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  • PHOTO BY C WOOD<br/>Mark Eitzel

    PHOTO BY C WOOD
    Mark Eitzel

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>And The Kids

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    And The Kids

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Jake Shimabukuro

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Jake Shimabukuro

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Kelly Hogan

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Kelly Hogan

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>And The Kids

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    And The Kids

  • PHOTO BY C WOOD<br/>Mark Eitzel
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>And The Kids
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Jake Shimabukuro
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Kelly Hogan
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>And The Kids

Kelly Hogan has the pipes. For years she’s been using her killer voice (and wicked sense of humor) as a co-vocalist and sidekick-of-sorts for longtime friend Neko Case. But for the first time in over a decade, Hogan has a new record of her own and she’ll appear at the Iron Horse in Northampton Monday at 7 p.m. Kingsley Flood opens.

The album is called “I Like to Keep Myself In Pain” and its title track was written for Hogan by Robyn Hitchcock. Those two personalities can be funny for sure, but the tune is no joke. “Pain’s the only thing you left me / if I let it go, then I won’t know who I am / in my own brain / it keeps me alive,” goes the climactic verse. Hogan performed the loping country song for a recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert and let fly some full-body notes that are heart-wrenching.

The majority of the record consists of cover songs and arrangements that blur any divide between country and soul. Hogan’s strong and pliable voice fits every contour, including Vic Chesnutt’s powerful “Ways Of This World,” the head-bobbing groove of Andrew Bird’s minor-key “We Can’t Have Nice Things,” the upbeat Motownesque “Sleeper Awake” and more.

Hogan’s a fantastic vocalist making a rare starring appearance in the Valley — don’t miss her.

The Ray Mason Band plays Liston’s in Worthington — worth the drive to see the long-running quartet kick out the catchy jams in a cozy roadside place full of regulars — Friday at 9 p.m. No cover.

Mark Eitzel, who first gained fans as the frontman of American Music Club, released his latest album, “Don’t Be a Stranger,” earlier this year.

“Let’s go toast the twilight at the old horror house / it’s a graveyard, the music’s loud, the future’s bleak,” Eitzel sings on “I Love You But You’re Dead,” one of the many unforgettable songs within; its lyrics have more atmosphere and detail than your average short story. See him at the Iron Horse Friday at 10 p.m. Philip Price (Winterpills frontman) opens.

Valley Rising Compilation Vol. 2 features 10 songs from local performers And The Kids, Wishbone Zoe, Jamie Kent & the Options, Lux Deluxe, Walking Ghosts, John Brandoli, Doug Ratner and the Watchmen, Matt Gibbs, Billy Keane and the Misdemeanor Outlaws and Vesuveo. See them all perform live at the CD release party at the Iron Horse Sunday at 7 p.m.

Palace In Thunderland, Hotblack, Planetoid and Lions Don’t Eat Other Lions perform at the Elevens in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.

Jake Shimabukuro, the “Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele” (who covers such songs as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”), plays the Calvin in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.

And The Kids, the local quintet that’s spent quality time in 2012 busking on Northampton street corners, performing on stages, writing new songs and recording them in the studio, headline their own big show at the Iron Horse Thursday at 10 p.m. They’ll release their new EP “Nothing Came First” with a “fantasy-themed” celebration concert. Belle Amies opens the show.

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