Sat. music picks: Willie Nelson

Country treasure picks at Mystic. Milky Chance, Stephin Merritt.


Updated 5/14/2015

Willie Nelson

8 p.m. • Mystic Lake • sold out

Nelson does not slow down. Last year, he released two albums — a holiday disc and “Band of Brothers,” a strong collection of nine new originals that debuted at No. 1 on the country chart, his best debut in 28 years. Last week, at age 82, the American music treasure published his second autobiography, “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” cowritten with David Ritz, autobiography co-author to the stars, including Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. Reviews indicate that it’s entertaining but not overly revealing. In March, Nelson announced his own brand of marijuana: Willie’s Reserve. Jon Bream

 

Kodaline

7:30 p.m. • Varsity Theater • all ages • sold out

Despite critical shrugs, Kodaline’s commitment to Coldplay-esque rafter reaching and heartstring tugging keeps accumulating them fans. After last year’s 7th Street Entry gig was moved to First Ave’s Mainroom, the Irish pop-rockers return to a sold-out Varsity on the heels of their melodramatic sophomore album, “Coming Up for Air.” The foursome’s new record drips with sweeping, teary hooks, star-spangled cuddle anthems and mushy platitudes of the “You make my whole world feel so right” variety. Ah, yeah, girl. Dublin singer-songwriter Gavin James opens. Michael Rietmulder

 

Billy Joel

8 p.m. • Target Center • $53.50-$128.50

Joel hasn’t recorded an album of new pop songs since Bill Clinton’s first year in the White House. The Rock Hall of Famer’s songs — like those of Frankie Valli, Abba and Queen — have been made into a jukebox Broadway musical. After playing one night a month in Madison Square Garden for the past year, the semiretired piano man has hit the road again — without Elton John, his touring partner of late. Joel’s return to Target Center — where he opened the arena in 1990 — will be his first solo Twin Cities appearance since 2007. J.B.

 

Holychild

9 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $10

Since crossing paths in a D.C. dance class, things have been looking up for singer Liz Nistico and producer/multi-instrumentalist Louie Diller. The self-described “brat pop” duo moved to L.A., scored a deal with hip indie Glassnote Records (Jeremy Messersmith, Chvrches) in 2014 and gathered steam with a buoyant debut EP. This year, the upbeat synth-poppers announced their rookie album, “The Shape of Brat Pop to Come,” due this summer. The band is sneaking in this one-off Twin Cities gig while on tour with Passion Pit. Poppy indie-rockers Hembree open. M.R.

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