Fall Preview: Not only rock 'n' roll 

click to enlarge P!nk does aerial, acrobatic choreography in her current tour "The Truth About Love."
  • P!nk does aerial, acrobatic choreography in her current tour "The Truth About Love."

With old-timers and up-and-comers appearing in concert, there's something for everyone.


Fun., Tegan and Sara

Fun. frontman Nate Ruess is known for hyperactive stage antics and powerhouse performances. The folksy-turned-dance-pop duo Tegan and Sara open. [8 p.m. Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Sept. 8, Greek Theatre, $43.50]

Keith Urban

Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch open for the New Zealand-born, Australian-raised country music superstar. [7 p.m. Sept. 21, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $38.35-$73.10]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

The full lineup of the always astonishing free event is being announced in installments. So far, confirmed acts include: LP, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Billy Bragg, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Pieta Brown, Patty Griffin, Bettye LaVette and Alison Brown. [Oct. 4-6, Hellman Hollow, Lindley and Marx meadows Golden Gate Park, free]

Pet Shop Boys

Arguably electro-pop's answer to Morrissey, the hyperliterate British twosome has just released the criminally danceable "Electric," its 16th studio album since 1986. [8 p.m. Oct. 5 and Oct. 7, Fox Theater, $49.50-$65]


The punky pop star does aerial, acrobatic choreography in her current tour "The Truth About Love." [7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Oracle Arena, $50-$141.50; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, SAP Center, $48.75-$140.25]

Treasure Island Music Festival

Atoms for Peace, a supergroup spearheaded by Radiohead's Thom York and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is the big name on the 25-plus-act bill, along with Beck and trip-hop artist and Massive Attack rapper Tricky. Also of note: the gently psychedelic Animal Collective, dream poppers Real Estate, electro-songstress Little Dragon and the caustic but catchy Sleigh Bells. [Noon, Oct. 19-20, Treasure Island, $85-$275]

Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber's ex is doing just fine and looks more like a J-Lo protege every day, especially with her club-friendly single "Slow Down" from her latest album "Stars Dance." [7 p.m. Nov. 10, SAP Center, $39.25-$83.50]


Ty Segall

The busy local psych-pop king performs his latest album, "Sleeper," in its entirety before embarking on a world tour with his other band Fuzz, a Sabbath-influenced group with an album due in October. [8 p.m. Sept. 2, Great American Music Hall, $18-$20; 9 p.m. Sept. 5, New Parish, $18-$20]


After more than 10 years between albums, the influential 1990s indie rockers return with "I Hate Music," an album packed with its signature lush chords and catchy choruses. [8 p.m. Sept. 3, Fillmore, $38.50]

The Vaccines

The British sensibility for strong choruses is evident in this London band, famous for nearly perfect rock songs like "If You Wanna," "Blow it Up" and "Wetsuit." [8 p.m. Sept. 23, Regency Ballroom, $25-$27]

Little Boots

Distinctively Blondie-influenced, the Lancashire, England, lass is akin to Goldfrapp, Hot Chip or an artsy alternative to Sophie Ellis Bextor. [8 p.m. Sept. 24, Independent, $20]

Jake Bugg

At just 19, the singer-songwriter is frequently compared to Paul McCartney, The La's and Oasis, making girls swoon with his 1960s-infused skiffle pop singles like "Lightning Bolt." [8 p.m. Sept. 29, Fillmore, $19]

Olafur Arnalds, Hauschka, Nils Frahm

This triple bill is like the soundtrack to a foreign film. Icelandic artist Arnalds makes elegant, dreamy music in the Max Richter vein. Nil Frahm's piano tinkerings suit the brooding teenager and Hauschka has nods to Yann Tiersen. [8 p.m. Sept. 29, Regency Ballroom, $25-$35]


Led by the elfin Lauren Mayberry, the slick Scottish synth-poppers make euphoric, stadium-filling anthems laced with a delicate melancholia, channeling Kate Bush, The Knife and MGMT. [7:30 pm. Nov. 17, Fox Theater, $25]


Gary Numan

The British electronica trailblazer moved beyond his New Wave single "Cars" into uncharted territories, giving him a diverse fan base that includes Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and more. [7 p.m. Sept. 3, Oakland Metro Operahouse, $27]

Earth Wind & Fire

With Philip Bailey at the helm, the dominant soul band from the 1970s is still putting on pulsating shows. [8 p.m. Sept. 11, Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, $58-$103]


The pioneering band fronted by Debbit Harry successfully straddled pop, rock and electronica, making songs that veritably defined the 1980s. [8 p.m. Sept. 19, Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, $55.50-$90]

Depeche Mode, Crystal Castles

The brooding synth-pop rockers, who have a new album "Delta Machine," are billed with the young, abrasive, genre-busting electro-heads Crystal Castles. [7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $46-$170.50]

Lionel Richie

In a rare local appearance, the former Commodores frontman and 1980s chart-topper brings his "All The Hits All Night Long" tour to the Bay Area. [7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, SAP Center, $44.25-$140.25]

Buddy Guy

The 77-year old bluesman has influenced The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton with his chameleon capabilities on guitar. [8 p.m. Nov. 8, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, $47-$67]


Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival

Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction and Coheed & Cambria are the big names at this 13-band day festival that includes Circa Survive, Danko Jones and breakdancing Danish pop rockers New Politics. [2 p.m. Sept. 11, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $25-$101.55]

Rock the Bells

Wu-Tang Clan celebrates its 20th anniversary by headlining the 10th hip-hop fest. The stellar lineup also includes Black Hippy, Common, Dilated Peoples, E-40 & Too $hort, Girl Talk, Immortal Technique, KRS-One, Kid Cudi and more. [11 a.m. Sept. 14-15, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $99-$439]

Dying Fetus, Exhumed

The jaws of hell may open at this decibel-busting show. The comically gory, Carcass-influenced Exhumed takes the stage before grindcore headliners Dying Fetus (pictured), known for virtuosic, baroque shredding. Also appearing: Devourment, Waking The Cadaver, Abiotic. [7 p.m. Oct. 17, DNA Lounge, $14-$20]


Reunited, the inventive industrial metal-heads are working on a new album stripped bare to "pure" metal roots. [8 p.m. Oct. 26, Oakland Metro Operahouse, $25]

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