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    The week ahead: Music

    Xenia Rubinos.
    Shervin Lainez
    Xenia Rubinos.

    Xenia’s ‘Trix’

    XENIA RUBINOS “Magic Trix,” Rubinos’s 2013 debut, was meant for the omnivore: From one song to the next, the Brooklyn musician wailed like a wounded soul singer, channeled the ferocity of ’70s punk, and set feet in motion with dance tunes tinged with Latin pop. No wonder Man Man, a band of fellow musical misfits, enlisted her to open its current tour. (This is a solo show in between date opens for Man Man.) Jan. 27, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,


    Pop & Rock

    REVEREND HORTON HEAT “Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em,” the guns-blazing debut from Reverend Horton Heat, was released in 1990. But you’ll swear it doesn’t sound like this trio has aged even a year on its new (and 11th) studio album. “Rev” is loaded with what the good Reverend likes to call his potent style: psychobilly, which is to say rockabilly on some serious speed. Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22, $20 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000,


    THE STEPKIDS Psychedelic soul is not exactly the most crowded genre, but the Stepkids are among its most enthusiastic purveyors. The Connecticut trio takes glee in muddling styles as if creating a musical cocktail: equal parts jazz, ’60s folk, and synth-pop. They’re on the road behind last year’s kaleidoscopic “Troubadour.” Jan. 23, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

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    LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES Torch meets twang in the sleek but steely country rock Bains and his band conjured on their 2012 debut, “There Is a Bomb in Gilead.” It’s Southern rock for anyone who groused that Kings of Leon sold out. The album caught the attention of venerable indie-rock label Sub Pop Records, which recently signed the Alabama-bred band. Jan. 29, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $9. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,


    Folk, World & Country

    GIPSY KINGS With this tour, the Gipsy Kings are marking the 25th anniversary of making their idiosyncratic flamenco pop, and in celebration of that fact, the band of brothers is giving rather than receiving: everyone who buys a ticket to Thursday’s show will get a download of the Kings’ new album, “Savor Flamenco.” Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50, $79.50. Lynn Auditorium, Lynn. 800-745-3000.

    HARD WORKING AMERICANS Why not bring together the best songs and the best musicians, thought Todd Snider? So he did, and the result was the Hard Working Americans, an intersection of “perfect songs” (Kevin Gordon’s “Down to the Well,” the Bottle Rockets’ “Welfare Music”) and new friends (like Duane Trucks and Neal Casal) Snider met while hanging around the jam band scene. Jan. 24, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000.


    DIANA JONES Jones's music — a literate, sparse brand of country-folk — is rooted in Appalachian folk and old-time mountain traditions, which made her choice of recording location for her latest collection peculiarly appropriate. In an on-site cabin at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tenn., she and her accompanists circled toward each other in front of a crackling fire and played her songs. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190.

    BELA FLECK AND BROOKLYN RIDER Fleck pushes his banjo further into the classical music world with this tour, which finds him and the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet combining for a program that will feature Fleck’s piece for banjo and quartet, “Night Flight Over Water,” from his most recent release. Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49. Mechanics Hall, Worcester. 508-754-3231.


    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    MICHELLE “EVIL GAL” WILLSON The powerful, passionate singer — a Boston native and marvelous mistress of blues, jump, and swing — celebrates her rollicking new recording, “Fortune Cookie,” with her 5-piece band. Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Chan’s, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, RI. 401-765-1900,

    LYNDA D’AMOUR The Boston-based cabaret artist with the sultry alto voice and bulls-eye lyrical sense sings an eclectic assortment of standards, show tunes, pop songs, and more. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Club Cafe, Napoleon Room Cabaret. 617-536-0966,


    JOHN FUNKHOUSER QUARTET The accomplished, Boston-based pianist and composer (who is also a marvelous acoustic bassist!) celebrates the release of “Still,” his brilliant new piano quartet album, with the superb band featured on the record: guitarist Phil Sargent, bassist Greg Loughman, and drummer Mike Connors. Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Tickets: Free. Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley.

    MATT WILSON QUARTET PLUS JOHN MEDESKI Drummer Wilson and keyboardist Medeski first met decades ago in Boston’s own Either/Orchestra. Today, they are among the most acclaimed players and bandleaders in jazz. “Gathering Call,” their new album with Wilson's Quartet — bassist Chris Lightcap, multi-reedist Jeff Lederer, and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke — shows them at their eclectic, joyful, propulsive best. Jan. 29, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111,



    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BSO assistant conductor Andris Poga leads an ambitious program featuring Wagner’s Overture to “Rienzi,” Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, and Lutoslawski’s Piano Concerto, with Garrick Ohlsson as soloist. Jan. 23-25. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

    ROBERT LEVIN The eloquent Cambridge-based pianist may be best known as a specialist in the classical era, but he has also forged close links to living composers. In this recital, he plays works written for him by Yehudi Wyner, Hans Peter Türk, John Harbison, and Bernard Rands. Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Free. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge.

    BORROMEO STRING QUARTET Lean, angular, and unrelentingly powerful, Bartok’s set of six string quartets stands at the dark heart of the modern quartet literature. Chamber music fans with an ear for 20th-century music will not want to miss the Borromeo’s marathon performance of all six quartets.
    Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

    ALEXANDER MELNIKOV The formidable Russian pianist concludes his two-part survey of Shostakovich’s great keyboard cycle, the 24 Preludes and Fugues. If Sunday’s first installment is any indication, we can expect playing of intense concentration and considerable depth. Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,