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BETH ORTON After a six-year recording hiatus, this English singer-songwriter charged back with a quietly devastating new album in 2012. “Sugaring Season” found Orton swaddled in strings, acoustic guitars, and sprightly pianos. The album had the grace of a long-lost Sandy Denny record, but, more important, it stoked the fires of Orton’s once-dormant creativity. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com


Pop & Rock

ARC IRIS Anchored by Jocie Adams, a former member of the Low Anthem, Arc Iris is the sound of an artist reborn. The band’s self-titled debut, due in April, brims with whimsy and flights of fancy, informed as much by Joni Mitchell as it is by ’70s prog-rock, Björk’s sonic experiments, and sweeping film soundtracks. It’s hypnotic. Ahead of the album’s release on Anti- Records, Arc Iris is on the road as the opening act for Nicole Atkins. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

ELI “PAPERBOY” REED Since cutting his teeth here nearly a decade ago, this Brookline-bred songwriter and musician (born Eli Husock) has come a long way. Look no further than his forthcoming album. Out on April 29 on Warner Bros. Records, “Nights Like This” drastically broadens Reed’s palette beyond the R&B and soul on which he made his name for a more contemporary, thumping pop sound. He’ll give a sneak preview of the album and his new direction at this hometown show that’s likely to sell out. Feb. 14, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15, $13.50 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com


ANNE HEATON This onetime Somerville resident, before we lost her to Chicago, is in a nostalgic state of mind. She comes home for a show that celebrates where she’s been and where’s headed. Heaton will debut “Dora,” her meditative (and staggering) new album she made with the late poet Claire Clube, while playing songs from across her catalog, dating back to 2002’s “Black Notebook.” Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com



Folk, World & Country

JOE VAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Head out to the Sheraton Framingham this weekend, and you’ll find bluegrass of every sort to listen to. And if you want to do more than listen, bring your instrument and sign up for a workshop, or take part in the jams that spring up in every nook and cranny of the hotel’s confines. Feb. 14, 7 p.m., 15 and 16, 10 a.m. Tickets: $95 weekend pass, $35-$60 individual days. Sheraton Hotel, Framingham. 617-782-2251. www.bbu.org

NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS/JOE PUG This attractive double bill pairs the soulful Laurel Canyon echoes and stunning voice of Nicki Bluhm, accompanied by her mysteriously monikered band the Gramblers, with the neo-Village-folk singer-songwriter fare of Joe Pug (also touring with full band). Feb. 15, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $16. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

ROBERT ELLIS With the reedy, sibilant sound of his voice alone, Robert Ellis could draw you in if he was singing the phone book. More likely Sunday, he’ll be singing the fine songs on his new album, “The Lights From the Chemical Plant.” Feb. 16, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745- 3000. www.ticketmaster.com

NOAM PIKELNY AND FRIENDS Pikelny is a banjo player, but he’s coming to town to play some fiddle music. Sort of. Bill Monroe’s fiddle player, Kenny Baker, made a record in 1976 called “Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe.” Pikelny’s new release, “Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe,” substitutes, note for note, his banjo for Baker’s fiddle. Feb. 19, 9 p.m. Tickets: $18. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com



Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

KATE MCGARRY & KEITH GANZ DUO On Valentine’s eve, the marvelous vocalist and her guitarist husband celebrate their 10th anniversary year and latest recording, “Genevieve & Ferdinand,” featuring the interplay of her sensitive singing and his gorgeous acoustic six-string on a mix of originals, American Songbook classics, and ’70s singer-songwriter standards. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOW 60 The venerable jazz gathering presents an all-star aggregation: Anat Cohen (clarinet), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Peter Martin (piano), Mark Whitfield (guitar), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums), plus vocalist Karrin Allyson. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $44-$60. Berklee Performance Center. 617 747-2261, www.berklee.edu/BPC

THE NORTH The classically trained, jazz-minded, and pop savvy cooperative trio — pianist Romain Collin, bassist Shawn Conley, and drummer Abe Lagrimas, Jr. — celebrates the release of its delightful debut disc, “Slow Down (This Isn’t the Mainland),” recorded during a three-week Hawaiian sojourn, and including Collin and Conley originals as well as pieces by Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, and even Bob Dylan. Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lilypadinman.com

LADIES OF SMOKEN’ JOE’S FRENCH QUARTER REVIEW The barbecue and blues joint continues its monthlong celebration of Mardi Gras with a stunning array of some of the Hub’s finest distaff blues singers: Cheryl Aruda, Gretchen Bostrom, Lisa Marie, and Toni Lynn Washington, Boston’s Queen of the Blues. Feb. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $5. Smoken Joe's BBQ and Blues, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227, www.smokenjoesbbq.com




BOSTON BAROQUE Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in Rameau’s “La Guirlande” and Charpentier’s “Te Deum.” With soprano Amanda Forsythe, mezzo-soprano Katherine Growdon, tenor Lawrence Wiliford, and baritone Andrew Garland. Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG This collective of musicians, known as imaginative purveyors of art song, brings to Boston its “Warsaw Serenade,” a program devoted to Polish music of the mid-20th century by composers such as Szymanowski, Bacewicz, and Weinberg. With soprano Dina Kuznetsova, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org

BLUE HERON The choir’s next program, under the direction of Scott Metcalfe, spotlights a group of 16th-century madrigal settings of texts by Petrarch. Feb. 14 at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, Feb. 15 at First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956, www.blueheronchoir.org

CEDRIC TIBERGHIEN The fast-rising French pianist makes his local recital debut with works by Liszt, Szymanowski, and Ravel. Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Longy’s Pickman Hall, 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org