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Kendrick Lamar (pictured in April at Coachella in Indio, Calif.) plays TD Garden July 22.
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Kendrick Lamar (pictured in April at Coachella in Indio, Calif.) plays TD Garden July 22.


Pop & Rock

KENDRICK LAMAR “DAMN.,” the dense and thrilling fourth album from this highly decorated Compton MC, teems with antagonists — Fox News, karmic fate, the conflict between the mind and body, Kendrick Lamar himself — but is ultimately triumphant, both in terms of its plot and elevating the legacy of the lyricist at its center. July 22, 7:30 p.m. $45 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS The sardonic Floridian, both alone and with his band, is one of classic rock radio’s most formidable presences, his bemused lyrics and withering vocals being the constant that links the paranoid psych-synth of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and the storming music-biz broadside “Refugee.” July 20-21, 7:30 p.m. $49.50 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


SPOON / THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Whatever “indie rock” means in 2017 will probably be up for debate until the calendar flips to 2018; what is not is the top-notch quality of these two bands’ most recent albums. The Austin act Spoon’s “Hot Thoughts” sprinkles dancefloor jitters amid their precision-grade guitar pop, while supergroup The New Pornographers’ “Whiteout Conditions” pairs its sugar-coma hooks with tart lyrics, Sour Patch Kid-style. July 21, 8 p.m. $25 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600,

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Folk & World

ARC IRIS This show comes with a title: “Arc Iris Reimagines Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue.’ ” With that, the Providence group announces up front the intention guiding their tribute to Mitchell’s finest moment: no note-for-note recapitulation, but sonic exploration aimed at bringing her music into their world. July 18, 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

ASHLEIGH CAUDILL An in-demand songwriter as well as a fine singer, clawhammer banjo player, and bassist, this Nashville-based Berklee alum makes a return visit to the area to play her roots-and-bluegrass mix as the feature act at the Cantab’s weekly bluegrass night. July 18, 10 p.m. No cover; donations encouraged. The Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617-354-2685.

AMERICAN PRIMITIVE AND EXPERIMENTAL GUITAR SUMMIT What promises to be a fantastic evening of instrumental music brings together contemporary exponents of the America Primitive Guitar style. The marvelous Glenn Jones, Madrilenian Conrado Isasa (making his first US tour), Joseph Allred, Robert Noyes, and Wendy Eisenberg are scheduled to perform. July 20, 7:45 p.m. Free, $15 suggested donation. Church of the Advent Library, Boston. 617-276-4536.



Jazz & Blues

JUKE JOINT 5 The seasoned, house-rocking quintet, with soulful lead singer Lisa Marie, plays old school R&B, Chicago blues, and early rock ’n’ roll, performing originals and covering the likes of Louis Jordan, Howlin’ Wolf, Slim Harpo, Big Mama Thornton, and Little Richard. July 18, 9 p.m. $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-876-9330,

DOMINIQUE EADE & RAN BLAKE Luminous vocalist Eade and nonpareil pianist Blake, longtime New England Conservatory colleagues and collaborators, celebrate the release of their striking second duo recording, “Town and Country.” Rooted in American folk song with touches of Blake’s beloved film noir, the critically acclaimed album features chiaroscuro interpretations of compositions by Charles Ives, Leadbelly, Jean Ritchie, Henry Mancini, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and more. July 22, 2 p.m. Free, reservations required. Thelonious Monkfish, Jazz Baroness Room, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-441-2116,

PAUL BROADNAX & FRIENDS The marvelous singer, a New England mainstay, is known for his rich, Joe Williams-influenced voice and for accompanying himself on piano, like his role model Nat King Cole. July 23, 2 p.m. $20. Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-499-0050,




MARLBORO MUSIC The venerable Vermont chamber music festival is opening its 67th season this weekend, and July 16 brings a program of inviting favorites by Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert. 2:30 p.m., Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vt., 802-254-2394,

BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA The orchestra’s popular summer series of free Wednesday night concerts on the Esplanade returns this week under the innovative direction of Christopher Wilkins. Opening night will feature repertory staples by Barber and Elgar as well as the rarely spotted “Blue Planet” by Boston composer Peggy Stuart Coolidge. July 19, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade, 617-987-2000,

TANGLEWOOD Highlights in Lenox this week should include two performances by the Emerson String Quartet in Ozawa Hall (Wednesday and Thursday) as well as the first Tanglewood appearances of BSO artistic partner Thomas Adès, who will lead the orchestra Saturday night in works by Britten, Beethoven (the “Emperor” Concerto with soloist Emanuel Ax) and himself (“. . . but all shall be well”). Lenox. 617-266-1200,




CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD Joshua Jackson (Showtime’s “The Affair’’) is indefatigable in shouldering the multiple demands of playing an unconventional speech therapist in Mark Medoff’s 1979 drama. But the real revelation of this Broadway-bound production is the luminous and expressive Lauren Ridloff. As a young deaf woman so determined to live on her own terms that she refuses to speak or read lips, insisting on sign language, Ridloff generates a silent storm. She has that indefinable but invaluable quality known as presence. Directed by Kenny Leon. Through July 22. Berkshire Theatre Group at Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,

THE ROOMMATE S. Epatha Merkerson, showcasing comic skills she seldom got the chance to demonstrate on “Law & Order,’’ portrays an endearingly square divorcee who takes a walk on the wild side after a lesbian slam poet from the Bronx, played by Jane Kaczmarek, moves into her Iowa home. Jen Silverman’s play is a deeply satisfying exploration of friendship, parenthood, attraction, and the surprises that can lie inside any human being. Directed by Mike Donahue. Through July 16. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-458-3253,

BLOOD ON THE SNOW Penned by local playwright Patrick Gabridge and directed by Courtney O’Connor, this absorbing, 70-minute piece stands as a virtual model of how to write and stage a historical drama. Supported by a strong cast, Dale Place portrays acting Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson, agonizing over whether to order the removal of British troops on the day after the Boston Massacre. The play is presented in the high-ceilinged room where the discussion among Hutchinson and members of the Governor’s Council actually took place. Through Aug. 20. The Bostonian Society. At Old State House, Boston. 617-720-1713, ext. 120, DON AUCOIN


GREAT FRIENDS DANCE FESTIVAL Island Moving Company’s eighth annual festival offers five nights of performances. Each is a unique shared bill by different guest companies, which include Breathing Art Company from Italy, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Boston’s Kat Nasti Dance, and two troupes from New York, Matthew Westerby Company and Trainor Dance. July 19-23. $23-$27. Great Friends Meeting House, Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470,

REACH This free kid-friendly program by the intergenerational dance company of Boston University’s summer teen dance program is a lively showcase of dance styles and cultural diversity, highlighting the talent and commitment of 15 specially selected 13- to 18-year-olds from around Greater Boston. July 19, 7 p.m. Free. Cambridge Municipal Lot No. 5 at Bishop Allen Drive and Essex Street. 617-353-1597,

COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD Internationally acclaimed avant-garde firebrand Marie Chouinard and her Montréal-based company make their Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival debut with a rigorous and imaginative program featuring “24 Preludes by Chopin,” set to live piano accompaniment, and “Henri Michaux: Mouvements,” inspired by and incorporating the vivid ink drawings and poetry of the title’s famed poet/artist. July 19-23. $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. 413-243-0745, KAREN CAMPBELL


INHABITING WORDS When artists use language, they heighten it with material substance. In this group show, artists spin poems, quote mythology, implement alchemical recipes, and write letters to uncork the possibilities of text beyond the page. Through Aug. 11. Concord Center for the Visual Arts, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578,

