Sunday, 10 April 2016

The ticket: Pop music, April 10, 2016

Esperanza Spalding

The ticket: Pop music
Sunday, April 10, 2016

RIHANNA The most surprising thing about this arena date with the potent Barbadian R&B star is that tickets can still be had. Don't take it as a sign that Rihanna's star has dipped since her last solo trek in 2013; view it as proof that her latest album, "Anti," confirms her appetite for confrontation and reinvention. Travis Scott, the Houston M.C. at the center of 2015's sonically engrossing "Rodeo," starts the party. April 10, 7:30 p.m. $35-$155. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, 

IGGY POP "Post Pop Depression," the protopunk icon's newest LP, has stirred plenty of hype, and for good reason: The album, for which Iggy partnered with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme (also along for this tour), is rock-solid, redolent of Pop's 1977 Bowie collaborations in all the right ways. Tickets are scarce; if you score one, be prompt for Noveller, the bewitching solo project of guitarist-looper Sarah Lipstate. April 11, 7:30 p.m. $58-$98. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000, 

ESPERANZA SPALDING She came to the public eye (and ear) as a jazz bassist, but these days Spalding is working a whole 'nuther trip: "Emily's D+Evolution," issued in March, found the gifted singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist enriching her airy, funky tunes with chatty vocals, luscious harmonies, and low-down, plugged-in throb. The live show is said to showcase her flair for the theatrical. April 12, $62-$82, students $30. Shubert Theatre. 866-348-9738, 

PRINCE RAMA A near-death experience on an Estonian island, a mountaintop album debut, a Central Park raccoon attack. . . hard to know where mythology ends and reality starts for psychedelic pranksters Taraka and Nimai Larson. One thing we know for sure: "Xtreme Now," the Boston-born, Brooklyn-based sister act's new sports-themed LP, is a black-diamond course for the dancefloor —  neatly groomed, potentially perilous, and exhilarating. April 14, 9 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 617-566-9014,

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