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EMANUEL AX The estimable pianist returns to Boston with a variation-themed program featuring Copland’s “Piano Variations,” and Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes” alongside works by Beethoven and Haydn. 8 p.m., May 11. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661, JEREMY EICHLER


DOM “Pride” might be a strong word, so let’s call Dom the spastic spawn of Worcester. On the strength of the fuzzed-out “Living in America,” the electro-rock band became an indie-rock hit with the 2010 EP “Sun Bronzed Greek Gods.” A proper full-length album has yet to arrive, but we’re guessing it’ll be worth the wait. May 11,
9 p.m. Tickets: $14. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster

With their sophomore album slated for release later this month, frontman Alex Ebert and his ragtag bandmates are on the road giving a sneak preview of the new songs. “Here” will be the follow-up to the indie-pop collective’s 2009 debut, “Up From Below.” May 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28-$38. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,


THE GO-GO’S Prepare to feel old: Last year marked the 30th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beat,” the landmark pop album that put the Go-Go’s on the map — and into the bedroom of every teenager who sang its hits (“Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat”) into a hairbrush. Judging from last summer’s show in Boston, the ladies seem to be having a lot of fun. May 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000,

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BETH ORTON Her last studio album, “Comfort of Strangers,” came out in 2006, the year she gave birth to a daughter. Presumably a new record is in the works since the English singer-songwriter signed to Anti- Records in 2010. In the meantime, she’ll be revisiting her early so-called “folktronica” releases, including “Central Reservation” and “Daybreaker.” May 14, 9 p.m. Tickets: $27.50. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


MARSHALL CRENSHAW AND THE BOTTLE ROCKETS It’s not the first combination you might think of, so wondering just how it will play out is part of the attraction: sturm-und-twangsters the Bottle Rockets open this show with a set, and then return as the backing band for pure pop genius Marshall Crenshaw. May 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. The Center for the Arts in Natick. 508-647-0097,

ZACARIAS FERREIRA Ferreira is one of the stars of the Dominican dance music known as bachata, both in his native Dominican Republic, where he has won several national arts awards, and abroad. He brings the innovations he has woven into classic bachata to Boston as part of a US East Coast tour. May 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $70. Wonderland Ballroom, Revere. 800-345-7000,

THE BARR BROTHERS This Montreal-based quartet (two of whom are indeed named Barr) employ an unusual array of instrumentation (Harp? Check. Pump-organ? Check. Hammered dulcimer? Check.) to produce a commensurately unusual sound that moves from murmuring stillness to delicate, layered constructions, to raucous, dirty blues. May 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-345-7000, www.ticket


JOHN FULLBRIGHT has just released his first studio record, and it’s the sort that forces you to take notice, exuding an easy accomplishment and fresh-sounding takes on well-traveled Americana forms. He’s playing this intimate room Wednesday, but chances are he won’t be in such confined spaces for long. May 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Café 939 at Berklee. 617-747-2262.



MADE IN THE SHADE The rollicking, five-man, neo-New Orleans brass band, plus special guests, presents its fourth annual “Paul Dosier Memorial Concert” in honor of its late tuba player. May 10, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $8. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330,

MATT SAVAGE TRIO The piano prodigy, whose musicianship has matured impressively during his time in the spotlight, celebrates dual milestones: his 20th birthday and his graduation from Berklee. May 12, 4 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12.50. All ages. Acton Jazz Cafe, 452 Great Road, Acton. 978-263-6161,

ROMAIN COLLIN The French pianist and composer is among the leading lights of a new breed of jazz players whose moody, cinematic aesthetic is as informed by classical, rock, and ambient music as by the jazz verities. In his new album, “The Calling,” Collin, a graduate of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, bids to spread his music and name to a wider audience. May 13, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

TESSA SOUTER The bewitching vocalist was born in London of an English mother and Trinidadian father. Her
globe-trotting jazz sensibility reflects influences from Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Latin America, and the British Isles. A relative newcomer, she has recorded four albums since 2004 and has already been pegged as one of New York’s finest jazz singers. With a starry band featuring pianist Steve Kuhn, drummer Billy Drummond, and Gary Versace on accordion. May 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $26. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullers



CANTATA SINGERS The chorus closes its season with a program devoted to music by Rodney Lister, Charles Fussell, Harold Shapero, Earl Kim, and Aaron Copland. 8 p.m., May 12. Jordan Hall. 617–868-5885,

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE The resourceful chamber troupe offers another thoughtfully conceived program, with works by Robert Sirota, Georges Enescu, Judith Weir, Schumann, and Shostakovich. May 12 at First Church in Boston; May 13 at Goethe-Institut. 617-427-8200,