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The week ahead: Music

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Viva Vega

SUZANNE VEGA “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain” is one of the stranger additions to Vega’s catalog, somehow alluding to the rapper Macklemore (and “Thrift Shop,” his hit with Ryan Lewis) while sampling 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop.” Suzanne Vega: still the quirky songwriter we have known and loved since “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” were defining alternative hits in the mid-1980s. “Don’t Uncork. . . ” is the standout track from Vega’s brand-new album, “Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.” April 30, 9 p.m. Tickets: $35. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JAMES REED

Rock and Pop

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JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD The clang of discordant electric guitar, coupled with a crash of drums, that opens Mayfield’s new album sends a message: This is not the amiable indie folk-rocker from her two previous releases. “Make My Head Sing. . . ,” Mayfield’s first album without the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at the helm, is a brash change of course, and the newfound coarseness complements the languid qualities of her disaffected croon. April 25, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15, $12 in advance. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

LYLA FOY A painterly approach to her songs — all soft focus with dream-pop melodies that frame her luminous voice — makes the new debut from this London-based songwriter a real sleeper. “Mirrors the Sky” reveals its maker in layers, putting her in the same cosmic realm of Sub Pop labelmates Beach House and Still Corners. April 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. Café 939. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

CHROMEO What must have seemed like a joke a decade ago – two dudes putting a playful, electro-funk spin on yacht rock — has turned into a surprisingly successful and respectable career that has outlasted expectations. Chromeo, the duo of Canadian musicians Dave 1 and P-Thugg, have churned out some seriously catchy dance jams since their 2004 debut, and they’re ramping up again ahead of the May release of their new album, “White Women.” April 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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JAMES REED

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY

HUUN HUUR TU One of the more renowned representatives of the herdsman music popularly known as Tuvan throat singing, Huun Huur Tu combine their Khöömei style of the form, singing two or even three notes simultaneously, with traditional Tuvan as well as Western instruments. April 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28. First Congregational Church, Cambridge. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

LAURENCE JUBER He first made a name for himself playing electric guitar in McCartney's Wings, but in the three decades since that gig ended he’s built a career as a solo fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, releasing 22 albums along the way and gaining recognition as one of the finest acoustic players of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine. April 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Center for the Arts, Natick. 508-647-0097. www.natickarts.org

THE NEW MENDICANTS This side project/supergroup brings together an American living in Toronto with his Canadian wife (Scud Mountain Boy/Pernice Brother Joe Pernice), a Scotsman living there with his Canadian wife (Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake), and a Canadian living there with his American wife (the Sadies’ Mike Belitsky). No wonder they named their record label XPT, from “expat.” Expect reconfigured Pernice Brothers and Teenage Fanclub material alongside the band’s own songs. April 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG: BOB DYLAN This well-established cover-song series turns its attention back to His Bobness for a second annual tribute show. Series founder Patrick Coman, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Danielle Miraglia, and other local compadres will present their versions of songs drawn from across the Dylan catalog and originals that serve the man himself. April 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

STUART MUNRO

JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET

WOMEN IN JAZZ Award-winning composer-pianist Geri Allen presents an evening of arrangements by up-and-coming pianist, composer, and arranger Shamie Royston, performed by Berklee’s Rainbow Ensembles led by faculty member Tia Fuller. April 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Free. David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-2222, www.berklee.edu

BAY STATE BLUES SUMMIT WITH JOHN HAMMOND This blues-a-palooza features Johnny A, Charlie Farren, and
Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood, with acoustic country blues master Hammond as special guest. April 25, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $48. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester. 508-752-0888, www.mechanicshall.org

AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s own progressive big band continues its 41st season with a concert of music by founder-director Mark Harvey. Premieres include “Commemoration (Boston 2013),” dedicated to victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy, and “Spaceways,” celebrating Sun Ra’s centennial. Harvey’s “No Walls,” official theme of this year’s JazzBoston Jazz Week, will also be heard. April 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: Free. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.
617-452-3205, www.aardvarkjazz.com

DIZZY FINGERS — PIANO PYROTECHNICS AND DELECTABLE DITTIES American Classics, the area’s premier show tune and light music specialists, presents early-20th-century piano novelties and novelty songs from several eras. Featuring the tricky piano pieces of Zez Confrey (“Dizzy Fingers,” “Kitten on the Keys”) and others, and such songs as “Come On-a My House,” “Whistle While You Work,” and “I Love a Piano.” April 27, 3 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25. Longy School of Music’s Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-254-1125, www.amclass.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL


CLASSICAL

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Charles Dutoit replaces Lorin Maazel to lead the final performances of the orchestra’s Symphony Hall season, with works by Glinka, Rachmaninoff, and Berlioz. April 25 and 26, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

BOSTON BAROQUE Under Martin Pearlman’s direction, the period instrument orchestra offers two semi-staged performances of Monteverdi’s “Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria,” with a cast that includes Fernando Guimarães and Jennifer Rivera. April 25 and 26, Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander, a devoted Mahler champion, concludes the Boston Philharmonic’s season with a return to the composer’s Ninth Symphony. April 25, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org.

DEBORAH VOIGT The soprano brings an eclectic recital program to Symphony Hall, including works by Tchaikovsky and Amy Beach, Strauss and William Bolcom. She will be partnered by pianist Brian Zeger. April 27, 3 p.m. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

JEREMY EICHLER

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