Top 4 shows: March 11-17
Thursday: St. Louis rock/soul singer Nikki Hill returns for a show at 7 p.m. at Forte, 615 Third St. Hill released her debut album in 2013, "Here's Nikki Hill," and the resulting tours have won over fans with her explosive live show. $15. Go to midwestix.com.
Nova Labs Unplugged
Saturday: A number of acts on the Nova Labs label will perform an unplugged show starting at 8 p.m. at Bluestem, 3329 Lincoln Way, Ames. Doctor Murdock, Moonrabbit, Strong Like Bear, Secret Freedom, Instants, Jess DeWitt and Rockets of Desire will all play stripped down sets. $10. Go to facebook.com/treehouseames.
Monday: Dickie, the three-piece band fronted by Dick Prall, returns for a show at 8 p.m. in The Basement at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. After years of playing on his own, Prall teamed up with violinist Kristina Priceman and drummer Colin Campbell to give his music an entirely new sound. Benjamin Cartel opens. $10. Go to desmoinessocialclub.org.
Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy
Monday: Brass and 'grass act Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy returns to the Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave., at 8 p.m. The band mixes banjos, horns and a DIY punk ethic to create rocking, hard drinkin' songs. Matthew James opens. $10. Go to gaslampdsm.com.