What to Do Tonight: Raul Malo

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Raul Malo got his start fronting the Mavericks, the adventurous country group that managed to snag a Grammy in the mid ’90s. He has one of the most marvelous voices in pop music — a rich, suave croon that reaches Roy Orbison heights while still sounding as sexy as early Elvis. The Miami-born, Nashville-based Malo is a man of many musical moods, languages, and interests. Since the Mavericks rode off into the sunset a decade ago, he’s performed with the all-star Tex-Mex band Los Super Seven, released some bluegrass music, delivered a Christmas record, and recorded a pair of stylish cover albums. His last two CDs — 2009’s Lucky One and the just-released Sinners and Saints — feature more conventional sounds, even though they’re still far from Nashville’s norm. Malo slips smoothly between countrypolitan, Latin, early rock & roll, R&B, and Americana roots, crafting songs that feel both retro and modern. Backed by a crackerjack touring quartet onstage, you can expect to get an earful of Sinners and Saints highlights like “Superstar,” “Staying Here,” and “’Til I Gain Control Again.” Raul Malo plays the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 - $36.50. —Michael Berick

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