"Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life," by Steven Hyden. Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Ace rock scribe Hyden, host of the weekly Celebration Rock podcast, explores how what we feel about the music we love reveals about who we are. Back Bay Books $16.99.
White Lung. Canadian punk quartet fronted by Mish Barber-Way makes its move toward the mainstream with the excellent new Paradise without watering down its bracing sound. Monday at Boot & Saddle.
Rich Robinson. Black Crowes guitarist brings his Stonesy Southern rock to South Jersey in support of his fourth solo album, Flux. Wednesday at the McLaughlin Norcross Memorial Dell in Haddon Heights.
"This Bitter Land," Nas & Erykah Badu. Duet from coming movie The Land finds Badu rendering a haunting melody with a vocal that evokes Billie Holiday's version of "Strange Fruit." Streaming on Soundcloud. Badu plays Thursday at the Tower Theater.
Rhett Miller/Cliff Hillis. Old 97 frontman Miller, keeping busy as always balancing his band and solo career, with melodically gifted Philadelphia songwriter Hillis (Miller's a major fan) in the opening slot. Thursday at Sellersville Theater 1894.