The week ahead: Music

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‘Peace’ be with him

MORRISSEY Never one to mince his words, Morrissey is calling his forthcoming album “World Peace Is None of Your Business.” God bless him. A cursory listen to the record, which is set for release on July 15, suggests its among his most sonically adventurous works, occasionally spare and ambient but also seething with charged narratives foretold in the song titles (“The Bullfighter Dies,” “Earth Is the Loneliest Planet,” “Kick the Bride Down the Aisle”). Welcome back, Moz. Kristeen Young, his longtime opener, will be in tow. June 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45-$100. Boston Opera House. 800-745-3000,



THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER Sean Lennon has ventured a circuitous path in music, dabbling behind the scenes with bands such as Cibo Matto and making his own underrated chamber-pop albums. With the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Lennon has finally found his match in Charlotte Kemp Muhl, who happens to be his girlfriend. As heard on their new album, “Midnight Sun,” the pair excel at psychedelic rock resonant with warm harmonies and lush melodies. June 7, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


FIRST AID KIT Klara and Johanna Söderberg, the Swedish sisters who comprise this rising indie-folk duo, prove that sibling harmony and beautifully written story songs never go out of style. They’ll be touring behind First Aid Kit’s new album, “Stay Gold,” which adds subtle but vibrant textures to their pastoral take on the old folk and country records they grew up idolizing. June 8, 6 p.m. Tickets: $23. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

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PATTY GRIFFIN No matter how big the room, and it seems they keep getting larger, Griffin knows how to relay her songs as if you’re hearing them in your living room. She left the Boston area, where she honed her chops in folk venues around town, many moons ago, but she’s still beloved around here. Griffin is on the road behind last year’s “American Kid” and the rerelease of her long-lost 2000 album, “Silver Bell.” June 10,
8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,



THE BOTTLE ROCKETS One of the best bands to emerge from the great alt-country boomlet of the early 1990s — and one of the more unlikely candidates to still be going strong 20-some years later — the Bottle Rox continue to dispense twang that rocks (or is it rock that twangs?) along with the incisive, left-field perspective of Brian Henneman’s songs. June 6, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932.

BOSTON IRISH FESTIVAL This year’s edition of the Boston Irish Festival arrives as sponsoring organization, the Irish Cultural Centre, marks its 25th year. Black 47 makes a stop as part of its farewell tour on Friday night; Saturday offers three stages of music that spans the stylistic gamut, highlighted by the fiddle innovations of Eileen Ivers. June 6,
7 p.m., June 7, 10 a.m. Tickets: $15/day, $20/weekend. Irish Cultural Centre, Canton. 800-838-3006.


KELLY WILLIS AND BRUCE ROBISON These days, the existence of an ongoing country duets partnership is reason enough to cheer, but this husband-and-wife duo gives you plenty of other reasons to do so, including the phenomenal quality of Robison’s songwriting and the slurry ache of Willis’s singing voice. June 9, 9 p.m. Tickets: $25. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

PARKER MILLSAP Of course the reason you’re going is to see Patty Griffin, but remember a year ago when you showed up early for her show and caught fine singer-songwriter Max Gomez? This year’s opener is equally worth the effort: young Oklahoman Parker Millsap makes an arresting mix of throwback county, old-school soul permutations, and gutbucket blues, shot through with the Pentecostal fervor of his upbringing. June 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000.



NATRAJ The world-jazz ensemble, known for its potent mixture of Indian classical music, African rhythms, and jazz improvisation, presents a concert with Indian classical dancer Jayshree Bala Rajamani as special guest. June 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18 Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,

JEFF PITCHELL & TEXAS FLOOD WITH CHARLES NEVILLE Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and singer Neville, of the famed New Orleans brothers, joins guitarist and singer Pitchell and his band for an evening of fiery blues and funky grooves. June 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $26. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 877-536-7190,


RON REID & HIS RHYTHM EARTH ENSEMBLE A native of Trinidad and Tobago, bassist and multi-instrumentalist Reid’s jazz compositions are steeped in the folkloric rhythms of the Caribbean. Joining him for his debut at this venue will be saxophonist Gustavo D’Amico, keyboardist Santiago Bosch, guitarist Leandro Pellegrino, drummer Sean Skeete, and percussionist Ernesto Diaz. June 8, 6 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,

MIKE POPE & THE HOUSE OF CARDINALS Bass virtuoso and composer Pope, best known for his role in the Chick Corea Elektric Band, celebrates his fine new album, “Cold Truth, Warm Heart,” with a quintet featuring piano prodigy Eldar Djangirov, vibraphonist Joe Locke, saxophonist Bob Franceschini, and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli. June 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,



ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This year’s opening night features the first Boston-area performance of the Emerson String Quartet with its new cellist, Paul Watkins, in works by Shostakovich and Schubert (“Death and the Maiden”). On Sunday afternoon, the Emerson’s former cellist, David Finckel, offers a duo recital program with his wife, pianist Wu Han. And in between, on Saturday, the gifted young violinist Stefan Jackiw performs works by Mozart, Brahms, Lutoslawski, and Saariaho, partnered by pianist Anna Polonsky. June 6-8,
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

‘ORPHEUS’ Conductor and composer Matthew Aucoin returns to the Peabody Essex Museum with an Orpheus-themed program that includes selections from Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” and the premiere of Aucoin’s own work, “The Orphic Moment,” for solo violin, chamber ensemble, and countertenor (Anthony Roth Costanzo). June 6 and 7, Salem. 866-745-1876,

‘MOZART AND SALIERI’ Commonwealth Lyric Theater returns with a new production of another Russian rarity: Rimsky-Korsakov’s one-act opera “Mozart and Salieri,” with a libretto after the play by Pushkin. Two sets of vocal soloists will be conducted by Zachary Schwartzman, with stage direction by Anna Kravets. June 8-11, Center Makor, 1845 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton. 617-610-9348,

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 11 and 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,