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Critic’s picks: Pop music

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ST. VINCENT “Birth in Reverse,” the first single from her new album, is St. Vincent with the pedal to the metal. It’s jagged, disruptive, propulsive, and utterly irresistible. St. Vincent, the stage name of Berklee-educated indie rocker Annie Clark, is in town the same week her self-titled record will be released. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS “Wig Out at Jagbags” is the name of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ new album, and it’s a handy summation of just how loose and limber the songs are. Malkmus, the once and perhaps future Pavement mastermind, is a decade into his work with the Jicks, and they’ve hit their stride on their latest, which veers from jagged rockers to soulful ruminations. Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE He came to Fenway Park back in August, for two nights with Jay Z, and now the blue-eyed soul-pop sensation is back in town in support of both volumes of last year’s “The 20/20 Experience.” If his recent shows are any indication, you can count on Timberlake (pictured) going full throttle as a crooner, dancer, and charmer. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$175. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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