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The week ahead: Music

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CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO The brilliant bassist — still in his early 40s and a dominant force in the music since his debut over 20 years ago — celebrates his recent release “Out Here,” featuring up-and-comers Christian Sands (on piano, left) and Ulysses Owens Jr. (on drums, right), and focusing on straight-ahead, swinging blues, and the American songbook. May 16, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $35. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

POP & ROCK

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RAIN DOGS When Tom Waits’s “Rain Dogs” was released in 1985, it was received as yet another shambolic missive in his increasingly adventurous catalog, part of a back-alley trilogy that would include “Swordfishtrombones” and “Franks Wild Years.” It lends itself to live performance, and singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey will bring it to life with a band, the Crumbling Beauties, and burlesque performers from Babes in Boinkland. May 15, 16, 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30, $25 in advance. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.cluboberon.com

HIGHASAKITE From Norway, this indie-pop ensemble excels at sprawling songs that bring to mind the glacial beauty of Sigur Rós and the rhythmic bombast of Bat for Lashes. They’re touring the United States behind a new album, “Silent Treatment.” May 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Café 939. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

SWANS After disbanding in 1997, this uncompromising experimental rock outfit anchored by Michael Gira has undergone a renaissance in recent years. “To Be Kind,” the band’s new album released earlier this week, puts Swans’ hallmarks on full display: expansive sonic explorations that have the disorienting power to be both beautiful and brutal. Among the album’s special guests are St. Vincent’s Annie Clark and fringe cabaret artist Little Annie. May 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $22, $20 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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OFF! Three chords and about two minutes are all this Los Angeles quartet need to blow the lid off their new third album. “Wasted Years,” recorded live in the band’s rehearsal studio with little preparation, is in line with OFF!’s previous work, erasing the line between lean punk rock and lacerating hardcore. Frontman Keith Morris knows a thing or two about both worlds, having cut his teeth as a founding member of the bands Black Flag and Circle Jerks. May 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com

JAMES REED

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY

LA BOTTINE SOURIANTE This 11-piece ensemble — there’s a full-blown horn section in among various stringed instruments, accordions, and keys, and dancers, too — plays traditional Quebecois roots music with an expansive twist, adding in salsa, jazz, and folk elements and executing it all in a manner that has garnered them a reputation as one of the most explosive and danceable live acts around. May 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35, $39. Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford. 508-994-2900, www.zeiterion.org

KIM LENZ & THE JAGUARS With her classic good looks, flaming red hair, and throaty snarl, Kim Lenz was perhaps the premier pin-up front woman to emerge during the great ’90s rockabilly revival, and she has continued to brandish a vintage ’billy torch ever since. May 18, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $8. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

CHAHAM COUNTY LINE In many respects, this North Carolina group, made up of the same four members and now heading into its second decade, is rooted in bluegrass. But there’s always something — a bit of pedal steel guitar here, a song that goes folky or country there — that adds another dimension to its music. May 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com

MICHAEL HURLEY Hurley’s career began with the release of the suitably titled “First Songs” in 1964, and what came in its wake over the next half-century long ago qualified him as one of American folk music’s leading purveyors of amiable weirdness and true, if obscure, icons. American Primitivist Glenn Jones, worth the price of admission on his own, will open. May 20, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

STUART MUNRO

JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET

FIFTH SEASON QUARTET Pianist Plaman Karadonev and vocalist Elena Koleva celebrate their new album, “Beyond Hope,” featuring arrangements of themes by composers including Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Hindemith, Ellington, Jobim, Pat Metheny, and Sonny Rollins. May 15, 8 p.m. Tickets $13-$15. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. 617-577-1400, www.multiculturalartscenter.org

MATT JENSON’S REGGAE JAZZ New Hampshire native Jenson’s quartet brings a deep feeling for Caribbean grooves to originals and tunes by Bob Marley and other reggae writers. With drummer Sean Skeete and bassist Winston Maccow, both West Indian natives, and special guest Stan Strickland on saxophone, flute, percussion, and vocals. May 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15-$20. Arsenal Center For The Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown.
617-923-8487, www.arsenalarts.org

NEVILLE DICKIE The British stride and boogie-woogie piano master makes his 13th annual appearance at this traditional jazz hot spot, filling the enormous shoes of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Meade Lux Lewis, with the assistance of clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Stan McDonald, fellow stride specialist Ross Petot, and others. May 20, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20, The Sherborn Inn, 33 North Main St., Sherborn. 508-655-5921, www.sherborninn.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL

‘ACIS AND GALATEA’ Choreographer and director Mark Morris takes on Handel’s pastoral opera, in its 1788 arrangement by Mozart. Nicholas McGegan leads the Handel and Haydn Society, with Thomas Cooley and Sherezade Panthaki in the title roles. May 15-18, Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT Gil Rose and his ensemble pay tribute to Boston composer Irving Fine on the occasion of his centenary. Fine’s Symphony and two other works will be heard alongside music by two kindred spirited composers, Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger. May 16, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 781-324-0396, www.bmop.org

CHAMBER MUSIC Chameleon Arts Ensemble offers a characteristically eclectic program with works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Alan Hovhaness, and Shih-Hui Chen (May 17 and 18, First Church in Boston, www.chameleonarts.org). And Boston Chamber Music Society offers Mendelssohn’s rarely spotted Piano Sextet alongside works by Francaix and Mozart (May 18, Sanders Theatre, www.bostonchambermusic.org).

YOUTH ORCHESTRAS The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Benjamin Zander concludes its season with a program featuring young soloists from the orchestra, including harpist Anna DeLoi in Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, and cellist Jonah Ellsworth and violist Gerald Karni in Strauss’s “Don Quixote” (May 18, 2:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre, www.bostonphil.org). And the Boston Youth Symphony under Federico Cortese takes on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Sammy Andonian (May 18, 6 p.m., MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, www.bysoweb.org).

JEREMY EICHLER

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