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NEW KIDS ON THE BACKSTREET

What do you get when you put together a pair of boy-band men who have grown up and out of their boy-band heydays? Nick Carter and Jordan Knight, of Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, respectively, are here to give you an answer and pave a career path that turns away from the boy-band distinction without abandoning it entirely. Both members of Nick & Knight still consider themselves a part of the still-touring groups that brought them international recognition as teens, but that hasn’t stopped them from pursuing solo careers in adulthood. Now, after a collaborative album and tour, the two seem to have found the right stuff when it comes to working as a pair. Together, they’ve made a sexy ’90s r&b album and are peddling their act around the country to fans who still find these dudes larger than life.

Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., 2014

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Limp Bizkit

If you stopped to read this blurb on why you should attend a Limp Bizkit concert, that’s probably a sign that you should attend a Limp Bizkit concert. You were 16 once. You probably aren’t originally from New York, and when you hear the words “Fred Durst” you think about that backwards baseball cap and the goatee, and even though it’s the lamest thing in the world these days, you remember how fucking sweet that once seemed to you. But none of that matters. People who judge others for liking a certain type of music suck. Do yourself a favor and live the nostalgia. Keep rollin’.

Wed., Oct. 8, 8 p.m., 2014

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King Crimson

The eighth iteration since 1969 of skysaw guitarist Robert Fripp’s prog-rock playpen is a septet featuring a three-drummer front-line, with Fripp, longtime bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collinsm, and guitarist Jakko Jakszyk bringing up the rear. Early shows have been bookeneded by “Lark’s Tongue in Aspic” and concentrate on early-’70s material, which is good news for hard-core fans of Crimson’s magic muscularity.

Sept. 18-21, 8 p.m., 2014

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Jason Derulo

If 2014 is the year of the booty, that’s thanks in part to Jason Derulo and his sexed-up, virtually inescapable presence with songs like the horn-trotting “Talk Dirty.” While Derulo initially hit the scene with slightly less overt hits like “In My Head” and “Watcha Say” (that one with the Imogen Heap sample), his latest release, April’s Talk Dirty, is chock full of back-end praising strip-club-primed jams (see his duet with Snoop Dogg, “Wiggle”). Derulo’s out to prove he’s got the swagger to hang with the best of them.

Mon., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Jurassic 5

The six-piece hip-hop outfit takes it back to the concrete streets, their “playground tactics” eternally youthful as the group coasts effortlessly into middle age. After disbanding in 2006, Jurassic 5 has reunited for a world tour. In May, they released their first single in eight years, “The Way We Do It,” a low-key confection produced by Heavy D, seemingly from the grave. They always pack a syncopated punch, but The Good Life Cafe, the group’s pacifistic South Central birthplace, skirted the ’90s coastal turf wars, and their whimsically positive rhymes, the self-proclaimed lyrical equivalent of calamine lotion, have defined J5 as hip-hop’s Pollyannas. With Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies.

Sat., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., 2014

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Schoolboy Q

Our man of the year Schoolboy Q returns to New York City for the second time this summer. If you haven’t seen this swagged out bucket hat sportin’ rapper in concert yet, we’re just not sure what you’re doing with your life. The Top Dawg Entertainment MC is thriving in the return of gangsta rap, a wild, rabid sound that makes you want to bench press the earth. As a friend of the leaders of the New York City rap movement, this show promises to be full of Q–and probably some of his peers (French Montana, we beg you to make an appearance). Let’s hear it for the Man of the Year. BOUNCE!

Wed., July 23, 8 p.m., 2014

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Say Anything

If you are in your 20s and experienced any Emotions in the past decade, you no doubt have a soft spot for Say Anything, Max Bemis’ gloriously self-hating music project. The rawest of the raw, these tracks got you though some #dark times of your youth—and now, this year, Max is back with another Say Anything release called Hebrews. He’s grown up a bit, but the emo is still strong with this one. Hit his show, feel nostalgic, and remember that you’ll always be alive with the glory of love.

Sat., June 28, 8 p.m., 2014

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Future

Just as the human body is always naked under its clothes, the human voice is always bare, even when covered in thick layers of rasp and Auto-Tune. Taking cues from the rapper-turned-singer pantheon of T-Pain, Kanye, Wayne, Drake, and Akon, ATL’s Future often raps and sings “At the Same Damn Time,” in an cadence that turns the old field holler of the African-American South into a syrupy shout from the heart of the turn-up generation. Ballad- bangers like “Turn on the Lights” from 2012’s Pluto show exactly how Future can automate his voice without making it seem less human by using the pitch correction to emphasize the wide spectrum of emotion that resides in the gaps between pitch and timbre. This year’s Honest further highlights the timber of Future’s voice by dialing back on the Auto-Tune and trusting in the formula that says: a unique voice + slamming beats = hit music. For a rapper in 2014, that’s about as honest as you can get.

Tue., June 3, 8 p.m., 2014

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TWICE THE HITS

DJ Prostyle will be living the dream when he has 2 Chainz and Miguel, two of the most sought after and successful artists in hip-hop and r&b, respectively, play his birthday party, and he’s gracious enough to invite anyone who wants to join him. The former 106 & Park DJ turned popular Power 105.1 host is a natural to feature the pair of hit-makers at the Best Buy Theater. 2 Chainz has been inescapable most recently due to his guest spot on Jason Derulo’s single “Talk Dirty,” and has worked with the likes of Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Juicy J. Meanwhile, Miguel has been riding the wave of 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream while preparing to release another album this year. Both are guaranteed party-starters and a great way to turn up on a Wednesday night.

Wed., April 30, 8 p.m., 2014

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The Used+Taking Back Sunday

Celebrate Tax Day by hearkening back to a time when you didn’t have to pay taxes. That time was 2004, when the emo (though they bristle at the term) titans The Used and Taking Back Sunday were the biggest things in remote proximity to a guitar. Though you might have stopped paying attention, neither band has stopped making music, with TBS’s newest Happiness Is serving as a testament that every band can age out of hype and remind people why they mattered in the first place.

Tue., April 15, 7 p.m.; Wed., April 16, 7 p.m., 2014