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J. Cole @ Baltimore Soundstage (8 p.m., Oct. 20)

Jay-Z's first signee to his Roc Nation imprint comes to town with his first album in hand. "Cole World: The Sideline Story," released this past Tuesday, has some of the most introspective hip-hop songs in years ("Lost Ones" gives both perspectives of an unwanted pregnancy, for example) and the type of rap-pop songs radio needs ("Work Out," "Can't Get Enough" with Trey Songz). $26.
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