Glenn Tilbrook

If you like tight, smart, melodic, meticulously crafted pop bursting with hooks, you can’t do much better than spending a couple of hours with Glenn Tilbrook. Best known as Squeeze’s lead singer, guitarist and songwriter in a career dating back 35 years, he’s a warm and generous performer, as anyone who witnessed his most recent solo show here, seven years ago at the Crocodile, will attest. On stage, he can draw from Squeeze’s dozen studio releases, a mid-’80s collaboration with writing partner Chris Difford, two solo albums from earlier this decade, and his newest album, Pandemonium Ensues, released this past April with his backup band the Fluffers (yes, the Fluffers). His latest effort is a cover of “You Never Give Me Your Money” for MOJO magazine’s Beatles tribute album marking the 40th anniversary of Abbey Road. Oh … and he’ll be flying into Seattle from Africa, where he’s climbing 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of 25 musicians and cancer survivors from the Love Hope Strength Foundation, raising money and awareness to fight cancer in East Africa. So cut him a break if he’s a little tired. With Marianne Keith. MICHAEL MAHONEY

Mon., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., 2009