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James McVey


Promises, promises The pop rock band Sun Kil Moon, named after Korean boxer Sung-Kil Moon, is fronted by Mark Kozelek. The singer-songwriter is in Cambridge tonight for a solo concert in support of the band’s record, ‘‘Admiral Fell Promises.’’ Known for intense, autobiographical songs, you might recall hearing his music on ‘‘Dawson’s Creek,’’ ‘‘The O.C.,’’ and ‘‘Friday Night Lights.’’ 8 p.m. $20. First Church in Cambridge Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275.


Music genes Saxophonist Charles Licata must be a very proud papa. His 27-year-old daughter, Marissa, has her own band (with Dad on alto sax) and a new CD titled “Water Level.’’ The violinist plays tonight with Pop and the band. 8 p.m. $20. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.

Side job Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington has his own New York City-based trio of bassist Dennis Espantman and drummer Frank Pagano. The group delivers a blues, rock, and pop vibe. 8 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004.


On the Towne Mountains, fields, swamps, woodlands, and urban green spaces are well traveled by Robert Baart, former faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Towne Art Gallery presents “Robert Baart: Paintings and Drawings,’’ a personal expression of the artist’s relationship to the landscape. Today from 1-5 p.m. (through Feb. 23; reception Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m.). Free. Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, 180 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2219.

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Cantor collaboration Twelve stories by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges were organized into topics (identity and memory, freedom, and destiny, and faith and divinity) for “Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature’’ at the Cantor Art Gallery. After being involved in the selection process, 16 artists went to work creating paintings, drawings, etchings, and mixed-media works. Today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (opening reception today from 5-6:30 p.m.; through March 21). Free. The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester. 508-793-3356.


Positive punk The punk rock scene gets a positive push from Chicago’s Rise Against. In the words of bassist Joe Principe, “It was almost cool to be negative, especially around Chicago,’’ and the band wants to show folks that it’s OK to voice opinions and stay positive (good advice for our Republican presidential hopefuls). Their latest release is “Endgame.’’ Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $39.50. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Lowell. 800-745-3000.

Help is on the way Medical humanitarian organizations and human rights groups cross paths in the same crisis zones, but differ on approaches for negotiating access. Panelists from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, Physicians for Human Rights, Tufts’ Feinstein International Center, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative discuss the subject at “At Any Price?’’ Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.