15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this September

From Ms. Lauryn Hill to Brian Wilson, Bob Seger to Big Boi.

epa06071790 US singer Lauryn Hill performs on the stage of the Auditorium Stravinski during the 51st Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 06 July 2017 (issued 07 July 2017).  EPA/CYRIL ZINGARO   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Lauryn Hill performs on the stage of the Auditorium Stravinski during the 51st Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, on July 6, 2017. –Cyril Zingaro/EPA

A surf-rock pioneer and a supergroup made up of ’90s rock and rap royalty are just two music events hitting Boston in September.

Hip-hop heavy hitters

Shabazz Palaces
Seattle-based alt-hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces has released not one, but two records this summer, along with a short film and book. Armed with a bounty of new material and a signature cerebral brand of hip-hop, the group will play The Sinclair with fellow Washington rhymer Porter Ray. (Tuesday, September 5 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair; $18; 18+; with Porter Ray; tickets available here)

Prophets of Rage
Formed in 2016 as a response to turbulent political times, members of three of the most politically-charged bands of their respective eras, Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill, have joined forces to create a modern supergroup. The band will pack the tight quarters of The Paradise for its first Boston show. (Thursday, September 7 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $49.50; 18+; tickets available here)

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Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas
One of the iconic voices of this generation, Ms. Lauryn Hill doesn’t hit the road too often, much less with Queens-based hip-hop legend Nas. The two will share a bill, along with reggae sensation Chronixx. (Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion; $38; all ages; with Chronixx; tickets available here)

Big Boi
The Atlanta rapper and one half of legendary hip-hop duo Outkast released his sophomore solo album, Boomiverse, in June, and it features collaborations with the likes of Adam Levine, Snoop Dogg, Killer Mike, and Gucci Mane. He’ll make a rare small club appearance at The Paradise. (Sunday, September 17 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $28; 18+; tickets available here)

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Buffalo Tom
Boston’s own ’90s alt-rock trio Buffalo Tom is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its breakout album, Let Me Come Over. This show at Royale will be the band’s last in 2017, and in front of a dedicated hometown crowd. (Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m.; Royale; $29.50; 18+; tickets available here)

Infinity Girl
Boston shoegaze quartet Infinity Girl is putting out its third album, Somewhere Nice, Someday, in September. While this matinee show will celebrate the band’s new release, it will also mark the group’s final Boston show, as its members have decided to pursue new projects. (Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m.; Middle East Upstairs; $10; all ages; with Kindling, Elizabeth Colour Wheel, Leaner; tickets available here)  

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Lina Tullgren
After a breakout EP and a handful of tours all over the U.S., local songwriter Lina Tullgren is releasing her debut record, Won, on prominent Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks. She’ll celebrate the new album at the Middle East with Italian retro-pop orchestra Tredici Bacci, dream poppers Mega Bog, and Philly indie rocker Sitcom. (Tuesday, September 26 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Upstairs; $10; 18+; with Tredici Bacci, Mega Bog, Sitcom; tickets available here)

Standout songwriters

Big Thief
Few modern bands have had a faster rise to prominence than Brooklyn’s Big Thief since the release of its debut record, Masterpiece, in the spring of 2016. The quartet’s set at this year’s Newport Folk Festival received critical acclaim, as did its June follow-up record, Capacity. (Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $16; 18+; with Twain; tickets available here)

Jay Som
Jay Som, the lo-fi rock project of West Coast songwriter Melina Duterte, has put out two hit records in the course of a year. Touring behind this spring’s Everybody Works, the band will play The Sinclair with Detroit rocker Stef Chura and New York bedroom-pop up-and-comer Soccer Mommy. (Tuesday, September 19 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair; $13; 18+; with Stef Chura, Soccer Mommy; tickets available here)

Alison Krauss and David Gray
Twenty-seven-time Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss is one of the defining voices of modern bluegrass, whether performing with her band, Union Station, or collaborating with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. This September in Boston, she’ll share the stage with prolific British songwriter David Gray. (Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion; $29.50; all ages; tickets available here)

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty

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Bob Seger
It’s always a treat when soulful Detroit hitmaker Bob Seger announces a tour. This season, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform at TD Garden for one night only with his Silver Bullet Band. (Thursday, September 14 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden; $59-$125; all ages; tickets available here)

Brian Wilson
Beach Boys co-founder and songwriter Brian Wilson had had a musical renaissance in recent years, one that’s included bringing new life to the band’s most famous album, Pet Sounds. Wilson is doing one final tour for the record, performing it in its entirety along with original bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, and stopping at the Orpheum along the way. (Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre; $53; all ages; tickets available here)

Roger Waters
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters released a new solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, earlier this year. His Us and Them Tour, however, will have the psych-rock vet playing selections from some of Floyd’s biggest albums. (Wednesday, September 27 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden; $50; all ages; tickets available here)

R&B aces

The Weeknd
Abel Tesfaye, known more commonly as Canadian neo-R&B sensation The Weeknd, has had a busy few years, releasing three wildly successful albums since 2013 and scooping up two Grammys along the way. He’ll play TD Garden as part of his Legend of the Fall Tour. (Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden; $39.75-$175.75; all ages; tickets available here)

Thundercat
Los Angeles bass wizard Thundercat, who has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Michael McDonald, and Childish Gambino, won his first Grammy Award in 2016 and released his third album, Brainfeeder, in February. The wildly creative modern funkateer will play The Paradise in support of the new record. (Tuesday, September 26 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $22; 18+; tickets available here)