In the Rye
This Baltimore rapper was still in high school when M.I.A. saw promise in the fledgling MC and signed Rye Rye to her record label. After a long delay, her debut album, “Go! Pop! Bang!,” was finally released a few weeks ago. Rye Rye will bring it to life as part of this week’s Boston Pride festivities.
June 9, noon to 6 p.m. (Rye Rye is tentatively scheduled to go on at
4:55 p.m.) Free. Boston Pride Festival, City Hall Plaza. www.bostonpride.org
POP & ROCK
BUDDY GUY & JONNY LANG As chronicled in his new memoir, “When I Left Home: My Story,” Guy had a long and circuitous route to fame. At 75, Guy, whom Eric Clapton has called his favorite guitarist, is relishing his status as an elder statesman of Chicago blues. He’ll share the stage with Lang, who no doubt was influenced by Guy’s pioneering work. June 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $37-$49.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
Rustic Americana meets ambient textures on “Dark So Gold,” the evocative new album from this indie-folk band from Minneapolis.
June 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Cafe 939. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com
Close your eyes, and you’ll swear it’s 1995 again when this London outfit uncoils its fuzzed-out guitar rock straight from the Sonic Youth mold. Opening the show is Widowspeak, the Brooklyn band whose lead singer obviously holed up with many a Mazzy Star record back in the day. June 13, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327, www.ticketweb.com
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
BOOM CHICK Their name owes its origin to the well-known drum pattern, but there’s a little bit of Johnny Cash boom-chick in the sound of this guitar-drums duo as well, along with other early country, Delta blues, surf, and plenty of fierce, stripped-down, vintage rock 'n' roll. June 7, 10:30 p.m. Free. The Plough & Stars. 617-576-0032, www.ploughandstars.com
FERRO GAITA AND CORDAS DO SOL
A double-bill of Cape Verdean bands: Ferro Gaita plays in the traditional Cape Verdean Funaná style (and is named after two of the style’s prominent instruments, iron knife and accordion), while the music of Cordas Do Sol is rooted in the traditions of its native island of Santo Antão. This is the first appearance on US soil for the latter group. June 7, 8 p.m. Tickets: $50. Showcase Live, Foxborough.
KINKY FRIEDMAN Self-proclaimed “author, columnist, musician, and beautician” and a recent Texas gubernatorial candidate (“How hard can it be?” asked his campaign slogan), the legendary Kinkster is more author than musical artist these days. But Friday, he’s making a rare Boston appearance as part of his “BiPolar Tour” of the northeast. (Hang around for the late show, and you can see another legend, Otis Clay. Not bad for a one-night back-to-back). June 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Johnny D's. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
HOTELS AND HIGHWAYS Hotels and Highways are a self-described folk-rock band. At least, that’s what they were until they happened to meet Aussie blues-rocker Mia Dyson and found that collaborating with her enabled the band to unleash its latent rock ’n’ roll. They’ll be unleashing it, along with Ms. Dyson, during a Tuesday residency through this month. June 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge. 800-838-3006. www.brown papertickets.com
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
MARY HALVORSON QUINTET The adventurously original Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer celebrates the release of “Bending Bridges,” the second recording featuring her brilliant working quintet — trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara — making their Boston area debut. June 8,
8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lily-pad.net
LINDA EDER For over two decades, the clarion-voiced singer has been among the leading lights of the Broadway, concert, and cabaret stages, with her wide-ranging command of show tunes, standards, jazz, pop, and country songs. June 8 - 9, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $48. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
THE MAKANDA PROJECT Pianist/arranger John Kordalewski’s invaluable 11-piece ensemble keeps the musical torch lit for Boston’s own late, great composer/multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre. Saxophonist Joe Ford, a former McIntyre student best known for his time in McCoy Tyner’s front line, will be special guest for this concert, which will also be a farewell to the Project’s stalwart reedman Salim Washington, who is emigrating to South Africa. June 9,
7 p.m. Free. Dudley Library Auditorium, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury.
PINO DANIELE The Italian jazz-fusion guitarist, active in music for more than 30 years, created a new style he calls “taramblù” for its blend of tarantella and blues. For his Boston debut, Daniele will be accompanied by fusion greats Rachel Z (piano), Gianluca Podio (keyboard), Solomon Dorsey (bass), and Omar Hakim (drums). June 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-$60. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This year’s festival, with 21 concerts from June 7 to July 16, kicks off with a solo recital tonight by pianist Leon Fleisher. Opening weekend also features a performance by gambist Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, and an evening honoring the centennials of Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rock portmusic.org.
ASTON MAGNA It’s a big anniversary summer for Aston Magna, which celebrates 40 seasons with a gala concert on June 9 in Ozawa Hall. (The same program will be previewed on June 8 in Slosberg Auditorium at Brandeis University.) Artistic director Daniel Stepner will lead a baroque orchestra, joined by vocal soloists Kristen Watson, Roberta Anderson, Deborah Rentz-Moore, Lynn Torgove, Frank Kelley, Jonas Budris, and David Ripley. The Aston Magna season runs through July 7. 800-875-7156, www.astonmagna.org.
SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE PRACTICE Stephen Drury’s new-music boot camp, this year celebrating the Cage centennial, offers a week of free performances at New England Conservatory. Christian Wolff will be composer-in-residence. June 15-23, New England Conservatory, ww.SICPP.org