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    Out for ‘Blood’

    Is being described by Shooter Jennings as “Like a scumbag Leonard Cohen” a compliment? Apparently. There’s this from the magazine No Depression: “His barbarous exorcism of Depression-era blues — with a bedrock of frantic flatpicking, foot stomps into a floor mike, and guttural growls through a distortion mike — has made Biram a rising star in Austin [Texas].” Scott H. Biram is on the road promoting his latest release, “Nothin’ but Blood.” 9 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004.


    Just sayin’ “One does not need to say too much to say it all” is Albert Hadjiganev’s philosophy of life, and our new hero’s paintings are on view at Axelle Fine Arts. You’ll see this philosophy put into artistic practice via minimalist paintings revealing nature’s coexisting tensions and harmonies. Daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through July 6. Free. Axelle Fine Arts, 91 Newbury St., Boston. 617-450-0700.

    Sparkling diamonds Folk, soul, and rock brought Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano together for a musical and marital partnership. They go by the name Johnnyswim, are celebrating their “Diamonds” release, and have been described by NPR as having “the booming voices of great street buskers, but also the polished sparkle of natural-born stage performers.” 8 p.m. doors. $20. 18+. The Sinclair,
    52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000.


    Tree lines The lines between real and imagined leaves, branches, roots, and flowers are blurred for Swedish artist Lotta Olsson, who grew up near a National Park, the daughter of a forest ranger. At “Lottas Trees” you’ll see photographs merged with illustrations. Tuesday hours are 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (through July 27). Free.
    Gurari Collections, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-367-9800.


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    Hot jazz Jazz piano and Mexican food go together when Robert Christopherson discusses and plays “The History of Jazz Piano: From Ragtime to Modern” at Sol Azteca. Christopherson is an associate professor in the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music.
    June 25 at 6:30 p.m. $42 (reservations recommended). Sol Azteca Restaurant, 914 Beacon St., Boston. 617-232-1858. www.citysalon

    Slurpees? What reminds you of home? Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer penned his new single, “Back Home,” to “take as many people as possible back to a place, person or thing that reminds them of home (great friends, family, Dunkin’ Donuts, pizza, Slurpees, beach trips, guy dance party, girl dance party, bathroom selfies — you name it).” June 25 at 8 p.m. $20, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

    Disappearance This isn’t the Disney film, it’s the J.T. Rogers mystery “Madagascar.” When a young man disappears, his mother, sister, and family friend head to the same hotel room at different times to look for answers. June 25 at 8 p.m. (through July 6). $30 (Wed-Fri), $35 (Sat and Sun). Discounts available. Chester Town Hall,
    15 Middlefield Road, Chester. 800-595-4849.

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