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The week ahead: Music

Chuck Grant

Life in the Nikki Lane

NIKKI LANE According to Nikki Lane, a lot of her songs reflect what’s going on in her life — which means there’s a lot of “misbehaving and moving on” according to her new one, “All Or Nothin’,” expressed with the I-don’t-give-a-flip candor of “Sleep With a Stranger” and “Right Time” (“it’s always the right time to do the wrong thing”) and set to her idiosyncratic hillbilly-girl group mix. June 25, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com


Pop & Rock

ÁSGEIR In his native Iceland, this rising singer and songwriter born Ásgeir Trausti has courted comparisons to indie-folk artist Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Indeed, they share a penchant for finding the sweet spot between warm acoustic textures and glacial electronic instrumentation. For “In the Silence,” his recent English-language debut, Trausti worked with songwriter John Grant to translate the lyrics from Icelandic. Happily the album’s beauty was not lost in the process. June 20, 10 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

BECK In what appears to be his only Bay State tour stop this summer, indie rock’s master manipulator will set up shop in Western Massachusetts in support of his latest album, the spectral “Morning Phase.” If last year’s tour was any indication, Beck will also dip liberally into his crooked career, which has snaked in and out of folk, blues, funk, electronica, and country. June 24, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $54, $50 in advance. MASS MoCA, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org


JOHNNYSWIM Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez formed Johnnyswim in 2005 in Nashville around a simple conceit: Their music would not be defined by a single style. As such, the songs on the married couple’s new full-length debut, “Diamonds,” have a jukebox-like sense of wonder: a touch of soul singing here, some folksy charm and gospel fervor there, and a lot of chemistry between Ramirez and Sudano (who just happens to be the daughter of Donna Summer). June 24, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com


LIONEL RICHIE & CEELO GREEN If it doesn’t feel like summer yet, sit tight under the stars and wait for Richie to croon the soundtrack to the gentler side of the ’80s: “Hello,” “All Night Long (All Night),” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and “Say You, Say Me.” He’ll be joined by Green, another smooth operator whose catalog spans hits with Gnarls Barkley (“Crazy”) and on his own (“Forget You”). June 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$132.50. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com


Folk, World & Country

JOHN DOE “We’d done punk rock; it was time to make the music bigger.” So said John Doe about the musical development of X, the band he’ll forever be associated with. He’s spent his solo career making music that’s bigger still. His show tonight also offers a rare chance to see honky-tonk guitar-slinger Jesse Dayton, who will play an opening set before assuming duties in Doe’s band. June 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000 www.ticketmaster.com

ZIGGY MARLEY The eldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley has now spent almost 30 years carrying on his father’s legacy and building his own (one that includes five Grammys), both with his siblings as the Melody Makers and as a solo act. June 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39. Boarding House Park, Lowell. 978-970-5200. www.lowellsummermusic.org


JAMESTOWN REVIVAL Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance were boyhood friends in Magnolia, Texas, moved to Austin to launch a career in music, relocated to Los Angeles, then found a mountain cabin in Utah to record a debut full-length they named after that state. Their rambling, stomping, Laurel Canyon-flecked folk reflects all of that geography, but what really stands out is the pair’s omnipresent, brotherly harmonizing. June 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $13. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

CHARLIE KOHLHASE’S EXPLORER’S CLUB WITH PANDELIS KARAYORGIS Adventurous pianist/composer Karayorgis joins tenor and baritone saxophonist Kohlhase’s intrepid quintet for a high energy evening featuring their own compositions and pieces by Thelonious Monk, Oliver Nelson, and John Tchicai. June 19, 8 p.m. $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-0860, www.outpost186.com

JAZZ COMPOSERS ALLIANCE ORCHESTRA The marvelous 19-piece JCA big band presents director Darrell Katz’s concerto for marimba, violin, and jazz orchestra, “Rats Live on No Evil Star,” plus Bill Lowe’s new “Pieces of Cane” and more, including a David Harris conduction (a form of improvisational conducting that creates a spontaneous orchestration). June 20, 8 p.m. $10-$14. Cambridge YMCA Theater, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. www.jazzcomposersalliance.org

CHRIS THOMAS KING The Baton Rouge-born blues singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is known as a fine actor (“O Brother, Where Art Thou,” “Ray,” “Treme”) as well as a Grammy-winning musician. He and his electric/acoustic trio make one of their infrequent stops in the region. June 20. 8 p.m. $17. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket R.I. 401-765-1900, www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com


HUMAN FEEL Reedmen Andrew D’Angelo and Chris Speed formed this free-jazz chamber group with drummer Jim Black in Seattle back in the 1980s, then added guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel when they all attended Berklee in the early ’90s. Since then they’ve made names on the downtown NY scene, but have periodically reunited their thorny yet lyrical quartet. June 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com



ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Thursday brings a solo recital by pianist Joyce Yang; on Friday, pianist David Deveau and colleagues perform an evening of Schubert’s chamber music; and Saturday and Sunday showcase the Shanghai Quartet in two inviting programs. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

ASTON MAGNA The venerable early-music summer festival opens its season with a program devoted to works by C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach, including the former’s Fantasia for Harpsichord and Violin and the latter’s “Musical Offering.” Among the performers will be Daniel Stepner and Anne Black (violins and violas); Christopher Krueger (baroque flute and recorder); Laura Jeppesen (viola da gamba); and Peter Sykes (fortepiano). June 19, 8 p.m., Brandeis University’s Slosberg Auditorium. 800-875-7156, www.astonmagna.org

TENET The New York-based vocal ensemble continues its acclaimed Green Mountain Project with a program titled “Vespers for the Feast of St. John the Baptist.” Conductor Scott Metcalfe has placed a well-informed selection of 17th-century Italian music in a new Vespers frame, with selections by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Palestrina, and others. June 22, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Parish, Cambridge. 646-470-5809,


‘SICK PUPPY’ This annual new-music seminar at New England Conservatory draws its memorable nickname from its acronym, SICPP, short for Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Roger Reynolds is this year’s composer-in-residence, and his works are featured on free programs Thursday and Friday at NEC’s Jordan Hall. On Saturday in Brown Hall, the festival culminates in a six-hour-plus marathon concert aptly dubbed the “Iditarod.” 617-585-1122, www.sicpp.org