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Patti Smith at the Fillmore Tuesday.

Patti Smith has never been shy about interpreting other artists' material, dating back to her landmark 1975 debut that found her incorporating bits of Them and Chris Kenner into her original work. And while the release of her new all-covers project Twelve might lead the more cynical listener to chalk it up as an album resulting from someone whose creativity is running on fumes, Smith does end up making some intriguing choices. Sure, "White Rabbit" long ago wore out its welcome due to its presence on seemingly every movie remotely having to do with the late '60s, and Coolio immediately comes to mind when Smith tackles Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise." But redemption comes via her inspiring take on Bob Dylan's lesser-known "Changing of the Guard," and the use of dulcimer on Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble" gives the original's Afropop nuances an interesting twist. Tuesday, August 14 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. 9 p.m., $35. TheFillmore.com


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