in 2014 and was lauded by fans and critics alike. He even released a beautiful memoir, Who Killed Mister Moonlight, that same year. For fans of Bauhaus and David’s side project, Love and Rockets, do not fret: The dude will cover songs from both bands. Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; Tickets $15.
Friday, 4/1 - 
Smashing Pumpkins
and Liz Phair 
@ The Fillmore Detroit  - 
While the Smashing Pumpkins’ lineup has constantly changed, the alternative rock band’s sound has not. Still under the direction of founder, frontman, and alien space guy impersonator Billy Corgan, the band is currently on its “In Plainsong” tour. Taking a different angle on their set list, the Chicago-native band is stripping down to acoustic guitars and playing their greatest hits with “some light electronics.” In 1990s vernacular, it’s an unplugged set. Opening for the Pumpkins is fellow 1990s alt-rocker Liz Phair. This will be the first tour in six years for the self-proclaimed supergoddess. Phair is best known for her debut album Exile in Guyville, which mixed alternately sardonic and heartfelt lyrics with infectious and stripped-down melodies.
Show starts at 7 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 855-305-4873; detroittheater.org; tickets start at $37.
Friday, 4/1 - Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair @ The Fillmore Detroit - While the Smashing Pumpkins’ lineup has constantly changed, the alternative rock band’s sound has not. Still under the direction of founder, frontman, and alien space guy impersonator Billy Corgan, the band is currently on its “In Plainsong” tour. Taking a different angle on their set list, the Chicago-native band is stripping down to acoustic guitars and playing their greatest hits with “some light electronics.” In 1990s vernacular, it’s an unplugged set. Opening for the Pumpkins is fellow 1990s alt-rocker Liz Phair. This will be the first tour in six years for the self-proclaimed supergoddess. Phair is best known for her debut album Exile in Guyville, which mixed alternately sardonic and heartfelt lyrics with infectious and stripped-down melodies. Show starts at 7 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 855-305-4873; detroittheater.org; tickets start at $37.
Friday, 4/1 - 
“Night Rider”
@ Menjo’s Complex - 
Need an evening to just dance your ass off, no questions asked? Head to Highland Park, where local DJ and badass Zoë Ligon and other DJs will be playing some of the most off-the-chain, loud, party-starting sounds. Ligon’s style is self-described as “vogue house you better be death droppin’ to.” We’re not entirely sure what that means, but how can that not be fun as hell? Other DJs billed for the evening are Loren, who plays minimal techno, DJ Mike Meadow, who will bring “bangin’ house bangers” and DRush, who’s described as “Italo/Disco/Retrowave.” 
Doors at 10 p.m., 940 McNichols Rd., Highland Park.
Friday, 4/1 - “Night Rider” @ Menjo’s Complex - Need an evening to just dance your ass off, no questions asked? Head to Highland Park, where local DJ and badass Zoë Ligon and other DJs will be playing some of the most off-the-chain, loud, party-starting sounds. Ligon’s style is self-described as “vogue house you better be death droppin’ to.” We’re not entirely sure what that means, but how can that not be fun as hell? Other DJs billed for the evening are Loren, who plays minimal techno, DJ Mike Meadow, who will bring “bangin’ house bangers” and DRush, who’s described as “Italo/Disco/Retrowave.” Doors at 10 p.m., 940 McNichols Rd., Highland Park.
Saturday, 4/2 - 
Penny and Sparrow
@ The Ark - 
Texas duo Penny and Sparrow are really Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke. The two former roommates started the group after being influenced by such bands like the Swell Season, Bon Iver, and Mumford & Sons. They rely heavily on folk for most of their sound, but traces of country, bluegrass, and blues trickle in from time to time. There are no gimmicks: Their sound is fresh, clean, and focused on the melodies and lyrics. Penny and Sparrow’s latest album, Struggle Party, was released independently and made No. 2 on the iTunes chart and landed on Billboard’s Top 50. For a night of relaxing, beautiful music, this is the show. Nashville-based singer Corey Kilgannon is opening. 
Doors at 7:30 p.m.; 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Tickets $20.
Saturday, 4/2 - Penny and Sparrow @ The Ark - Texas duo Penny and Sparrow are really Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke. The two former roommates started the group after being influenced by such bands like the Swell Season, Bon Iver, and Mumford & Sons. They rely heavily on folk for most of their sound, but traces of country, bluegrass, and blues trickle in from time to time. There are no gimmicks: Their sound is fresh, clean, and focused on the melodies and lyrics. Penny and Sparrow’s latest album, Struggle Party, was released independently and made No. 2 on the iTunes chart and landed on Billboard’s Top 50. For a night of relaxing, beautiful music, this is the show. Nashville-based singer Corey Kilgannon is opening. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Tickets $20.
Saturday, 4/2 - 
Keys ’N’ Krates
@ Royal Oak Music Theatre - 
Want to see the world’s only “trap band”? We know you do. Three-piece electronic band Keys ’N’ Krates have been together since 2008 and paying their dues on the electronic music world’s touring circuit ever since. The band stands apart from many other DJs touring because Keys ’N’ Krates is a real live band — and their infectious electronic trap music will have you dancing all night. 
