Fall Arts Preview

Critic’s picks: pop music

The Compton rapper Ken­­drick Lamar comes to the Wilbur Theatre Sept. 16.
Moses Robinson/Getty Images
The Compton rapper Ken­­drick Lamar comes to the Wilbur Theatre Sept. 16.

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN The seminal Glaswegian noisemakers, led by brothers William and Jim Reid, return to revel in two nights of melody and distortion. Sept. 11-12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $29.50. Paradise Rock Club, Boston.
800-745-3000, www.ticket
master .com

BARRY MANILOW If you’re a fanilow you’ll want to take in the veteran showman’s performance of his greatest hits in Worcester. Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$145. DCU Center, Worcester. 800-745-3000,

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE Touring in support of the superb 2011 album “Ceremonials,” the flame-tressed singer and her band are famous for their vibrant and theatrical live shows. Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$42.50. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,


KENDRICK LAMAR The young Compton rapper’s mixtapes have won the favor of names like Dr. Dre and Lil Wayne and built serious buzz for his forthcoming Dre-produced debut album. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. 800-745-3000,

Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

GLEN HANSARD The Academy Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter, star of the film “Once,” and Frames frontman hits the road for his latest solo album “Rhythm and Repose.” Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261,

JOE JACKSON His interests have taken him from new wave to jump blues to classical composition. This time out Jackson pays tribute to Duke Ellington with his new album, “The Duke,” as well as songs from his entire career.
Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $55-$69. Wilbur Theatre,
Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster .com

Bill Waugh/Associated Press
Cat Power will sing songs from her new album, “Sun,” at the House of Blues.

TYGA The Young Money emcee will get by with a little help from his friends on this hip-hop caravan dubbed the “Closer to My Dreams Tour,” including buzzed-about Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, Kirko Bangz, Ca$h Out, and Sterling Simms. Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues, Boston. 800-745-3000.

PETER GABRIEL Celebrating his multiplatinum 1986 album, “So,” Gabriel will play the record in its entirety. He has also enlisted several band members from the original tour to help re-create the classic album. Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$170. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000,


THE AFGHAN WHIGS A reunion finds the dark-hued ’90s rock trio returning to deliver their idiosyncratic blend of guitar grit, humid soulfulness, and noirish atmosphere, all topped by Greg Dulli’s impassioned whispers and howls. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. House of Blues, Boston. 800-745-3000,

LOS LOBOS The revered roots rock outfit celebrates the 20th anniversary of its watershed release, “Kiko” — and its recent reissue — with a performance of the album front to back. Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. Showcase Live, Foxborough. 866-973-9612,

JACK WHITE The White Stripes mastermind is going it alone, hitting the road to support his top-notch new solo album, “Blunderbuss.” It should prove to be a rollicking night. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets:$37.50-$57.50. Agganis Arena, Boston. 800-745-3000,

ADAM ANT Strap on your goody two shoes and apply your white face paint, because the New Romantic is back to entertain, delight, and unsettle with his “ant music.” Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Tickets: $29.50. Royale, Boston. 800-745-3000,

BEN FOLDS FIVE The three men of the Five have reconvened for a new album, “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,” due out Sept. 18, and a tour which should feature the band’s irresistible and clever piano-pop tunes both new and old. Oct. 13, 6 p.m. Tickets: $40.75-$53.75. House of Blues, Boston. 800-745-3000,


RUSH The veteran Canadian rock trio return for another night of intricate math rock with gloriously thunderous Neil Peart drum solos and Geddy Lee’s inimitable wail. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $60-$145. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000.

CAT POWER Sultry chanteuse Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, returns in support of “Sun,” her first album of all new material in six years. Oct. 24,
7 p.m. Tickets: $34.50-$45. House of Blues, Boston.
nation .com


Sarah Rodman can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @GlobeRodman