Thursday: Zeus

Updated 4/24/2013

Indie Canucks get hairy at Triple Rock. Plus: Texas stalwart Will Sexton and bluegrasser Ricky Skaggs.

Zeus
Photo by Derek Branscombe

Zeus

9 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $10

Heavily mustached Toronto quartet Zeus made it into steady rotation at 89.3 the Current recently with its killer single, “Are You Gonna Waste My Time,” a hard-boogeying, ’70s-style romp that sounds like Thin Lizzy fronted by Wings-era McCartney. Britpoppy locals Sleep Study open with Wild Cathedral. Chris Riemenschneider

Will Sexton

7 p.m. • James J. Hill Reference Library, 80 W. 4th St., St. Paul • $20 ($10 with food donation)

Texas music stalwart Will Sexton started performing at Austin’s famed Continental Club with big brother Charlie when he was only 9. While Charlie went on to be the Arc Angels rocker and a guitar ace now in Dylan’s band, Will took the hard-worn, Townes Van Zandt-style songwriter path and wound up working with the likes of Waylon Jennings and Sheryl Crow, while releasing several heart-tugging solo albums. He’s making a rare trip north to perform for the “Real-Phonic Radio Hour,” also with Hannah Van der Hoff and the Erik Koskinen-led house band. C.R.

Ricky Skaggs

7 & 9 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $35-$60

A country superstar in the 1980s, Skaggs has become a bluegrass mainstay in recent years, capturing eight bluegrass-related Grammys. The mandolin ace, who is a pretty fair fiddler, as well, is bringing his hot-pickin’ bluegrass crew, Kentucky Thunder, for an evening of original and old-time tunes. Jon Bream