Brad Mehldau Trio
Lyrical pianist, with longtime associates Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, has constructed a rewarding, connective interplay. Apr 1-3 at 8 and 10; Apr 4 at 2 and 7. $18-$30. Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland. 510.238.9200.Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
Everyone bugged out on James Jamerson after “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” but Graham’s bass innovations are undisputed. Apr 2 at 9. Regency Ballroom, Sutter and Van Ness, San Francisco. 800.745.3000.Freddie Gibbs
Last year’s hip-hop breakout success story from the desolate factories of Gary, Ind. brings the mixtapes to the main stage. Apr 2 at 9. $15. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St, San Francisco. 415.625.8880.Zion-I
East Bay’s top hip-hop hope continues to ride the mighty thrust of their excellent, wildly diverse 2009 album “The Take Over.” Apr 2 at 9. $18-$20. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.Triclops!
Larry Boothroyd manhandles the bass guitar like Kobe Bryant manhandles a basketball. (You thought I was going to say “a young girl.”) Apr 4 at 5. $10. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Owl City
The Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service. The Postal Service! Apr 5 and 6 at 8. $20. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco. 415.346.6000.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.