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THURSDAY: New Kids on the BlockThe group's reunion tour last year turned out to be a surprisingly big draw, playing to packed arenas of twenty- and thirtysomething female fans ready for a little musical reminiscing.

But it's more than just a nostalgia show: The quintet has also integrated the grown-up romantic fare from last fall's comeback album, "The Block." Opening are JabbaWockeez and Jesse McCartney.

7:15 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston.

248-377-0100.

$25-$85.FRIDAY: Melissa EtheridgeThe veteran singer-songwriter breaks it all down for a solo acoustic set, applying her sandpapered vocals to a two-decade catalog of expressive Americana rock.

Etheridge's ongoing journey of musical self-discovery continues to make her one of the most dependable voices in popular music.

8 p.m., Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit.

313-237-7711.

$78-$103.Diana KrallElegant jazz-pop from one of the genre's contemporary leaders.

Krall is touring in support of her well-reviewed new album, "Quiet Nights." 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 825 N.

University, Ann Arbor.

734-764-2538.

$45-$75.SATURDAY: Dr.

JohnRollicking New Orleans blues and boogie, courtesy of a genuine Crescent City classic.

At 68, Dr.

John remains in fine form, on the road promoting his finest album in many years, the heartfelt post-Katrina work "City That Care Forgot." He's scheduled for a pair of shows in this Ferndale visit.

6 and 9 p.m., the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale.

248-544-3030.

$35.The FrayThe emotive "How to Save a Life" propelled this Colorado band to the front of "Grey's Anatomy" playlists in 2006.

But Isaac Slade and company stumbled with their colorless follow-up record, a self-titled February release that revealed the ballad-loving group's songwriting limitations and indistinctive approach.

But don't doubt the Fray's appeal: The new album promptly debuted at No.

1.

With Jack's Mannequin and Richard Swift.

7 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston.

248-377-0100.

$20.50-$49.50.The GoriesIt's the Detroit rock reunion of the year.

As Jack White would be the first to admit, there may have been no White Stripes -- or any Detroit garage-rock surge in the late '90s -- without the groundbreaking work of these long-overlooked pioneers.

Look for a who's who of the local scene at this sold-out date with fellow reuniters the Oblivians, checking in from Memphis.

8 p.m., Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward, Detroit.

313-833-9700.

$15.

Story, Page 14.SUNDAY: Rock the Bells '09High-end hip-hop from an impressive cast of players, including the collaborative Nas and Damian Marley, Philly live A-listers the Roots, veteran Busta Rhymes, Outkast's Big Boi and evergreen Detroit group Slum Village.

The daylong festival kicks off at 1 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston.

248-377-0100.

$32.50-$66.



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