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The week ahead: Music

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PET SHOP BOYS They’ve got the brains, you’ve got the brawn. Long before there was a name for it, Pet Shop Boys arguably helped to lay the foundation for electronic dance music, racking up a long list of synth-pop hits from “West End Girls” to “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are on the road behind a new album, this summer’s “Electric.” Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JAMES REED

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CALIFONE On “Stitches,” the band’s new album, Califone mastermind Tim Rutili took something of a back-to-basics approach. He reeled in the theatrics that have marked Califone’s previous work and left these new songs raw, open to interpretation. The results are Americana at its most haunted. With Richard Buckner opening. Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20, $16 for students, seniors, and members. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org/programs

WASHED OUT Chillwave, a subgenre of electronic music that reared its sleepy head a few years ago, had such a funny ring to it. It implied that all its purveyors were blissed out and adrift. But as Washed Out, Ernest Greene gave the movement some of its most gripping and defining moments (“Feel It All Around”), and he subtly expands his reach on the new “Paracosm,” incorporating more straightforward pop song structures. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

J. COLE Built slowly on the back of mixtapes, his rise was not immediate. But once J. Cole found his footing on his debut, 2011’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” he promptly rose to the ranks of arena-ready hip-hop. For this tour, Cole has fellow rapper Wale with him.
Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-
$57.50. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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JAMES REED

Folk, World & Country

SCUD MOUNTAIN BOYS Long dormant if not dissolved, the Scud Mountain Boys had what they call an “almost-impromptu” onstage reunion a couple of years ago. One thing led to another, they made their first record in 17 years, “Do You Love the Sun,” and now they’re out playing it live. Sept. 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

EDGAR MEYER AND MIKE MARSHALL
Both double bassist Meyer and mandolinist Marshall have made musical exploration through collaboration a watchword of their respective careers. That includes a long history of working with each other, offering a repertoire as a duo that ranges across bluegrass, classical, Brazilian, and jazz. Sept. 22, 5 p.m. Tickets: $35-$66. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rcmf.org

ROBBIE FULKS He's known primarily as a purveyor of a variety of alternative country that’s full of razor-sharp wit and jawdropping lyrical prowess, but for his new release, “Gone Away Backward,” Robbie Fulks has returned to the bluegrass and acoustic music where he started out. There’s more and more time between his album releases, and he doesn’t tour much anymore, so a Fulks CD-release show is double cause for celebration. Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org

ORCHID ENSEMBLE Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble had its origins in the lack of small ensemble material for founder Lan Tung’s instrument, the Chinese bowed two-string erhu. What resulted was an “intercultural chamber trio” of incongruities that brings together traditional Chinese instruments (the ehru and the zither-like zheng) and marimba. Sept. 25, 4 p.m. Tickets: free. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory. 617-585-1260. www.necmusic.edu

STUART MUNRO

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE Get on the good foot with the boogaloo/funk/soul jazz saxman who started with Lenny Kravitz, cofounded the Greyboy Allstars, and is currently crossing the country with his own Tiny Universe. The Soul Rebels will open. Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

GEORGE GARZONE Join the world-class, Boston-based tenor saxophone master for a musical celebration of his birthday, where he’ll tread the trio-format tightrope with bassist Sean Farias and drummer Miki Matsuki. Sept. 21, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12.50. Acton Jazz Cafe, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com

THE TONI LYNN WASHINGTON BAND The blues diva, a North Carolina native based in New England, has been called “Boston’s Queen of the Blues,” been nominated for numerous blues awards, and received Boston magazine’s “Best of Boston.” Her soul-drenched performances are a must hear. Sept. 21, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Ryle’s, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.ryles.com

NOAH PREMINGER QUARTET The Brooklyn-based saxophonist’s 2008 debut disc, “Dry Bridge Road,” recorded at a mere 20 years of age, received critical raves lauding his preternatural poise. His second disc, 2011’s “Before the Rain,” found him focusing on ballads, a notorious Achilles’ heel for young players, and was called “impressive, challenging and beautiful” in these pages. This gig celebrates the latest in his winning streak, “Haymaker,” with the superb band on the record: guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Matt Pavolka, and drummer Colin Stranahan. Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The subscription season begins with an all-Brahms program led by Christoph von Dohnányi, featuring the Symphony No. 2 alongside the Double Concerto, with Augustin Hadelich (violin) and Alban Gerhardt (cello). Sept. 21 and 24, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

CANTATA SINGERS The Cantata Singers kick off their 50th-anniversary season with a program of Bach cantatas led by David Hoose. Among the featured vocal soloists will be Eric Perry, Dana Whiteside, James Maddalena, Lisa Lynch, Lynn Torgove, James Dargan, and Peggy Pearson (oboe). Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617–868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org

A FAR CRY The self-directed chamber orchestra performs a program titled “Tapas,” with selections by Hindemith, Grieg, Rossini, and Corelli intermixed with Francaix’s Six Preludes. Sept. 21 at St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, and Sept. 22 at the Gardner Museum. www.afarcry.org

NO EXIT Guerilla Opera, which specializes in new chamber operas, mounts a new production of Andy Vores’s “No Exit,” after the Sartre play, directed by Nathan Troup. Sept 19-22, Zack Box Theatre, Boston Conservatory. 617-912-9222, www.bostonconservatory.edu/ tickets

JEREMY EICHLER

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