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Picks of the week

Rock picks

Tonight: Justin Timberlake is at the TD Banknorth Garden, with openers Good Charlotte; the Beach Boys, with John Stamos sitting in, are at the South Shore Music Circus; O.A.R. plays the Tweeter Center with Massachusetts natives Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers warming up. The three-day celebration of all things Irish, the ICONS Festival, kicks off at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, with Black 47, the Saw Doctors, and the Black Crowes. Tomorrow: Muse and Cold War Kids are at the Agganis Arena; Keith Urban (below) and the Wreckers countrify the DCU Center; "Weird Al" Yankovic yuks it up at the North Shore Music Theatre; Def Leppard, Foreigner, and Styx pour some sugar on hot-blooded babes at the Tweeter Center.

Jazz picks

Tonight: Violinist and singer Irene Aebi plays the music of her late husband, the great soprano saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy, with saxophonist Jeremy Udden and pianist Dan Tepfer, at the Lily Pad. Tomorrow night: The Middle Eastern and Latin-tinged music of bassist Shimon Ben-Shir and his band can be heard at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham. Tuesday: Sui generis pianist, educator, and MacArthur Fellow Ran Blake hosts an evening of reminiscences, recordings, and performances in honor of the extraordinary, idiosyncratic vocalist Chris Connor, who will be 80 this year, at NEC's Brown Hall. Sultry singer Cassandre McKinley is at Ryles. Wednesday: New Orleans's Dirty Dozen Brass Band brings its funky, soulful sounds to the Regattabar.