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    An untitled work from “Heather McGill: Familiar to Millions” at Miller Yezerski Gallery.


    Pop & Rock

    KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD While the adjective “psychedelic” lends itself to notions of free-floating exploration, this act from Down Under approaches its ferocious, riff-heavy albums with unifying concepts — infinite loops, uniform song lengths. Their latest, “Flying Microtonal Banana,” is the result of songs being played in microtonal tuning, allowing for them to wriggle into — and explode — the spaces left empty by Western scales. April 2, 7 p.m. $22, $20 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699,

    GUCCI MANE One of the key figures in making Atlanta the premier hip-hop hotbed of the past few years, this laconic MC has been dizzyingly prolific since his release from prison in June, peeling off studio albums, mixtapes, collaborative EPs, and guest appearances, including a verse on fellow Atlantans Rae Sremmurd’s spaced-out chart-topper “Black Beatles.” April 5, 7 p.m. $39.50-$59.50. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,


    MIRACLE LEGION These Connecticut janglers were beloved for their twisty, brainy lyrics and sparkling guitars, which served as a model for the ’80s gentler, pre-alt-rock-takeover version of “modern rock”; last year lead singer Mark Mulcahy got the band back together for a tour and a reissue of their semi-lost final album “Portrait of a Damaged Family.” April 7, 7 p.m. $25, $22 advance. Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River. 508-324-1926, Also April 8, 8 p.m. $12-$30. Mass MoCA, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

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    Folk & World

    SON VOLT In his own way, Son Volt mainstay Jay Farrar has been exploring roots in recent years, as the plainspoken titles of the band’s last two records — “Honky Tonk,” and the just-released “Notes of Blue” — announce. But at the end of the day, what results still has a distinctive Son Volt sound. April 6, 9 p.m. $22. The Paradise. 800-745-3000,

    TIFT MERRITT Songbird Merritt comes to town in support of “Stitch of the World,” her first solo album in five years. It’s another alluring collection of her soulful Americana that, in Merritt’s words, shows her doing what she always does: “the humble work of marking life by writing.” April 2, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $23. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

    DALE AND RAY A first visit for a new duo endeavor from a couple of guys who’ve been making their own marks in country music for years, Dale Watson as a purveyor and advocate of hardcore honky-tonk, and Ray Benson as the anchor of iconic Western swing outfit Asleep at the Wheel. April 5, 7:30 p.m. $46. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190,



    Jazz & Blues

    KEN PEPLOWSKI TRIO The preeminent swing clarinetist, who’s played with the likes of Benny Goodman and Mel Torme, stretches out in the masterful company of guitarist Gray Sargent and bassist Marshall Wood, both members of Tony Bennett’s rhythm section. April 4, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen 603-898-1591,

    DARRELL KATZ & ODDSONG Helmed by one of Boston’s most adventurous jazz composers, Oddsong features the unusual instrumentation of four saxophones, violin, vibraphone/marimba, and vocals, performing music by Katz and Helen Sherrah-Davies. April 6, 8 p.m. $15. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,

    BLUES AFTER HOURS TRIBUTE TO MAI CRAMER The 10th annual edition of this all-star tribute to the late, beloved Boston blues radio host will feature, among others, Eli Catlin, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones featuring Monster Mike Welch, “Sax” Gordon Beadle, Peter Hi-Fi Ward & Electric Blues, Lisa Marie, and, from Chicago, Lurrie Bell and Eddie Taylor Jr. Proceeds will benefit Rosie’s Place women’s shelter in Boston. April 8, 7:30 p.m. $28-$32. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,




    COLLAGE NEW MUSIC Four works by the eclectic Boston composer Donald Sur are on the contemporary ensemble’s program, as are pieces by Eric Moe, Eric Chasalow, and Peter Child. April 2, 8 p.m., Longy School of Music of Bard College, Pickman Hall. 617-850-2044,

    BOSTON CONSERVATORY AT BERKLEE Bernstein’s “Mass,” a wildly ambitious slice of music-theater pageantry, gets a rare outing in a production directed by Neil Donohoe and Larry Sousa and conducted by Eric Stern. April 7-9, Boston Conservatory Theater.

    HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY The H&H chorus, along with a bevy of instrumentalists and vocal soloists, will tackle one of the pinnacles of Western sacred music: Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610.” April 7 and 9. 617-266-3605,




    GOLDA’S BALCONY Bobbie Steinbach delivers an impassioned and stirring performance as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, scrambling during 1973’s Yom Kippur War to save a nation of which she was not just the leader but a living embodiment. William Gibson’s solo drama is directed by Judy Braha. Through April 16. New Repertory Theatre. At Mainstage Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

    CHILL In her shrewdly observed new play, set in her hometown of Brookline, Eleanor Burgess sketches a portrait of millennials grappling with life’s uncertainties while confronting questions about which roads to take — and, inevitably, roads not taken. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Through April 16. Merrimack Repertory Theatre at Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, Lowell. 978-654-4678,

    TOPDOG/UNDERDOG A searing and often riveting production, directed by Billy Porter, of Suzan-Lori Parks’s Pulitzer-winning drama about the rivalry between two African-American brothers, both carrying the burden of family history and splintered identities. Through April 9. Huntington Theatre Company, at BU Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800,



