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Bonnie Raitt 

When: Wed., May 23 2012
Has anyone who plays popular music for a living aged as gracefully as Bonnie Raitt? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she released nine albums before her tenth one, 1989's Grammy-hogging Nick of Time, made her a household name. Or maybe it's because she never really bought into the bullshit star myths that a) you're required to become a total asshole once you hit the big time and b) you're required to piss off your fans by ignoring what made you popular in the first place and replacing it with a string of records that show off your “experimental” side. Raitt has pretty much made the same album since her 1971 self-titled debut, with few modifications along the way. The only real difference is that she's gotten better as a signer, songwriter, guitar player, and ambassador for all sorts of 20th century music. Her new album, Slipstream, is her 16th and first in seven years. It's also one of the best of her entire career. She doesn't stray from the blues- and folk-kissed rock she's played for the past four decades. If anything, Slipstream is the sound of an artist taking what works best, filtering it through her 62 years, and settling into a groove that very few do better. With Marc Cohn. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-$75.50. – Michael Gallucci

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