The top of the pop 

Along with a few new music festivals that already have become staples on the scene, this fall’s pop-music calendar showcases strong women. Here’s a quick look at some hot concerts coming to the Bay Area in the next few months. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Cave confronts childhood trauma head on with “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” The biblical story of the resurrection of Lazarus of Bethany by Jesus Christ deeply disturbed the rocker as a child; he returns to familiar territory and explores themes of God and redemption on the new release.

9 p.m. Sept. 19-20; The Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco. $33.50

This Land Is Your Land

The American spirit takes center stage as Sheryl Crow, Cat Power, Mike Ness and Henry Rollins pay tribute to Woodie Guthrie and John Steinbeck.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefit John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie family foundations and educational organizations.

2 p.m. Sept. 20; Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord.  $25-$80.50

Treasure Island Music Festival

The two-day festival returns to Treasure Island for the second year with a satisfying lineup of artists that straddle the electronic- and pop-music continuum. TV On the Radio, Goldfrapp and Justice fulfill the desires of dance hounds Sept. 20, while the Ranconteurs, Tegan and Sara, and Vampire Weekend deliver a hearty dose of pop-fueled rock jams the following day.

Sept. 20-21; Treasure Island. $65 single-day; $155 two-days

Spoon

Britt Daniel and bandmates continue to ride the wave of the success and critical acclaim that spawned from the release “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.” The indie rockers are joined by Oakland’s Heavenly States for three stints at The Fillmore.

8 p.m. Sept. 22-24; The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco. $25

David Crosby & Graham Nash

Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Los Lobos join Crosby and Nash for the Seva Foundation’s 30th anniversary. Proceeds from the concert benefit Seva’s dedication to improving the health and well-being of communities struggling with disease and poverty.

8 p.m. Sept. 27; Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. $75-$125

This Land Is Your Land

The American spirit takes center stage as Sheryl Crow, Cat Power, Mike Ness and Henry Rollins pay tribute to Woodie Guthrie and John Steinbeck.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefit John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie family foundations and educational organizations.
2 p.m. Sept. 20; Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord.  $25-$80.50

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Once again, there’s not enough room to name all of the excellent performers appearing in the eighth edition of the free festival celebrating acoustic music. Newcomers this year include Robert Plant & Alison Krauss featuring T Bone Burnett; other favorites on the amazing bill are  Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Iron & Wine, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Oct. 3-5; Speedway, Marx and Lindley Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Free.

Sigur Ros

The Icelandic minimalists are best known for their ethereal, atmospheric post-rock sound.

8 p.m. Oct. 3; Greek Theatre, Gayley Road, Berkeley. $42.50

David Byrne

The frontman of the groundbreaking Talking Heads presents “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today,” work from his second collaboration with Brian Eno.

8 p.m. Oct. 6-7; Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. $59.50-$89.50

Tina Turner

At the age of 68, Turner still holds strong as one of music’s most recognizable sex symbols and, lest we forget, as the “Queen of Rock & Roll.” Her first concert in eight years, “Tina: Live in Concert” features simply the best hits spanning the singer’s entire career.

Oct. 19-20, HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. $59.50-$150

Patti Smith

Instrumental in the birth of punk rock, the legendary singer and poet pays homage to photographer, friend and former lover Robert Mapplethorpe on the album “The Coral Sea.”

8 p.m. Oct. 20; The Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco. $25

Stereolab

Despite producing some underground hits since the early 1990s, the London-based experimental pop group has never quite gained the commercial success it deserves. The band performs work from its latest release,“Chemical Chords.”

8 p.m. Oct. 21-22; The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco. $27.50

Madonna

Things get “Sticky and Sweet” on Madge’s upcoming tour for the album “Hard Candy.” Rumor has it none other than Britney Spears herself may join the Material Girl on stage. Talk about the potential for a “sticky” situation.

8 p.m. Nov. 1-2; Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. $55-$350

Blackest of the Black

Glenn Danzig, best known as the frontman of punk outfit the Misfits, joins Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir.

7 p.m. Nov. 10; The Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco. $35

Janet Jackson

Ms. Jackson hits the road in support of her 10th studio effort, “Discipline,” with the “Rock Witchu Tour,” her first in seven years. To sweeten the deal for fans, Jackson set up a number for fans to call and request songs to be performed live.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. $37.50-$123.25

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