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Summer Arts Preview 2019

Pop and rock picks: From hip-hop to post-punk, and everything in between

Shawn Mendes comes to Boston Aug. 15-16 for shows at TD Garden.
Shawn Mendes comes to Boston Aug. 15-16 for shows at TD Garden. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images/file 2018)

JAM’N 94.5 SUMMER JAM The ever-swaggering Cardi B heads up this year’s edition of iHeart’s hip-hop festival, which will also feature a performance by Boston-based collective STL GLD. June 1, 6:30 p.m. $25 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

BILLIE EILISH A teenage anti-pop heroine with nightmarish visions and a bruised croon, this singer’s rise to the top of the charts started off as a SoundCloud smolder before becoming a multi-platform inferno. Her twisted-bliss visions have an appeal that crosses genres and generations, making her a perfect (and unexpectedly hooky) hero for the streaming era. June 14, 7:30 p.m. $50.88 and up. Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Boston. 617-728-1600, www.livenation.com

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PHILIP BAILEY The Earth, Wind & Fire belter — still in possession of one of pop’s finest falsettos — returns to town in support of his forthcoming album “Love Will Find a Way,” which includes cameos from jazz legends like pianist Chick Corea and modern stars like future-dwelling tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington and keyboardist-visionary Robert Glasper. June 19, 6 p.m. doors. $50.25 and up. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047, www.city
winery.com/boston

STEF CHURA “Midnight,” the forthcoming album from this Detroit guitarist and songwriter, expands on the feedback-drenched vision she put forth on 2017’s sterling “Messes,” with songs like the snarling, sardonic “Method Man” and the propulsively dreamy “Sweet Sweet Midnight” showcasing her gasping-for-air wail and sidelong approach to writing hooks. July 9, 9:15 p.m. $14, $12 advance. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com

CARLY RAE JEPSEN Canada’s pop savior returns to Boston in celebration of “Dedicated,” her latest collection of fizzy, gently funky anthems that value tear-inducing emotion as much as they do danceability. July 16, 7 p.m. $36 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues
.com/boston

SACRED PAWS It’s been nearly four decades since the still-potent Rough Trade compilation “Wanna Buy a Bridge?” erected razor wire around a territory of music known as “post-punk,” but this Scottish duo, whose second album “Run Around the Sun” comes out May 31, keeps the ideal fresh with giddy melodies and nimble guitar lines. July 17, 8 p.m. $15, $12 advance. ONCE, Somerville. 617-285-0167, www.oncesomerville.com

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KHALID One of pop radio’s most prominent voices — his deep croon can be heard on Logic’s Grammy-winning “1-800-273-8255,” Benny Blanco’s “Eastside,” and the Normani duet “Love Lies,” as well as his own hits like “Young Dumb and Broke” and “Talk” — this Generation Z bard headlines TD Garden in support of his second album, “Free Spirit.” Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. $45 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 617-624-1050, www.tdgarden.com

SHAWN MENDES Five years ago, this YouTube-borne singer was first on a four-act bill on Boston Harbor, his guy-with-guitar setup highlighting his affable charm and velvet-lined voice. Now one of pop’s biggest stars, the Canadian Mendes has proven to also be one of its most curiosity-minded practitioners, dabbling in arena-rock largesse on “In My Blood” and making a bid for Song of the Summer honors with his spiky new track “If I Can’t Have You.” Aug. 15-16, 6:30 p.m. $29.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 617-624-1050, www.tdgarden.com

DIERKS BENTLEY The Nashville dreamer comes to town in support of 2018’s introspective, Rockies-inspired “The Mountain.” (Be sure to arrive early for a boot-scootin’ set by the ’90s country tribute band Hot Country Knights, fronted by Bentley himself.) Aug. 16, 7 p.m. $45 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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JILL SCOTT Still one of neo-soul’s brightest stars, this Philadelphia-born actress and singer has a formidable soprano that gives her no-nonsense poetry extra power. Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. $66 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues
.com/boston


Maura Johnston can be reached at maura@maura.com.