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    Going Gaga

    LADY GAGA “ARTPOP,” her third studio album, was not the juggernaut it was expected to be last year. But it did bend the parameters of Lady Gaga’s music to include different textures and moods beyond her usual dance-floor pop. Not that it matters: A live setting is where Gaga thrives, and she’ll hold court with her Little Monsters dressed in Gaga-inspired garb. June 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$200. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


    POP & ROCK

    NEKO CASE On a victory lap for last year’s (take a breath) “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” this fire-breathing singer and songwriter is never one to miss live — or mess with, for that matter. Case’s performance is part of the Lowell Summer Music Series, which is on a roll this weekend with Lucinda Williams performing Friday. June 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40, $35 in advance. Boarding House Park, Lowell. 978-970-5200,


    BEYONCÉ & JAY Z They’ve spent the better part of this year as gossip fodder (courtesy of sister Solange’s elevator meltdown), so it’ll be nice to focus on what they do best — entertain the masses. This stadium stop is part of their On the Run Tour, in which Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z perform alone and together, culling from some of pop music and hip-hop’s most hit-heavy catalogs. July 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40.50-$253.55. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. 800-745-3000,

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    BRUNO MARS On 2012’s “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Mars did exactly what he needed to do: He added some Prince-ly sex and swagger to his retro-leaning R&B and soul. Whereas his debut, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” was sweet and tender, its follow-up had some real bite and proved he wasn’t a throwback. Be sure to catch the opening set from riveting R&B singer Aloe Blacc. July 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$125. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,



    WHITEY MORGAN If you’re a fan of hardcore honky-tonk music, this is one that you shouldn’t miss. Morgan and his band, the 78s, take their cue from the outlaw likes of Waylon Jennings, David Allen Coe, and most of all, the 1970s-era Johnny Paycheck of “11 Months and 29 Days” and “Take This Job and Shove It.” June 26, 10 p.m. Tickets: $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

    LOOKIE LOOKIE With summer heating up, there’s no better time for some dance music, and this congregation of musicians from Human Sexual Response, Either/Orchestra, Bim Skala Bim, and other Boston bands have just the thing with their revival of bugalu, the explosive ’60s Nuyorican mélange of various Latin and African American styles. June 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $18. Regattabar. 617-395-7757.


    JEANNE JOLLY North Carolinian singer-songwriter Jolly has traveled some distance from her musical beginnings. She earned a master’s degree in vocal performance, then worked as a vocalist for jazz trumpeter Chris Botti before finding her way to a soulful version of Americana that finds room for folk, country, and even a bit of jazz. June 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham. 508-405-2787.

    JAMEY JOHNSON It’s a good week for anyone partial to outlaw country, with Whitey Morgan in town and Jamey Johnson returning to the venerable country music park situated by the lake with the longest name in the universe. He arrives on the heels of being let go by his label, Mercury Records; in today’s mainstream world of bro-country and T-Swizzle, it’s a wonder the marriage lasted as long as it did. June 29, 2 p.m. Tickets: $32.50-$45. Indian Ranch, Webster. 800-745-3000.



    STANLEY CLARKE TRIO An icon of 1970s jazz fusion, the multi-Grammy Award winning acoustic and electric bass virtuoso touches down for a rare area appearance. June 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$55. The Center for the Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097,

    JOE MOSS BAND The powerhouse blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, a regular at such Chicago venues as Buddy Guy’s Legends and House of Blues, is solidly in the tradition of rocking, Windy City blues. June 26, 8:30 p.m. No Cover. Smoken Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227,


    AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Continuing its 41st season, the Boston-based big band provides the grand finale to Joe’s Jazz & Blues Fest, in a concert featuring the debut of director Mark Harvey’s “Mo-Joe,” dedicated to Mayor Joe. Plus other Harvey compositions, including “Spaceways,” celebrating the Sun Ra Centennial, and rarely played selections from the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn masterpiece “Far East Suite.” June 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Nave Music Series, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville. 617-776-8778,



    ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL On Thursday the Claremont Trio takes on works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Gabriela Lena Frank; Friday, a delegation from the Boston Early Music Festival arrives with a program of 18th-century orchestral music titled “From the Pleasure Gardens of Europe”; Saturday brings the return of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with selections by Debussy, Schubert, and Yehudi Wyner; and Sunday it’s pianist Jeremy Denk with a characteristically ambitious program pairing Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” with Ives’s “Concord” Sonata. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

    ASTON MAGNA The venerable early music festival dips a toe into 19th-century waters this week with a program titled “Winds of Romanticism,” featuring Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor (Op. 13) alongside Crusell’s Divertimento for Oboe and Strings. With Eric Hoeprich (clarinet), Stephen Hammer (oboe), Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven (violins), David Miller (viola) and Guy Fishman (cello). June 26, 8 p.m., Brandeis University’s Slosberg Auditorium. 800-875-7156,

    ELECTRIC EARTH CONCERTS This New Hampshire music festival’s newly inaugurated series called “June in Jaffrey” concludes on June 29 with string quintets by Mendelssohn (Op. 18) and Brahms (Op. 111). Jaffrey, N.H. 646-522-3352,

    CHOPIN SYMPOSIUM The Rivers School Conservatory hosts a weekend of concerts, lectures, and master classes spotlighting the music and broader cultural world of Chopin. Among the scheduled events will be the local debut on Friday of Moscow-based pianist Pavel Nersessian; and a reenactment on Sunday of a performance from Chopin’s own salon, with soprano Barbara Quintiliani, cellist Mickey Katz, and pianists Gila Goldstein and Roberto Poli. June 27-29, Rivers School Conservatory, Weston. 781-235-6840,