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Boston-area to do list

Dean Chalkley


June in August

We’re partial to this singer-songwriter’s last name and talent. Valerie June has described her style as “organic moonshine roots music,” and the Tennessee-born, self-taught slide guitar, banjo, and ukulele player released “Pushin’ Against a Stone” last year. You can expect folk, soul, and blues in North Truro. 8 p.m. $22-$50. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. 508-487-5400.


Street lights This indie-rock quartet lives in New York but founding members Justin Rice and Christian Rudder named the band after the street they lived on in Cambridge, Bishop Allen Drive. The new album by Bishop Allen is “Lights Out,” described on as “Summery but subtle . . . the sound of a band that’s mastered the art of quality control, just in time to release an album that’s all highlights.” 7 p.m. doors. $15. Middle East, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278.


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Storm ahead How do you take your Celtic music? If you like it served with a bit of rock, country, and folk, head to Salisbury, where Gaelic Storm shows off its latest record, “Full Irish.” This greatest-hits album includes the previously unreleased “Irish Party in Third Class,” which the band played in the film “Titanic,” plus sea shanties, drinking songs, traditional tunes, and originals. Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. $26. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. 978-462-5888.

Cutting edge We forgive Ted Drozdowski & Scissormen for trading Boston for Nashville, and we welcome the blues band back to these parts for their Brighton gig. Warning: The bluesman has been known to use ashtrays, beer bottles, and pint glasses as guitar slides. Aug. 21 at 8:30 p.m. No Cover (reservations recommended). Smoken’ Joe’s Barbeque, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227.

She oughta know Recent TV sightings of Alanis Morissette include “Weeds,” “Up All Night,” and “The Voice,” but Wednesday’s sighting will be in Newport, R.I., where the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performs on her “Intimate and Acoustic Tour.” Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. $29.50-$79.50. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, R.I. 800-745-3000.

Lots of fiddling around The New York Times has called Eileen Ivers “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” and the Grammy-winning fiddler headlines the Irish Music Festival with her Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. The evening also features the Fighting Jamesons, known for their updated renditions of “Rocky Road to Dublin,” “Whiskey in a Jar,” and “Irish Rover”; and Celtica: Pipes Rock, which plays classics and journeys to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Aug. 21 at
7 p.m. $31.50. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850.

End of the Rove Musically, it feels like March with another Celtic concert to report. The Irish Rovers are in the United States on their Farewell Tour, and founder George Miller sums it up like this: “That makes it 50 years of touring, a good round number.” Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. $30-$50. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444.

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