The fall concert season is bountiful, with arena pop-dance idols Madonna and Justin Bieber on tap, as well as great singer songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

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The Great Recession is shaping up very much like the Great Depression did for the entertainment industry: People might have cut back on houses, cars and major appliances, but they keep buying concert tickets.

From arena pop-dance idols Madonna and Justin Bieber to boomer survivors Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills & Nash (Neil Young is coming separately, with his band Crazy Horse), the fall music roster is bountiful.

Fans of the great singer-songwriters get not only Dylan, but Leonard Cohen, too, and, for a younger audience, Jason Mraz, Rufus Wainwright and St. Vincent (with David Byrne).

Indie rockers will be happy to know that Amanda Palmer is bringing her wildly intelligent antics to town and that the Portland-based Shins are back on the road, too. Seattle’s own neo-folkie heroes, The Head and the Heart, circle back to the Emerald City. So do Grizzly Bear; punk rockers Thee Oh Sees; the goofy duo Matt and Kim; and the electronically bathed Brits, the xx. The Electronica fans get even bigger wattage from an expanded Decibel Festival.

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Country music is bigger than ever, with Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and onetime Northwest resident Loretta Lynn all on tap. The normally country-heavy Puyallup Fair also has big-time rapper Pitbull, and hometown hip-hoppers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bring their beats to other stages.

Jazz enthusiasts are served by the Earshot Jazz Festival (saxophonist Branford Marsalis, vocalist Luciana Souza), with other venues offering guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Dianne Reeves and a double bill featuring vocalist Jane Monheit and fiddler Mark O’Connor.

On the world-music front, tabla master Zakir Hussain and Nova Scotian fiddler Natalie MacMaster are on the boards.

And, finally, for laughs, stand-up comedy is represented by veterans Bill Cosby and Tim Allen as well as newer sidesplitters Ralphie May and Patton Oswalt.

Have fun out there!

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