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

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Eagulls will finally land in Minneapolis. The rather dumbly named — and, let’s admit it, sort of dopey-looking — quintet from Leeds, England, plays a smart, smarmy brand of bombastic, reverb-soaked roar-rock, with echoes of John Lydon’s PiL and the Pixies. They got attention from the British press for some bratty antics, but their self-titled debut album overshadowed the hoopla in the end. They’re even more powerful live. Openers Cheatahs are another poorly named but hair-raisingly loud British band that already wowed an Entry crowd last year. (9 p.m. Mon., 7th Street Entry, $10-$12.) Riemenschneider

 

After going seven years between Twin Cities dates, Welsh rocker Karl Wallinger is back as World Party less than a year after a two-gig stand at the Dakota with a trio lineup that was every bit as moving and mystical as his ’60s-echoing albums of the late 1980s. Wallinger seemed fully recuperated and even rejuvenated after being sidelined by a brain aneurysm, and his best-known tunes such as “Ship of Fools” and “Way Down Now” sadly haven’t lost their topical relevance, either. (7 & 9 p.m. Tue., Dakota, $35-$40.) Riemenschneider

 

With all five members back in the fold, the Backstreet Boys will party like it’s 1999 because you fans want it that way. Boy-band harmonies are forever — even if Kevin Richardson (who rejoined BSB in 2012) is 42 and Nick Carter, 34, finally got married in April and has announced a side project album and tour this year with Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block. Opening is Avril Lavigne, the Canadian pop-punk star who can boast several hits (always loved “Sk8er Boi”), her own fragrance and fashion line, and Canada’s biggest rock star (Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger) as her husband. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Xcel Energy Center, $29.50-$150.) Bream

 

On her four-year farewell tour that ended in 2005, Cher played the Twin Cities three times. At 68, she promises that her current Dressed to Kill Tour (named for a song on her 2013 album, “Closer to the Truth”) will be her touring swan song. She’ll offer new and old songs, priceless clips of her movies and years with Sonny, and enough out-there outfits to make Lady Gaga envious. Cyndi Lauper opens, with “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and her Tony-winning Broadway anthem “Kinky Boots.” (7:30 p.m. Wed., Target Center, $27.50-$133.) Bream

 

Veteran troubadours John Gorka and Michael Johnson have a couple of obvious things in common: they record for St. Paul’s Red House Records and love compelled them to move to the Twin Cities. While Gorka has built a following on the acoustic music circuit, Johnson has enjoyed pop hits (“Bluer Than Blue”) and country triumphs (“Give Me Wings”). (7 p.m. Thu., Dakota, $35.) Bream

CHRISTIAN

Religious radio station KTIS (98.5 FM) is putting together the year’s biggest Christian music gathering in the Twin Cities. The sixth annual Joyful Noise Family Fest will feature some of the genre’s biggest names, including eight-time Dove winner Mercy Me, five-time Grammy winner and 58-time Dove winner Steven Curtis Chapman and former “American Idol” favorite Mandisa. The lineup also includes Tenth Avenue North, Audio Adrenaline, Hawk Nelson and Jason Gray. (5 p.m. Fri. & 10 a.m. Sat., National Sports Center, Blaine, $35-$60.) Bream

COUNTRY

The new version of Colt Ford’s 2008 debut, dubbed “Ride the Country Revisited,” suggests that the country rapper/singer is two parts Big & Rich and one part Florida Georgia Line. He may be a strong personality as a redneck party animal, but he’s hardly a skillful rapper (he rhymes baby sitter and Twitter, bar and guitar, dress and hot mess). Next month, Ford will drop “Thanks for Listening,” a new collection featuring a slew of sung hooks by Keith Urban, Chase Rice, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann. (9 p.m. Fri., Mill City Nights, $22-$45.) Bream

BLUES

The man they call “Superharp,” James Cotton, is one of the true living legends of the blues. And he’s bringing one of the best blue-eyed blues belters in the nation: Darrell Nulisch, leader of Texas Heat and original frontman of Anson Funderbergh & the Rockets. Cotton is fresh from being declared best traditional male artist at the 35th annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis. And Nulisch sounds typically great on his boss’ most recent Alligator Records release, “Cotton Mouth Man,” particularly on a fun track about a frisky female, “Saint on Sunday.” (8 p.m. Wed., Dakota, $40 & $35.) Surowicz

BLUEGRASS

Banjo ace Alan Munde has a résumé that would make any bluegrasser proud: He’s played with Poor Richard’s Almanac (featuring a teenage Sam Bush), Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Country Gazette. He’s made many solo albums and a couple of duo albums with Bush. Munde will team up with two top Minnesota pickers, guitarist Adam Granger and mandolinist Dick Kimmel. (9 p.m. Thu., Aster Cafe, $15.) Bream

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