Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Rihanna with N.E.R.D., JD. McPherson, Jackie Shane and a Pussy Riot protest tutorial

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Jackie Shane in 1967.

JD McPherson. The Oklahoma-born former schoolteacher whose third album, the new Undivided Heart & Soul, feels like less of an homage to vintage 1950s rockabilly and film noir archetypes and more of a living, breathing, swinging celebration of the rock-and-roll spirit that animates his soul. With Nicole Atkins. Sunday at World Cafe Live.

Jackie Shane, Any Other Way. The excellent Numero reissue label has outdone itself with this double-disc collection calling attention to Jackie Shane, the fabulous transgender 1960s soul singer who found fame in Toronto before returning to her hometown of Nashville (where she still lives) and vanishing from public view in the 1970s.

Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot. The Russian dissident who was jailed by Vladimir Putin’s government after she and her balaclava-wearing bandmates performed their “Punk Rock Prayer” inside a Russian Orthodox church in 2012 presents “The Price of Protest” as part of the First Person Arts Festival. With Applied Mechanics. Monday at First Unitarian Church.

N.E.R.D. featuring Rihanna, “Lemon.” The first single from the reunited Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo-led rock and funk band iteration of their Neptunes production team puts a certain Barbadian pop superstar to work as a rapper, and also as a barber in an opening interlude in which she shaves the head of can’t-take-your-eyes-off-her dancer Mette Towley.

Blitzen Trapper. The veteran Portland, Ore., band’s new album, Wild & Reckless, is adapted from a rock opera that leader Eric Earley wrote (it was produced by Portland Center Stage this year). It tells a tale about a Bonnie-and-Clyde-style love-on-the-run romance, but the music stands on its own and captures the underrated Pacific Northwesterners putting their narrative skills to work on songs that echo traces of Neil Young and Gram Parsons. Lily Hiatt opens. Monday at Johnny Brenda’s.