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Music: the week ahead

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe/File 2011

ODD FUTURE: Ahead of a new album, “The OF Tape Vol. 2,’’ this brash - some would say overly aggressive - Los Angeles hip-hop collective is on the road working its fans into a frenzy. The new record will be out on Tuesday. March 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com JAMES REED

POP & ROCK

EMA Before finding her footing on last year’s “Past Life Martyred Saints,’’ Erika M. Anderson had dabbled in other bands and sounds. As EMA, she has sharpened her hooks and her focus on an abrasive but beautiful strain of indie rock. March 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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BETTY BUCKLEY This is exactly how you want to hear this legendary song stylist: backed simply by piano and bass. Drawing on a long career that includes celebrated performances in the musicals “Cats’’ and “Sunset Boulevard,’’ Buckley will perform an early and late set. March 17, 7:30 & 10 p.m. Tickets: $35-$38. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

VOLCANO KINGS If David Lynch had a house band for his parties, this Providence quartet would be in the running. From surf rock and hazy ’60s film noir to spook jazz and ambient rock, Volcano Kings impart the same dizzying effect as one of Lynch’s movies. March 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $8. T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327, www.ttthebears.com

JAMES REED

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY

AMY LAVERE A little girl voice, mated to music that rarely strays from the vicinity of the brooding, eerie, sultry, and noir, makes for an Americana that’s anything but garden-variety. Covering a Captain Beefheart song, which LaVere does on her latest release, isn’t exactly a garden-variety Americana choice. LaVere is opening for the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson. March 15, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $16. T.T. the Bear’s Place. 866-777-8932, www.ticketweb.com

NEW MULTITUDES New Multitudes isn’t the name of a band, but of a project that encompasses a tribute to Woody Guthrie and a musical collaboration by Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Yim Yames. Given the opportunity to mine the Guthrie archives for lyrical gold, each set what they found there to music and then came together to record the results. March 16, 9 p.m. Tickets: $22.50. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Still singing after all these years, it’s been a quarter century since their “Graceland’’ collaboration with Paul Simon brought this renowned South African vocal group (and world music per se) to the wider world’s attention, and double that time since they first began to develop their Zulu/gospel a cappella hybrid. March 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$40. Sanders Theatre. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

MARIEL VANDERSTEEL American old-time music, mixed with the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, makes for acoustic music that’s anything but garden-variety. Local fiddler Vandersteel celebrates her combination of new-world string band and old-world traditions with this CD release show. March 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

STUART MUNRO

JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET

BENNY SHARONI QUARTET The soulful Israeli tenor saxophonist’s sparkling hard bop debut, “Eternal Elixir,’’ proves there’s plenty of life left in spirited, straight-ahead jazz. With pianist Chris Taylor, bassist Sean Farias, and drummer Steve Langone. March 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15. Vernissage Restaurant, 1627 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-566-3340, www.vernissagerestaurant.com

STEVE TYRELL The Grammy Award winner is among today’s most prominent singers of standards; he even inherited the late cabaret legend Bobby Short’s Cafe Carlyle gig. He worked behind the scenes for years in the music biz, with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, and Dolly Parton, before emerging in his own right after singing in Steve Martin’s “Father of the Bride.’’ And the rest is Adult Contemporary history. March 15-17, 8 & 10 p.m. Tickets: $40-$45. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

BOSTON BAKED BLUES/WILDCAT O’HALLORAN The Boston Blues Society sponsors a St. Patrick’s Day bash featuring a double bill of two of the Bay State’s best blues bands. March 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. American Legion, Nonantum Post 440, 295 California St., Newton.

THE WINNIE DAHLGREN “REAL DANISH’’ SEXTET Born in Denmark, the percussionist, composer, and educator began studying classical percussion in her native land as a teenager then took a detour to jazz and the Berklee College of Music. She’s since settled in Boston. Her lyrical, playful, and energetic music blends Latin, world music, and jazz influences. March 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.arsenalarts.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This week the BSO is offering its annual set of Youth and Family Concerts led by Thomas Wilkins, titled “The Beat Goes on: A Musical Look at Perseverance, Pace, and Pulse in Music’’ with selections by John Williams, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, and others. March 15-17. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

CHORAL BOSTON Masterworks Chorale takes on motets by Bach and sons Friday night at Sanders Theatre; Cappella Clausura pays tribute to poet Anne Bradstreet on the 400th anniversary of her birth, Saturday night at Parish of the Messiah in Newton; Spectrum Singers offers an intriguingly eclectic program titled “A 20th Century Choral Kaleidoscope’’ on Saturday night at First Church in Cambridge; and Sunday afternoon Cantata Singers performs works by Bach, Brahms, Liszt, and Demantius in Jordan Hall, and Emmanuel Music brings to Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center a program titled “The Splendour of the Baroque.’’ www.masterworkschorale.org; spectrumsingers.org; www.clausura.org; cantatasingers.org; rcmf.org

CONCORD CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY The intrepid Brentano Quartet comes to Concord with a program of quartets by Beethoven (Op. 18, No. 1), Bartok, and Busoni. March 18, 3 p.m. Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. 978-371-9667, www.concordchambermusic.org

VADIM REPIN The Russian violin soloist makes a rare Boston recital appearance, with sonatas by Ravel, Grieg, and Janacek alongside Ravel’s “Tzigane’’ and Chausson’s “Poeme.’’ He will be partnered by pianist Itamar Golan.March 18, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall, www.maestroartist.com

JEREMY EICHLER

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