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    The Ticket: Pop and rock

    KITTEN Led by dynamo Chloe Chaidez, whose energy can turn the tiniest club into a setting for an arena-sized spectacle, this hooky, energetic Brooklyn outfit celebrates the impending release of their “Pink Champagne” EP. May 23, 9 p.m. $12 and up. Great Scott. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com

    BOSTON CALLING The annual bacchanal of music, movies, and other distractions (including an Ikea pavilion that features the Swedish furniture store chain’s veggie hot dog making its U.S. debut) kicks off Friday. Highlights include Paramore, whose evolution into sheeny New Wavers on last year’s “After Laughter” led to some of the decade’s best happy-sad anthems; Noname, whose chilled-out delivery adds to her poetry’s emotional urgency; and Big Thief, who pair defiant honesty with warm, folk-tinged rock. May 25, 2:30 p.m.; May 26-27, noon. Single-day tickets $105 and up; three-day passes $289 and up. Harvard Athletic Complex, Allston. www.bostoncalling.com

    JASON ALDEAN “Rearview Town,” the latest album from this Georgia-born country megaseller, is muscular country-rock with a couple of surprises lurking — fuzzed-out guitars that could play on college stations, nods to hip-hop that remind one of his Fenway show with Kid Rock a couple of years ago. May 26, 7:30 p.m. $39 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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    MAURA JOHNSTON

    Maura Johnston can be reached at maura@maura.com.