Twin Cities concert calendar: June 5-11

JAY BOLLER | Updated 6/4/2014

Heliotrope X, Sage Francis, LynLake Street Fest, Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, Backstreet Boys, Cher & more!

Backstreet Boys in 2005.
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Thursday - June 5

Heliotrope X

Thu.-Sat. • Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • $12-$30

After going on hiatus last year following nine robust runs, Heliotrope’s future was uncertain. So the return of the Twin Cities’ longest-running experimental/underground music fest is welcome news for fans of drone, noise, thrash and electronic sounds. This year’s installment includes some Heliotrope mainstays, such as orchestral group International Novelty Gamelan, heavy space-rockers Thunderbolt Pagoda, ambient drone-rockers Transitional Species and banjo improvisationalist Paul Metzger. Some new blood comes in the form of “witch house” solo act Breakaway, the 19-year-olds of Big Black-worshiping New Wave Hookers, occultic drone band Temple of Set and the mythology-inspired death metal of House of Atreus. On Friday, Bryant-Lake Bowl will host a late-night companion event, “Heliotrope Coda,” with unamplified performances by Dreamland Faces and the duo of Metzger and Elaine Evans, which is free for festival attendees. More info at Jahna Peloquin


Webb Sisters

7 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $25

England’s Webb Sisters got a major boost by singing backup for Leonard Cohen’s comeback tour. Not only did they do some angelic Irish-flavored unison singing on the prayer-like “If It Be Your Will,” but Hattie and Charley did eye-popping cartwheels during “The Future.” Now the Corrs-evoking sisters are following their producer/manager Peter Asher into the Dakota to launch a tour promoting their new EP, “When Will You Come Home?” Jon Bream


Friday - June 6

‘Rebel, Rebel: Rock for Pussy XI’

9 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $10-$12

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. Chris Riemenschneider


Colt Ford

9 p.m. • Mill City Nights • 18-plus • $22-$45

The new version of 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. The Last Ride and Greg Michaels open. Jon Bream


Gear Daddies

7:30 p.m. • Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth • $37-$52

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. J.B.