Rock & Pop

Justin Bieber

When: Sun., Oct. 7, 7 p.m. 2012

Probably the first thing you should know about Justin Bieber's Saturday, Oct. 6, show at the Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland) is that venerable Bay Area concert directory The List has bestowed upon the concert its rare official scream warning. BE ADVISED, Y'ALL. That said, the second thing you should know is that this kid isn't going away anytime soon -- and, in fact, if his most recent album is any indication, that he's swiftly moving in on making the kind of music actual human adults can enjoy without irony or apology: Believe, which was released in June to sun-eclipsing sales, is still plenty heavy on those sugary pop hooks Kids These Days seem to love, but the syrupy melodies and poppy chord progressions are tempered by sophisticated lyrical choices and a mature, minimal production ethos that, when stripped down to its core, actually has far more in common with R&B than radio pop. That was enough to earn the Biebs comparisons to none other than Justin Timberlake, as well as the grudging respect of many members of the music press, and it's definitely reason enough to see him in concert. Just don't forget your earplugs. 7 p.m., sold out (obviously), but check Craigslist.

Ellen Cushing

Price: sold out

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