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Critic’s picks: Pop music

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PAUL WELLER On last year’s overlooked (at least in this country) “Sonik Kicks,” the man who’s been called the Modfather twisted his artistic perimeters into odd shapes. Jagged, throbbing electro-rock caromed off chamber-folk ballads and orchestral instrumentals. (For more on Weller, see next page.) July 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40, $38 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000,

JASON ISBELL Stripped down but still quite supple, “Southeastern” is the new solo album by this one-time member of Drive-By Truckers after having gotten sober and married. Fresh off his appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, the country singer-songwriter rolls into town with Texas-bred fiddler and songwriter Amanda Shires and Rhode Island’s Joe Fletcher.  July 29, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $18, $15 in advance. The Sinclair. 800-745-3000,

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NEW ORDER 2013 could go down as the year a notable number of seminal English bands from the ’70s and ’80s went back on the road behind new music, from Wire and OMD to the Stranglers and now New Order. The band, minus founding member and bassist Peter Hook, will rev up the ole synthesizers to promote the recent “Lost Sirens.” July 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$80. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000,

BECK He hasn’t released a full-length studio album since 2008’s “Modern Guilt,” but this chameleonic singer-songwriter (right) has kept busy with a typically broad range of projects. He’s released a handful of singles, in addition to “Song Reader,” a sheet-music album. Record Club, a feature on his website (, gathers various artists who meet for a day and re-record a classic album. Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$55. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000,


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