August 23, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Depeche Mode
Now-Oct. 11
Remember when synth-pop came sheathed in black leather? Let Dave Gahan & Co. remind you.

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson
Now-Oct. 6
A rock-pop-meets-pop-rock bonanza — go ahead and count the radio hits between them.

Sept. 5-Oct. 9
There’s hardly a female frontwoman under the age of 40 who doesn’t owe something to Debbie Harry. Come see why.

J. Cole and Wale
Sept. 10-Oct. 30
Two of the biggest undercard stars in modern hip-hop earn their own top billing on a joint run.

Queens of the Stoneage
Sept. 10-Oct. 13
No prancing, no dancing: just pure cathartic blasts of desert rock.

Jack Johnson
Sept. 21-Oct. 20
Hawaii’s mellowest (legal) import brings his charms to the mainland.

Drake, Miguel, and Future
Sept. 25-Nov. 25
The big boys of postmillennial rap and R&B come out to play. Expect some seriously swooning ladies.

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck
Sept. 27-Oct. 27
Call it boomer rock, but Wilson’s never predictable; this could easily be a brilliant show (or a shambles).

Nine Inch Nails
Sept. 28-Nov. 25
Lollapaloozers got a first look at NIN’s next-level light show earlier this month. Trust us, it’s a doozy.

Fiona Apple and Blake Mills
Oct. 3-26
Apple has promoted her touring guitarist to an equal-billing collaborator for an intimate 13-date run.

Oct. 10-Dec. 14
Will there be hits and sass and spectacular acrobatics? You bet your Cirque du Soleil harness.

Pearl Jam
Oct. 11-Dec. 6
Twenty-two years after Ten(!), Seattle’s finest jam on.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Oct. 22-Dec. 12
The grandpa-swag-steezing chart-toppers take on stadiums.

Justin Timberlake
Oct. 31-Feb. 16
Just call it Timberthousandthirteen: two albums, and now a solo tour to follow his co-run with Jay Z.

Nov. 30-Dec. 22
Get you bodied: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour returns Stateside after a South American jaunt.

7 Best Festivals

Rock The Bells
Sept. 7-Oct. 5 (Several cities)
A$AP Rocky, Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Big Sean, virtual appearances by Eazy-E & ODB
Some of the best rappers alive — and yes, the hologrammed dead, too.

Laneway Festival
Sept. 14 (Detroit)
The National, Icona Pop, Savages, Sigur Rós, Solange, Charli XCX
Industry may be dead in the Motor City, but its arts scene never quits.

Sept. 20-21 (Las Vegas)
Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Ke$ha, fun., Drake, Bruno Mars
A.k.a. Every Single Star on Top 40 Right Now Roll Call.

Global Citizen Festival
Sept. 28 (Central Park, NYC)
Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys
See artists you love and fight poverty; it’s a win-win.

Austin City Limits
Oct. 4-6 & 11-13 (Austin)
Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings of Leon, Muse, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco
Everything is bigger in Texas!

Nov. 1-3 (New Orleans)
The Cure, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris
A lineup nearly as eclectic as the city that hosts it.

Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 8-10 (Austin)
Snoop, M.I.A., MGMT, Slayer, Ice T, Television
Come for the cult heroes, history makers, and blog stars — plus some of the best names in alt comedy.

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