Ying Yang Twins
Annex, 7:30 pm
Sick Puppies' chunky alt-rock cover of "Say My Name" is a hoot, though the Destiny's Child management wasn't amused. The Australian transplants also have a few radio-ready tunes of their own, including the solipsistic anthem "My World." Dropping Daylight, Saving Abel and Stealing Love Jones also rattle the rafters.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Thanks to a strong visual sense and some furious beats, the electronically inclined industrialists are riding the dark wave from their Badger home base to a strong national career. Their computer-controlled version of the dance of death gets support from Human Factors Lab, Mute Grey and the Cemetery Improvement Society at this mini-electronic music fest.
Morphy Hall in the UW Humanities Bldg., 8:30 pm
The UW alum returns for an idiosyncratic program called "Exactly One Hour With an Unstable American Musician," featuring woodwinds, monologues, original and classic music, and even a Halftime Spectacular.
Laura Dronzek and Katie Musolff
Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center, through April 13. Reception: Friday, March 7, 5:30 pm
Dronzek has an inimitable way of rendering animals in a landscape, creating masterfully composed paintings with the elusive quality of a dream. Musolff paints portraits of people from Milwaukee communities, from retirement homes to day-care centers.
Stephen J. Busalacchi
Barnes & Noble West, 7 pm
The local author discusses White Coat Wisdom, an oral history in which doctors discuss the mysteries of their profession.
Jazz at Five
Overture Center Lobby, 5 pm
The free series continues with a performance by Madison's Sally de Broux, who sings in classic jazz style with a strong trio.
Matt & Shannon Heaton
High Noon Saloon, 6 pm
While the Chicagoans are well versed in Celtic sounds, they also have a creative take on traditional American acoustic music. They're joined by Navan and Daithi Wolfe.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
Since breaking out with their appearance in Titanic, the fun-loving Gaelic Storm have skipped from funked-up Celtic grooves to boisterous fiddle tunes to raucous contemporary material. They're anything but strict traditionalists, which probably explains their enduring popularity.
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
Despite lead singer Kelly Ogden's developed sense of humor, the Joan Jett-endorsed Dollyrots don't stray very too far from their patron's danceable, meat-and-potatoes approach to the devil's music. Suffrajett opens.
Bean, 10 pm
Last year, Mahoney got picked up by Target's emerging-artist program. If enough people manage to catch a verse or two of hooky pop-rock tunes like "Piece of You" before they hit the checkout line, the well-traveled Twin Cities singer might have a hit on his hands.
Daniel del Pino
Farley's House of Pianos, 8 pm
The accomplished Spanish pianist with a continent-hopping career plays an intimate salon concert, delving into works by Albeniz, Granados and Liszt.
Ying Yang Twins
Great Hall in the UW Memorial Union, 8 pm
Atlanta's crunk-fueled Ying Yang Twins have a boisterous, bawdy, butt-shaking vibe that'll transform this echoic room into a sweat-soaked dance party. DJ Kid Cut Up and Fall Guys also appear.
Cafe Montmartre, 8:30 pm
For whatever reason, the much-covered Russell (Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, etc.) is still the great country-leaning singer-songwriter too few folks have heard of. His Tex-Mex tunes are fiery, his cowboy songs often ripple with progressive politics, and when he's feeling ornery, he's often at his best. Blake Thomas opens.
Crystal Corner Bar, 9 pm
Whether Dervish singer Cathy Jordan is lending her high warble to trad Irish fare or a Dylan cover, she's captivating. The Dublin band is also chock-full of topnotch instrumentalists.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Now that they're free from their old major label, the Beatles-inspired Redwalls are free to moan and burn without some A&R guy asking them to bend closer to the indie-rock demographic. The Selfish Gene and Fever Marlene open.