Critic’s picks: Pop music

Justin Timberlake (left) hits the TD Garden on Nov. 4 and Beyoncé (below) follows, performing  at the same venue, on Dec. 20.
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Justin Timberlake hits the TD Garden on Nov. 4.

Life is good Festival Music fans get a little bit of a lot of good stuff at this two day extravaganza including Philly pop-soul legends Hall & Oates, the beguiling indie-pop/folk of Dawes, and the supercharged hip-hop soul of the Roots, among others. Sept. 21-22. Prowse Farm, Canton.

STEELY DAN Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are no strangers to wacky tour titles. This one is no exception as the dynamic duo behind hits like “Peg” and “Reelin’ in the Years” hit the Hub on the “Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour.” Sept. 24-25. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-447-7400,

JIMMY CLIFF The indefatigable reggae legend returns to the road in service of his strong Tim Armstrong-produced 2012 album, “Rebirth.” Sept. 25. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


BIG BOI Knee surgery forced the charismatic Outkast emcee to cancel dates earlier this year but he’s back on the good foot digging into his latest album, “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.” Sept. 29. Paradise. 800-745-3000,

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BRIAN WILSON & JEFF BECK The Beach Boy and the guitar god team up for what should be a very interesting night of sweet harmony and sizzling fretwork. Oct. 9. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-447-7400,

THE WEEKND The nom-de-rock of Abel Tesfaye, the Weeknd touches down for two shows, showcasing a hypnotic blend of deep-gut soul and indie-rock drone that is equal parts heart, heat, hurt, and hubris. Oct. 10-11. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

NINE INCH NAILS After some time off to explore soundtrack work and family life, Trent Reznor is ready to pound the Nails again to promote the top-notch new NIN album, “Hesitation Marks.” Oct. 11. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

PEARL JAM The Seattle rockers’ first show sold out lickety-split, but you can still catch the second show. Expect the hits as well as tunes from the forthcoming “Lightning Bolt.” Oct. 16. DCU Center. 800-745-3000,


Janelle Monáe The livewire singer-songwriter with the wonderfully warped worldview returns to walk that tightrope and play tunes from her new album, “The Electric Lady.” Oct. 16. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

MIKE DOUGHTY The title of this jaunt — “Mike Doughty (Used to Be In) Soul Coughing” — says it all as Doughty finally returns to the tunes of his former band on his own terms. Oct. 19. Paradise. 800-745-3000,

DRAKE He may have started from the bottom, but the Canadian rapper has been at the top for some time. He again returns to the Garden to address the faithful Drizzy fans and give a taste of his upcoming “Nothing Was the Same.” Oct. 30. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE He’s back, and this time he’s on his own, as JT and Jay Z spin off onto separate paths after their “Legends of the Summer” stadium tour. Expect a full tour through his many hits. Nov. 4. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

LAMB OF GOD & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE This double bill of righteous metal goodness should make for a very loud and electric night. Bring earplugs and limber up that neck. Nov. 23. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


PINK The pop songbird literally soared high on the first leg of her tour for her album “The Truth About Love.” She and her powerful pipes and acrobatic stage antics return for an encore. Dec. 5. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

Beyoncé The “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” continues with this reprise from destiny’s favorite child, shimmering and shimmying her way through her repertoire of hits. Dec. 20. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,