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Pop music picks

(James Minchin)
June 28, 2009
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POP MUSIC

MADELEINE PEYROUX The jazzy vocalist (right) - a ringer for Billie Holiday - says goodbye to standards on her new album, “Bare Bones,’’ a stripped-down, all-originals collection co-written with pedigreed collaborators like producer Larry Klein, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker, and Julian Coryell. Jazz-blues singer-songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps opens. 7:30 p.m. June 28. $37.50 and $32.50. Berklee Performance Center. 617-931-2000. www.ticketmaster.com

JOAN ANDERMAN

THE NEW YORK DOLLS In this age of ubiquitous rock ’n’ roll reunions, the Dolls rate as one of the most unlikely. Even more unlikely: They’re not living in the past. The new Todd Rundgren-produced disc “ ’Cause I Sez So’’ bridges the seminal punk group’s roots and a more - wait for it - mature sensibility. 8 p.m. June 28. $25. Paradise Rock Club. 877-598-8689. www.livenation.com J.A.

ORAN ETKIN Striking a hypnotic balance between straight-ahead jazz and world music, the celebrated clarinetist and tenor saxophonist is celebrating the release of his long-in-the-making new album, “Kelenia.’’ The project features Etkin’s exploration of Malian music culled from a decade of playing with African musicians and pushing his craft beyond borders. 9:30 p.m. June 28. $10. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.brownpapertickets.com

JAMES REED

LINDSAY MAC Oh, to have been a fly on the wall when Lindsay Mac was learning to play cello at age 9. Her instructor must have been horrified when Mac began to develop her own style of alternately plucking and slapping the instrument’s strings. She’s made it clear, especially on last year’s “Stop Thinking,’’ that she’s more a folk-pop star than your typical classical musician. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. June 28. $18. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com J.R.

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