The week ahead: Music

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TAYLOR SWIFT She knew you were trouble when you walked in, and for this two-night stand, the country-pop superstar returns to the site of her first-ever stadium show in 2010. Swift is touring behind last year’s “Red,” which gave her an even more pop-oriented sound. She typically sells out Gillette, so make haste. July 26-27, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$118. Gillette Stadium, Foxborourgh. 800-745-3000,


FATHER JOHN MISTY Josh Tillman has been kicking around for years as both a solo artist and formerly as the drummer for Fleet Foxes. But as Father John Misty, he’s struck a nerve as a sort of cosmic cowboy, the kind of singer-songwriter equally influenced by Gram Parsons and Neil Young. That was the impression he gave on last year’s excellent “Fear Fun.” July 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


PAUL WELLER On last year’s overlooked (at least in this country) “Sonik Kicks,” the man who’s been called the Modfather twisted his artistic parameters into odd shapes. Jagged, throbbing electro-rock caromed off chamber-folk ballads and orchestral instrumentals. July 28,
8 p.m. Tickets: $40, $38 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000,

NEW ORDER 2013 could go down as the year a notable number of seminal English bands from the ’70s and ’80s went back on the road behind new music, from Wire and OMD to the Stranglers and now New Order. The band, minus founding member and bassist Peter Hook, will rev up the ole synthesizers to promote the recent “Lost Sirens.” July 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$80. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000,


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GOODNIGHT, TEXAS Goodnight is the name of a town in Texas. Because it is the geographic midpoint (reckoned via Interstate 40) between the current residences of Avi Vinocur (San Francisco) and Patrick Dyer Wolf (Chapel Hill), it is now also the name of their folk band or what they call their “garage roots Appalachian collaboration.” July 25, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Middle East (Upstairs), Cambridge. 888-777-8932,

DEREK HOKE Hoke is making his first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival this year, but he’s stopping on the way to play his urbane iteration of old-school-inspired country in a slightly more intimate setting. Sarah Potenza of Sarah and the Tall Boys shares the bill. July 26, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: no cover. Plough and Stars, Cambridge. 617- 576-0032,


LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL As usual, this festival’s globe-trotting notion of folk results in a bounty of music rooted in America and elsewhere. This year, there’s bluegrass, blues, gospel, and Western swing, and ample offerings from beyond this country’s borders that include Dominican merengue, Portuguese fado, Central American parranda, and West African highlife. July 26,
6 p.m.; July 27 and 28, 12 noon. Tickets: free. Various stages, downtown Lowell. 978-970-5000,

JASON ISBELL AND AMANDA SHIRES Isbell returns to Boston with a new solo album to showcase and with his new bride, Amanda Shires, as well — who also has a new album (out in early August) and will play an opening set before joining Isbell on stage as a member of his band, the 400 Unit. Joe Fletcher also opens solo. July 29, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,




RON CARTER TRIO The bass titan anchored the fabled 1960s Miles Davis Quintet and has since played with everyone from B.B. King to the Kronos Quartet. His fine trio specializes in intricate and involving chamber jazz and features soulful guitarist Russell Malone and versatile pianist Donald Vega. July 26, 27, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

DR. JOHN AND THE NITE TRIPPERS/PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BANDThe Hub becomes an outpost of the Crescent City for an evening, as the Boston Globe/WGBH Summer Arts Weekend presents the rocking blues and roots of the rollicking pianist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist and his band, followed by the world-renowned conservators of traditional New Orleans Jazz polyphony. July 26, 8:20 p.m. (Dr. John), 9:20 (Preservation). Free. Main Stage, Copley Sq.

GUITAR SUMMIT The 29th season of Marblehead Summer Jazz continues with famed rock, blues, and R&B guitarist Jay Geils joining forces with swing masters Howard Alden and Gerry Beaudoin for a night of top drawer guitartistry. July 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $27-$42. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-1528,

MANHATTAN TRANSFER The multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet brings its cabaret and jazz flair and stellar harmonies to the North Shore for an intimate “Living Room Session,” with the four singers — Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, and Janis Siegel — accompanied by longtime pianist and music director Yaron Gershovsky. July 28, 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $55-$85. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport. 978-546-7391,




YELLOW BARN It’s another weekend of ear-opening programs at this small Vermont festival, where artistic director Seth Knopp has a knack for mixing old and newer music. Saturday night’s concert, for instance, will feature Strauss lieder and a Beethoven Trio in dialogue with bracing modern works by Boulez and Schnittke. July 27. Big Barn, Putney, Vt. 800-639-3819,

MARLBORO MUSIC The music of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, in residence at Marlboro this summer, will be represented on both concert programs this weekend, along with works by Brahms and Jan van Gilse on Saturday, and music by Mozart, Reger and Britten on Sunday. July 27, 8:30 p.m.; July 28, 2:30 p.m. Marlboro, Vt. 802-254-2394,



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Gil Rose.


MONADNOCK MUSIC Artistic director Gil Rose leads an inviting program devoted to the music of Lou Harrison, including his Suite for Violin and American Gamelan with Gabriela Diaz as soloist. July 27. Peterborough Town House. 800-868-9613,



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