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Cyndi Lauper 

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It's tough to look at and listen to Cyndi Lauper today — hair teased into a girlish tangle of spun sugar, voice still both squeaking and booming — and not see and hear the adorably squinty, harmlessly anarchic MTV spitfire who skipped through the streets in 1984, imploring anyone within earshot to join in on her fun. Few current recording artists with multigenerational fan bases are so tied to a specific time. Lauper turned 57 in June, which makes her equidistant in age between 42-year-old Molly Ringwald, 1984's other ginger pop-culture touchstone, and 72-year-old Allen Toussaint, one of several legends to appear on Lauper's 11th studio album, the June release Memphis Blues (Downtown). The LP, which debuted atop the Billboard blues chart, follows 2008's Bring Ya to the Brink, and substitutes that record's dancehall vibe and guests (Basement Jaxx, Kleerup) with a suite of passable Delta duets and less probable cameos: Charlie Musselwhite, Ann Peebles and B.B. King, who with Toussaint backs Lauper on the first single "Early in the Mornin'" as she wheezes about dropping into Dooky Chase for a bite to eat. It's a shamelessly regional thrill, hearing this enduring pop icon emulate area sounds and namedrop local haunts, but it's a thrill all the same. David Rhodes opens. Tickets $40. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Aug. 8

Cyndi Lauper

8 p.m. Sunday

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;


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