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Steve’s Pfarrer’s Best Bets

GOOD MUSIC

Lori McKenna already had a large family when she found the nerve, in her late 20s, to perform in public. In the 15 years since, she hasn’t looked back; the songwriter’s work has been recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and others. Her new record is “Lorraine,” named after her mother, who died when McKenna was 7. Critics are calling it her most personal album yet. She’s at the Iron Horse in Northampton tonight. Mary Black opens the 7 p.m. show.

ANOTHER GOOD BET

Rather than hills, fields and forests, Caleb Colon looks at the Valley’s urban settings: brick buildings, street lamps, storefronts, sidewalks. His “Brick by Brick” paintings at Elusie Gallery in Easthampton provide a warm if slightly frazzled look at cityscapes that Colon says we shouldn’t take for granted: “If we could slow down we could recognize the fragility of our seemingly immortal buildings, streets and monuments.” 43 Main St., Easthampton, through Oct. 6.

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