Upcoming music events around Boston

Ticking it up a notch

DEER TICK Frontman John McCauley keeps a breakneck schedule with his side projects, including Middle Brother and, most recently, Diamond Rugs. But Deer Tick, the hell-raising barroom rockers with a country heart of gold, is where it all began in Rhode Island. June 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, James Reed

Pop & Rock

WFNX PRESENTS: THE SEAPORT SIX What was supposed to be simply a killer bill of six indie-rock bands has turned into a bittersweet moment to mourn WFNX’s demise. Clear Channel bought the alternative rock station last month, and the Seaport Six — featuring Cake, Grouplove, Delta Spirit, Two Door Cinema Club, Reptar, and Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians — is among ’FNX’s final special events before it goes off the air in July. June 14, 5 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-
$35. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000,

BRAZILIAN GIRLS With a new album in the works, these irrepressible party-starters from New York have reunited for a handful of shows. It’ll be the first time the original lineup has performed together since 2008; the band is expected to preview new material. June 16,
7 p.m. Tickets: $25, $23 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000, www.ticket


DRAKE Last year’s “Take Care” established Drake as rap’s prince of self-reflection. He’s keeping good company on this tour, bringing along fellow rappers J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill,
2 Chainz, and French Montana. June 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35.75-$99.75. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000,
James Reed

Folk, World & Country

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THE DAVID BROMBERG QUARTET AND LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III Quite the pairing of venerables here: David Bromberg recorded a series of records rooted in but reaching beyond folk and blues during the 1970s before giving over his career in 1980 to become a violin maker (recording only sporadically since), while Loudon Wainwright III has been at it long enough to justify having a multi-disc retrospective box, the aptly-titled “40 Odd Years.” June 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50-$37.50. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-4088, www.somerville

BALKAN BEAT BOX Their name points to a particular geographic area, but all sorts of musical strands besides Eastern European creep into the music of Balkan Beat Box — Israeli, Arab, and Mediterranean, dancehall reggae, brass band and hip-hop, and more. June 14, 9 p.m. Tickets: $16.50. Paradise Rock Club.

PAUL THORN On his recently-released “What the Hell Is Goin’ On?,” Thorn put aside the singular stories he tells through his songs to “take a break from himself,” as he puts it, and record a covers album of his favorite songs, from artists as diverse as Donnie Fritts, Free, and Eli “Paperboy” Reed. June 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190. www.bullrun

CORY BRANAN There’s a ragged, hard-won quality to Cory Branan’s music, whether it comes in the form of sparse folk or pedal-steel bedecked alt-country. He’s on the road in support of his fine new release, “MUTT.” Make sure you show up early enough to catch Audra Mae and her band, the Almighty Sound, live up to their name. June 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. T.T. the Bear’s Place.

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret


YORON ISRAEL & HIGH STANDARDS The master drummer and his marvelous band of local luminaries — pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist Henry Lugo, and saxophonist Lance Bryant — celebrate the release of their new recording, “Visions: The Music of Stevie Wonder.” June 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400,

SAGIT ZILBERMAN The adept Israeli saxophonist will be joined by Cale Hawkins (piano), Galen Willett (bass), and Michael Cardone (drums) to present original music, jazz and R&B standards, as well as music inspired by her participation in an educational project in Kenya, featuring two up and coming African musicians: guitarist Bino Mbie and vocalist Wambura Mitaru. June 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15. Vernissage Restaurant,
1627 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-566-3340,

THE RETURN OF THE PEDAL STEEL GUITAR QUARTET Ever had a hankering to hear John Coltrane interpreted on pedal steel? Guitarist/composer Norm Zocher helms this quartet in the tradition of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, the Diz ’n’ Bird of western swing. With guitarist Rick Peckham, bassist Bruno Råberg, and drummer Dave Jamrog. June 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $5. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. www.zeitgeist-outpost.blogspot

HEY RIM JEON The versatile, Korean-born jazz pianist and composer presents “An Evening of Original and Classic Jazz” to mark the release of her striking new CD, “Introducing Hey Rim Jeon.” With saxophonist Tim Mayer, bassist Greg Holt, and drummer J. Curtis Warner Jr.. June 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111,
Kevin Lowenthal


ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Promising Rockport performers this week include A Far Cry (June 14), the Parker String Quartet (June 15), and Boston Musica Viva with a new music program (June 16). Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391,


ASTON MAGNA It’s a big anniversary summer for Aston Magna, celebrating its 40th season. Thursday’s performance features music by three Bachs and Villa-Lobos. With Dominique Labelle (soprano), Stephen Hammer (baroque oboe), Daniel Stepner and Nancy Wilson (violins), David Miller (viola), Loretta O’Sullivan (cello), Anne Trout (bass), and Catherine Liddell (theorbo). June 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University. 800-875-7156,

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 17-23, New England Conservatory.

BOSTON GUITARFEST Eliot Fisk directs this seventh annual celebration of all things guitar, with concerts, master classes, and seminars organized around the theme of “Back to Bach.” Most events take place at either the Fenway Center or Jordan Hall. June 20-24. 617-373-4700,
Jeremy Eichler