Big Gigs for June 6-12: Elvis Costello, Eagulls, Cher, Backstreet Boys and much more

  • Updated: June 5, 2014 - 3:18 PM
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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello has been a regular visitor to the Twin Cities since he played the long-gone but not forgotten Longhorn on Valentine’s Day 1978. He’s performed with the Attractions, the Imposters, Steve Nieve and Allen Toussaint. But he’s never played here solo. With about 30 studio albums to choose from, the Rock Hall of Famer has a wealth of terrific tunes, but at previous solo performances in the past couple of years (we’re the first of his 10 solo gigs this year) he’s pulled selections from the Great American Songbook and other pre-Elvis Presley sources. He always surprises and rewards. (7:30 p.m. Mon., the O’Shaughnessy, $45-$95.) Bream

POP/ROCK

It’s been 10 years since Twin Cities fans got to see David Bowie live but 11 years that they’ve been enjoying “Rock for Pussy,” the Feline Rescue benefit concert in his honor. Veteran bandleader John Eller will welcome a cast this year that includes Chan Poling and other Suburbs members, Little Man’s Chris Perricelli, R&B man Maurice Jacox, All the Pretty Horses’ Venus DeMars, Idle Hands’ Ciaran Daly, the Rembrandts’ Phil Solem, Black Diet’s Jonathan Tolliver and many more. Jake Rudh will DJ before and after. Attendees are encouraged to come glammed up. (9 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, $10-$12.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Even though “Zamboni” is the Gear Daddies’ most beloved song, the 1990s Minnesota rockers seem to reunite in the summertime for outdoor gigs. The set list for Martin Zellar and the boys usually includes “Stupid Boy,” “She’s Happy” and that aforementioned hockey anthem. Appearing with them at Plymouth’s Hilde open-air bandshell is Gary Louris, the Jayhawks frontman who also has worked with the Dixie Chicks and Nickel Creek; he’ll be accompanied by Jayhawks keyboardist Karen Grotberg. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth, $37 & $52.) Jon Bream

 

If you like 1960s jukebox music, the SilverTones offer a fun flashback. The Rolling Stones, Supremes, Hendrix, Beatles, Sonny & Cher, even one-hit wonders the Knickerbockers (“Lies”) — the SilverTones cover them all, along with old-school soul, Phil Spector pop and the “Peter Gunn” theme. It’ll be a special night for the band, as drummer Mike Sandell, longtime sticksman of 1990s blues group the Boogiemen, celebrates his 60th birthday. Let’s hope he gets some “Satisfaction.” (9 p.m. Fri., Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Av. S., Mpls. No cover.) Tom Surowicz

 

After taking a year off, the LynLake Street Festival returns strong with a headlining set straight off the block, the Secret Stash Soul Revue, featuring Sonny Knight and other ’60s-’70s soul and R&B singers rejuvenated by LynLake’s resident record label. The lineup also includes Chris Koza’s elegant folk-pop troupe Rogue Valley, rhythmic loop wiz Dosh, newly remade hip-hop mavens Toki Wright & Big Cats, Ginkgo with Tapes n’ Tapes’ frontman Josh Grier, soulful singer/songwriter Ashley Gold and Adam Levy’s sweet family band Bunny Clogs. Proceeds benefit the Blaisdell YMCA. (Noon-8 p.m. Sun., Lake St. at Lyndale Av. S., free, all ages.) Riemenschneider

 

In September Ben Nichols will play his biggest Twin Cities gig to date, opening for the Replacements at Midway with his rowdy Memphis soul-twang band Lucero, but first he has a little solo gig to play, just as he did this weekend last year. It’s a good chance for him to escape the Memphis sweat and for fans to see his more songwriterly side. Joey Kneiser and Kelly Smith of Tennessee band Glossary open as a duo. (7 p.m. Sun., 7th Street Entry, $16.) Riemenschneider

 

Never lacking for personal drama to write about, Steve Earle just ended his seventh marriage, is finishing his memoirs and remains a road warrior. He’s touring with his band, the Dukes, promoting last year’s top-notch Americana collection “The Low Highway,” on which his most recent wife, Allison Moorer, played a fairly prominent role. Even though there are such barroom romps as “After Mardi Gras” and “Pocket Full of Rain,” many of these tunes cut deep — especially the closer, “Remember Me,” about a father to his son. Opening are the Mastersons, featuring members of Earle’s backup band. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Minnesota Zoo, $45 & $57.50.) Bream

The gravelly, soulful-voiced one of the three singers in England’s perennially underrated psychedelic roots-pop band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is touring with a trio to promote his new crowdfunded album “Rattlebag,” which sounds more acoustic-based and twangy than his stuff with the band but is unmistakably him. And yep, he’s playing Gomez songs, too. (9 p.m. Tue., 7th Street Entry, $15.) Riemenschneider

 

Attention, indie-rock music nerds: It’s cool to like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah again. The wiry Philadelphia rockers rode a tidal wave of music-blogger drool with their 2005 debut but then got spit on over the undeniably clunky follow-up. Following frontman Alec Ounsworth’s intriguing 2009 solo effort, though, the band has made two more polished and ambitious albums, including the atmospheric and roaring new one, “Only Run,” which shows traces of “Monster”-era R.E.M. and “Bends”-style Radiohead. Indiana sibling duo Stagnant Pools opens. (9 p.m. Wed., Triple Rock, $15.) Riemenschneider

 

Spanish Gold is a Texas-baked psychedelic grind-rock trio featuring My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, ex-Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada and singer/guitarist Dante Schwebel of the underrated Dan Auerbach-produced band Hacienda. They just unleashed a doozy of a debut album, “South of Nowhere,” led by the feverish and infectious single “Out on the Street” and loaded with throbbing, gritty funk jams and glammed-up rock. Should be an extra-hot summer club gig. Nashville quartet Clear Plastic Masks open. (8 p.m. Mon., Triple Rock, $12-$14.) Riemenschneider

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