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    The week ahead: Music

    Leslie Kirchhoff

    Out of the woodwork

    COURTNEY BARNETT Her first proper release, “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas,” was oddly overlooked last year, a reminder that obvious talents aren’t always noticed at first. Barnett, an Australian singer-songwriter who imbues her story songs with a wry sense of humor that sometimes recalls that of Jonathan Richman, has a way of spinning the mundane into something marvelous. With folk-blues wild man Benjamin Booker opening. June 18, 9 p.m.
    Tickets: $15, $13 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Pop & Rock

    MELISSA ETHERIDGE WITH THE BOSTON POPS Marking her debut with a symphony orchestra, this veteran singer-songwriter (and newlywed) will join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for a two-night stand at Symphony Hall. Thursday’s performance is billed as Berklee Night at the Pops (Etheridge is a Berklee alum) and will feature other musicians affiliated with the school, including Sarah Walk and Deni Hlavinka, among others. Friday is Armenian Night, with Etheridge playing her own set of songs in addition to a performance by Armenian saxophonist Hayrapet Arakelyan and the Pops tackling Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo à la Turk” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” (no, really). June 12-13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $24-$94. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,

    PETER MURPHY On “Lion,” his new album released earlier this week, the former Bauhaus mastermind lives up to his “Godfather of Goth” title like a king on his throne. The record is thick with lumbering, industrial beats that match the doom and gloom of Murphy’s voice, which, in his mid 50s, now carries the weight of the world. Ringo Deathstarr and local DJ Chris Ewen will set the dark mood beforehand. June 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


    RUFUS WAINWRIGHT In between studio albums, Wainwright is nonetheless busy with his latest labor of love: getting his first opera, “Prima Donna,” professionally recorded with the help of a PledgeMusic fan-funding campaign. He hit his goal earlier this month. With three new songs released on “Vibrate,” his recent “best-of” collection, Wainwright will no doubt have free reign to survey the range of his discography, from his troubadour origins to his flights of fancy in chamber pop, art songs, and his love of Judy Garland. June 18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44. Somerville Theatre. 800-745-3000,

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    Folk, World & Country

    AMY FAIRCHILD It’s been over a decade since the last Amy Fairchild album, so the singer-songwriter will have plenty of reason to celebrate in Somerville Friday night, where she’ll be marking a new self-titled release that’s a hooky swirl of country, folk, and pop goodness. June 13, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $12, $20 (the latter charge includes a copy of the new CD). Johnny D’s, Somerville. 800-838-3006.

    ULSTER LANDING A Boston-based trio comprising fiddle, harp, and uilleann pipes that draws its repertoire from the folk music of the British Isles, Ulster Landing will focus its attention on the 18th century for this performance, including selections from the UK’s oldest surviving collection of bagpipe tunes. June 14, 4 p.m. Tickets: $15. Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, Newton. 617-796-1450.

    WILLIE NELSON/ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION/KACEY MUSGRAVES Not your typical country package, but it’s a good one: the seemingly ageless Willie Nelson will do what Willie does; Alison Krauss and Union Station will bring their bluegrass mix of the genteel and the hard-charging; and Kacey Musgraves will get 30 minutes to show why she’s the latest iteration of putting country back in country music. June 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$80. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000.


    BEN OTTEWELL A member of British indie rockers Gomez (and one of the band’s trio of lead singers), Ottewell launched a solo career three years ago with “Shapes & Shadows,” which found him displaying a mellower, acoustic side with a distinct English-folk flavor. He’s backed by a couple of members of Buddy, which also opens. June 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2262.


    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    JESSICA FICHOT The Los Angeles-based, French/Chinese/American chanteuse, songwriter, and accordionist will perform original French cabaret, gypsy jazz, and international folk sung in English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish. With saxophonist/clarinetist Sylvain Carton, guitarist Alex Miller, and bassist Matias Alvear. June 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Vernissage Restaurant, 1627 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-566-3340,

    JEREMY LYONS TRIO The Ithaca-born singer, songwriter, and master of both finger-picked and slide guitar has been on quite an odyssey, honing his unique “deltabilly” style over many years playing in the streets and nightclubs of New Orleans before Katrina forced him back north to New England. June 12, 8:30 p.m. No Cover. Smoken Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227,

    DIANE SCHUUR The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/pianist has become a musical icon almost in the league of her models Dinah Washington and Ray Charles, and she has performed everywhere from Sesame Street to the White House. Her latest album, “I Remember You,” pays tribute to two very special mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. June 13, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,


    BOBBY WESLEY This up-and-coming contemporary jazz and neo-soul guitarist and singer/songwriter is a Detroit native, steeped in the musical traditions of the Motor City. Presented by the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and the Berklee School of Music’s Summer Concert Series. June 14, 5 p.m. Tickets: Free. 10 Derby Square, Salem.



    ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Next up at Rockport, the Borromeo Quartet returns on Thursday night with works by Ravel, Bartok, and Schubert (with guest cellist Laurence Lesser); young pianist Charlie Albright offers a recital with selections by Janacek, Schubert, Chopin and others on Friday; pianist (and Rockport Artistic Director) David Deveau anchors a Saturday night program of chamber works by Beethoven, Francaix, and Fauré; and on Sunday the Parker Quartet returns with works by Haydn, Dutilleux, and Dvorak (with guest bassist Thomas Van Dyck). Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

    ODYSSEY OPERA This exploratory company, which has laid low since its inaugural performance of Wagner’s “Rienzi” last fall, returns with more seldom-spotted repertoire: Verdi’s early opera “Un Giorno di Regno” (June 13) and a double bill devoted to Mascagni’s “Zanetto” and Wolf-Ferrari’s “Il Segreto di Susanna” (June 12 and 14). Gil Rose conducts all three works, Joshua Major directs the Verdi, and Daniel Gidron oversees the double bill. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave. 617-933-8600,

    IL RE PASTORE Conductor Edward Elwyn Jones leads the period instrument players of Grand Harmonie in a concert performance of Mozart’s rarely spotted early opera. With a cast that includes Dominique Labelle, Amanda Forsythe, Teresa Wakim, Jonas Budris, and Zachary Wilder. June 13, 7:30 p.m., Harvard’s Paine Hall. 617-496-2222,