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    Critic’s picks: Pop music

    GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC Dr. Funkenstein won’t just be George Clinton’s casual moniker one week after this show, when he receives an honorary doctorate from Berklee for his lasting musical and cultural contributions. Expect the show to last as well, as his merry band of funkateers are famous for epic performances which span Clinton’s entire career. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $32.50-$39.50. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

    BLAKE SHELTON The reigning Country Music Association male vocalist of the year and the comic relief of “The Voice’’ hits the road in support of his 2011 album “Red River Blue.’’ “Voice’’ fans should arrive early to see Shelton’s longest-lived pick on the show, Dia Frampton - late of Meg & Dia - who opens. Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. $25-$49.75. DCU Center. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

    ESTELLE The Grammy-winning British soul songbird made a splash on these shores in 2008 with her frothy hit “American Boy,’’ featuring Kanye West. Her sophomore release, “All of Me,’’ isn’t out until Feb. 28 but she’s ready to show off her wares as she lands in the Hub for two shows. Feb. 23, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

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    PUNCH BROTHERS This maverick bluegrass and roots group will be posing the musical question “Who’s Feeling Young Now?’’ with their third release, due out on Valentine’s Day. Expect fleet picking and good vibes when Chris Thile and his fellow virtuosos take the stage in Somerville. Feb. 23-24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $24. Somerville Theatre. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

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    ERIC CHURCH The country singer broke out from the pack with his stellar 2011 album “Chief.’’ It helped lift Church to headliner status, and we’re betting he’s ready. He is joined on his “Blood, Sweat, and Beers’’ trek by Brantley Gilbert and Drake White. March 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $34.75-$42.50. Tsongas Center. 866-722-8780, www.tsongascenter.com

    THE BLACK KEYS It would’ve been odd a few years ago to imagine this psychedelic garage duo playing arenas, but Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney earned their following the old-fashioned way, with consistent touring and consistently great albums, including the duo’s superb 2011 effort “El Camino.’’ March 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$57. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

    VAN HALEN Five years ago the Van Halen brothers and David Lee Roth patched up their differences long enough to tour. Now those three hit the road again behind a new album, “A Different Kind of Truth,’’ out Tuesday, with Eddie’s son Wolfgang once again subbing for deeply missed original bassist Michael Anthony. March 11, 7:30 p.m. $47-$147. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

    WILD FLAG This indie supergroup - composed of members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium, and the Minders - put on one of the hottest, high-voltage shows of 2011 at this same venue in October. Carrie Brownstein - taking a break from her TV gig on “Portlandia’’ - Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole, and the mighty Janet Weiss return to finish the job. March 31, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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    DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE If you enjoyed the string arrangements on the band’s latest Grammy-nominated album, “Codes and Keys,’’ you’ll be glad to hear that the Washington-spawned rockers are teaming with the group that provided them - the Magik*Magik Orchestra - for this tour of intimate venues. Apr. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-432-7250, www.telecharge.com

    DAUGHTRY One of the most successful non-winners in “American Idol’’ history, brooding rocker Chris Daughtry brings his namesake group to Lowell to showcase tunes from its latest album “Break the Spell.’’ April 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. 978-454-2299, www.lowellauditorium.com