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Somalian rapper K’Naan plays the House of Blues on Oct. 13. Somalian rapper K’Naan plays the House of Blues on Oct. 13. (Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images)
By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / September 12, 2010

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PAVEMENT In the never-thought-it-would-happen category, a reunion of this revered and influential indie-rock band has to rate high. The pot certainly needs no sweetening but the live debut of Jenny and Johnny — the duo of Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice — doesn’t hurt. Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $36.50. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

ALICE IN CHAINS/DEFTONES/MASTODON It’s a hard-charging trifecta as the Seattle grunge masters, the Cali hard-rockers, and the Southern prog-metal kings, respectively, team up for the “BlackDiamondSkye’’ tour. Bring your earplugs and limber up that neck for a night of safe headbanging. Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $33-$63. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Main LCD man James Murphy has been calling this a farewell tour, so this may be your last chance to plug into the Soundsystem live. Coming off one of the best albums of the year, “This Is Happening,’’ it’s time to do it. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

ROGER WATERS Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has promised his former bass player that he will show up at one of the dates of this tour dedicated to rebuilding their landmark album, “The Wall.’’ Boston has three chances. Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $55-$250. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

SHOOTER JENNINGS Waylon’s boy took a sharp left turn for his latest release, the intriguing and proudly loud new prog-metal-roots mash-up concept album “Black Ribbons.’’ He’s bringing his new band, Hierophant, to town to tell the tale. Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $17. Middle East Downstairs. 800-745-3000,

THE HOLD STEADY The Minneapolis-by-way-of-Brooklyn quartet returns to spin more rock ’n’ roll tales of misfits, miscreants, and the misunderstood from their latest opus, “Heaven Is Whenever,’’ and beyond. Canadian rockers Wintersleep warm things up with their own uplifting tunes about the downbeat. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Tickets: $22. Royale. 800-745-3000, www.ticket

GORILLAZ The members may not be “real’’ per se, but that’s not stopping the animated band — the brainchild of Blur’s Damon Albarn, artist Jamie Hewlett, and a host of their pals — from hitting the road again for a multimedia presentation of their slinky electro-hip-hop-rock hybrid. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $47.50-$88. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE It’s been three long years since the power-pop savants released the smashing “Traffic and Weather.’’ Hopefully this show will offer a sneak peek at a few of the finely drawn characters and even finer melodies the quartet will be featuring on its upcoming album. Oct. 8, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster .com

ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN This odd couple — she’s the gentle Scottish chanteuse late of Belle and Sebastian and he’s the gruff-voiced former frontman for the Screaming Trees — prove how suited they are on their recently released third album, “Hawk.’’ Oct. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Middle East Downstairs. 800-745-3000,

K’NAAN The Somalian rapper-singer continues to build buzz for a style that can accommodate assistance from friends as varied as Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, and fellow rapper Mos Def. Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Tickets: $22-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

AVETT BROTHERS The North Carolina-spawned trio continues its victory lap for its outstanding, Rick Rubin-produced 2009 release, “I and Love and You.’’ Expect a good-time combination of folk, bluegrass, country, and revved-up rock ’n’ roll. Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

LADY ANTEBELLUM Coming off the smash crossover success of their sophomore release, “Need You Now,’’ perennial openers Lady A graduate to headlining status with more time to show off their rich three-part harmonies. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.50. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

BLACK CROWES The Atlanta rockers, fronted by the sparring brothers Robinson, Chris and Rich, are earning some of the best notices of their career with the recent “Croweology,’’ an acoustic overhaul of many of their best-known songs. Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Tickets: $45-$55. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

LOCAL NATIVES They started building their name in the UK, but LA is where this quintet got together and started mapping out the blend of heavenly harmonies, happy hand percussion, and post-punk angularity that drew raves for its debut, “Gorilla Manor.’’ Oct. 23, 9 p.m. Tickets: $16. Paradise. 800-745-3000,

DRAKE The white-hot hip-hop upstart plays JAM’N 94.5’s Monster Jam at the Garden one night and headlines his own affair the next. He may be tearing up the charts, but to some he’ll always be “Jimmy’’ from “Degrassi.’’ Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster .com

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