Mumford & Sons

Updated 8/29/2013

WEDNESDAY: Folks sure love the Mumfords ... for some reason. Plus: Nancy Harms.


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Mumford & Sons

7 p.m. • Xcel Energy Center • sold out

Mumford & Sons don’t come around much anymore, not like they did three or four years ago when they played a string of dates at (in order) the 400 Bar, Varsity Theater and First Ave. The British folk-rock troupe’s first local date since 2010 — so that’s what they meant by “I Will Wait” — comes a full year after the release of its second album, “Babel.” But the lads have certainly been busy, marrying actresses, racking up the biggest record sales of 2012 and winning the Grammy for Album of the Year. The test now might be to see how true they can stay to their rootsier roots now that they’re rock stars. U.K. mod-rockers the Vaccines and Bear’s Den open.Chris Riemenschneider

Nancy Harms

7 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $10


Minnesota-bred, New York-based Harms has blossomed into a bona fide jazz vocal contender with her just-released second album, “Dreams in Apartments.” Working with veteran Minneapolis co-producer Arne Fogel, she co-writes four songs, including the up-tempo “Weight of the World,” which sounds like jazzy Fiona Apple, and “Something Real,” which features soulful vocals over Brazilian rhythms. Mostly, though, Harms sparkles on ballads, including the dreamy standard “Midnight Sun” and her own stunningly gorgeous “And It’s Beautiful.” Hers is a special talent to be celebrated at a Twin Cities album release party. Jon Bream