The week ahead: Music


Sight to behold

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE To crib a line from one of his hits: As long he’s got his suit and tie, he’s gonna leave it all on the floor tonight. That’s no idle threat from Timberlake, whose world tour for last year’s “The 20/20 Experience” keeps chugging. For good reason: The show is a well-oiled machine that feels both stylish and substantial as it surveys his decade-long solo career, morphing from boy-band phenom to 30-something blue-eyed soul singer. July 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$175. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,



CAMERA OBSCURA This Scottish indie-pop band returns to the US after two members recently had children. Touring behind last year’s overlooked “Desire Lines,” Camera Obscura manages the rare feat of spinning heartache into gold. The same could be said of Laura Cantrell, the country singer-songwriter who’s on the road for a new album, “No Way There From Here.” July 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT The tour that made everyone think, “Yeah, that makes sense” is finally off and running. It was a brilliant move to pair Lambert, a finalist on “American Idol,” with the British band whose pomp and grandeur have been integral parts of Lambert’s own musical DNA. Lambert will do his best to channel the spirit of Freddie Mercury, Queen’s late, great frontman. July 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$125. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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THE WYTCHES Imagine bottling the essence of Nirvana, the 13th Floor Elevators, and just a touch of the Rolling Stones — and then shake it furiously to see if the whole thing will combust. That’s the initial impression of the Wytches’ hellacious new debut album. Due late next month, “Annabel Dream Reader” finds the British trio harnessing the feral intensity of psychedelic rock and grunge for a record that’s by turns punishing and beautiful. July 23, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,



CRACKER/CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN David Lowery is on the road with a tour that features both of his band guises: He’ll perform Camper Van Beethoven material as a duo with band co-founder Greg Lisher, and then will be joined by Johnny Hickman for a Cracker set. Opener Lydia Loveless makes getting there early impossible to resist. July 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $19-$29. Blue Ocean
Music Hall, Salisbury. 800-745-3000.

THE DEL MCCOURY BAND Delano Floyd McCoury has been playing music professionally since the early ’60s, which means that he is now into his sixth decade of preserving and extending the sounds of traditional bluegrass. And his high-lonesome keen is still capable of raising the hair on the back of your neck. July 20, 5 p.m. Tickets: $55-$85. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391.


NATHAN KALISH AND THE LASTCALLERS Like George Jones used to do at every show, Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers (if that ain’t the name of a honky-tonk band, what is?) threaten on their Facebook page to play all night. Unlike the Possum, they add the caveat “unless you want us to stop.” July 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $7. Midway Café, Jamaica Plain.

HAPA Barry Flanagan credits Ron Kuala’au as the inspiration behind the original formation of Hapa’s contemporary Hawaiian sound. Now, 30 years later, Kualau’au has joined Flanagan in the latest version of the duo. July 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757.



BRUCE KATZ BAND The Hammond B3 organist/pianist has released seven CDs as a leader and been a sideman on scores more. His band plays a groovy gumbo of blues and soul-jazz. July 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

SECOND ANNUAL DRIFF FEST Boston-based “transatlantic improvised music” specialists Driff Records — brainchild of saxophonist Joritt Dijkstra and pianist Pandelis Karayorgis — celebrates its latest batch of CDs with performances by Tony Malaby (solo saxophones), Matchbox (Dijkstra, Karayorgis, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer Curt Newton), Bolt (Dijkstra, guitarist Eric Hofbauer, cellist Junko Fujiwara, and drummer Eric Rosenthal) and a 10-piece ensemble adding trumpeter Forbes Graham, saxophonists Charlie Kohlhase and Matt Langley, and trombonist Jeff Galindo to most of the aforementioned musicians. July 18, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,


DENNY DIAS AND LISA JASON Dias, guitarist and founding member of Steely Dan, has been writing songs for cabaret singer Jason, acclaimed for her tributes to the great women of song, from Judy Garland to Ellie Greenwich. July 18,
8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Berklee School of Music, David Friend Recital Hall,
921 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-2222,

MAKOTO OZONE The 30th and final season of Marblehead Summer Jazz opens with an appearance by the artist who kicked it off all those years ago, the marvelous Japanese pianist best known for his lengthy association with Gary Burton. July 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$43. Unitarian-Universalist Church,
28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-6366,



TANGLEWOOD In Ozawa Hall, the Festival of Contemporary Music sets sail under the direction of composers John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi (July 17-21). At the Shed, British conductor Edward Gardner makes his BSO debut with works by Strauss, Copland, and Beethoven (July 18); Andris Nelsons takes over with two programs (July 19 and 20), each pairing symphonic staples with a newer work (by Rolf Martinsson and Christopher Rouse). Lenox. 617-266-1200,

MARLBORO MUSIC The storied Vermont chamber music festival starts up this weekend (and runs through Aug. 17), under the artistic direction of pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Saturday’s program features works by Mozart, Brahms, and Alexander Lokshin; for Sunday’s concert, it’s music by Haydn, Janacek, and Schumann. Marlboro, Vt., 802-254-2394,

YELLOW BARN This adventurous festival, also in southern Vermont, offers another extended weekend of ambitious programming, including a Thursday concert with works by Haydn, Brahms, Schnittke, Bartok, and Golijov; a Friday program with music by Giacinto Scelsi, Dutilleux, and Shostakovich alongside works by Chopin and Mozart; and a Saturday concert with music by Friedrich Goldmann and George Crumb, offset by works of Mozart and Schumann. On Sunday, Yellow Barn throws a gala garden party. Putney, Vt. 800-639-3819,