Always-on-point Minneapolis MC known for rhyming over hardcore samples tours on majesterial new album “Never Better.” Feb 18 at 9. $10-$12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Mirah
Portland multi-instrumentalist and unique songstress brings lo-fi ruminations on love and loss to in-store show. Feb 18 at 6. Free. Amoeba Music, 2455 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley. 510.549.1125.Alkaline Trio
Dropped from a major and just signed to Epitaph, Matt Skiba and fellow pop-punk legends still pump away at it. With Cursive. Feb 18 at 8. $20-$23. Regency Ballroom, Sutter and Van Ness, San Francisco. 800.745.3000.Peter Rowan
Bluegrass legend last seen sharing a joint with David Rawlings & Gillian Welch behind the Mystic plays with Eric & Suzy Thompson. Feb 20 at 9. $16-$18. Slim’s, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.255.0333.A Great Night in the Fillmore
Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy, Denny Zeitlin, Linda Tillery, Tuck & Patti, Wayne Wallace and more play benefit hosted by Rita Moreno. Feb 21 at 7. $45-$50. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco. 415.655.5600.Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band
One of very few live dates this year for the notoriously eccentric musician, accompanied by Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon. Deerhoof open. Feb 23 at 8. $40. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. 510.302.2277. More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.
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Minneapolis hip-hop legends and Rhymesayers veterans unleash tracks from their latest album “By the Throat.” With Anticon weirdo Dosh. Feb 10 at 9. $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Alice in Chains
Quasi-grunge outfit with new album in tow stage the world’s most unlikeliest comeback. With openers Creature With the Atom Brain. Feb 11 at 8. $39.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. 510.302.2277.Merl Saunders
Organist pays tribute to Norton Buffalo with all-star lineup including Bonnie Hayes, Lorin Rowan, Greg Anton, members of Zero and It’s a Beautiful Day and more. Feb 12 at 8:30. $25. Slim’s, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.255.0333.De La Soul
Hip-hop legends raise the already high ceiling of the jazz club in continuing series of hip-hop bookings in the Fillmore nightspot. Feb 12 at 10:30 and Feb 13 at 8 and 10. $40. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco. 415.655.5600.Girls
San Francisco’s surf-fuzz indie darlings return for a night of bleary-eyed haze-rock. With openers Hunx & the Punkettes. Feb 14 at 8:30. $16. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco. 888.233.0449.Dirty Dozen Brass Band
New Orleans party band keeps oomphing along in special Fat Tuesday celebration with the Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste. Feb 16 at 8. $22. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.