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10. Adele, May 24 at the Riviera
The singer was in much demand through the year as her album "21" took up permanent residence in the upper reaches of the Billboard album chart, but she had to cancel a bunch of tour dates because of throat ailments. Fortunately, she was in fine health for this relatively intimate concert in which she split the difference between despairing break-up songs and earthy, self-deprecating, gal-next-door stage banter. She reaffirms that her voice is no studio creation, but a powerfully haunting instrument. She also giftwraps a 70th birthday salute to Bob Dylan with "Make You Feel My Love."
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Apr. 13, 2012