BREATHE. PAUSE. BREATHE. Part Rube Goldberg, part Victor Frankenstein, artist Clive Moloney built a kinetic installation of inflatable latex sculptures. Animated by a bellows, they breathe, sag, swell, take organic shapes, and move along conveyor belts. Through July 30. Contemporary Arts International, 68 Quarry Road, Acton. 617-699-6401,

THOMAS LYON MILLS: THE CATACOMBS Mills begins his paintings at ancient sites: Byzantine caves, Italian catacombs. He returns to his studio and, over years, integrates dream imagery into the paintings, joining his own unconscious with the subterranean consciousness of world history. Through Aug. 18. Rafius Fane Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 508-843-2184,



MARSDEN HARTLEY’S MAINE The modernist painter who called himself “the painter from Maine,” spent a lot of time elsewhere. He returned when American regionalism was peaking and embraced the landscape with his essential forms and febrile palette. Pictured: “The Lighthouse.’’ Through Nov. 12. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600,

THE SUMMER OF LOVE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHIC DESIGN Haight-Ashbury, 1967: A new, psychedelic sensibility in graphic design is blossoming in posters for rock concerts, and photographer Herb Greene is on the prowl, documenting the music scene. Through Oct. 22. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

ELAINE REICHEK: EVER YOURS, HENRY JAMES The writer was a friend of Isabella Stewart Gardner. They wrote regularly. Reichek’s new façade installation at the Gardner Museum characterizes their friendship by reprising James’s closing words, some formal, some fervent. Through Jan. 16. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,




WORLD SERIES OF COMEDY Forty comedians will compete for a trip to the main competition, which happens in Las Vegas in September. July 19-20 at 8 p.m. and July 21-22 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

AMERICAN CHARLATAN! THE MUSICAL This one-act musical is based on the true story of John R. Brinkley, a medical quack, country music radio pioneer, and politician who was active in the early 20th century. It takes its historical cues from the Pope Brock biography “Charlatan.” Fridays through July, 10 p.m. $18. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

ASTEROID BASEMENT: FREE COMEDY IN A BASEMENT This is, indeed, a free comedy show, but with a catch. The hosts will reveal the location of the show the day of the performance. The lineup is worth the mystery: Dan Boulger, Will Noonan, Pamela Ross, Brett Johnson, and Jed Kurtzman, hosted by James Huessy. July 22, 7:30 p.m. Location TBA.



STORY TIME WITH DRAG QUEENS & KINGS Regal fairy tales will be brought to life with real queens and kings during this story time. Bring dress-up clothes to read children’s books, sing songs, and blow bubbles with performers in full drag. July 16,10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-492-8855.

FAMILY PICNIC IN THE PARK, SUMMER POPS CONCERT Don’t put that picnic basket away just yet — extend the Fourth of July festivities for a bit longer with an outdoor concert by The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra. They’ll play everything from “The Lord of the Rings” to Tchaikovsky to patriotic favorites while you and the kids munch on hot dogs and potato salad. July 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Shedd Park & Pavilion, 433 Rogers St., Lowell. 978-970-4194.

GARDENING WITH KIDS Playing in the dirt is one thing, but learning to garden can get a kid on the fast track toward vegetarianism — or at least a lifelong love of veggies. Kids will meet composting worms, get an introduction to all things plants, and take seeds home to put their new knowledge to the test. July 22, 10-11 a.m. Free. Alvah Kittredge Community Garden, 10 Highland Ave., Roxbury. 617-542-7696, ext. 2115. KAITLYN LOCKE


July 29 Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero at The Wilbur

Aug. 1 Nicolas Jaar at Royale

Aug. 2 Belle and Sebastian at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Aug. 2 Melvins at Paradise Rock Club

Aug. 12 Girls Rock Campaign Boston at Brighton Music Hall

Aug. 14 John Mellencamp at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Aug. 19 Mark Lanegan Band at Brighton Music Hall

Aug. 19 Waxahatchee at Royale TERENCE CAWLEY