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    Critic’s picks: Pop music

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    MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS One of the more heartwarming story lines in pop music this year was the long-overdue success of Macklemore, a Seattle-based rapper (born Ben Haggerty, left) with a heart of gold and a clutch of catchy beats helmed by his producer, Ryan Lewis. “Thrift Shop,” their first big hit, caught fire as a hybrid of old-school hip-hop and soul, but the duo’s music has also championed social causes such as same-sex marriage (“Same Love”). Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$59.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

    COLIN MELOY In between albums with the Decemberists, his regular band, Meloy often heads out on the road for solo tours. As usual, he’ll be selling a tour-only EP of covers. This time it’s “Colin Meloy Sings the Kinks,” which comes after his interpretations of Morrissey, Shirley Collins, and Sam Cooke. Eleanor Friedberger, taking a break from the Fiery Furnaces with a terrific new solo album, “Personal Record,” will open. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33. Somerville Theatre. 800-745-3000,

    POLIÇA As the voice of Poliça, Channy Leaneagh casts a ghostly pall over the Minneapolis band’s icy brand of synth-pop. She somehow makes sullen and sultry a winning combination on “Shulamith,” the group’s new follow-up to last year’s “Give You the Ghost.” Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18, $16 in advance. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,