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    The week ahead: Music

    Calling all music fans

    BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL After its successful inaugural event in May, the second edition of Boston Calling will again take over City Hall Plaza for a weekend. This time the lineup is even more diverse, from indie-rock favorites (Vampire Weekend, Local Natives) and hip-hop stars (Kendrick Lamar) to R&B singers (Solange) and hometown heroes (Passion Pit, Bearstronaut, Viva Viva). Pictured: Vampire Weekend. Sept. 7-8, 12:50 to 10 p.m. Single-day tickets: $75. Two-day tickets: $130-$350. City Hall Plaza. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed


    Pop & Rock

    THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Boston is something of a home away from home for these titans of Southern rock, who typically set out a multinight run of shows here. Coming on the heels of last month’s Peach Music Festival, the second annual music gathering the band puts together, the Allmans come to town with the pride of Vermont, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$82.50. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,


    ALUNAGEORGE A strong contender for this year’s slinkiest R&B album, “Body Music” burns with a neon glow as the British duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid ease in and out of sultry electronic soundscapes. Sept. 7, 9 p.m. Tickets: $25, $22 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

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    VOLCANO CHOIR With Justin Vernon on vocals, Volcano Choir is a collaboration between the Bon Iver frontman and Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees. The band’s new album, “Repave,” resonates with the spectral beauty Vernon is known for, but it’s shot through with propulsive, exuberant melodies. Sept. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed


    Folk, World & Country

    ROD PICOTT Every singer-songwriter should have an “official” T-shirt. Picott’s comes emblazoned with the following: “Rod Picott’s Circus of Misery and Heartbreak.” That tells you pretty much what you’ll hear at a Picott show, except for this: He makes misery beautiful, and heartbreak gorgeous. Sept. 7, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D's, Somerville. 888-777-8932,

    BLAKE SHELTON Current Country Music Association entertainer and male vocalist of the year Shelton comes to town on his “Ten Times Crazier” tour. What is he 10 times crazier than? Maybe his fellow coaches on “The Voice,” or all those country music predecessors he dissed earlier this year. He’s accompanied by young traditionalist Easton Corbin and actress-turned-singer Jana Kramer. Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32.50- $62.25. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,


    WORLD BARN DANCE New England Conservatory revisits the tradition of the barn dance with this family event, which will feature music and dancing (including instruction and calling) with three live bands: the NEC American Roots, Jewish Music, and World Music ensembles. A fiddle workshop takes place beforehand. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Free. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory. 617-585-1260,

    NARROWS FESTIVAL Last week, this space said that Labor Day brought a last blast of festivals. Call this a straggler, then, offering a full day of music that includes rootsy fare from Chuck Prophet, Seth Walker, and Amy Black and the wild world melange of the Debo Band. There’s children’s programming, visual arts, and restaurant fare. Sept. 8, 11 a.m. Free. Narrow Center for the Arts, Fall River. 508-324-1926,


    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    HOWARD ALDEN & ANAT COHEN The Israel-born Cohen is undoubtedly today’s most critically acclaimed jazz clarinetist. She teams up with swing guitar master Alden for an evening of intoxicating improvisation. Sept. 6, 8 p.m. $25. Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water St., Woods Hole,

    JACKY TERRASSON The Franco-American pianist won the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition in 1993 and has played with everyone from Ron Carter to Cassandra Wilson. He remains among the most consistently eloquent and elegant pianists in jazz. Sept. 6, 8 and
    10 p.m. $25. Scullers. 617 562-4111,


    BARRETT ANDERSON A night of hot “hypno-boogie-blues” in celebration of the singer/guitarist’s new album, “The Long Fall.” Anderson and his band will be joined for their first set by special guests: vocalist/harmonica player Dennis Brennan and vocalists/guitarists Samantha Farrell and Emily Anderson. Their second set will feature the band on its groovy, organ-fueled own. Sept. 7, 10 p.m. $10-$12. Atwood's Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-864-2792,,

    CHARLIE HUNTER & SCOTT AMENDOLA DUO Guitar master Hunter’s 7- and 8-string instruments allow him to occupy the bass register as well as typical guitar territory. He and drummer Amendola have been playing together for decades, and by now their improvisational interplay is practically telepathic. Their recent album, “Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead,” finds them exploring and evoking everything from jazz and blues to rock and hip-hop. Sept. 10, 8 p.m. $23-$25. Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

    Kevin Lowenthal



    WINSOR MUSIC This chamber series directed by the eloquent oboist Peggy Pearson opens its season with music by Beethoven and Schumann alongside the premiere of a new work by Daniel Crozier. Sept. 8, 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Church, Brookline. 781-863-2861,

    HONORING FENWICK SMITH The former BSO flutist and NEC faculty member will be honored at the Jordan Hall recital of flutist Thomas J. Wible, featuring works by Leclair, John Heiss, Peter Child, and others. Sept. 8, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-461-3994,

    BORROMEO STRING QUARTET Even older than Tanglewood, the venerable South Mountain Concerts offer a wealth of chamber music options in the Berkshires after the BSO summer season has ended. This year’s lineup includes an appearance by the Borromeo Quartet performing works by Beethoven and Dvorak alongside the premiere of a new quartet by Lera Auerbach. Sept. 8, 3 p.m. Pittsfield. 413 442-2106,

    FIVE COLLEGE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL Composers with ties to the Pioneer Valley are the focus of this three-day festival, with works by Lewis Spratlan, Kate Soper, David Sanford, and many others. Sept. 6-8. Bezanson Hall, UMass-Amherst.

    Jeremy Eichler