    JANIS BRENNER & DANCERS It should be well worth the drive to Maine for the US premiere of the acclaimed choreographer’s new “Once You Are Not a Stranger.” The company’s one-night-only performance is hot on the heels of the work’s world premiere at the Sarajevo Winter Festival. The multidisciplinary collaboration, featuring original music and video projections, examines the concept of empathy in our diverse world. April 8, $20-$25. Dance Hall, Kittery, Maine. 207-703-2083,

    DEVI Neena Gulati and the Triveni Ensemble showcase three classical Indian dance styles in this celebration of Hindu goddesses. New choreography featuring percussive footwork and vivid storytelling is set to both traditional and modern music. April 7-8, $20-$50. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-232-5485,

    TO HIP HOP, WITH LOVE The Wondertwins (Boston natives Billy and Bobby McClain) are back with their popular three-part show. Highlighting a range of African-American entertainment traditions, the show flashes back to the glory days of vaudeville and the Cotton Club, embraces Broadway hoofing, and pop-and-locks into more edgy contemporary moves, all with the brothers’ trademark flair. April 7-8, $18-$22. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,



    HEATHER McGILL: FAMILIAR TO MILLIONS Using radiant laser-cut acrylic and painted paper, McGill hand-stitches intricate patterns from source materials that include floral textiles, vintage car pinstripes, and scientific data, layering and intermixing them into eye-popping abstractions. Pictured: an untitled work from 2016. Through April 18. Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

    PIERRE HUYGHE: UNTITLED (HUMAN MASK ) This short film questioning humanity’s relationship to nature stars a monkey wearing the mask of a young woman. Huyghe filmed it in Fukushima, Japan, after the earthquake-triggered nuclear accident there. Through May 28. David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence. 401-863-2932,

    #DISRUPT: NEW PAINTINGS BY AGNIESZKA PILAT In her scuffed yet elegant portrait paintings of old film projectors, rotary phones, and AM radios, Pilat heroicizes defunct technology and confronts themes of time, decay, and the haphazard quality of memory. Through April 23. Gold Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 857-239-8972,



    LEISURE & LUXURY IN THE AGE OF NERO: THE VILLAS OF OPLONTIS NEAR POMPEII Mount Vesuvius’s eruption buried the Neapolitan town of Oplontis. Excavated objects tell stories of class, taste, and consumption in ancient Rome.Through Aug. 13. Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2760,

    DANIELA RIVERA: THE ANDES INVERTED Rivera’s installation evokes the Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile, her native country, and confronts an industry that is at once a behemoth causing environmental and societal upheaval and a source of pride and economic security. Through Sept. 17. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

    CAITLIN CHERRY: MONSTER ENERGY Cherry constructs blazing narrative maquettes inhabited by clay golems and uses them as source material for her prints. This series tells the story of a New England house fire. Through April 30. University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-545-3672,




    JOSH WOLF The Boston native and former “Chelsea Lately” writer wears a lot of hats — podcast host (“Fairly Normal”), author, and charmingly rumpled stand-up dude. But his role as a father is what feeds his comedy most. April 6 at 8 p.m., April 7-8 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

    BOSTON COMEDY CHICKS SATURDAY SHOWCASE Nonye Brown-West hosts this month’s showcase featuring Liam McGurk, Tooky Kavanagh, Brian Higginbottom, Erika Lindquist, Reece Cotton, Tina Frimi, Bitsy Biron, Nicole Sisk, and Kathe Farris. April 8, 8 p.m. $12. Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-2345,

    NEMR The Lebanese-American comic has been a phenomenon in the Middle East and is increasingly popular in the States. He brings his new “No Politics No Religion One Love” tour to the Wilbur Saturday. April 8, 10 p.m. $32-$72. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



    FAMILY CONCERT — SUPERHEROES NEAR & FAR Listen to dynamic superhero-themed songs by the Melrose Symphony Orchestra Sunday. While you’re dreaming of flying next to Superman around the world, be reminded of the classroom superheroes you hear from everyday. April 2, 3-4 p.m. $4 for children, $11 for adults. Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., Melrose.

    EASTER EGG SCAVENGER HUNT If you feel like your Easter egg hunting skills are a little rusty after going a year without searching for eggs and candy in random places, get back into the groove at Faneuil Hall this Saturday. April 8, starts at 11:30 a.m. Free, registration required. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market Building.

    EDAVILLE SEASON OPENING The sounds of roller coasters, bumper cars, and good summer times are coming early this year at the Edaville Family Theme Park. Starting Saturday, summer fantasies can begin (on select weekends with limited hours). Now all that’s needed is warmer weather. April 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $27. Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.




    April 10 Steel Panther at House of Blues

    April 10 Boytoy at Great Scott

    April 21 Boogie at The Sinclair

    April 27 Jazz Cartier at Sonia

    April 30 21 Savage at House of Blues

    May 1 Smino at Brighton Music Hall

    May 5 Mayday Parade at House of Blues

    May 6 Jacob Sartorius at Wilbur Theatre