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Mutemath

In the tradition of YouTube darlings OK Go, Mutemath initially reached a wider audience through a painstakingly choreographed music video. The New Orleans-based alternative rock quartet were filmed playing their first single, “Typical,” backward, an undertaking that took three weeks to pull off. Mutemath’s third album, Odd Soul, was released in October and delves into the members’ eccentric Christian upbringing, while further exploring elements of Zeppelin-esque psychedelia and garage rock. 7 p.m. March 2. $40.

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

 

The Black Keys & Arctic Monkeys

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, the blues revival duo who comprise the Black Keys, have come a long way from Carney’s Akron, Ohio, basement where they recorded their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2001. Having since moved to Nashville, the duo released the Grammy Award-winning album Brothers (Best Alternative Music Album), and sold out Madison Square Garden in 15 minutes. Talk about a big come-up. 8 p.m. March 3. $76-$92 and up.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606.

 

Hot Tuna

Keeping track of all the acts that resulted from the splintering of Jefferson Airplane can be a daunting task. What’s the difference between Jefferson Starship and Starship? No matter. Hot Tuna’s story is pretty simple: Two original Airplane members started playing traditional blues songs during their main band’s hiatus in 1969. And while Hot Tuna has gone through its own share of starts and stops over the last four decades, the band is currently undergoing a period of solid activity, having released its first album in 20 years last April. 8 p.m. March 6. $35.

The Ark, 316 S Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

 

Gomez

Don’t worry, Justin Bieber, your girl hasn’t dropped the “Selena” to join the single-named diva club populated by Madonna and Cher. Rather, Gomez is a versatile rock group made up of five unassuming English chaps who have been playing together since Alex Russo was in diapers (1997). In addition to traditional instruments, three of the members of Gomez share vocal duties, and four write songs. You’d think so much back-and-forth would cause tension, but the band’s members have remained consistent since forming in 1996. (Pay attention, Jefferson Starship.) 7 p.m. March 8. $29.

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

 

Kelly Clarkson

Clarkson hardly needs an introduction since winning the inaugural season of American Idol. The Texan singer’s name has since been cemented in pop culture history, as a replacement expletive for Steve Carell’s character during the famous chest-waxing scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The shrill chanting of “Kelly Clarkson” takes on a more straightforward meaning at 8 p.m. March 8. $110.96-$127.91.

The Colosseum at Caesers Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

 

Barry Manilow

If you’ve ever been on a Caribbean cruise, you’ve likely witnessed Manilow’s hit, “Copacabana (At the Copa),” performed by an overweight Hawaiian-shirted karaoke singer during the Bon Voyage celebration. The only chance of changing your association with that song is seeing the original songwriter perform it himself. It’s for your own good. 7:30 p.m. March 9. $44-$240.

The Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

 

Anti-Flag

The question always comes up with this band’s name: “That’s not anti-the-American-flag, is it?” Frontman Justin Sane says the moniker came in response to “goons” sporting American flag jackets who came to the band’s early shows just to beat up on one another. But with album names like Die for Your Government and North America Sucks, the band’s anti-capitalist sentiment shines through its conspicuous nickname. Now if only Sane could explain how a band with such anti-corporate views could sign a record deal with RCA. … 7 p.m. March 12. $15.

The Majestic Theatre, 412 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

 

Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime

There’s nothing like making a lot of money off someone else’s art. Just ask the countless Beatles tribute bands. Badfish, originally composed of four computer-science majors at the University of Rhode Island, might be in a field of their own, having grossed $1.4 million in 2006 alone. It turns out, there is still quite an audience for Sublime’s music, even 16 years after lead singer Bradley Nowell’s death. 8 p.m. March 16. $19.

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

 

Kenny Rogers

In his last two trips to the area, Rogers has played the Fox Theatre for his annual “Christmas & Hits” tour. And while you might spot Rogers look-a-likes everywhere (just visit menwholooklikekennyrogers.com for evidence), this year, Windsor takes its turn as Mr. Roger’s neighborhood at 9 p.m. March 17. $32-$77.

The Colosseum at Caesers Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

 

Boyz II Men

The boys who reached R&B stardom in the 1990s have now certainly become men. This is symbolized by their latest album, Twenty, a 20th-anniversary set featuring 13 new songs and eight classic B2M songs re-recorded. Perhaps it’s time the Boyz flipped their moniker. Then again, perhaps they shouldn’t. 8 p.m. March 22. $175.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.

 

Burton Cummings

Cummings is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the now-defunct Canadian rock band The Guess Who. As the story goes, guitarist Randy Bachman (who later went on to form Bachman-Turner Overdrive) broke a string during a set at a curling rink in Ontario. He started playing a riff that the audience seemed to enjoy, and after Cummings ran out of guitar solos, Bachman instructed him to sing something. Out of the blue, Cummings blurted out, “American woman, stay away from me!” And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a No. 1 record is born.9 p.m. March 23. $37.51-$82.71.

The Colosseum at Caesers Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

 

The O’Jays

While the O’Jays earned a spot at the forefront of Philadelphia soul, their origins are a little closer to Motown — in Canton, Ohio, to be exact. Since their inception in 1958, the R&B legends’ journey has had many stops, including an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from BET. That’s what the ride is like aboard the “Love Train.” 9 p.m. March 31. $43.16 - $77.06.

The Colosseum at Caesers Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

 

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