Pop Mu­sic

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Clock­wise from top: P.O.S, Katy Perry, St. Vin­cent, Spoon, An­drew W.K., The Flaming Lips front­man Wayne Coyne and Real Es­tate

Katy Perry De­cem­ber 4 · BMO Har­ris Bradley Cen­ter Seven years re­moved from the bub­blegum pop of "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry is rein­vent­ing her­self. On her June al­bum,

Wit­ness, she traded in her orig­i­nal glitz and Bar­bie doll glam­our for a club-cen­tric,

elec­tro-pop per­sona.

Spoon Septem­ber 13 ·

The Pabst The­ater The dul­cet tones and steady rhythms of Spoon epit­o­mize mil- lennial-era in­die rock. The Austin, Texas-based group de­fines a time with its dis­tinc­tive laid-back rock for­mula.

Real Es­tate Novem­ber 5 ·

Turner Hall Ball­room The Brook­lyn-based in­die rock­ers have been con­struct­ing dreamy, seem­ingly ef­fort­less songs since 2009. A re­cent lineup over­haul fore­warned a change in sonic direction, but on 2017's In Mind, the band's sounds are as care­free and breezy as ever.

The Flaming Lips with Mac DeMarco

Septem­ber 18 · The Rave The Flaming Lips don't just play typ­i­cal rock shows – they throw over-the-top mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tions. Front­man Wayne Coyne leads the charge as the band per­forms its soar­ing an­thems. Open­ing the show is Mac DeMarco, un­der­rat- ed singer-song­writer.

An­drew W.K.

Oc­to­ber 20 · The Rave Some­times you just want to turn off your brain and turn up the vol­ume. En­ter rock ‘n' roll party dude An­drew W.K. You won't see his straight­for­ward lyrics dis­cussed in col­lege phi­los­o­phy cour­ses, but you'll def­i­nitely hear them at post-class par­ties.

P.O.S ➞

Septem­ber 11 · Cac­tus Club An alt-rap­per with fiery punk rock im­pulses, P.O.S's break­neck pace was brought to a stand­still when his chronic kid­ney dis­ease flared up in 2012. Jan­uary's Chill,

Dummy marks his first re­lease since his suc­cess­ful kid­ney trans­plant and sig­nals a new vi­sion.

St. Vin­cent ➞ Novem­ber 17 ·

The River­side The­ater With fre­netic gui­tar so­los and a ma­jes­tic voice, St. Vin­cent (née An­nie Clark) seems ca­pa­ble of cos­mic de­struc­tion. 2014's self-ti­tled al­bum felt like a planted flag: Clark dis­cov­ered her own planet and she's send­ing us in­ter­stel­lar trans­mis­sions.

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