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Miranda Lambert

March 17
7 p.m.
$37.25-$57.25
Country, Pop, Singer-Songwriter

Miranda Lambert isn’t just the greatest mainstream country artist of the past decade (no duh) — she’s smarter, craftier, and (it should go without saying) more fun than a whole lot of singer-songwriters solemnly cherished by the respectable Americana crowd. The Weight of These Wings, released last fall, is hardly the best introduction for newcomers: It’s a 24-song double album that would’ve been more aerodynamic if she’d tossed six of ’em overboard, starting with the uncharacteristically soppy “Tin Man.” (“If you ever felt one breakin’/You wouldn’t want a heart” — Miranda, no!) Much more Lambert’s speed are the album’s two singles: the rowdy “We Should Be Friends” (“If you use alcohol as a sedative/And ‘bless your heart’ as a negative”) and the decadent “Vice,” about how screwing up your life again and again is like listening to your favorite song on repeat.