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Fall Arts Preview: Pop and rock

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LET’S EAT GRANDMA The young British duo with the grammarian-humor name are touring behind their second album “I’m All Ears,” which rearranges pop’s building blocks into oddly shaped, yet still hopelessly catchy songs that showcase their witchy vocals. Sept. 10. $13 and up. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-0914, www.great
scottboston.com

CHILDISH GAMBINO This year’s winner of pop culture’s All-Around Trophy is clearly actor-director-musician-guru Donald Glover, whose musical alter ego followed up the searing indictment of racial politics “This Is America” with two bubbly, seasonally appropriate soul sides, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” Sept. 12. $49.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

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RBRM Taking the basis of their acronym from the bridge of the boy band pioneers’ fizzy early hit “Cool It Now,” New Edition members Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins will, as Brown put it in an interview with Rolling Stone, “perform for the people” sans Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. Sept. 20. $62.75 and up. Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston. 800-982-2787, www.bochcenter.org

BRUNO MARS Pretty much everything this Hawaiian singer-pop guru touches turns to gold and even platinum. What makes that fact even more great than the robo-funk of “24K Magic” and the New Jack Swing giddiness of “Finesse”: His sweat-drenched, hit-stuffed live shows. With Ciara, whose bonkers single “Level Up” has channeled Bruno and given pop a still-needed adrenaline dose. Sept. 27-28. $59.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

BULLY Last year’s “Losing” is still a stunning statement from this Nashville band, combining fuzzed-out slacker-pop with aphoristic lyrics (“Trying to cut down on booze and you” is but one of many relatable lines across its dozen tracks). Sept. 28. $18 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge
.com

OZUNA The white-hot trap-reggaeton idol (his second album “Aura” just replaced its 2017 predecessor “Odisea” atop Billboard’s Latin charts) drops by to flaunt his lithe voice and sexed-up songs. Sept. 30. $79 and up. Agganis Arena, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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88RISING: 88 DEGREES AND RISING Up-and-coming media company 88rising, which showcases Asian and Asian-American artists, throws a festival in support of its just-released crew album “Head in the Clouds,” which features prodigious Indonesian MC Rich Brian and Japanese R&B crooner Joji. Oct. 5. $25 and up. Agganis Arena, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.live
nation.com

ELTON JOHN The fabulousness-drenched singer-songwriter is walking a long yellow brick road as he says goodbye to touring; this is the first year of his three-year farewell jaunt, with promises that he’ll be back in North America “multiple times” until 2021 rolls around. Oct. 6 and Nov. 6. $59 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

CHRISTINA AGUILERA It’s been nearly 20 years after this former Mouseketeer rode the teenpop wave and her mighty voice to musical superstardom; her latest album “Liberation” catches her in older-and-wiser reflective mode, but it doesn’t skimp on big beats or grand ballads that showcase her still-mighty pipes. Oct. 8. $45 and up.
Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston. 800-982-2787, www.bochcenter.org

J. COLE The ever-restless (and oddly divisive) MC’s most recent album, “KOD,” describes inner demons with almost-too-explicit frankness. Oct. 10. $45 and up. TD Garden, Boston.
800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

TROYE SIVAN “Bloom,” the just-released second album from this Australian actor and singer, is plush and neurotic; “Dance to This,” his collaboration with octave-jumper Ariana Grande, is one standout, a gently simmering banger about eschewing the club for a quiet (yet still sexy) night in. Oct. 12. $35.50 and up. Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston. 800-982-2787, www.bochcenter.org

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KALI UCHIS “Isolation,” the latest album from this Colombian-American belter, is one of this year’s most delightfully swagger-filled albums, from the smirkingly irritated “Teeth in My Neck” to the electro-tinged shove-off “Dead to Me” to the retro-soul-tinged complaint “Feel Like a Fool.” Oct. 16. $29.50 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

JAIN This French singer’s forceful yelp skitters through and soars over fussy-yet-booming beats borrowed from every corner of the globe on her second album “Souldier.” Oct. 27. $18 and up. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800, www.crossroads
presents.com

JAKE SHEARS The hip-swinging frontman of the on-hiatus post-post-disco collective Scissor Sisters makes super-size music on his own, too. (Thankfully.) His exquisitely produced self-titled solo album shakes its groove thing amid silver-jumpsuit glam (“Big Bushy Mustache”), falsetto-borne pomp-pop (“Everything I’ll Ever Need”), and sexed-up disco (“S.O.B.”). Oct. 30. $25. Brighton Music Hall, Brighton. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.com

MAGGIE ROGERS This Maryland native’s folk-minded pop songs are only going deeper and getting better, as the percolating, inviting “Give a Little” makes clear; live, her graceful movements and thoughtful banter conjure up good vibrations. Nov. 5-6. $29.50 and up. Royale, Boston. 617-451-7700, www.royaleboston.com


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

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