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The week ahead: Music

Michele McDonald for the boston globe/file 2012

Fromm here

FROMM PLAYERS AT HARVARD This year’s Fromm concerts celebrate the 60th anniversary of the venerable Fromm Foundation with two free programs packed with Fromm-commissioned works from across the decades by composers such as Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Lee Hyla, Leon Kirchner, Liza Lim, Bruno Maderna, Karola Obermüller, Gunther Schuller, and Barbara White. The intrepid Boston-based Sound Icon (pictured) will be the resident house band for both nights. April 12, 13, 8 p.m. Harvard’s Paine Hall. www.fas.harvard.edu/~musicdpt/calendar.html

Pop & Rock

JAMIE LIDELL On his new self-titled album, this British singer, songwriter, and producer comes across as a futuristic soul singer. It’s dance-pop for the heart and feet. Presented by Fenway Recordings Sessions, the show also includes opening sets by Empress Of, Ludwig Persik, and DJ Carbo. April 11, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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ALLAH-LAS Listening to Allah-Las free of any back story, you’d swear this young California band emerged from the same garage that spawned the Remains or the Seeds. A psychedelic sheen coats their brand of garage rock. They’re opening for fellow psych-rockers the Black Angels, who come to town behind a new album, “Indigo Meadow.” April 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Royale. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

MICHAEL NESMITH The once and future member of the Monkees – not to mention producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur – is on the road for a rare tour that focuses on his underrated solo work. Starting with 1970s “Magnetic South,” Nesmith is considered an early purveyor of country rock. April 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $34-$49. Somerville Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

PHOSPHORESCENT Led by Matthew Houck, whose cracked croon carries the weight of the world in his songs about living and loving too hard, Phosphorescent veered into unexpected territory on the band’s new album. “Muchacho” marries Houck’s outlaw country and folk influences to synthetic beats, for what is one of the year’s more beguiling listens. April 17, 9 p.m. Tickets: $13. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Folk, World & Country

BOMBA ESTEREO Bomba Estereo is what you get when you mash together traditional Colombian cumbia with loop- and beat-filled electro-pop, grooving rock, and pounding Afro-funk, a result that's been variously called “electro tropical,” “psychedelic cumbia,” or, as the title of the band’s latest album puts it, “elegancia tropical.” Their name is Colombian slang for an awesome party, so you know what to expect. April 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $25. Samba Bar, Somerville. 617-718-9177, www.bombaestereoboston.eventbrite.com

DOWN HOME UP HERE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Harvard Square's venerable folk club is putting on its first bluegrass festival this weekend, drawing largely on local talent plus a few ringers (Old Man Luedecke, Joe Walsh of the Gibson Brothers) for an event intended to draw on the traditions of bluegrass while making room for the innovations going on within the genre. There’ll be (separately priced) instrument workshops as well. April 13-14, 4-11 p.m. Tickets: $15/day. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL This band is a hard one to pin down, managing to combine elements of bluegrass, Dixieland, ragtime, folk, and full-tilt, horn-fueled rock ’n’ roll in their music. And they’re not only relentlessly eclectic, but steadfastly raucous — just the sort of thing you might expect at a revival meeting. April 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

TODD MAY The title of May's new record, “Rickenbacker Girls,” isn’t referencing the jangly guitar that McGuinn made famous with the Byrds, but the Air Force base near where he grew up. But the one-time member of one of those “best bands you’ve never heard” — Columbus, Ohio’s now-defunct Lilybandits — does play guitar, and uses it to produce a muscular, hooky, roots-rocking version of Americana. April 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $7. Radio, Somerville. 617-764-5239, www.radiobarunion.com

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK: THE JAZZ VIEW This time, saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy’s concert series fetes lyricist Gus Kahn, co-writer — mostly with composer Walter Donaldson — of such early 20th-century classics as “It Had to Be You,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” and “My Baby Just Cares for Me.” April 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$22. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.arsenalarts.org

CELEBRATING TOM EVERETT WITH JOSHUA REDMAN AND DON BRADEN The founder/director of the Harvard Jazz Bands recently retired after more than 40 years of service. This concert will feature those bands performing with two of Everett’s star pupils: saxophonists/composers Redman (’91) and Braden (’85). April 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $8-$15. Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-4595, www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu

SMOKEN’ JOE’S COOL SUMMER BENEFIT A 10-hour blues bash to raise funds for a new air conditioning system at this local hotspot, with Alizon Lissance, Peter Parcek, Gracie Curran, Racky Thomas, Erin Harpe, Rosy Rosenblatt, Professor Harp, and many more. Admission includes Southern buffet and two raffle tickets. April 14, 2 p.m.-midnight. Tickets: $40. Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ and Blues, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227, www.smokenjoesbbq.com

WILLIAM HOOKER The New York-based drummer, composer, and bandleader has played with the likes of Billy Bang, Thurston Moore, David Murray, DJ Spooky, and Steven Bernstein. His first set will feature solo percussion and video, the second, duets with trumpeter Forbes Graham. April 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Outpost 186, 186 ½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. www.outpost186.com

Classical

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The estimable British composer Oliver Knussen returns to the BSO podium to lead two of his own works: his Violin Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman as soloist, and his “Whitman Settings” with soprano Claire Booth. Also on the program will be Miaskovsky’s Symphony No. 10 and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” in the less commonly heard orchestration by Leopold Stokowski. April 12-13. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

JONATHAN BISS + ELIAS STRING QUARTET The eloquent young pianist continues his exploratory project titled “Schumann Under the Influence,” with the Elias String Quartet joining him for a Celebrity Series performance of music by Purcell, Timothy Andres, and, of course, Schumann. April 12, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY This Sunday’s intriguing BCMS program will feature works by Ravel, Poulenc, and the Jamaican composer Eleanor Alberga. April 14, 7:30 p.m. Sanders Theatre. 617-349-0086. www.bostonchambermusic.org

JEREMY EICHLER

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