The ticket: Pop music

JARABE DE PALO  In its native Spain, this rock band is beloved for its long and distinguished career in which frontman Pau Donés has blended Latin rhythms with a roots-rock core. On “Somos,” Jarabe de Palo’s latest album released last month, the group cranks the guitars for an even harder sound shot through with tinges of reggae and the blues. March 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40, $35 in advance. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

ELLIE GOULDING Initially a sensation in her native England, Goulding gradually amassed a big following in this ountry with her effusive and flirty take on dance pop, buoyed by hits such as “Lights” and “Burn.” March 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33-$38. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

JONATHAN RICHMAN It has become a tradition and something of a wink and a nudge: Richman, who grew up in Natick, regularly plays a three-night stand at the Middle East Upstairs (capacity: 194) when he could easily hold down a much bigger room. Drawing on his vast catalog as a solo artist and with the Modern Lovers, Richman will perform with longtime collaborator Tommy Larkins on drums. At press time, tickets remained only for Wednesday’s show. March 19-21, 7 p.m. Tickets: $18. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,