We picked them for you: the biggest, the best, the coolest concerts coming this week.

1. Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers

Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers

Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers

This is going to be a wild show. Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace is bringing her other band, The Devouring Mothers, to teeny-tiny O'Leaver's Pub on Tuesday. This band is more of a personal, singer-songwriter thing — it's still rocking, but it's not the frenetic, slam-into-the-walls punk of Against Me! “My approach musically to the record was that I wanted it to feel like a mixtape,” Grace told Rolling Stone. “Like OK, you’ve got this Nirvana-like song, you’ve got a Cure song. It was musically freeing, in that way, to just be playing whatever was coming to me as I was writing and not having to think about it.” Tickets, $22, at localstubs.com.

2. Hand Habits

Hand Habits

Hand Habits

A pair of Saddle Creek Records artists will team up to play Slowdown on Monday. Meg Duffy's chill Hand Habits and singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin's Tomberlin both have new music out. Tickets, $8, at ticketfly.com.

3. Porter Union

Husband-wife duo Porter Union makes some incredible music, mixing their voices in sweet harmony that takes their already solid country tunes to a new level. Catch them Saturday at Buck's Bar & Grill. Tickets, $15, at outhousetickets.com.

4. Switchfoot



"Dare You to Move" rock band Switchfoot has a new record, "Native Tongue," and the Grammy-winners will be at Sokol Auditorium to play it (and their alt-rock radio hits, of course) on Thursday. Tickets, $35, via Ticketmaster.

5. The Nadas

The Nadas

The Nadas

Rock stalwarts The Nadas are making the trip across the water from Iowa to play The Waiting Room Lounge on Friday. Joining them will be Omaha's own Americana rocker Matt Whipkey and red dirt band Wasted Highway. Tickets, $20, at etix.com




Country singer Jerrod Niemann has hits of his own, but he's also written for Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Jamey Johnson and lots more. He'll play the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln. Tickets, $20, at ticketweb.com.


Basement cranks up the guitars and rocks, sounding something like a U.K. Nirvana. Yeah. Hear them do it in person at Slowdown. Tickets, $15, at ticketfly.com.


Omaha rockers The Bishops are celebrating their 24th birthday with a bash at The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at etix.com.


Strummy singer-songwriter Trevor Hall, with songs like "Other Ways" and "Brand New Day," will play Slowdown. Tickets, $20, at ticketfly.com.


EDM producer Mansionair will play Reverb Lounge on April 1. Tickets, $13, at etix.com.


Talented guitarist Rob Noyes will playReverb Lounge. Tickets, $10, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at etix.com.


Iowa singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen has one of those voices that will draw you in and keep you there. Hear her live at  Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $8, at etix.com.


On the slate for next week:

We've been following Michael Benjamin Lerner's Telekinesis since his first record, and we're excited he's back at Slowdown on April 4. Tickets, $13, at ticketfly.com.

British indie pop band Kero Kero Bonito will play The Waiting Room Lounge on April 5. Tickets, $15, at etix.com.

Omaha's own Twinsmith is back at Reverb Lounge on April 6. Tickets, $7, at etx.com.

For more than a decade, the members of The Portland Cello Project have been playing covers of famous songs plus their own tunes. See them live on April 9 at Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $16, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at etix.com.

Japanese psych rock band Acid Mothers Temple is coming April 9 to play Slowdown. Tickets, $12, at ticketfly.com.


Going on sale this week:

Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz are Mandalin Orange. The folk duo will bring songs from its new album, "Tides of a Teardrop," to the stage outside Slowdown on June 11. Tickets, $22, go on sale at noon Friday at ticketfly.com.

Jason Mraz is coming to Stir Cove. Known for songs such as “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up,” the Grammy-winning pop/folk singer will play the Council Bluffs venue on July 14. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.

Squeeze is headed to Omaha. The “Tempted,” “Up the Junction” and “Hourglass” band will play the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sept. 4. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticket Omaha.

Pop singer Phil Collins is coming to Omaha. The “In the Air Tonight” singer will play CHI Health Center on Oct. 11. Tickets to see Collins in Omaha go on sale at 10 a.m. March 30 via Ticketmaster.


Petrock's show April 5 at Slowdown.

Whiskey Myers' show April 13 at Slowdown.

Alec Benjamin's show April 25 at Slowdown.

Luke Combs’ concert May 11 at CHI Health Center

Shoreline Mafia's show May 20 at The Waiting Room Lounge. 

This complete guide of local music, movies, dining and entertainment will have you weekend ready

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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