The ticket: Pop music

RAYLAND BAXTER On last year’s “Ashkelon,” a five-song EP, Baxter was at the peak of his powers: hushed and unhurried but also potent and poignant. Baxter, who may remind listeners of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, has a way with chronicling heartache as if it happened to you. March 9, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792,

CHRIS BROKAW & COTTON CANDY Before forking off into various directions and projects, Brokaw made his mark in the early1990s playing in seminal alt-rock bands such as Codeine and Come. Cotton Candy is the quirky and irresistible indie-pop duo of Mark Robinson (Unrest, Air Miami) and Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style), who also run Teen-Beat Records out of their Cambridge home. March 10, 9 p.m. Free. Anthony’s (153 Highland Ave., Somerville). 617-628-4220,

MARK MULCAHY A singer’s singer, he might be the only guy who was the subject of a tribute album (2009’s “Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy”) with contributions by Thom Yorke and Michael Stipe while remaining a cult artist who has somehow evaded the mainstream recognition he deserves. It makes no difference. Mulcahy, who is known for his work with the bands Miracle Legion and Polaris, has continued to make emotionally astute rock records under his own name, including last year’s exceptional “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You.” March 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,