Kat comes back
KAT EDMONSON A jazz songbird with a playful pop sensibility, this singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, is hard to resist on her new album, “Way Down Low.” Often garnering comparisons to the late Blossom Dearie, Edmonson is a joy to hear both for her charm and her chops. June 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
Pop & Rock
SCISSOR SISTERS Part disco fantasia and part soundtrack to an all-night bender, Scissor Sisters’ latest album, “Magic Hour,” fits comfortably in the New York band’s catalog of nocturnal pleasures. They’re bringing rising rapper-singer Rye Rye, fresh from her recent appearance at Boston’s Pride festivities, to get the party started. June 30, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
NORAH JONES After working with producer Danger Mouse on last year’s “Rome,” Jones enlisted him to collaborate on her new record. “Little Broken Hearts” is quietly stunning, a sultry affair that finds the sweet spot between Jones’s laconic croon and the organic grooves that surround her. If you’re not entirely seduced by the new song “All a Dream,” you’ve got serious willpower. July 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45-$65. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
If “bludgeon rock” were an actual genre, Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells would be its perfect embodiment. Particularly on their new sophomore album, “Reign of Terror,” Alexis Krauss’s bubblegum vocals carom off of Derek Miller’s hulking beats and lacerating guitar riffs. Be sure to catch the opening set from electro-pop confection Class Actress.
July 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22.50-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,
Folk, World & Country
SLAID CLEAVES WITH ROD PICOTT Slaid Cleaves spends a good deal of his time singing songs about life’s down-and- outers; you’d be hard pressed not to be depressed if the music wasn’t so gorgeous and his voice so beguiling. Fellow Maine native and boyhood friend Rod Picott, a fine singer and songwriter in his own right, appears as Cleaves’s special guest. June 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. The Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com
THE SWEETBACK SISTERS No, they’re not sisters, but frontgals Emily Miller and Zara Bode are in love with the sibling harmonies that are an indelible part of country music tradition. Their “renegade retro” also finds plenty of room for Wanda Jackson feistiness and Roger Miller goofy playfulness. June 29,
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D's Restaurant. 617-776-2004. www.johnny
FOURTH ANNUAL WORLD FOLK FESTIVAL This daylong festival in an attractive state-park setting offers just what its name promises: folk music from around the world, including Iraq, Cambodia, Scotland, and the Caribbean. The festival’s organizer says he asks participating groups to do two things: sing songs their families sang and teach people to dance. June 30, noon-8 p.m. Tickets: free.
Lynn Heritage State Park, Lynn.
WARD HAYDEN & TRAPDOOR TROUT
With his band Girls Guns and Glory, Hayden will be busy headlining the “Hometown Hoedown” alt-country extravaganza at the Middle East Downstairs on Friday. But he’ll be celebrating Independence Day by trying something new with the debut of Trapdoor Trout, a band whose repertoire will consist entirely of classic country covers. July 4, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: no cover; donation suggested. The Cantab Lounge. 617-354-2685, www.cantab-lounge.com
Jazz, Blues & Cabaret
AMANDA CARR The sweet-voiced swinger, whom no less a critic than Nat Hentoff called “a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes,’’ performs with La Creme Des Femmes, an all-female jazz ensemble, for this fund-raiser supporting the purchase of the club’s new Baldwin Grand Piano. June 29, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-
$12.50. The Acton Jazz Café, 452 Great Road, Acton. 978-263-6161, www.acton
PAUL COMBS’ POCKET BIG BAND The superb saxophonist’s tight, swinging, 9-piece band has been performing modern jazz for over a decade, playing not only members’ compositions but also pieces by emerging composers as well as numbers by the great bebop-era composer, arranger, and bandleader Tadd Dameron. July 1, 2 p.m. Tickets: $8-$15. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org
HOT TUNA The legendary duo of Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen — founding members of Jefferson Airplane — have been playing the blues under the name Hot Tuna in both acoustic and electric configurations for decades. This acoustic engagement will include both a brunch and a dinner show. July 1, 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $46-$50. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley.
978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com
GREG HOPKINS QUINTET The Boston-based trumpeter, composer, and educator and his band pay tribute to the late, great “Cannonball” Adderley. With alto saxophonist Shannon LeClaire, pianist Tim Ray, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Joe Hunt. July 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591, www. jockosjazz.com
TANGLEWOOD The Tanglewood Music Center’s annual String Quartet Marathon kicks off in Ozawa Hall, with a raft of repertoire distributed across three performances. July 1 and 2. Lenox.
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Among the offerings this week at Rockport are: the Boston Symphony Chamber Players with pianist David Deveau (June 28); Bruce Brubaker’s modern-tilted piano recital (June 30); and Trio con Brio Copenhagen, with works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Per Norgard (July 1). Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org