It’s become cool for certain hipsters to declare their love for pop tarts like Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. Whereas P!nk, perhaps she doesn’t possess that wholesome girl-next-door vibe, has never gotten the same ironic adulation. (Or maybe it’s that pesky exclamation point in her name.) The Philly-bred pop singer surely deserves more recognition. Of all the female pop artists to pop up in the early 2000s, she boasts the most impressive pipes and song repertoire. Her new album Funhouse—originally titled Heartbreak Is a Motherfucker—is full of frank tunes, both humorous and sad, chronicling her breakup with motocross rider Carey Hart. (Motocross: not a sport for hipsters.) The set lists from Australia, where P!nk recently completed a three-month tour, reveal that she’ll be performing material from all five of her albums, including Funhouse. And rumor has it she also does a killer rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” which we hope she performs tonight, as she begins her U.S. tour here in Seattle. The Tings Tings open. ERIKA HOBART

Tue., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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