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6. Lady Gaga
Jan. 8 at the Rosemont Theatre
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The singer born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta owned pop music the last two years because she grasped that in this over-stimulated, attention-deficit era, each song, each gesture, each sashay in front of thousands of cellphone cameras needs to be an event or it won't resonate – and this concert is no different. More so than her headlining extravaganza at Lollapalooza later in the year, this three-night stand is a focused affair that balances spectacle with genuine piano-playing and singing talent. Gaga has a terrific voice to go with a visual flair that is far more surreal and subversive than typical pop-diva eye candy.