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Critic's picks: Pop music

Five top pop-music shows to see in South Florida in 2016-2017.

Prophets of Rage

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2

Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883 or LiveNation.com. Tickets cost $13-$399.

These are times that try men's souls, a moment in the cultural war that demanded a union of two of popular music's most articulate protesters, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, in the rap-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage. Including Cypress Hill rapper B-Real and Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, along with DJ Lord, Prophets of Rage have drawn rave reviews for sold-out shows across the nation on its inaugural tour, called Make America Rage Again. The set list is a Venn diagram of shared fury from Public Enemy ("Fight the Power," "Welcome to the Terrordome"), Rage ("Testify," "Take the Power Back") and Cypress Hill ("How I Could Just Kill a Man," "Insane in the Brain"), each song snapping into place like a jigsaw puzzle of outrage. If we're lucky, we'll get to hear their cover of Bruce Springsteen's similarly defiant "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

Chance the Rapper

8 p.m., Oct. 10

Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.; 305-673-7300 or FillmoreMB.com. Tickets cost $49.50-$86.50.

Those who have grown weary of Kanye West's reign as Oculus Rift Overlord of rap music have been waiting for the formal coronation of Chance the Rapper, dubbed "the future" of the genre by none other than West, his mentor, at MTV's recent VMA celebration. In May, the Chicago-based Chance released "Coloring Book," a mixtape that weaves layers of soul, jazz, spoken word and gospel music into a rich, introspective tapestry of life in black America, its pain and its joy, with help from West, Justin Bieber, Future, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, T-Pain and gospel great Kirk Franklin. The self-released collection was uniformly saluted by critics for its aspiration, as Spin magazine put it, "to uplift its listeners as much as challenge their notions of what rap should sound like in 2016." We'll watch Chance in the intimate Fillmore Miami Beach with knowledge that his haul at the next Grammy Awards may force him into bigger rooms next time around.

Adele

7:30 p.m., Oct. 25-26

AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $36.95-$146.50.

From 2009's soulful "Chasing Pavements" to her current chart-climbing dance track, "Send My Love," Adele has plenty of hits to grab audiences on her first North American tour in five years. But these concerts also have been a showcase for Adele's chatty, righteous-babe side. Audiences are "in the presence of not just one of the great singers in pop history, but one of the great broads, if it's not too late and politically incorrect to use that term in the sense of a bygone era of raconteur entertainers," a Los Angeles Times review said. "In song, she's a master tragedienne, but between songs, a master comedienne, and a show this wildly entertaining benefits from the nearly even mixture of coloratura virtuosity and spontaneous cackles."

Dolly Parton

7:30 p.m., Nov. 27

The BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise; 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $45.25-$125.35.

Draped in layers of rhinestones and aw-shucks humility, Dolly Parton is a beloved but often overlooked member of Nashville's country-music pantheon, a seven-time Grammy winner with 25 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country singles chart. It was 25 years ago that Parton, 70, last toured the country with a No. 1 country album, as she's doing on her 60-city ramble in support of "Pure & Simple." Not only did her double album debut at the top of the Billboard country albums chart, it also hit No. 1 on the Americana list, with releases by Chris Stapleton, the Lumineers and Sturgill Simpson looking up at her. By all accounts, Parton has never sounded more captivating on hits such as "Jolene," "Here You Come Again" and "I Will Always Love You."

Barbra Streisand

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, The BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise; 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $99-$510.

The South Florida cultural calendar has not seen a visit from La Streisand in a decade, longer than that for Miami, which last hosted a performance by the singer at the Eden Roc in 1963. Her concerts at the BB&T Center and AmericanAirlines Arena were late additions to a tour called "Barbra: The Music… the Mem’ries… the Magic!" that was originally scheduled for just nine cities – until all the glowing reviews came in. Delivered in two hour-long acts, the 74-year-old Streisand is covering a lot of ground in these shows, from "Funny Girl" and "Yentl" to "The Way We Were" and music from her 35th album, released in August, called "Encore." The review in her hometown New York Times put it best: "Like buttah. Like satin. Like whatever that perfume is that Elizabeth Taylor hawked. Oh, right: White Diamonds. Barbra Streisand sounded like diamonds. And porcelain and a freshly drawn bath and consommé."

Tortuga Music Festival

April 7-9

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; TortugaMusicFestival.com. Three-day passes cost $229, $999 and $1,499.

Tickets for the 2017 beach bash sold at a record pace even before the September announcement that country star Kenny Chesney would return as one of the headliners for the fifth annual festival, which has come to define South Florida in the eyes and ears of country-music fans around the world. A headliner for the inaugural festival in 2013 (and in 2015), Chesney returns to an event that this year was expanded to three days, drawing nearly 90,000 people from 47 states and 16 countries to hear an eclectic lineup including Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Elle King and Kelsea Ballerini. The announcement of the final 2017 bill, which will include two more headliners, is imminent and will “blow you away,” according to one Tortuga rep.

Ben Crandell writes the Go Guide on SouthFlorida.com. Reach him at bcrandell@southflorida.com or on Twitter @BenCrandell.

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