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Critic's picks

By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / May 22, 2011

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DENGUE FEVER This collective of Cambodian and American rockers continues to build buzz thanks to their beguiling latest album, “Cannibal Courtship.’’ June 7, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

THE GO-GO’s & THE B-52s A double dose of giddy and absurdist pop treats as the beauties with the beat team up with the house band from the love shack. June 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45-$70. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

THE DEL FUEGOS One of Boston’s best rock bands from the ’80s reunites for a pair of shows (the first of which is sold out) to benefit drummer Woody Giessmann’s addiction recovery program, Right Turn. June 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

PETER GABRIEL AND THE NEW BLOOD ORCHESTRA The advance word on this tour is “no guitars, no drums.’’ Gabriel and his very big band will be performing orchestral reworkings of his solo material, from big hits like “In Your Eyes’’ to diehard fan favorites like “Intruder.’’ June 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$165. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

DEF LEPPARD With “very special guest’’ Heart handling the warm-up slot, this is shaping up to be one of the best, loudest, and most harmonious nights of classic ’70s and ’80s arena rock and pop-metal on the summer schedule. June 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$155. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

SADE Band leader Sade Adu is no stranger to great reviews, and last year’s superb “Soldier of Love’’ was no exception, a dazzling, velvety addition to her canon of adult contemporary classics. Smooth operator John Legend opens. July 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$149.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

SOUNDGARDEN After a nearly 15-year layoff, one of the best bands to emerge from Seattle’s grunge scene roars back to live life in advance of a new album. July 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$59. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

WIZ KHALIFA The red-hot “Black and Yellow’’ rapper hits the harborfront on the heels of his critically acclaimed debut, “Rolling Papers.’’ July 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$60. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE If you couldn’t score tix for the alt-rockers’ Paradise gig, here’s your chance to check out tunes from their forthcoming “Codes and Keys’’ in roomier environs. Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$40. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

J. GEILS BAND The first night sold out quickly, but tickets remain for this second show, sure to be a throwdown from Boston’s own. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, featuring the Black Crowes frontman, will try to get the crowd warmed up. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30.50-$95.50. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com