Doors at 8 p.m., 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; Tickets $20.
Saturday, 4/2 - Keys ’N’ Krates @ Royal Oak Music Theatre - Want to see the world’s only “trap band”? We know you do. Three-piece electronic band Keys ’N’ Krates have been together since 2008 and paying their dues on the electronic music world’s touring circuit ever since. The band stands apart from many other DJs touring because Keys ’N’ Krates is a real live band — and their infectious electronic trap music will have you dancing all night. Doors at 8 p.m., 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; Tickets $20.
Tuesday, 4/5
Savages 
@ Saint Andrew’s Hall
Former Membranes frontman and current music journalist John Robb hailed the spellbinding Savages as “the best band in Britain” when they first appeared in London 4 1/2 years ago. Today, they’re fresh off the release of their second album Adore Life, and hitting the road with stops in Detroit, Coachella, and a few spots in between. Describing themselves as “loud, quite loud,” Savages put on a show that is bound to be both brutal and spellbinding. The Savages’ leader Jehnny Beth authentically commands the stage, exuding power and confidence. 
Show starts at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; standrewsdetroit.com; tickets are $20.
Tuesday, 4/5 Savages @ Saint Andrew’s Hall Former Membranes frontman and current music journalist John Robb hailed the spellbinding Savages as “the best band in Britain” when they first appeared in London 4 1/2 years ago. Today, they’re fresh off the release of their second album Adore Life, and hitting the road with stops in Detroit, Coachella, and a few spots in between. Describing themselves as “loud, quite loud,” Savages put on a show that is bound to be both brutal and spellbinding. The Savages’ leader Jehnny Beth authentically commands the stage, exuding power and confidence. Show starts at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; standrewsdetroit.com; tickets are $20.
Tuesday, 4/5 - 
The Dandy Warhols
@ Magic Bag - 
An eccentric group with an electric sound, the Dandy Warhols take a mellow approach to alternative rock. The Portland foursome was founded in the ’90s, so it’s a given that their sound has a bit of a grungy, psychedelic feel to it. The band has two singles coming out in advance of the upcoming LP Distortland. Tagging along with them are Louisiana natives the Seratones. The Seratones’ debut album Get Gone showcases their unique sound, which unexpectedly blends blues, jazz, and soul elements. 
Show starts at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; tickets are $25.
Tuesday, 4/5 - The Dandy Warhols @ Magic Bag - An eccentric group with an electric sound, the Dandy Warhols take a mellow approach to alternative rock. The Portland foursome was founded in the ’90s, so it’s a given that their sound has a bit of a grungy, psychedelic feel to it. The band has two singles coming out in advance of the upcoming LP Distortland. Tagging along with them are Louisiana natives the Seratones. The Seratones’ debut album Get Gone showcases their unique sound, which unexpectedly blends blues, jazz, and soul elements. Show starts at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; tickets are $25.
Tuesday, 4/5 - 
Iron Maiden
@ The Palace of Auburn Hills - 
Iron Maiden is more than just a heavy metal band. It’s an experience. Since coming together in 1975, the U.K. band has left a mark on their dedicated fans, providing a concert experience that they will not forget. Long considered one of the greatest live acts, the Maiden released their 16th studio album last September. Maiden recently postponed touring until lead singer Bruce Dickinson fully recuperated from a cancerous tumor that was removed from his tongue. If that’s not hardcore, we don’t know what is. 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com; tickets start at $39.50.
Tuesday, 4/5 - Iron Maiden @ The Palace of Auburn Hills - Iron Maiden is more than just a heavy metal band. It’s an experience. Since coming together in 1975, the U.K. band has left a mark on their dedicated fans, providing a concert experience that they will not forget. Long considered one of the greatest live acts, the Maiden released their 16th studio album last September. Maiden recently postponed touring until lead singer Bruce Dickinson fully recuperated from a cancerous tumor that was removed from his tongue. If that’s not hardcore, we don’t know what is. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com; tickets start at $39.50.
Tuesday, 4/5 - 
Le1f
@ Marble Bar - 
Pronounced like the thing that falls off trees, rapper Le1f is bringing his fresh brand of hip-hop and rap to the Motor City. Born and raised in New York City, Le1f released critically acclaimed mixtapes and EP’s before his solo debut album, Riot Boi, dropped in November. Partly inspired by the riot grrrl movement of the ’90s and partly by Missy Elliott and M.I.A., Le1f also has a degree in dance, so he tends to meld the art of dance and hip-hop into his own aesthetic. His music videos and live performances are energetic, just like his music. 
Doors at 9 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; Tickets $18-$20.
Tuesday, 4/5 - Le1f @ Marble Bar - Pronounced like the thing that falls off trees, rapper Le1f is bringing his fresh brand of hip-hop and rap to the Motor City. Born and raised in New York City, Le1f released critically acclaimed mixtapes and EP’s before his solo debut album, Riot Boi, dropped in November. Partly inspired by the riot grrrl movement of the ’90s and partly by Missy Elliott and M.I.A., Le1f also has a degree in dance, so he tends to meld the art of dance and hip-hop into his own aesthetic. His music videos and live performances are energetic, just like his music. Doors at 9 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; Tickets $18-$20.