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Nashville-based country trio Lady Antebellum perform Feb.25 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


Megadeth with Motorhead

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has been on the hunt for revenge ever since Metallica released him from his lead guitar and co-songwriting duties with the band in 1983. Considering his target, that path doesn’t require much more than a little integrity, a dash of patience, and a few scoops of talent. Mustaine received a delicious serving of vengeance when he landed at No. 1 in the book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $13-$39.50.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.


The Darkness

When The Darkness arrived on the scene in 2003, critics derided the band as an elaborate glam-rock send-up, or, even worse, a downright joke. But, propelled by the undeniable catchiness of the hit single “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” The Darkness refused to fade. That is, until lead singer Justin Hawkins’ drug and alcohol abuse became no laughing matter, forcing the band’s dissolution by 2007. Yet, like all good stories of retribution, The Darkness has reunited in its original form and will stop in Detroit on a 13-date North American jaunt at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10. $29.

St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8137.



Part of the SoundBites series from local guitarist Steven Dearing, the Lansing-based group Wisaal has been invited to play their fusion of Arabic, klezmer, and Indian music. “SoundBites aims to feature music that exceeds the barriers of ethnic and cultural boundaries, and celebrates the diversity of metro Detroit through great music and conversation following,” Dearing explains. Price TBA. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-647-2380.



“I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say/Carry on, my wayward son/For there’ll be peace when you are done.” Apparently, Kansas isn’t ready to heed the words of one of its biggest hits. After 40-plus years in the business, the classic-rock radio staples refuse to be done. What’s it really matter, though, when all we are is dust in the wind? 8 p.m. Feb. 17. $25-$69.

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren; 586-268-3200.


Adam Ant

Born Stuart Leslie Goddard in London, Adam Ant has experienced quite a number of professional and personal struggles in his 57 years: divorce, anorexia, betrayal by a manager, a stalker who poisoned his fish pond, nervous breakdowns, repeated trouble with the police, and multiple stays at psychiatric-treatment facilities, just to name a few. It’s an often sad story that would make a great book or biopic, but a live show ought to be just as riveting. 8 p.m. Feb. 17. $25-$35.

The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.


Flogging Molly

Even though the Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly formed in Los Angeles and maintains roots in Ireland, frontman Dave King and his bandmate wife, Bridget Regan, now reside in Detroit. The band’s most recent album, 2011’s Speed of Darkness, was written and rehearsed in the couple’s basement and thematically reflects the Motor City environment at the height of its recent economic difficulties. “I wanted people who’ve lost their jobs to know I was paying attention,” King says. “We’re singing for them, all of these good people brought to their knees.” You can bet they’ll all be standing up at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. $25-$47.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.


Goo Goo Dolls with Steven Page

The Goo Goo Dolls might not have experienced the level of success they’ve achieved had they stuck with their original formula. Formed in the mid-1980s as “The Sex Maggots,” the group was forced to change their name by a local club owner who refused to book them because of it. At the time, they played sloppy punk rock in the vein of The Replacements, with song titles like “Up Yours” and “Had Enough.” It took years for the Goos to mellow and develop the sound that broke them into the mainstream with such hits as “Iris” and “Slide.” 8 p.m. Feb. 20. $35.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive E., Windsor; 888-345-5885.


Elliott Brood

Though the moniker would suggest a solo artist, Elliott Brood is actually an alt-country band from Toronto made up of three men named Mark, Casey, and Stephen. Mark and Casey grew up together in Windsor. The trio’s first album, Ambassador, was named after the Ambassador Bridge. 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $10-$12.

The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.


Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker

Speaking of trios whose names sound like solo artists, Lady Antebellum is a Nashville-based country band with wistful male/female harmonies and a pop sensibility that has afforded them a great deal of success, including multiple Grammy Awards for their hit single “Need You Now.” 7 p.m. Feb. 25. $29.75-$49.75.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.


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