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Critics’ picks in Boston-area pop music

Solange, here performing to a sold-out crowd in New York in December, plays the Paradise Feb. 19.

CHAD BATKA

Solange, here performing to a sold-out crowd in New York in December, plays the Paradise Feb. 19.

POP MUSIC

PASSION PIT The Boston-spawned electro-popsters return home to celebrate their well-received 2012 sophomore release, “Gossamer,” full of their trademark ecstatic falsetto pop symphonies. Matt & Kim handle the warm-up duties. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Agganis Arena. $37.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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TONY BENNETT What’s more romantic than taking your Valentine out to see to the timeless crooner? With Tony still going strong in his 80s, expect elegance, warmth, good humor, and plenty of classics like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Opera House. $57.50-$147.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON For more Americana-minded lovebirds, check out this gifted married duo who are touring in support of their delicious new album, “Cheater’s Game.” 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Johnny D’s. $15. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

THE DUNWELLS This British outfit is the latest in a long line of young bands who blend an affinity for classic ’60s and ’70s folk rock and roots music with a contemporary sensibility. 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

T.T. the Bear’s Place. $10. 866-468-7619, www.ticketweb.com

Punch Brothers performed at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

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Punch Brothers performed at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

PUNCH BROTHERS This all-star band of pickers, led by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, late of Nickel Creek, must be heard and seen to be believed. They hit the Hub in support of their cheekily-titled third album, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” 6 p.m. Feb. 16. House of Blues. $25-$35. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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SOLANGE Beyoncé’s kid sister has quietly been carving out her own path the last few years and the buzz is strong for her latest EP, “True,” which has a fun, synthy, ’80s throwback vibe. 8 p.m.
Feb. 19. Paradise. $20. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL The longtime friends teamed up for a new album, “Old Yellow Moon,” due out Feb. 26. If these two titans of country music aren’t enough for you, throw in the Richard Thompson Electric Trio and it’s a bill that’s hard to resist.

7:30 p.m. March 23. $38-$63.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

PINK The truth about pop star Pink is she puts on an incredible live show that is part high-watt vocals, part high-flying acrobatics, and all high drama. She’s currently on the road for her superb 2012 release, “The Truth About Love.” 7:30 p.m. March 28. TD Garden. $37-$97. 800-745-3000, www.ticket
master.com

Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, left, performed alongside drummer Mick Fleetwood.

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Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, left, performed alongside drummer Mick Fleetwood.

MUSE The high-octane British rockers responsible for such hits as “Supermassive Black Hole” and “Uprising” bring their m-m-m-madness to the Hub in support of their fuzzy, slinky, electro-laced 2012 release, “The 2nd Law.” 7:30 p.m. April 12. TD Garden. $42.50-

$62.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

FLEETWOOD MAC Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks have rallied again to hit the road. (Christine McVie retired in the late ’90s.) Expect the enduring, endearingly dysfunctional pop-rockers to hit all the Mac heights like “The Chain,” “Rhiannon,” “Tusk,” and “Go Your Own Way,” as well as a few choice solo tunes from Buckingham and Nicks. 8 p.m. April 18. TD Garden.
$47-$147. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

SARAH RODMAN

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