Winter Music Guide 

click to enlarge Imagine Dragons: The Las Vegas pop-rock group, reminiscent of The Killers or fun., headlines; upstate New York rockers X Ambassadors and Naked and Famous open.
  • Imagine Dragons: The Las Vegas pop-rock group, reminiscent of The Killers or fun., headlines; upstate New York rockers X Ambassadors and Naked and Famous open.
Big arenas, medium-sized theaters, tiny clubs and even a lecture hall host artists playing pop, rock, jazz, folk, electronic and world music.

Jake Bugg: The 19-year-old British skiffle-rock upstart headlines a bill with former Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. (playing from his third solo album, “AHJ”) and Brooklyn rockers The Skins. 8 p.m. Thursday, $29.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Angélique Kidjo: The Grammy Award-winning West African singer and advocate of women’s rights appears in conversation with John Santos, speaking about her memoir, “Spirit Rising,” which covers her escape from communist Benin to France as well as her musical career. 8 p.m. Friday, $35. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F., (415) 292-1233, www.jccsf.org/arts

Dent May: The charming, nerdy musician from Oxford, Miss., makes smooth, suave, synth-happy pop on “Warm Blanket”; his latest album boasts distinct Beatles and Beach Boys notes. 9 p.m. Friday, $12. Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F., (415) 522-0333, www.slimspresents.com

Loudon Wainwright III: SF Sketchfest presents the seminal folk musician, along with Nellie McKay and Paul F. Tompkins, in a live version of the radio show “Wits” with host John Moe. 7:30 p.m. Friday, $35. Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F., sfsketchfest.com

Planet of the Drums XV: Dieselboy, AK1200, Dara, Messinian and Must Die! appear at the drum and bass extravaganza. 9 p.m. Saturday, $20-$25. Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (888) 929-7849, www.theregencyballroom.com

Morning Parade, Biffy Clyro: The budding English rockers of Morning Parade — playing stadium-friendly, danceable alt-rock with great basslines, singalong choruses and rough but emotive vocals from lead singer Steve Sparrow — open for the established Scottish pop-rock trio. 9 p.m. Feb. 12, $20. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F., (415) 885-0750, www.slimspresents.com

Imagine Dragons: The Las Vegas pop-rock group, reminiscent of The Killers or fun., headlines; upstate New York rockers X Ambassadors and Naked and Famous open. 7 p.m. Feb. 13, $38-$68.25. SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Paul Simon, Sting: The pop-rock giants appear onstage together as well as in solo performances with their own respective bands. 8 p.m. Feb. 17, $95.25-$275.75. SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Jazz giants: Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, alto saxophonist David Sanborn, organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Billy Hart — who have released a new Blue Note album — appear in a history-making SFJAZZ presentation. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22, 4 p.m. Feb. 23, $25-$75. SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F., (866) 920-5299, www.sfjazz.org

Pixies: The abrasive 1990s indie group, which hasn’t released a new album since 1991, continues touring, now appearing with its second bassist after Kim Deal quit the band in 2013; doo-wop, shoegazing surf rockers Best Coast open. 8 p.m. Feb. 21, $55. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Miley Cyrus: Well past her Hannah Montana days, the sexy starlet and newsmaker headlines two Bay Area shows with opener Icona Pop. 7 p.m. Feb. 24, $39.50-$89.50. Oracle Arena, Coliseum Way, Oakland; and 7 p.m. Feb. 25, SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Throwing Muses: Hitting the road after a decadelong hiatus, the iconic indie rockers headed by Kristin Hersh are promoting “Purgatory/Paradise,” a 32-track album accompanied by a 64-page book. 8 p.m. Feb. 28, $25. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F., (415) 292-1233, www.jccsf.org/arts

Four Tet: The British electronica artist (aka Kieran Hebden) has a chameleonlike versatility, with influences from folk, rock, grime, grunge, glitch and rave to hip-hop on his latest release, “Beautiful Rewind.” The bill also includes Natasha Kmeto and dance-friendly DJs Sleazemore, Richie Panic and Dials. 9 p.m. March 8, $25. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F., (415) 625-8880, mezzaninesf.com

Kraftwerk: In rare local appearances, the seminal German electronica band plays three shows, billed as a “synchronized audio-visual spectacle complete with pristine digital sound and 3-D projections.” 8 p.m. March 23-25, $49.50-$65. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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