FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, Bruno Mars performs at the 2016 Jingle Ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mars is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. Mars told the audience Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at his show in Auburn Hills that he and tour promoter Live Nation are redirecting funds from the concert to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charity.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) 10FallPopPicks
Bruno Mars plays TD Garden Oct. 7 and 8.
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The best concerts in Boston this fall

TASH SULTANA This onetime busker showed off her skills — singing, songwriting, looping her guitar atmospherics and pleading voice through a giant pedalboard and turning those sounds into heady, R&B-tinged pop songs — on self-produced videos that propelled her to much-buzzed-about status. Sept. 30. Tickets $25. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-747-2261,

ZOLA JESUS “Okovi,” the just-released album from this Wisconsin-raised composer and performer, is a majestic, cavernous meditation on grief and loss that places her strong alto amid grinding electronics and intense strings. Oct. 1. Tickets $22, $20 for ICA members and students. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100,

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Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
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BARRY MANILOW Pop’s king of schmaltz, now 50 years into his storied career as a songwriter and performer, is still going strong, playing smashes like the longing “Mandy” and the disco murder ballad “Copacabana (At the Copa)” alongside selections from his newest album, “This Is My Town,” which salutes New York City. Oct. 3. Tickets $29.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000,


KESHA The charismatic Kesha turned her legal battles of the past four years into boot-stomping release on her latest album, “Rainbow,” which splits the difference between anthems of self-love (the hymnlike “Praying,” the grandiose title track) and giddy tunes (the playfully stripped-down “Godzilla,” the urban-cowboy hip-shake “Boots”) that prove living life to the limit is the best revenge. Oct. 4. Tickets $43 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583,

BRUNO MARS Last year’s “24K Magic” expanded on the promise of Mars’s Mark Ronson-masterminded megahit “Uptown Funk,” dipping into various styles of ’80s R&B from Quiet Storm to future-shocked robo-funk. His live show is one of pop’s best, too — but would you expect any less from someone who began his music career as a 6-year-old Elvis impersonator? Oct. 7-8. Tickets $49.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000,

PARAMORE Led by spitfire Hayley Williams, this shape-shifting rock outfit flipped the script on June’s “After Laughter,” which cloaks its self-protectionist lyrics in Day-Glo hooks and body-moving basslines — a coupling that’s both cathartic and startling, and jolted into space by Williams’s roof-raising soprano. Oct. 7. Tickets $39.50 and up. Boston Opera House. 617-259-3400,

SYD This California-based producer and songwriter crafts stretched-out funk that draws its pop instincts from R&B radio titans like Brandy and Usher. She’ll be touring behind the just-released “Always Never Home,” her second album of 2017. Oct. 11. Tickets $28, $25 advance. Royale, Boston. 617-451-7700,

PITBULL AND ENRIQUE IGLESIAS Mr. Worldwide and the King of Latin Pop pair up for another joint tour — they last performed together at TD Garden in 2014 — with a new collaboration, the REO Speedwagon-interpolating (!) “Messin’ Around,” in tow. Pitbull’s oh-so-suave vibes and global party-host persona are evenly matched with Iglesias’s loverman stance, making this double bill a guaranteed party. Oct. 12. Tickets $39.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000,


PVRIS On the just-released “All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell,” these locally grown rockers elevate their ambitions, creating gloomy, gorgeous textures that shine a bright light on lead singer Lynn Gunn’s passionate wail. Oct. 12. Tickets $30 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583,

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Whiskey-voiced frontman Josh Homme and his band lean into the grooves that power their serpentine rockers on the Mark Ronson-produced “Villains,” which hangs on to the band’s darkness even as it shimmies through tracks like “The Evil Has Landed.” Oct. 21. Tickets $26.50 and up. Agganis Arena, Boston. 800-745-3000,

Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses
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GUNS N’ ROSES Vocalist Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan — three-fifths of the band that recorded the sleaze-drenched, now three-decades-old firebomb “Appetite for Destruction” — continue their formerly improbable-seeming reunion tour, with songs spanning from “Appetite” to 2008’s electro-augmented “Chinese Democracy” and beyond. Oct. 22. Tickets $59 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000,

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FALL OUT BOY “Mania,” the forthcoming album by these emo heroes turned pop-rock experimentalists, has been delayed to next year, but the band’s robust catalog of swooning rockers like “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and jock jams like “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ’Em Up)” will more than ably fill out their setlist. Oct. 27. Tickets $30.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000,

KRISTIN HERSH & TANYA DONELLY City Winery Boston (which has had its opening pushed back to Oct. 16 because of construction delays) hosts two shows featuring these founding members of the fever-dream rock collective Throwing Muses. Hersh’s latest release, last year’s solo album-with-book “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace,” is urgent and intimate, framing humanity’s foibles in harsh closeup; Donnelly’s “Swan Song Series,” out in 2016, brings peers like her Belly bandmate Gail Greenwood and author Rick Moody along for the ride. Oct. 28-29. Tickets $32 and up. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047,


IRMA THOMAS/ BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA/ PRESERVATION LEGACY QUINTET This celebration of classic Southern soul and jazz includes the Louisiana-born “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, the spiritually minded vocal group Blind Boys of Alabama (who still have two members from their 1939 founding, Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter, on their roster), and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band alums known collectively as the Preservation Legacy Quintet. Nov. 3. Tickets $30 and up. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261,

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
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JANET JACKSON “Unbreakable,” the R&B superstar’s most recent album, was a triumph — reunited with her longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she crafted an album of grown-woman soul that called back to the liberatory spirit of her 1987 breakthrough, “Control.” This rescheduled date makes up for a postponed August 2016 show. Nov. 5. Tickets $30.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000,