We picked them for you: the biggest, the best, the coolest concerts coming this week.

1. Collective Soul

collective soul

Collective Soul

Prepare yourself for hits. Alt-rock hits. And lots of ’em. Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms play Stir Cove on Friday. Collective Soul was one of the biggest alt-rock bands of its era, earning four platinum albums and seven No. 1 hits, including “Shine,” “Heavy” and “The World I Know.” Gin Blossoms’ “Found Out About You” was a No. 1 rock song, and the group’s other hits include “Follow You Down,” “Hey Jealousy,” “Til I Hear It From You” and “Allison Road.” Tickets via Ticketmaster.

2. Squeeze



British rock legends Squeeze are headed to Omaha for their 45th anniversary tour. The “Tempted,” “Up the Junction” and “Hourglass” band will play all its hits at the Holland Center on Wednesday. Tickets via Ticket Omaha.

3. Milk Carton Kids

Milk Carton Kids

Milk Carton Kids

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are The Milk Carton Kids. The folk duo weaves together some beautiful music with their voices and guitars, and their latest album, “All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do,” includes plenty more. Catch them at Slowdown on Thursday. Tickets at ticketfly.com.

4. The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast

This Lawrence, Kansas, rock band led by Christopher Crisci has been going for more than 20 years, and they’re familiar to Omaha audiences. The Appleseed Cast is back with its first album in six years, “The Fleeting Light of Impermanence,” and Pitchfork said, “Even the quietest moments sit with jagged nerves and lingering tension.” See them Wednesday at Reverb Lounge. Tickets at etix.com.

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On the slate for next week:

The Shadow Ridge Music Festival will heat up on Sept. 6 with Violent FemmesSoul Asylum and Matthew Sweet at Shadow Ridge Country Club. Tickets at outhousetickets.com.

Backstreet’s back. The Backstreet Boys recently released a new album, “DNA,” and now they’re on the road, stopping at CHI Health Center Omaha on Sept. 8. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Steely Dan lives on. After the death of Walter Becker, the classic rock band has continued with Donald Fagen. With songs such as “Do It Again” and “Hey Nineteen,” the band will hit Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl on Sept. 8. Tickets, $55 to $175, via Ticketmaster.

Punk bands Social Distortion and Flogging Molly are teaming up for at tour this summer that lands at Stir Cove on Sept. 11. Tickets via Ticketmaster.


Going on sale soon:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will once again start its tour in Council Bluffs. Its “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” tour will begin on Nov. 13 at the Mid-America Center. Tickets go on sale Sept. 11 via Ticketmaster.


Blink-182’s concert Sept. 7 at Stir Cove.