The week ahead: Music

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JIM JAMES My Morning Jacket’s main man likes to keep busy. In addition to touring and recording with MMJ, he’s been a part of the “Monsters of Folk” with M. Ward, Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis and participated in a Woody Guthrie tribute alongside Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker. James hits the Hub to promote his solo album, “Regions of Light and Sound of God,” and wisely brings Cold Specks along to warm things up. April 26, 6:30 p.m. Royale. Tickets: $26. 800-745-3000,

Sarah Rodman

Pop & Rock

BEN RECTOR The singer-songwriter takes his cues from the veterans of the form, including James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, and Billy Joel. In addition to previewing tunes from his forthcoming release, the Nashville-based Rector will play material from 2011’s pop gem “Something Like This.” April 26, 7:30 p.m. The Sinclair. Tickets: $18. 800-745-3000,

BLACK FRANCIS He has been Black Francis, Frank Black, and Charles Thompson, and when folks check out Saturday’s show by the erstwhile leader of the Pixies, expect to hear material credited to all of those different monikers as well as covers and previews of new tunes. And that singular scream, by any name, should still sound as sweet. April 27,
8 p.m.
The Sinclair. Tickets: $20.


HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS Although Trent Reznor has been busy scoring films like “The Social Network” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” he’s also been at work on “Welcome Oblivion,” the recently released full-length debut of this moody, group project with wife Mariqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross. April 27, 6 p.m. House of Blues. Tickets: $35-$50. 800-745-3000,

Sarah Rodman

Folk, World & Country

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JON LANGFORD Between the Mekons, the Waco Brothers, and other groups, projects such as the Pine Valley Cosmonauts and Wee Hairy Beasties, and a steady stream of collaborations with other artists, it seems like this ridiculously prolific Welsh transplant has something coming out every other week. Somehow he manages to fit in a thriving career as a painter as well. April 25, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932.

SARA EVANS She unleashed her astonishing voice on the world via a neo-traditionalist country sound that caught the attention of the likes of Harlan Howard, but abandoned it in short order for the au courant climes of contemporary country-pop, a place to which she has returned after a six-year hiatus that ended with her 2011 release, “Stronger.” April 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$56. Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH. 603-929-4100,

BILLY BRAGG Bragg has made a career out of being polemical, but he puts politics aside (for the most part) on his new record, “Tooth & Nail.” Inspired by a fan’s tweet labeling him “the sherpa of heartbreak,” he decided to focus on “the struggle to maintain our relationships with those we love the most.” Troubadour Kim Churchill opens Sunday’s show. April 28, 7 p.m. Tickets: $31.50-
$36.50. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

THE TEETOTALLERS Comprising Martin Hayes (fiddle), former Solas member John Doyle (guitar), and Lunusa’s Kevin Crawford (flute, whistles), this recently formed trio is something of a trad-Irish supergroup. They’ve already made the trek to North America once, but didn’t stop here on their first tour, so Wednesday’s date will be their area debut. May 1, 9:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. show sold out). Tickets: $28. The Burren, Somerville. 800-838-3006,

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret


EDDIE GOMEZ PER SEMPRE QUINTET Bass legend Gomez anchored the Bill Evans Trio for 11 years and has played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Benny Goodman. With saxophonist Marco Pignataro, flutist Matt Marvuglio, and local lions Laszlo Gardony on piano and Yoron Israel on drums. April 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge,

RORY BLOCK The Manhattan-born singer and acoustic guitarist is famed as the world’s foremost female exponent of the deep country blues of Robert Johnson, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, and the Rev. Gary Davis. Bedrock blues pianist David Maxwell opens. April 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord. 978-371-0820,

6th ANNUAL HERB POMEROY MEMORIAL CONCERT This tribute to the beloved Bostonian educator, trumpeter, and bandleader will feature the world premiere of Chick Corea’s “From Forever, Suite for Big Band,” written for the occasion. With the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (Dir. Frederick Harris Jr.), other MIT-affiliated jazz ensembles, and guest pianist Steve Kuhn. April 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. Kresge Auditorium, MIT Campus, Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-2906,

ANDY STATMAN The remarkable multi-instrumentalist is among the premier mandolinists and clarinetists of our time, and his music is a deeply personal blend of Americana, Hasidic music, and avant-garde jazz. April 28, 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$30. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

Kevin Lowenthal


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Bernard Haitink leads the final two weeks of the BSO subscription season, beginning with a program pairing Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. April 25-30, Symphony Hall. And the Boston Symphony Chamber Players return to Jordan Hall on
April 28. 617-266-1200,


THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Boston Lyric Opera opens its new production of Wagner’s opera, directed by Michael Cavanagh with sets by John Conklin. The cast includes Alfred Walker, Allison Oakes, and Gregory Frank. David Angus conducts. April 26-May 5. Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912,

THOMAS HAMPSON The estimable baritone performs a Celebrity Series recital with the Jupiter String Quartet, featuring works by Schubert, Webern, Wolf, and Mark Adamo. April 26, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,

NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC Music director Richard Pittman has assembled an intriguing program under the title “Form and Variations,” with works by Gunther Schuller and Steven Stucky alongside Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7 and Britten’s Piano Concerto, with Randall Hodgkinson as soloist. April 27, 8 p.m. Tsai Performance Center. 617-353-8725,

Jeremy Eichler