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British singer of music band Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan, performs on a stage during the Arvika festival on July 3, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ Claudio Bresciani / SCANPIX ** SWEDEN OUT ** (Photo credit should read Claudio Bresciani/AFP/Getty Images)

Here are a half-dozen upcoming events worth marking on your calendar:

1. Blondie with X -- Nifty New Wave meets powerful punk rock — and the result should be one of the best doubleheaders of the season.

(8 p.m. Sept. 19; Masonic, S.F.; $39.50-$79.50; 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga; www.ticketmaster.com)

2. Depeche Mode -- Dave Gahan and gang always deliver on the live stage. I'm counting down the days to this show.

(7:30 p.m. Sept. 26; Shoreline Amphitheatre; $32-$126.50; www.livenation.com.)

3. Gary Clark, Jr. -- It's time to meet your new favorite electric guitarist.

(8 p.m. Oct. 2; Fox Theater, Oakland; $29.50; www.ticketmaster.com)

4, The Rascals -- The classic "blue-eyed soul" troupe reunites for the concert/theatrical production "Once Upon A Dream."

(8 p.m. Oct. 11-12; Warfield, S.F.; $65-$350; www.axs.com)

5. Lionel Richie -- The R&B/pop legend is promising "All the Hits All Night Long." Should be fun.

(7:30 p.m. Oct. 17; SAP Center, San Jose; $49.50-$125; www.ticketmaster.com)

6. J. Cole -- The rapper's sophomore effort, "Born Sinner," is the best hip-hop album of 2013 (thus far).

(7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28; the Warfield; $446.50-$65; www.axs.com.)

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