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The Big Show: Gwen Stefani @ Sprint Center

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $28-$148 in advance.

Affairs of the heart have overshadowed Gwen Stefani’s music in recent months. Rather than praising her engaging pop songs, news outlets have focused on the drama surrounding the Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter’s love life.

Stefani’s current tour is intended to remind fans of her essential pop music. Even so, a few songs on her excellent latest album, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” hint at the dissolution of her marriage to Gavin Rossdale, the lead singer of the rock band Bush, and her subsequent relationship with country artist Blake Shelton.

Listeners are likely to feel as if they’re eavesdropping on a therapy session as Stefani sighs “I’m so used to getting played” during “Red Flag.” And the anguish she displays on “Used to Love You” is painfully tangible.

Stefani wasn’t always a harbinger of heartbreak: She rose to stardom with the peppy Southern California rock band No Doubt. Her charismatic live performances and engaging singing on hits such as “Just a Girl” seemed to make a solo career inevitable.

In 2004, she released her solo debut, “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” The album featured the massive hit “Hollaback Girl” — a song that was entirely innovative at the time and still as striking as anything Stefani did with No Doubt.

Renditions of subsequent solo hits such as “Cool” and “The Sweet Escape” will provide additional highlights at Friday’s concert at the Sprint Center.

Veteran rapper Eve — who collaborated with Stefani on “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” and “Rich Girl” — opens the show.

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