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Top 10 upcoming pop music shows

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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS The energetic R&B shouter has experienced a well-deserved resurgence in recent years, thanks to a string of releases that nodded to the past but maintained a pulse in the present, including the white-hot “Emma Jean.” Put on your boogie shoes and get ready to sweat. Feb. 12. 8 p.m. $15. The Sinclair 800-745-3000.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD The country songstress hits town behind her latest album, “Storyteller,” and her passel of past hits, including “Before He Cheats,” “Blown Away,” and recent chart-topper “Smoke Break.” The “American Idol” victor extends a helping hand to “The Voice” finalists the Swon Brothers, who handle the opening duties. Feb. 23. 7 p.m. $42.50-$76. TD Garden. 800-745-3000.


NEKO CASE Smart, funny, heart-rending, fiery, refreshing: The Virginian is always all of these things on record and in concert, so we expect all of that and more as singer-songwriter Case hits her usual haunt to promote her career-spanning box set, “Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule.” March 2. 7:30 p.m. $24.50-$34.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000.

THE WHO Postponed from last fall thanks to a bout of meningitis for frontman Roger Daltrey, the trek dubbed “The Who Hits 50!” is back on track. Warm up your arm and get ready to windmill through some serious rock ’n’ roll history. March 7. 7:30 p.m. $46-$146.
TD Garden. 800-745-3000.

RICKIE LEE JONES Billed as “an intimate evening with,” this seated performance by the beloved “Chuck E.’s in Love” singer-songwriter will serve as one of the very last live shows at Johnny D’s, the soon-to-shutter Somerville club and restaurant. March 8. 8:30 p.m. $60-$100. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004.

BRIAN FALLON & THE CROWES The Gaslight Anthem frontman plays hooky from his day job on this sojourn in support of his forthcoming solo LP, “Painkillers.” The live-wire singer, songwriter, and guitarist will perform with members of his side projects the Horrible Crowes and Molly and the Zombies. March 11. 6 p.m. $22.50 Royale. 800-745-3000.


ANDRA DAY If you even glanced at a television during the holiday season, you undoubtedly saw this vibrant R&B newcomer duetting with Stevie Wonder in an Apple ad. Here’s your chance to catch Day in tunes from her Grammy-nominated album, “Cheers to the Fall,” at an intimate venue before she blows up. March 20.
7 p.m. $20. The Sinclair. 800-745-3000.

LUCINDA WILLIAMSThe venerable singer-songwriter is wasting no time these days: She’s set to release her upcoming “Ghosts of Highway 20” just a little more than a year since her dynamite double album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.” Expect to hear plenty from both, as well as classics from her oft-covered catalog. March 21. 7 p.m. $35. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000.

RIHANNA She dropped her new album, “Anti,” with almost no warning in late January, but Riri’s definitely expected to bring the spectacle on this arena tour in its honor. If a recent Instagram tease is to be believed, be on the lookout for Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme to continue his association with the pop star, giving extra oomph to hits like “Umbrella” and “Diamonds.” April 10. 7:30 p.m. $30.50-$165.
TD Garden. 800-745-3000.

CHARLES KELLEY The Lady Antebellum singer-songwriter with the beguiling baritone originally scheduled an early ’16 run to support his forthcoming solo debut, “The Driver,” but had to postpone. (All tickets for the original Jan. 17 date will be honored.) Kelley didn’t have to look far for an opening act, enlisting his singer-songwriter brother Josh to handle the task. April 11.
7 p.m. $29.50-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000.


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