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    The week ahead: Music

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    The boy bands are back

    NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Under the banner “The Package Tour,” New Kids on the Block headline this multi-artist bill that also includes 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. The shows will cap an impressive past few months for NKOTB, who are also part of the Boston Strong benefit on Thursday and recently released a new album, “10.” June 2-3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27-$89.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

    POP & ROCK

    EARTH, WIND & FIRE Their range of styles is almost as long as their discography, from soul to R&B to disco, funk, and rock. Along the way Earth, Wind & Fire has churned out hits that defined their eras — “After the Love Has Gone,” “September,” “Let’s Groove” – all of which will likely ring out at his harborside show. June 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $31-$90. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000,

    SUMMER JAM Local radio station JAM’N 94.5’s annual summer bash gathers some of hip-hop and pop’s biggest acts for a long day of music. This year’s lineup is no exception, featuring performances by Chris Brown, J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco, Eve, Wale, Sean Kingston, Jonn Hart, and more. June 1, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$125. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000,


    THE STRANGLERS Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of “Black and White,” its seminal third studio album, this beloved English punk-rock band is coming stateside for a rare US tour. June 4,
    9 p.m. Tickets: $23. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,



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    BENEFIT CONCERT FOR MUSICIANS IN MALI Sponsored by World Connection, Inc., this event will raise funds to supply food to Malian musicians who are unable to earn a living by playing due to the current political climate in their country. The concert will feature Big Blue World, Balla Kouyate, Boubacar Diabate, and other acts, and a photo exhibit as well.May 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 (suggested donation). 617-623-6241,

    HEM The marvelous chamber folk and pop made by Hem has been absent for some time; the band has just released “Departure and Farewell,” its first studio album since 2006. That lengthy hiatus was due to personal and professional upheavals so severe that the band almost unraveled before a rebirth that included the album’s completion. Dawn Landes opens. June 1, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

    J.P. HARRIS AND THE TOUGH CHOICES/JOE FLETCHER AND THE WRONG REASONS This is a pairing that sums up the subject matter of just about every hard country song ever written: wrong reasons and tough choices. Providence’s own Joe Fletcher will kick things off, followed by the classic honky-tonk and wondrous beard of J.P. Harris. June 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 866-777-8932,

    GARY LOURIS Louris has long been known as cofounder and staple member of alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks, and, to some extent, as a participant in the periodic sorta-supergroup Golden Smog. On his own, his profile has been a low one, extending only to recording a single album, 2008’s “Vagabonds.” So his current tour — his first as a solo act — is something of an event. June 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.




    CAROL O’SHAUGHNESSY A Boston cabaret stalwart, the acclaimed singer, actress, and funny-woman has been compared to the likes of Bette Midler and Ethel Merman, though she’s clearly her own gal. May 30, 8 p.m. No cover. Napoleon Cabaret Room, Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-536-0966,

    JEFF PITCHELL & TEXAS FLOOD WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHNNY A The dynamic rhythm & blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist and his sizzling band are joined by hotshot string-slinger Johnny A for a dual guitar duel. May 30, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

    FLAMETET Six of the Northeast’s most adventurous creative musicians join fiery forces: bassist and synthesist Kit Demos, electronic keyboardist Pandelis Karyorgis, clarinetist Todd Brunel, saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase, guitarist Jeff Platz, and drummer John McLellan. May 31, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

    NEVILLE DICKIE The British stride and boogie-woogie piano master — known for reanimating the rollicking, resplendent music of such renowned ivory-ticklers as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Meade Lux Lewis — makes his 12th annual appearance at this traditional jazz hotspot. Joining Dickie will be trumpeter Dave Whitney, clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Stan McDonald, drummer Dave Bragdon, and fellow stride piano specialist Ross Petot.
    June 4, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Sherborn Inn, 33 N. Main St., Sherborn. 508-655-9521,



    CHORUS PRO MUSICA Betsy Burleigh leads the choir in a new work by Peter Child alongside Mozart’s Mass in C minor, with vocal soloists Kristen Watson, Krista River, David Won, and Andrew Garland. May 31, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-267-7442, www.choruspromusica .org


    ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Rockport’s opening weekend includes a gala program (June 7) with pianists Peter Serkin and David Deveau joined by A Far Cry for concertos by Bach; and two performances by the Jupiter String Quartet (June 8 and 9), the second of which also features pianist Joyce Yang in works by Bartok and Franck. 978-546-7391,

    BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: “Almira” This year’s Boston Early Music Festival opens on June 9 with a new production of Handel’s rarely spotted first opera, “Almira,” written at age 19. Gilbert Blin directs the period staging and Ulrike Hofbauer sings the title role, with a cast that also includes Amanda Forsythe and Colin Balzer. June 9-16. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-661-1812,

    ALEKO The Commonwealth Lyric Theater, formerly known as Boston Vocal Arts Studio, offers four staged performances of Rachmaninoff’s first opera, “Aleko,” with two casts rotating under the baton of Lidiya Yankovskaya. June 9-13. Center Makor in Brighton. 857-284-9982,