Critic’s picks: Pop music

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BRIAN WILSON & JEFF BECK These two titans of music are on a co-headlining tour featuring Al Jardine and David Marks, both of whom have worked with Wilson since their early days with the Beach Boys. Beck (pictured), a guitar god who cut his teeth with the Yardbirds, is also working with Wilson on a new record together. The set list from the tour’s opening night suggests Wilson’s portion of the show is almost exclusively Beach Boys material. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$150. Citi Wang Theatre. 866-348-9738,

SARA BAREILLES The irony of “Love Song,” Bareilles’s defiant ode to not writing one just to quench her record label’s thirst for a hit, is that it became exactly that in 2007. Since then, the singer-songwriter has expanded her scope of tasteful power pop, right up to this year’s “The Blessed Unrest.” Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28-$43.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

ALEX CUBA He emerged nearly a decade ago as Latin music’s answer to Marvin Gaye, a heartfelt troubadour who actually had more in common with Bill Withers’s brand of acoustic soul. On last year’s “Ruido en el Sistema,” Cuba, who’s based in Canada but took his stage name from his homeland, moved in a more driving rock direction. Oct. 7, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

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