John Egan The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club, Februrary 18
John Egan is back at the Big Easy after his trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where he advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- meaning that by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo bluesmen in the world. "Perhaps I was too edgy for the finals?" Egan quipped on Facebook. "All in all it was a great trip and a lot of fun." He won't be too edgy for his year-old Monday-night residency, which Egan resumed last Monday and, he recently told us, has already allowed him to whip up a new batch of songs to go along with the ones on last year's excellent Phantoms. CHRIS GRAY
That 1 Guy Fitzgerald's, February 18
That 1 Guy is the one-man-band project of the hellaciously gifted and classically trained Mike Silverman, who takes his zany musical cues from the likes of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. His engrossing live shows feature his homemade Magic Pipe, Magic Boot, and Magic Saw, three contraptions that allow Silverman to put on a live show that should rightfully take four guys to make happen. With Wolff. CRAIG HLAVATY
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Fitzgerald's, February 21
Ra Ra Riot is the big indie name upstairs, but Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the shagadelic sleeper downstairs. The psych trio is the creation of New Zealand native Ruban Nielson after the untimely demise of his previous band the Mint Chicks, the indie-experimental crew once memorably described as "shitgaze." Now based in Portland, UMO recently released second album II, which finds the sticky-sweet center at the core of all that '60s fuzz. Groovy, baby. With Gabriel the Marine and duneTX. CHRIS GRAY
P!nk Toyota Center, February 21
Locked and loaded after taking time off to have a baby with hubby Carey Hart, pop star P!nk is now on tour behind last fall's The Truth About Love. Her image over the past decade and a half has combined Wendy O. Williams and Janis Joplin to make a foot-stomping, snarling sugary confection.
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A dark-horse favorite for those averse to girl-pop, P!nk this time out is bringing along Swedish garage-rockers The Hives and morose singer-songwriter act City and Colour as support. With The Hives and City and Colour. CRAIG HLAVATY