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Continued: The Big Gigs for the week of July 26

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Led by brothers Joseph and David Dunwell with a couple of cousins, the Dunwells are an acoustic British folk-rock ensemble trodding on the trail forged by Mumford & Sons. Produced by George Drakoulias (Jayhawks, Black Crowes), the Dunwells’ sweet single “So Beautiful” sounds like Mumford with Bee Gees-like harmonies. (7 p.m. Wed., Dakota, $24.)

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Best Coast indie starlet Bethany Cosentino may love California above everywhere else — as she memorably sang on last year’s charmer “The Only Place” — but she might like us a little better now that her band has graduated to the First Ave main room. She and bandmate Bobb Bruno lost some of their punkier fans with the sleeker, Jon Brion-produced sophomore album, but they gained many more with its Go-Go’s-meets-Lemonheads pop jangle. Poppy local fuzz-rockers Prissy Clerks open. (9 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, $15.)

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It’s another inspiring double bill at the Minnesota Zoo, with two bona fide headliners. John Hiatt’s latest album, “Mystic Pinball,” is his usual well-balanced mix of thoughtful, homey and fun, with introspective ballads (“Blues Can’t Even Find Me”) and vibrant tunes (“You’re All the Reason I Need”). Steve Earle has gone increasingly deeper as a songwriter. With its rambling, roadhouse feel, his new album “The Low Highway” tells stories of Americans with dreams dashed and still alive, whether it’s the rumbling anti-Wal-Mart screed “Burnin’ It Down,” the hopeful fiddle ditty “Love’s Gonna Blow My Way” or the strikingly sentimental “Remember Me,” about an aging father talking to a young son. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Minnesota Zoo, $56-$68.50.) Bream

 

With their we-should-be-in-a-stadium sound, the Killers, those 1980s revivalists from Vegas, mastered the acoustics of the bombastic Roy Wilkins Auditorium — no small feat — with two performances and then moved on to Northrop Auditorium and then First Avenue. Still touring to promote last year’s Bruce-meets-Bono styled album “Battle Born,” Brandon Flowers and his buddies are back at Wilkins. Can’t wait to hear “Mr. Brightside” in the Roy again. (8 p.m. Thu., Roy Wilkins Auditorium, $35-$65.)

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A big star in her native England in 2012, Emeli Sandé finally broke through in the States this year with “Next to Me” from last summer’s “Our Version of Events.” This summer, she was honored as the best international act at the BET Awards. A medical school dropout, Sandé wrote songs for Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and others before embarking on her own career. With his distinctive blond quiff, she is a striking presence, sounding like Alicia Keys might if she grew up on folk, not gospel. (8 p.m. Thu., Pantages, $29.50.)

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HIP-HOP

Of all the places you might think of seeing Big Daddy Kane 24 years after the release of “It’s a Big Daddy Thing,” a neighborhood arts fair probably doesn’t come to mind. He’s one of about 350 artists showing off their work at the FLOW Northside Art Crawl, a sign of how tame “Warm It Up, Kane” and his other songs of old seem by today’s standards. He’s still one of the top 10 rappers of all time, though. He goes on about 6 p.m. Ashley DuBose and Old Skool Hip-Hop Dance open. (1-7 p.m., KMOJ Stage, Broadway St. W. & Logan Av. N., Mpls., FLOWnorthside.org.)

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