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Carly Rae Jepsen, Fairground Saints

When: Fri., Feb. 12, 8:30 p.m. 2016

CARLY RAE JEPSEN

Whether you're long lost in love or simply feeling out a fling, Carly Rae Jepsen is the perfect primer for Valentine's Day. Her two biggest singles to date, 2011's "Call Me Maybe" and last year's "I Really Like You," are a complementary pop pair that showcase how having a crush can just be fun. Jepsen's second proper album, E•MO•TION, positioned her as a compelling underdog pop star, though critical acclaim has yet to translate into steady radio rotation or Billboard-busting sales. Still, songs like "Run Away With Me," "Your Type," and "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" are bouncy, synth-powered numbers that never succumb to cloying clichés or overwrought insincerity. Jepsen is up-front with her feelings, but her strongest songs suggest she's not about to let them run her life. Fairground Saints open. —Allison Hussey

THE RITZ, RALEIGH

8:30 p.m., $25, www.ritzraleigh.com FRIDAY, FEB. 12–SUNDAY, FEB. 28

Price: $25

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