Critic’s picks: Pop music

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VILLAGERS The vision of Irish singer-songwriter Conor J. O’Brien, Villagers’ 2010 debut, “Becoming a Jackal,” was a wistful indie-pop gem that O’Brien made mostly on his own. “{Awayland},” the group’s new album, is a full band effort shot through with splashes of instrumental color, jittery rhythms, and occasional detours into ’70s funk. June 10,
9 p.m. Tickets: $13. Brighton Music Hall, 800-745-3000,

THE ROLLING STONES Let the singalongs commence, as Mick, Keith, and the gang rev up for their latest road adventures under the banner “50 & Counting.” Expect a special guest or two; previous stops have seen the Stones (above) bring out Tom Waits, Taj Mahal, and John Fogerty. (My money is on Peter Wolf, an old friend of the band.) June 12 & 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $147.50-$597.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


JONATHAN RICHMAN Playing his first Boston-area show since a campaign was launched to make “Roadrunner” the official rock song of Massachusetts, Richman returns to his old stomping grounds with a hefty catalog of solo albums and work with the Modern Lovers. It’ll be interesting to see if Richman comments on the “Roadrunner” campaign. Through a representative, he previously told the Globe: “I don’t think the song is good enough to be a Massachusetts song of any kind.” June 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $19. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-5700,

SON VOLT There’s truth in advertising in the title of the new Son Volt record: “Honky Tonk” is a fine collection of originals cast in a classic-country context. It’s also the band’s second album for local label Rounder Records, following 2009’s “American Central Dust.” June 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $22.50. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


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