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    The week ahead: Music

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    They want you to want them

    CHEAP TRICK If you can think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night than singing “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “The Flame” at full throttle in a club with a bunch of strangers, more power to you. The rest of us will see you afterward. Pictured: Rick Nielsen (left) and Robin Zander. Aug. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $37-$49.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Pop & Rock

    BEAR IN HEAVEN On its new “Time Is Over One Day Old,” Bear in Heaven irons out some of the synth-rock of its earlier efforts. In place of rhythm and propulsion is a newfound focus on mood and texture. Aug. 21, 9 p.m. Tickets: $16. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,


    ROBYN & RÖYKSOPP Their new collaborative EP, “Do It Again,” is just five songs long, but it packs a punch. The title track — a big, bouncy summer jam with all the sweetness of a stick of Juicy Fruit — is reason enough to see them when Robyn, the Swedish pop singer, and the Norwegian duo Röyksopp turn the Pavilion into a massive dance party. Aug. 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$59.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000,

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    DRAKE & LIL WAYNE The mentor teams up with the protégé on this joint tour, which finds the two rappers at decidedly different stages of their careers. In between albums, Wayne is expected to release “Tha Carter V” in late October, and has hinted it will be his final album. Meanwhile, Drake is on a victory lap for last year’s “Nothing Was the Same.” Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$149.50. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,


    Folk, World & Country

    AMY BLACK/CHARLIE FAYE/BETTYSOO Local Amy Black brings a couple of Austin pals to town for a fine triple bill. She’ll kick things off with a full band, followed by two varieties of trenchant singer-songwriter fare from Charlie Faye and BettySoo. The three women will finish up with a combined set. Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

    IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL If you’ve been pining to hear yacht-rock staple “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” rendered by a phalanx of bagpipes, here’s your chance. Celtica: Pipes Rock will fill the need, alongside Pogues-ish Celtic punk from the Fighting Jamesons and the Irish fiddle mastery of Eileen Ivers. Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Tickets: $31.50. South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset. 781-383-9850.


    BRAD PAISLEY Singer/guitar-slinger Paisley makes his annual visit at the head of one of the summer’s more attractive country package tours, with outlaw-leaning Randy Houser and newbies Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham along for the ride. The tour is sponsored by Kraft Cheese, which seems perfect, given Paisley’s manifest love of the cornball. Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $33.50-$68.50. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000.

    PETE DONNELLY/BRETT NEWSKI It’s a musician’s worst nightmare, and the Figgs’ Pete Donnelly (whose solo work features an eclectic brand of singer-songwriter pop) and labelmate Brett Newski (purveyor of “American Folk Armageddon,” which also happens to be the name of his new record) are avoiding it for at least one more string of dates with their “Get a Real Job” tour. Aug. 25, 9 p.m. Tickets: $8. Midway Café, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038.


    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    GUITAR SHORTY/SELWYN BIRCHWOOD A blistering blues double-header featuring the fiery, ferocious guitar and vocals of veteran Shorty and the whipsnake lap-steel guitar and raw singing of young Floridian up-and-comer Birchwood. Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

    REBECCA PARRIS The 30th and final season of Marblehead Summer Jazz comes to a fitting conclusion with the superb, swinging singer who hasn’t missed a summer in the series since its inception. Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $27-$42. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-6366, www.marbleheadjazz.


    BOSTON ASSOCIATION OF CABARET ARTISTS PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE An evening of intimate song, featuring both seasoned and rising performers on the local cabaret scene: Elizabeth Young, Wendy Wolfberg, Lisa Hall, Teddy Edgar, and Frank Stewart, with Tom LaMark on piano. Aug. 24, 6 p.m. $10. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,

    LESLIE PINTCHIK TRIO The Manhattan-based pianist and composer makes her Boston debut with longtime trio-mates bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Michael Sarin. Her new CD, “In the Nature of Things,” is a lovely showcase for her lyrical, elegant, straightforward, and even urbanely funky musical sensibility, and features nine engaging originals as well as a fresh take on Lerner & Loewe’s “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” The New Yorker called it “one of the more captivating recordings to come out so far this year.” Aug. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 866-777-8932,



    TANGLEWOOD The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer season draws to a close with a pair of performances under the baton of Charles Dutoit. On Saturday night, he leads works by Berlioz and Respighi along with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of
    Paganini” with pianist Kirill Gerstein. On Sunday afternoon it’s Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” (with pianist Yefim Bronfman) and the annual August traversal of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. On Friday night, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops perform “The Wizard of Oz” score along with a screening of the remastered film. Lenox. 617-266-1200,

    CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival concludes its 35th anniversary season with a program of chamber works for winds by Beethoven, Blumer, and Mozart. Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Wellfleet, 508-247-9400,

    MUSIC & MORE This Berkshires festival, now in its 23d season, presents concerts in the Meeting House on the village green in New Marlborough. Next up is a family-friendly program that brings together dancers from Berkshire Pulse with pianist Doris Stevenson and choreographer Tom Masters for what is billed as a reimagined version of Satie’s “Sports et Divertissements,” along with works by Gershwin, Bolcom, and Rzewski. Aug. 23,
    4:30 p.m., 413-229-2785,