The week ahead: Music

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Exalting ‘Baduizm’

ERYKAH BADU “Baduizm,” her acclaimed debut that became a cornerstone of the neo-soul movement, was released in 1997, and now Badu is performing that classic in its entirety. She’ll no doubt survey the rest of her albums, too. March 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$75. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

James Reed


MAN MAN Still on the road for 2011’s “Life Fantastic,” this cacophonous indie-rock outfit is led by Honus Honus as lead singer and carnival barker. They’re always a force to behold live. March 1,
8 p.m. Tickets: $19.50. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

JACCO GARDNER The fever dream and debut album by this Dutch multi-instrumentalist, “Cabinet of Curiosities” has a distinctly ’60s psychedelic pop sheen, conjuring the ghosts of both the Zombies and Syd Barrett. March 3, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. Middle East Upstairs. 617-864-3278,


NIGHT BEDS By turns sweeping and scaled back, “Country Sleep,” the new debut by this Nashville-based band, finds the sweet spot between chamber folk and dusky country. March 6, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,



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GANGSTAGRASS You already hear these guys every week if you watch TV’s best show, “Justified.” They’re responsible for the show’s theme song, “Long Hard Times to Come,” which is a pretty good representation of what they’re about: another attempt to graft hip-hop to a country/bluegrass shoot. Does it work? Go find out. Feb. 28, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $$6 (over 21), $10 (under 21). All Asia, Cambridge. 617-497-1544,

TOM MCBRIDE Typically described as a rock artist heretofore, Boston native McBride will likely earn some new genre characterizations with his new record, “Morning in Glen Burnie,” which leans heavily in a Americana direction with occasional twangy and soulful turns. He celebrates the new release with Friday's show. March 1, 9:15 p.m. Tickets: $15. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

BOSTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL This annual event is dedicated to presenting innovative programs that demonstrate the many ways Jewish experiences, beliefs, and values are expressed through music. This year’s “many ways” include the klezmer-tango-folk-jazz fusion of César Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky, singer-songwriter Dan Nichols, and an “electro- Judeo dance party” provided by French group Mazal. Mar. 1- 10, various times, venues, and prices; call or consult website for details and tickets. 781-883-2091, www.bostonjewishmusicfestival

ELEPHANT REVIVAL This collective endeavor — made up of five multi-instrumentalists who share singing and songwriting duties — plays something its members have labeled “transcendental folk,” by which they mean music that transcends classification as a single genre (while, apparently, still being folk). That zen riddle aside, their music does combine folk, country, Celtic, swing, and other elements. Their early show Saturday is sold out. March 2, 10 p.m. Tickets: $18. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,




FRED HERSCH TRIO The poet of the piano’s band with bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson combines lyricism, brainy improvisation, sensitive interplay, and purring propulsion, making it one of the finest trios around. This gig, rescheduled after a cancellation last September, celebrates their wonderful recent double album, “Alive at the Vanguard.” Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

JIM GUTTMAN’S BESSARABIAN BREAKDOWN Boss bassist Guttman’s little big band integrates klezmer with jazz, funk, Latin, and Middle Eastern music. The first show of the evening will be a sit-down dinner concert, while the second will be a no-holds-barred “Yiddish Dance Party,” with traditional freylekhs and horas spelled by swing, rhumba, and tango tunes. March 1, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$15. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161,

DIANE BLUE & TONI LYNN WASHINGTON Sterling vocalist Washington, Boston’s “Queen of the Blues,” joins forces with hot harmonica player and powerhouse singer Blue, who won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge. With their top-notch band in tow, a rollicking good time is sure to be had by all. March 1, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge. 617-876-9330,

THE FOLLEN ANGELS The acclaimed cabaret group — with smooth singer Hildy Grossman, versatile pianist Rieko Tanaka, and swinging drummer Ken Dantzig at its core — present their latest effervescent evening’s entertainment: “In the Still of the Night: Classics of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.” March 6,
8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111,



Peter Miller
Hilary Hahn.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Hindemith’s “Konzertmusik” on a program that also includes Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Lang Lang. Feb. 28
-March 2. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,


JEREMY DENK The Jordan Hall debut of an independent-minded pianist, with works by Liszt, Bartok, Bach, and Beethoven, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. March 2. 617-482-6661,

BLUE HERON The distinguished choir performs a program titled “Divine Songs,” spotlighting music of the 15th-century composer Johannes Ockeghem. March 2. First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956,


Hahn (not solo)

HILARY HAHN The enterprising violinist offers a Celebrity Series recital of works by Fauré, Corelli, and Bach. She will be partnered with pianist Cory Smythe, and will also play selections from her commissioning project, “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores.” March 1. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,