Sunday, 5 June 2016

The ticket: Pop music, June 5, 2016

King Woman, by M.J. Bernier

The ticket: Pop music
Sunday, June 5, 2016

WAX IDOLS + KING WOMAN Two of the most consistently fascinating acts operating at the cusp of shoegaze, metal, industrial, and goth, each fronted by an intense, darkly magnetic vocalist: Hether Fortune (formerly of White Lung) with Wax Idols, Kristina Esfandiari with King Woman. June 5, 9 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000. 

BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE Bowery Boston and World Music/CRASHarts join forces to present this hotly tipped British singer-songwriter, who went from busking on Paris streets to winning a Mercury Prize for his 2015 debut LP, "At Least for Now." Imagine Nina Simone singing with Philip Glass at the piano, and you're closer than you'd think. June 6, 8 p.m. $18, advance $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-876-4275, 

MASHROU'LEILA Having established itself as an art-rock septet, this popular, controversial Lebanese band took a sharp turn on its fourth LP, "Ibn el Leil," fashioning an artful strain of dance pop as engrossing as it is propulsive. June 9, 7 p.m. $40, advance $30. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, 

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE Performing at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion last summer, brassy singer Florence Welch turned an open-air auditorium gig into an intimate hook-up for devotees. Advance reports of her tour's latest leg suggest the effect is ongoing; Of Monsters and Men opens. June 7, 7:30 p.m. $34-$99. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,

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