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The Australian singer-songwriter returns to Boston with “Bittersweet,” her first album in four years, just out in the US. It’s the first record she’s made without her brother Nash in the producer’s seat, but the results are very much of a piece with the country-leaning Americana that she’s been honing over the course of her career. Aug. 9, 9 p.m. Tickets: $30. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

Rock & Pop

MEGHAN TRAINORShe was “All About That Bass” last year, but since then the Massachusetts-bred pop star has gone on to a pair of Grammy nominations and recent fizzy confections such as “Dear Future Husband” and “Lips Are Movin’.” Trainor’s concerts are an ideal showcase for her down-to-earth sass and charm. With Life of Dillon and Charlie Puth as the opening acts. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$44.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000,


BUSH TETRASSetting out to make tribal dance music in early-’80s New York, Bush Tetras ended up somewhere slightly afield with its rhythmic and funky spin on punk. To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the band is on the road with three of its founding members. It’ll be a full evening with E (featuring members of Come and Neptune), Gene Dante & the Future Starlets’ glitter-streaked rock, and a DJ set from Gang of Four’s Hugo Burnham. Aug. 8, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

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AND THE KIDS From Northampton, this indie-pop trio signed to Signature Sounds churns out irrepressible songs that skirt the line between pure joy and deep heartache. The proof is on And the Kids’ excellent new debut, “Turn to Each Other.” (The band’s in the middle of a Tuesday night residency at Great Scott, with a repeat performance Aug. 18.) Aug. 11, 9 p.m. Tickets: $9. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,


Folk & World

WAYWORN TRAVELERS “The songsters in the arbor that stood beside the way/ Attracted his attention, inviting his delay.” So sang the Carter Family about the Wayworn Traveler. This evening, an occasional collaboration of songsters — Bruce Millard, Anita Suhanin, Dennis Brennan, Jerome Deupree, and Elijah Wald — that travels under a name adapted from that song comes together again for a performance centered on the first family of country music. Aug. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

BANDITOS With the turbocharged careen of their punked-up country mix and their keening, just-south-of-unhinged harmonies, Alabama-by-way-of-Nashville band Banditos brings to mind the sound and attitude of what their label, Bloodshot Records (which just released the band’s self-titled debut), used to call “insurgent country.” Aug. 11, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,



Jazz & Blues

CLAIRE DICKSON QUARTET The startlingly accomplished teenage vocalist has reaped a slew of awards and was recently named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Tonight, she’ll showcase numbers from her deep repertoire of jazz tunes and American Songbook standards, accompanied by a trio of visiting Israeli musicians. Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330,

2nd ANNUAL SPRINGFIELD JAZZ & ROOTS FESTIVAL This free, outdoor festival features New Orleans pianist Henry Butler with trumpeter-bandleader Steven Bernstein & the Hot Nine, saxophonist “Big Chief” Donald Harrison and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, bassist Avery Sharpe’s tribute to gospel great Rosetta Tharpe, and singer-songwriter Deva Mahal, plus many more. Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Court Square, Springfield.

THE GRAY SARGENT QUARTET The veteran acoustic swing guitarist has played rhythm and soloed succinctly with the likes of Illinois Jacquet, Scott Hamilton, and Tony Bennett. Here, he’ll stretch out in the company of saxophonist Arnie Krakowsky, bassist Marshall Wood, and drummer Jim Gwin. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591,




TANGLEWOOD Thursday in Ozawa Hall, Yo-Yo Ma teams up with Leonidas Kavakos and Emanuel Ax for an evening of Brahms Piano Trios; Charles Dutoit leads the BSO on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, with Kavakos and Joshua Bell, respectively, as violin soloist. And Saturday night, Andris Nelsons leads a gala performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the assembled forces of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and many others. (This concert will be streamed live to large screens in Copley Square.) Finally, on Sunday night in the Shed, Ma and Ax join forces again, this time for a recital devoted to Beethoven’s complete Cello Sonatas. Lenox. 617-266-1200,

MONADNOCK MUSIC Gil Rose conducts the festival chamber orchestra in an all-Gershwin concert, with pianist Alan Feinberg as soloist. Aug. 7, 8:15 p.m., Peterborough Town House, Peterborough, N.H., 603-924-7610,

CHAMBER MUSIC + RECITALS Pianist George Li, who recently won a silver medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, plays a solo recital of works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel on Friday at the Walnut Hill School (; in addition to its regular Saturday and Sunday concerts, Marlboro Music’s penultimate weekend includes a Friday night benefit program with works by Adolf Busch, William Walton, and Gideon Klein (; and Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has the Emerson Quartet on Thursday in Wellfleet ( EICHLER


