Wreck and Reference
Wed. Aug. 31 | The Flenser's resident gothic noise duo — post-metal, post-music, post-the world — puts the pair in despair on 2016's Indifferent Rivers Romance End. California's dark, New Romantic electronic pop duo Some Ember and New Orleans doom band Cikada open at 8 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Drake and Future
Fri. Sept. 2 | A video for "Hotline Bling," showcasing more than the multitalented Drake's rapping skills, helped his April release Views spend the beginning of the summer atop the Billboard album charts. Several singles followed. He's joined by Atlanta rapper Future at 6:30 p.m. at Smoothie King Center.
Super Fresh Hip Hop Fest with Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Partners-N-Crime and U.N.L.V.
Sat. Sept. 3 | This rap extravaganza is worth attending just for the promise of Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick reprising arguably the greatest hip-hop diptych ever, 1985's "The Show/La Di Da Di." There's also Kangol Crewman Dana Dane, Too $hort, EPMD and New Orleans wardens PNC and U.N.L.V. (and others). At 8 p.m. at UNO Lakefront Arena.
Maroon 5 with Tove Lo
Mon. Sept. 5 | Adam Levine may have "Moves Like Jagger," but his two Maroon 5 albums since — the dovetailing Overexposed and V (Interscope) — only gathered moss. How best to drum up interest in this arena tour? Invite "Cool Girl" and body-talking Swede Tove Lo to add spice. Problem solved. R. City opens at 7:30 p.m. at Smoothie King Center.