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  • Amy Rigby and Recklace Eric
  • Luray
  • Pale Cowboys
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>The Slackers
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Trailer Park

“I’d go the whole wide world just to find her,” goes the super-sing-along-able chorus of Wreckless Eric’s most-known song (thanks to its starring role in Will Ferrell’s film “Stranger Than Fiction”).

But the English singer/songwriter, aka Eric Goulden, eventually found his future “her” — singer/songwriter Amy Rigby — in his own home country. The then-Nashville-based Rigby was on tour overseas and, with Goulden in attendance, performed “Whole Wide World” at a show that just happened to be in the same club in which he first performed the song himself in the ’70s. They stayed in touch and, years later, got married and began recording and performing as a duo.

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby’s newest album is “A Working Museum,” and the twosome will play the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m. Ray Mason opens.

Goulden and Rigby play live as a drumless duo, but it’s a rock show if there ever was one, with hands raking over guitar strings and even some bounding around. Both performers have passion, grit and playfulness, honest lyrics that paint memorable pictures, and a knack for fitting it all into a catchy song.

Rigby’s best-known example is “Dancing With Joey Ramone,” in which the tough-voiced singer dreams of doing just that to a sound track of classics (“Glad All Over,” “Hanging On the Telephone,” “Gloria”). The song ends with a shouted “1-2-3-4!!” and zooms into a Ramones punk rave-up. It’s all a perfect tribute to the late Joey and the music he loved, and if you’re a pop-music romantic, it’ll put a lump in your throat.

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby have been called “an avant-garde Johnny and June” and “the Ian & Sylvia of punk rock.” However they’re described, they’re not to be missed.

Luray is the project of Shannon Carey, whose moody original songs are built from banjo and breathy voice. Her new album was produced by Bon Iver’s Sean Carey and at live shows she’s often joined by a backing quartet. Luray headlines a concert that includes opening sets from local singer/songwriters Dennis Crommett and Brooke Brown Saracino, at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds tonight at 8 p.m.

Willie Lane, Ruth Garbus and Rat Power play a free in-store show at Mystery Train in Amherst Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem are longtime Valley favorites. Led by fiddler/vocalist Arbo, the quartet wows with four-part harmonies and a diverse songbook, and they’ll be at the Iron Horse in Northampton Saturday at 7 p.m.

For more than 20 years the Brooklyn-based Slackers have been bringing their ska-inspired music around the world (the band calls it “Jamaican rock’n’roll”). See the popular sextet headline a triple bill filled out by Danny Pease and the Regulators and No Intention at Pearl Street in Northampton on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Trailer Park musicians are party-whipper-uppers, making dance-minded music with twin saxophones and freewheeling grooves wherever they go. Help them shake the foundation at the Basement in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.

Jeff Holmes is many things — pianist, trumpeter, arranger, composer, professor of music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst — and now he’s an excited artist with a new CD making its way into the world, entitled “Of One’s Own.” Jazzman Holmes and his quartet celebrate the release of the record with a concert at the Iron Horse Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Northampton-based quintet Pale Cowboy put out a strong EP last year called “Life Nature Library” that’s quirky and melodic, flying right over any pigeonholes (there’s some country twang, chugging electrified guitars, Of Montreal-esque piano pop and much more in its homespun music). The band will be joined by Dig Safe and Walking Ghosts for a show at the Sierra Grille in Northampton Thursday at 10 p.m.

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