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The Queen of Rockabilly is coming to town — Wanda Jackson performs at the Iron Horse in Northampton Sunday at 7 p.m.
Jackson recorded classics in the late-e_SSRq50s and early-e_SSRq60s that showcased her clear and nuanced voice, which she often pushed into gritty, growling rock-and-roll territory — hoarse power, so to speak — on catchy tunes like “Fujiyama Mama,” “Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad,” “Let’s Have a Party,” and the fantastic “Funnel of Love.”
Jackson eventually moved into country and gospel music, but modern rock folks like Elvis Costello and The Cramps kept her rockabilly flame alive. In 2009 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and last year The White Stripes’ Jack White helped her produce a new album, “The Party Ain’t Over,” which featured an Amy Winehouse cover among old-school rock-n-roll songs like “Rip It Up” and “Shakin’ All Over.” For live TV performances, White stuck her in front of a stylish and crazily bombastic big rock band.
Earlier this week, Jackson released her latest album, a more traditional record going back to her rockabilly and country beginnings, “Unfinished Business,” which includes the magical mid-tempo ballad “California Stars.” Whether it’s on a live album from 1969 or a YouTube clip from days ago, Jackson (now in her 70s) has always been a personable performer, full of friendly banter, good humor, great stories and that eternally youthful and spirited voice.
Singer/songwriter and political activist Erin McKeown appears tonight at the Iron Horse at 7 p.m. Grainne Buchanan will open.
Bamboo Steamers brings its time-tested surf-twang pop back to the Basement in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.
Amherst-based cover band The No-No’s brings its rock/soul/funk dance party to the Black Moon Music Lounge in Belchertown Saturday at 9 p.m.
Zammuto is the new quartet led by Nick Zammuto, one half of The Books (now defunct). Fans of his old group’s experimental creativity and humor will find much to love in Zammuto, which takes some of that same vibe but explodes it with the vibrant live energy of a full band. The band will headline a show at the Iron Horse Saturday at 10 p.m. Lymbyc System starts off the night.
Barsuk recording artists Menomena released their latest album, “Moms,” last month and will play Pearl Street in Northampton Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Experimental rock trio PVT opens.
Dennis Crommett plays guitar with Winterpills but has been releasing his own songs on record for years (“In the Buffalo Surround” is his latest). The hush-voiced singer/songwriter performs on a bill with the one-man-band Mercy Choir (aka Connecticut-based musician Paul Belbusti) at the Forbes Library in Northampton Wednesday at 7 p.m. Free show.
The one-and-only Azwan (singer-songwriter-filmmaker-comedian-rapper-etc.) takes over Snowzees in Sunderland Thursday at 9 p.m.