It dropped a bomb on us when we first figured out who R&B singer Charlie Wilson is.

It dropped a bomb on us when we first figured out who R&B singer Charlie Wilson is.

A staple at the top of the R&B charts since his first solo hit, Without You, the man Snoop Dogg dubbed "Uncle Charlie" got his start with the group he formed with his brothers, The Gap Band. A much-sought-after collaborator, Wilson continued his chart dominance with his latest solo record, Forever Charlie.

Wilson, with openers Kem and Joe, will play Nationwide Arena on Friday, June 12. Tickets are $38-$88. Visit

If, as a Critic Crony likes to say, guitar rock is dead, it's not Buckcherry's fault.

The L.A. band grew up on Motley Crue and Van Halen and came out of the gates in the '90s, doing often-heavy-but-always-rocking guitar tunes.

With openers Within Reason and One Pretty Minute, Buckcherry will play the Newport Music Hall on Saturday, June 13. Tickets are $22.50/ $25.Visit

Scottish indie-pop legends Belle and Sebastian (it's not a duo) will play Columbus for the first time in almost 12 years when the band plays Sunday, June 14, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion as part of the 2015 Next@Wex Fest, which benefits the Wex and CD102.5 for the Kids.

The band's long-awaited new release, Girls in Peacetime, boasts the singularly effervescent pop on which the band has always hung its hat, plus a hint of dance-party groove.

Supporting acts include Jungle and Son Lux. Tickets are $32/$35. Visit

Swampy funk-rockers The Iguanas are longtime New Orleans music-scene staples, the band's horns and accordion stirred in with guitar/bass/drums to produce a potent musical gumbo.

The band's latest record, Juarez, is world music of sorts -- much as the United States is a melting pot, Juarez traverses the cultural music of North America as carried from across various seas/borders and filtered through the indigenous forms of the New World.

The Iguanas will play Natalie's on Monday, June 15. Tickets are $20. Visit

Rob Thomas has crafted appealing adult pop-rock songs for the better part of 20 years, dating back to the formation of '90s hitmakers Matchbox Twenty. Thomas is finishing up recording a solo record, to be released later this year, and has hit the road to herald its anticipated arrival.

He's joined by Chicagoland power-pop outfit Plain White T's, which has a new record already out titled American Nights.

The tour will stop at the Palace Theatre on Monday, June 15. Tickets are $43-$73.50. Visit

Proof that everything old is new again, or something like that, Jordan, Jonathan, Donnie, Danny and Joey are pretty much neither new nor kids, but for children of the '90s, it's nice to think of them as such.

The man-band can still put on a show, and New Kids on the Block will do so in the round in a Tuesday, June 16, show at Nationwide Arena. The bill also features TLC and Nelly.

Tickets are $29.50-$89.50. Visit

British indie-pop-soul artist Hozier is a captivating voice both literally and figuratively.

The warmth and passion of his voice lends added weight to the vivid imagery and jarring, yearning solemnity of his gospel-blues-tinged tunes.

It's an odd but compelling pairing, as Dawes, the L.A. quartet that harks back to the era of Jackson Browne and The Eagles, will open for Hozier on Tuesday, June 16, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

Tickets are $39.95. Visit

Angular and inventive pop-rock quartet Imagine Dragons is perhaps an unlikely success story, or maybe the band's rhythmic, tuneful approach is just what the doctor ordered to stand out from a crowd of followers.

The sharp and unexpected success of the band's debut, Night Visions, may have lent the sense of tension and immediacy to its follow-up, Smoke + Mirrors. Regardless, it is a worthy sophomore effort.

Metric and Halsey join Imagine Dragons on tour, with a stop planned Thursday, June 18, at Nationwide Arena. Tickets are $29.50-$59.50.Visit

While The Melvins were among the bands who prospered in the wake of the explosion of the Seattle grunge scene, the case could be made that the scene doesn't exist without them, as Buzz Osborne introduced Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic to Dave Grohl.

That and Osborne's band had been around for several years prior, playing a sludgy combination of punk and metal both corrosive and compelling.

The Melvins' most recent record, Hold It In, features stalwarts Osborne and Dale Crover playing with Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers. Bassist Pinkus joined up for the tour as well, which stops at the A&R Music Bar on Thursday, June 18. Le Butcherettes opens.

Tickets are $17. Visit

L.A. low-fi surf-rock outfit Best Coast is built around the duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, and recently released its third record, California Nights.

A former child actress, Cosentino began writing songs as a teenager, posting the youthful pop songs to her MySpace page.

Her musical partnership with Bruno has proven fruitful and effective.

Best Coast, with opener Bully, will play the Newport Music Hall on Thursday, June 18. Tickets are $18/$20. Visit