The Darkness at First Ave

vita.mn | Updated 1/30/2013

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The Darkness
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The Darkness

8:30 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $30

One of the most over-hyped British bands of the ’00s (and that’s saying a lot), the Darkness is still clinging to is spandex-clad glam-metal formula, which helped it earn a slot opening for Lady Gaga’s European tour last summer but still hasn’t won the quartet a mass audience stateside. Last year’s album, “Hot Cakes,” followed a five-year hiatus and echoes the Jack Black-schooled rock anthemry of the group’s 2003 hit, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Hell or Highwater opens. Chris Riemenschneider

Stone Sour & Papa Roach

7 p.m. • Myth • all ages • $32.50

Once best-known as Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor’s and guitarist Jim Root’s unmasked, more straight-ahead side band, Stone Sour has now racked up almost as much commercial success as its predecessor. The anthemic Iowa metal quintet is enjoying comeback-like success on its fifth album, “House of Gold & Bones,” which landed the No. 1 hard-rock single “Absolute Zero.” Taylor & Co. joined up with enduring Southern California alt-metal favorites Papa Roach (“Last Resort”) on this co-headlining tour. Otherwise opens. C.R.

Peter Asher

7 p.m. Tue.-Wed. • Dakota Jazz Club • $40-$45

Using words, a few songs and priceless photos and film clips, Asher offers a magical mystery tour through the Beatles, Stones and James Taylor and Courtney Love, among others. The Forrest Gump of rock, Asher was the ultimate insider as his sister dated Paul McCartney, he scored a hit (“World Without Love”) as Peter & Gordon, introduced John Lennon to Yoko Ono at his art gallery, discovered Taylor, produced Linda Ronstadt and managed Love. He still produces and presents his musical memoir show with self-deprecating humor and British graciousness. Jon Bream

José James

7:30 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $20

The subject of an extensive profile in last Sunday’s New York Times, Minneapolis-bred, New York-based singer-songwriter José James has just released his fourth and best album, “No Beginning No End.” Sounding like a mashup of D’Angelo, Gil Scott-Heron and Stevie Wonder, the album is stylistically uncategorizable but one of the year’s best. Even though “No Beginning” was released Tuesday on the long-lived jazz label Blue Note, James, 34, who was raised on hip-hop and indie rock, is avoiding jazz venues to promote his exciting new project. J.B.