Culture Club: Boy George and the boys were in fun and fine form in July at the Myth in their first Twin Cities gig in 16 years. For two hours, the colorful character turned on the charm with his conversation, dance steps and vocals. Of course, he did the hits “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” but also introduced a few unrecorded new tunes. (8 p.m. Fri. Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, $39-$59, ticketmaster.com.)

Lupe Fiasco: When he’s not picking feuds with Kid Cudi and Drake, the Chicago rapper behind the 2008 hit “Superstar” is still making music, including his promising, new independently released single “Pick Up the Phone.” (9 p.m. Fri., Skyway Theatre, $35-$40.)

The Newsboys: The Australia-bred Christian rock band has been spreading its gospel around arenas since Michael Tait of DC Talk joined them on vocals, and now it’s touring behind another No. 1 Christian album, “Love Riot. (7 p.m. Fri., Target Center, $22-$42.)

Keith Urban: After unleashing his guitar heroics at the Minnesota State Fair in 2015, un-twangy country stud returns, promoting his new “Ripcord,” which manifests a newfound interest in electronica elements. The clever lead single “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” with some looping gave the album a big start. The momentum has continued with the up-tempo “Wasted Time” and the slow-dance throwback “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Opening are “Church” hitmaker Maren Morris and Brett Eldredge. (7:30 p.m. Sat. Target Center, Mpls. $49.50-$75, axs.com)

Lisa Fischer: The former backup singer extraordinaire has left the Rolling Stones after more than 25 years to show the music cognoscenti why she is one of the most spiritual, artful and transcendent singers on the planet as she re-imagines classics by the Stones, Led Zeppelin and Luther Vandross. (7 & 9 p.m. Sat. and 6 & 8 p.m. Sun. Dakota, $35-$65.)

Steve Earle & the Dukes: Songwriting legend and Nashville outcast Earle is on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of an album that shook up Music Row upon its release, “Guitar Town.” He’s touting a special double-disc reissue of his debut, which (temporarily) put the country music labels on a rockier, more classic-sounding kick in the ’80s and gave us such classics as “My Old Friend the Blues,” “Hillbilly Highway” and the title track. Look for a full set of other tunes, too, in lieu of an opening act. (8 p.m. Sat., Pantages Theatre, $48.50-$58.50, Ticketmaster.com.)

Suzanne Vega: Although best known for the hits “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” the New Yorker is a versatile, literate-leaning singer-songwriter. She is showcasing material from her latest project, a musical cowritten with Duncan Sheik, called “Lover, Beloved: An Evening With Carson McCullers,” a novelist who wrote about misfits in the South. Opening is Teddy Thompson, son of Richard and Linda and a talent outside of their shadows. (7 p.m. Mon.-Tue. Dakota, $45-$50.)

Dilated Peoples & Allan Kingdom: Staying up late with the pioneering, Rhymesayers-affiliated Los Angeles hip-hop trio and the local wiz kid might not be the best way to get people out early to vote the next morning, but Go Vote MN has paired them up for an election eve party with that exact goal in mind. The low-cost rally will also feature the final round of the “Make America Battle Again” rap battle, perfectly in the spirit of this year’s presidential throwdown. (7:30 p.m. Mon., Mill City Nights, $10, GoVoteMN.com.)

Lecrae: Houston has produced some of the edgiest rappers in the game going back to the Geto Boys, and that’s no different with Lecrae, a sharp-tongued lyricist with hard beats and grim songs. What is different is the fact that the 37-year-old star is actually a Christian artist, his holy and hopeful messages shining through the grime. He was one of our favorite live acts at the South by Southwest fest in 2013 and made history in 2014 as the first gospel rapper to land a No. 1 album in Billboard, the aptly named “Anomaly.” (7 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, $29.50, eTix.com.)

K. Flay: Local fans of Astronautalis or Doomtree not already hip to this innovative rapper/rocker from Illinois don’t want to miss her this time out, following the release of her personal new EP, “Crush Me.” (8 p.m. Wed., Fine Line, $15.)

Manitoba X Minnesota Music Exchange: A fun co-promotion from 89.3 the Current and the nonprofit Manitoba Music program in Winnipeg, it pairs two bands from two music scenes together in their respective cities. Psychedelic groove troupe ZuluZuluu and shoegazerly rockers Sleeping Jesus represent the home team while sunny art-pop band Lanikai and indie-rocker Micah Erenberg fill the visitors’ bench. (8 p.m. Thu., 7th Street Entry, $10.)