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Holiday Arts Preview: Pop music picks

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Darlene Love(Eric Antoniou/file 2015)

MELISSA ETHERIDGE: THE HOLIDAY SHOW A decade ago, the folk-rock stalwart released “A New Thought for Christmas,” which blended self-penned seasonal songs with standards like “Blue Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; this show will feature selections from that album. Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets $79.50 and up. The Cabot, Beverly. 978-927-3100,

JOHN LEGEND The recently minted EGOT (he picked up the awards-show grand slam with his Emmy for this year’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” in which he played the title role) performs tracks from his first holiday album, “A Legendary Christmas.” Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets $63.75 and up. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787,


REVEREND HORTON HEAT AND JUNIOR BROWN: HORTON’S HOLIDAY HAYRIDE The rockabilly firebrand and “guit-steel”-toting country singer reprise their holiday jaunt, which in its last incarnation featured holiday songs like “Run Rudolph Run” alongside Horton classics like the ferocious “400 Bucks.” Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets $32 and up. Royale. 617-338-7699,

PENTATONIX: THE CHRISTMAS IS HERE! TOUR Riding high off their fourth — yes, fourth — holiday album, the exuberant “Christmas Is Here!,” the Texas-born a cappella juggernaut comes back to town. Dec. 5-6 at 7 p.m. Tickets $39.50 and up. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

MICHAEL MCDONALD’S SEASON OF PEACE: HOLIDAY AND HITS In honor of “Season of Peace,” which compiles holiday tracks he’s released over the years, including his Jonny Lang-assisted medley of “White Christmas” and Winter Wonderland,” the soul-pop legend blends those seasonal tracks with his own catalog. Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets $44.50 and up. Hanover Theatre, Worcester. 877-571-7469,

98 DEGREES AT CHRISTMAS 2018 Having released two holiday-themed albums — “This Christmas,” released during their 1999 boy-band height, and “Let It Snow,” from last year — the vocal quartet has no shortage of material for a full-on seasonal revue. Classic tracks like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Please Come Home for Christmas” will be punctuated by smoothly poppy originals like the late-’90s confection “This Gift” and last year’s Wall of Sound homage “Season of Love.” Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $39.50 and up. Chevalier Theatre, Medford. 781-391-7469,


ROCK THE HOLIDAYS WITH DARLENE LOVE The R&B legend, whose powerhouse vocal on the Phil Spector-engineered “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is one of pop’s finest musical moments, will belt out that song alongside other holiday hits and classics from her storied career with the Crystals and the Blossoms, as well as on her own. Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets $38.50 and up. The Cabot, Beverly. 978-927-3100, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and up. Chevalier Theatre, Medford. 781-391-7469,

OLD 97’S HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA The scruffy alt-country outfit will present songs from their just-released album “Love the Holidays,” which includes a slew of original tracks by the Texas band like the yarn “Rudolph Is Blue”; the band’s Yuletide-themed set will be accompanied by a solo set from frontman Rhett Miller and a performance by North Carolina-based “punk rock magician” CaseyMagic. Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

JEWEL’S HANDMADE HOLIDAY TOUR Alaska’s most well-known folk-pop singer brings her family members Atz, Atz Lee, and Nikos Kilcher (who star in Discovery’s reality series “Alaska: The Last Frontier”) along for the sleigh ride. Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets $39 and up. Chevalier Theatre, Medford. 781-391-7469,


BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY: WILD & SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY PARTY The Southern California swing revivalists will jump, jive, and wail holiday-style on classics like “Merry Christmas Baby” and originals like the whiskey-soaked “Last Night (I Went Out With Santa Claus).” Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets $38.50 and up. The Cabot, Beverly. 978-927-3100,

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