Critic’s picks: Pop music

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CHARLI XCX From England, this rising pop star already has proven songwriting chops (she co-wrote “I Love It,” the Icona Pop hit) and a penchant for what she calls “dark pop.” Charli XCX’s new debut, “True Romance,” has a jukebox feel, veering from hip-hop to electronic dance music to big radio-friendly ballads. Nov. 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $19, $17 in advance. 800-745-3000,

ELTON JOHN A back-to-basics formula – mostly just his voice with piano, bass, and drums layered into dialed-down arrangements – worked wonders for John on his acclaimed new album, “The Diving Board.” After years of Disney-fied pop songs, it’s a pleasure to hear John return to form with rootsy story songs written by his longtime collaborator, Bernie Taupin. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39-$149.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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