Jovanotti

When: Sun., Aug. 19, 8 p.m. 2012

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The words "Italian pop star" bring to mind a terrifying vision of an Il Divo-like belter, emitting sweat and schmaltzy dreck for the pleasure of enthusiastic, possibly horny crowds of elderly women. What a surprise it is, then, to listen to Jovanotti's new Italia 1988-2012 compilation album, which remixes and re-contextualizes some of the Italian pop star's recordings over his near-25-year career. He started off heavily influenced by the Beastie Boys, then embraced global pop and collaborated with acts like Sérgio Mendes, TV on the Radio, and Luciano Pavarotti. I don't understand his lyrics, of course, but Jovanotti's music sounds subtle, diverse, and classy. He recently moved to New York and is trying his hand at the American market, and though I can't imagine him becoming the kind of sensation he is in Italy, fans of smart pop (who don't mind lyrics not sung in English) will definitely get something out of Jovanotti. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $20

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