The week ahead: Music

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Playing your song

COURTNEY LOVE A snarky blog post recently pointed out how sad it was to see Love at the Coachella music festival back in April — not as a rocker, but as someone hawking a line of electronic cigarettes. True enough, which makes her return to rocking out, drawing on her work with Hole and as a solo artist, all that more welcome. June 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$49.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

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ROGUE WAVE Looking back, only now is it apparent that Rogue Wave partly pioneered the wave of jittery indie rock that eventually ushered in bands like Vampire Weekend. But on “Nightingale Floors,” Rogue Wave’s new album, the group reels in some of the jangle for a sparser, softer sound. Caveman, another band that knows its way around an infectious hook, will lead things off.
June 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $18. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

FLEETWOOD MAC Yes, they were just here, at the Garden in April, and yes, this show will likely still sell out. That’s a testament to how well Fleetwood Mac’s catalog has endured. And as a tribute album last year proved, Stevie and gang continue to inspire younger bands.
June 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50-$154.50. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,


BRUNO MARS He’s known as a smooth operator, but Mars shook loose of that image a bit on last year’s “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which added some Prince-style raunch to his silky R&B. Touring behind their new album, “More Than Just a Dream,” retro-soul revivalists Fitz and the Tantrums will open the show before their own headlining (and sold-out) gig at the Paradise two nights later.
June 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-
$91.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,



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MARTI BROM If you’re looking for a walking definition of rockabilly bombshell, Marti Brom would be it. She’s got the classic looks, the incredible singing voice, and a repertoire that sparkles with torchy twang, growly rockabilly, and, when she has a mind to, vintage R&B and swing. June 21, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Midway Café, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038.

DWIGHT YOAKAM Yoakam comes to the last country music park still operating in America for its opening weekend, and if you need another reason besides his singular version of country to go see him, here’s one: It’ll be your first chance to see Eugene Edwards, the latest hotshot guitar slinger Yoakam has recruited to handle those duties. June 23, 2 p.m. Tickets: $47-$59.50. Indian Ranch, Webster. 800-745-3000.

EZEKIEL’S WHEELS KLEZMER BAND In the last year, this Boston-area band has won both the “Klezmer Idol” contest at the Boston Music Festival and the award for best klezmer ensemble at the International Klezmer Music Festival. Not bad for a group that started out busking at subway stations and farmers’ markets. June 24, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. 617-734-2501.

THE JAMES KING BAND In the world of bluegrass music, James King is as hardcore traditionalist as they come. He’s one of the saddest singers in the world, too; when he mourns out one of his tear-jerkers (“Echo Mountain,” say, with its fateful mix of a baby, a dog, and a terrible misunderstanding) it’s enough to turn jaded hipsters into blubbering fools. June 25, 10 p.m. Tickets: no cover; donation suggested. The Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617-354-2685.




ROOMFUL OF BLUES For almost half a century, this horn-powered New England octet has kept the jump blues music of the late 1940s and early ’50s a-boil. Big voiced new vocalist Phil Pemberton, a flamboyant showman of the old school, is a fine addition to the veteran outfit. June 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191,

RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET The legendary saxophonist’s son may not be the innovator that his father was, but he’s no imitator either, having taken the time to find his own voice on the saxophone before embarking on his critically acclaimed career as a band leader. June 20, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN AND THE 4TH DIMENSION The jazz fusion guitar hero revisits the electrified and electrifying sounds that made him famous, extending the legacy of his Mahavishnu Orchestra. June 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

DANIEL ROTEM TRIO The Israeli saxophonist, whose hard bop leanings are flavored by his Middle Eastern roots, kicks off the free concert series Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island, a part of Berklee Summer in the City, featuring up-and-coming musicians performing throughout the Hub. June 23, 1 p.m. Free. Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor. www;



ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This week at Rockport, the versatile Calder Quartet traverses works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bartok, and Ravel on Thursday night; and music by Beethoven, Mozart, and Aaron Jay Kernis on Saturday. And the Gotham Early Music Scene performs on Friday “The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Music Drama.” Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391,


SICK PUPPY Pianist Stephen Drury’s annual new-music seminar at New England Conservatory draws its memorable nickname from its acronym, SICPP, or the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Rand Steiger is this year’s composer-in-residence and his works will be featured on several free evening programs. The mini-festival culminates in Saturday’s marathon “Iditarod” concert, with works by Steiger as well as Ives, Reich, Morton Feldman, Xenakis, Berio, Rzewski, and many others. June 20-22. New England Conservatory. 617-585-1122,

BOSTON GUITAR FEST Eliot Fisk directs the annual celebration of all things guitar, with concerts, classes, and seminars organized around this year’s theme: “British Invasion.” Most events take place at Northeastern University’s Fenway Center or New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. June 20-23. 617-373-4700,

ALMIRA IN THE BERKSHIRES Handel’s first opera, lavishly staged by the Boston Early Music Festival, opens a run of three performances at Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. June 21-23. 617-661-1812,