The week ahead: Music

Alex Ebert, frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
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Alex Ebert, frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

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BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL After roaring out of the gate last year with two separate installments, Boston Calling returns to the heart of the city with its supersized third edition. Breezy singer-songwriter Jack Johnson headlines Friday’s kickoff concert, which includes Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Cass McCombs. The rest of the weekend is equally action-packed, with Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, the Decem-berists, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile, Tegan & Sara, and many more. At press time, general-admission single-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday were sold out, but they remained for Friday’s lineup. (VIP weekend passes and single-day tickets were also available.). May 23-25, various showtimes. Tickets for Friday: $50. City Hall Plaza. 800-745-3000,



MARSHALL CRENSHAW This veteran singer-songwriter came up with an intriguing concept in 2012: With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, he launched a subscription series of EPs on which he records a new song, reimagines an older one, and covers someone else’s. “Red Wine,” the latest EP, proves Crenshaw still has the chops to write hooks as sharp as knives. May 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004,


ERIC HUTCHINSON If you hear echoes of the Killers, fun., Elton John, and Maroon 5 on Hutchinson’s new album, you’re clearly listening with ears wide open. “Pure Fiction” is this Emerson graduate’s latest addition to the power-pop canon, an album so shiny it begs to be listened to all summer long. May 24, 7 p.m. Tickets: $19.50. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

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NYPC Better known as New Young Pony Club, the London duo of Tahita Bulmer and Andy Spence have rechristened their electro-pop band as NYPC with a new eponymous album released this week. Even with a different name, Bulmer and Spence still have a penchant for throbbing dance beats that play off Bulmer’s new-wave croon. May 26,
9:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,



THE APACHE RELAY This Nashville sextet is typically categorized as indie-folk, a characterization that may have to be revised or expanded in light of the pop sheen and ample orchestration they apply on their gorgeous, new, self-titled release. How their new songs translate live will be one of the evening’s interesting aspects. The Weeks co-headline. May 22, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

SOMI Rwandan-Ugandan-American singer Somi is now recording her self-styled “New African Jazz” for the venerable, just-resuscitated Okeh Records, which will release “The Lagos Music Salon” in August. In the meantime, she comes to town for a performance of “Woman :: La Femme,” her collaboration with phenomenal Lebanese world-jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf. May 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers Jazz Club. 888-777-8932,


CAMPFIRE. Club Passim’s full-blown, long-weekend-long celebration of Boston’s folk talent (some of the names you may well be seeing for the first time; others will be long familiar ones) and community returns for its Memorial Day edition. May 23, 6 p.m.; May 24-26, noon. Tickets: $10 single day, $25 weekend pass. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

THE COUNTRY SOUL REVUE Its debut a couple of months ago apparently went so well that the Country Soul Revue decided to do it again. The Revue — Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars, Dennis Brennan and Chris Cote up front, Paul Bryan and Jay Bellarose anchoring on bass and drums — will reprise the musical sweet spot delineated by the likes of Tony Joe White, Candi Staton, and Dan Penn. May 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,



MICHELLE “EVIL GAL” WILLSON The passionate and powerful blues and soul diva sings in the blow-torch tradition of Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, and Etta James. May 22, 9:30 p.m. No cover. Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069,

TUCK & PATTI The married jazz duo — Tuck Andress plays acoustic guitar and Patti Cathcart sings — have been making sweet, spare, and soulful music together for more than 35 years. May 23, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets $35. Scullers. 617-562-4111,


PLYMOUTH ROCK ASSURANCE JAZZ FESTIVAL Local jazz trumpet eminence Johnny Souza hosts what it’s hoped will become an annual do. Saturday’s show features singer Rebecca Parris’s Trio, plus the Bebop Guitars and Johnny Souza Quintet. Sunday’s attractions include Yasko Kubota Power Jazz Unit, Greg Abate Quartet, and singer Amanda Carr’s Quintet. Monday night, Souza hosts an open jazz jam. May 24, 7:30 p.m.; May 25, 2:30 p.m.; May 26, 2 p.m. Tickets: $25 Sat and Sun; $10 Mon. Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25½ Court St., Plymouth. 508-746-4488,

YUKA HAMANO HUNT QUARTET The piano adept — gifted in both classical and jazz traditions — will perform her own jazz compositions and pieces by Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Horace Silver. With saxophonist Andy Voelker, bassist Mike Harrist, and her husband, drummer Joe Hunt, who has played with the legendary likes of the aforementioned Evans, Stan Getz, and Ornette Coleman. May 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,



A FAR CRY The chamber orchestra wraps up its season with a program that hops playfully from Bernard Hermann (Suite from “Psycho”) to Aaron Copland (Suite from “Appalachian Spring”) by way of a Gesualdo madrigal and Finnish dance music. May 23, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-553-4887,

GUERILLA OPERA Next up for this resourceful troupe is the premiere of Ken Ueno’s “Gallo,” a chamber opera that, according to the company, plays out as a fable that “investigates how the landscape and man shape and transform each other.” Sarah Meyers directs the production. May 22-31, Boston Conservatory’s Zack Box Theater. 617-912-9142,

LORELEI ENSEMBLE This eloquent vocal ensemble, which devotes itself to new and early music, offers a program called “Fallen,” with premieres by Travis Alford, Daniel Schlosberg, and Sungji Hong alongside music by the doyenne of mystical minimalism, Sofia Gubaidulina. May 23 at Harvard’s Memorial Chapel, May 24 at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, 8 p.m.

LES BOSTONADES Works by Lully, Vivaldi, Leclair, Telemann, and Handel are on the program for this period-instrument ensemble’s next concert, a benefit for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. May 23, 8 p.m., First Church in Boston. 617-304-8843,