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    Critic’s picks: Pop music

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    JOHN LEGEND The velvet-voiced soul crooner (left) brings fresh tunes from his latest release, “Love in the Future,” and opener Tamar Braxton to set a romantic mood for your Tuesday night.
    Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $36-$86. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-447-7400,

    WAAF HALLOWEEN THRILLOGY WITH SAMMY HAGAR The former Van Halen vocalist and noted speed limit scofflaw toplines the hard-rock station’s Halloween bash in support of his new duets album. There is a costume contest, so extra points for showing up as David Lee Roth. Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. 978-934-5738,

    KELLIE PICKLER Like friend and fellow “American Idol” alum Carrie Underwood, the appealing “Dancing With the Stars” champ has carved out a nice, if lower profile, career in country music that has gotten stronger over the years, evidenced by her upcoming album, “The Woman I Am.” Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $41-$68. Chevalier Theatre. 877-840-0457,


    BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE The beloved Boston rockers stomp and stroll back to town for their annual Halloween party, in support of their latest releases, a ska punk effort dubbed “Stomp” and the funky, poppier “Stroll.” Both flavors should get hips shaking.
    Oct. 25-26, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,