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An Andrew Loog Oldham discovery who sang on the Jagger/Richards hit “As Tears Go By,” Marianne Faithfull achieved ’60s icon status with annoying facility. After landing smacked-out on the streets of Soho, Faithfull made her comeback with 1979’s Broken English. Since then, she’s worked with artists such as David Lynch fave Angelo Badalamenti. This time around, however, Faithfull challenges herself by again hanging with the skinny pop people: Beck, Billy Corgan, the members of Blur, Jarvis Cocker, and Etienne Daho all appear on Kissin Time. The disc’s tunes range from the electro-funky and Gainsbourgesque (“Sex With Strangers,” co-starring Beck) to the upbeat and lightweight (“Wherever I Go,” with Corgan). Though Faithfull fumbles “Sliding Through Life on Charm,” she makes up for it with the title track, on which Blur backs her with some noisy swamp-grooving. She plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $26.50. (703) 549-7500. (John Dugan)