KING LEARWill Lyman’s towering performance offers the satisfying spectacle of a great actor putting his own distinctive stamp on a classic role. His agonized, many-sided Lear instantly earns a place in the gallery of unforgettable Lyman portrayals. Directed by Steven Maler. Through Aug. 9. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. On Boston Common. Free admission. For information, call 617-426-0863. Weather hotline, 781-239-5972. Reserved chairs available for $50 at NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOMRobert Walsh directs a compelling production of Enda Walsh’s knotty, fascinating play about the imprisoning power of memory, featuring strong performances by Marya Lowry, Nancy E. Carroll, and Adrianne Krstansky as a trio of Irish sisters endlessly reliving an encounter with a pop singer that took place decades before. Through Aug. 15. Gloucester Stage Company, at Gorton Theatre, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN AND I DIDN’T EVEN SMILEA razor-sharp world premiere of Suzanne Heathcote’s dark comedy about a family that is a multigenerational mess — and strangely invigorating company. Featuring a host of excellent performances, especially Ariana Venturi as a 15-year-old trying to stay afloat amid the chaos. Directed by Jackson Gay. Through Aug. 15. Berkshire Theatre Group and New Neighborhood, at Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444, DON AUCOIN


BEANTOWN TAPFESTThe performance highlight of this jam-packed festival (through Aug. 9) is always the faculty showcase, “On Tap.” This year’s production with live music features choreography and improvisations by the festival’s top-notch faculty, including Michelle Dorrance, Josh Hilberman, Sarah Reich, Barbara Duffy, Ryan P. Casey, Sean Fielder, and others. Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $36. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-616-5124,

MALPASO DANCE COMPANYThe acclaimed Havana-based contemporary dance troupe, known for its passion, power, and technical facility, performs a new work by Trey McIntyre and two new works with live music by the Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Through Aug. 9. $39-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

JESSICA LANG DANCEThe prolific choreographer and her New York-based company are at Jacob’s Pillow for two weeks with last year’s sweepingly romantic “The Wanderer.” Lang’s first full-length ballet, it is set to Franz Schubert’s lyrical song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin,” which will be performed live. Through Aug. 9. $35-$45. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,



LANDSCAPE AS FETISH Artists shape landscapes to reflect their desires, to heighten their projections, to satisfy their arguments. The art can’t match nature’s complexity, but it can teach us about our own. Greer Muldowney curates; artists include Jesse Burke and Jonathan Gitelson. Aug. 7-29.Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411,

THE SPACESUITS: IT’S AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD The Spacesuits collective of artists and musicians ends its summer tour with a performance at the Lily Pad in Cambridge on Thursday, and this Afro-futurist-themed exhibition. Aug. 7-22. The Distillery Gallery, 516 East 2nd St., South Boston.

CHRISTINE VAILLANCOURT & KX2: RUTH AVRA + DANA KLEINMANVaillancourt and the sister duo KX2 each craft geometric abstractions. Vaillancourt’s paintings mix a 1950s aesthetic with references to 21st-century technology. KX2 use the circle to investigate mysticism, science, and the cosmos. Through Aug. 22. Lanoue Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-262-4400,



NIGHT VISION: NOCTURNES IN AMERICAN ART 1860-1960 A survey of scenes by artists over a century, including Albert Ryder, Edward Hopper, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lee Krasner, and Andrew Wyeth. Through Oct. 18. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275,

ROZ CHAST: CARTOON MEMOIRS The cartoonist associated with The New Yorker and the author of the memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” is the subject of a show that is a bit manic and very funny. Through Oct. 26. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100,

BRAND-NEW & TERRIFIC: ALEX KATZ IN THE 1950S Sixty-five works from the 1950s, a breakthrough period in the influential artist’s career. Through Oct. 18. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600, SEBASTIAN SMEE


BRIAN REGAN It doesn’t get much funnier than Regan, who has made a career of filling theaters on the strength of his goofy, infectious stand-up comedy without the benefit of a regular presence on primetime TV or in film. Aug. 6, 8 p.m. $44-$64. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630,

AWKWARD SEX . . . AND THE CITY What’s more awkward than sex and dating? Not much, judging by the stories from this group of comedians, featuring Natalie Wall, Ginny Leise, Jamie Leelo, Meghan O’Malley, and Carly Ann Filbin. Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m. $15-$20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-495-2668,

COLIN JOST The “Weekend Update” cohost just released a film he wrote called “Staten Island Summer,” which features current and former “Saturday Night Live” players Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Cecily Strong, and Bobby Moynihan. Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Aug. 8 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. $25-$35. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

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School Readiness Friday NightBring your children to an evening filled with fun activities to get them ready for school. Aug. 7, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $14. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

After Work Reggae with High Hopes Band Celebrate Friday with a family-friendly outdoor reggae show. Aug. 7, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Lawn On D, D Street, Boston.

Hand-A-ThonJoin brilliant students, engineers, and teachers as they host innovative workshops with your kids. Aug. 8 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 2300 Washington St., Boston.

Mackenzie Cummings-Grady