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    JAMN 94.5’S SUMMER JAM This annual celebration of all things hip-hop and R&B boasts some big names in the line-up this year, including the red hot and critically-acclaimed Kendrick Lamar, “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez, and old friends like Lil Jon. May 30. Xfinity Center. 800-745-3000,

    LIONEL RICHIE The ageless Richie has dubbed this the “All the Hits All Night Long” tour so expect to hear everything from his Commodores classics to solo jams.. Warming things up will be the irrepressible Cee Lo Green. June 24. Xfinity Center. 800-745-3000,

    Beyoncé AND JAY Z Mr. and Mrs. Carter team up for what should be one of the biggest shows of the summer with their “On the Run” stadium tour. No doubt the husband and wife will be popping up in each other’s sets. July 1. Gillette Stadium, 800-745-3000,


    BRUNO MARS The pop star returns to the Hub to promote his dynamite 2013 album “Unorthodox Jukebox” with a high energy show. Aloe Blacc — the voice of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” — is along for the ride as an opening act. July 2. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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    SARA BAREILLES The California songbird brings her burnished pop and pretty pipes to bear on hits like “Love Song,” “King of Anything,” “Brave,” and concert favorite “Gravity.” Charming and funny, it should be a lovely night by the water. July 15. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000,

    BOSTON GLOBE/WGBH SUMMER ARTS WEEKEND Among the diverse roster of artists on tap for this free, annual celebration are Grammy-winning jazz great Arturo Sandoval and critically-acclaimed and always raucous California roots rockers Los Lobos. Various times. July 26-27. Copley Square Park. Free. end/2013/

    NINE INCH NAILS & SOUNDGARDEN It’s a double shot of cathartic hard rock as Trent Reznor’s industrial dance nightmare jams collide with the menacing grunge of one Seattle’s best ever exports. Bring your earplugs and your dancing shoes because it’s going to be loud and lively. July 29. Xfinity Center. 800-745-3000, www.livenation .com

    ARCADE FIRE The Canadian indie-band-turned-Grammy-winning-rock-juggernaut touches down in Mansfield to regale with sounds from their latest album “Reflektor” as well as critically-acclaimed past releases “Neon Bible” and “The Suburbs.” August 19. Xfinity Center. 800-745-3000. www.livenation .com


    THE EAGLES The legendary classic rockers bring their famed harmonies to the Garden on the continuation of their “History of the Eagles” tour, which takes a chronological approach to their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. Expect to hear a jukebox worth of hits like “Hotel California,” “Life In the Fast Lane,” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” Sept. 15. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

    LILY ALLEN The cheeky British songbird crosses the pond to promote her spiffy new album “Sheezus” as well as skip through her snappy back catalog grab bag of pop delights like “Smile” and “Littlest Thing.” Sept. 20. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation .com SARAH RODMAN