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    JD McPherson (pictured last September in Nashville) plays the Sinclair April 17.
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    JD McPherson (pictured last September in Nashville) plays the Sinclair April 17.


    Pop & Rock

    HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF AND WAXAHATCHEE New Orleans-based Hurray for the Riff Raff, led by the musical traveler Alynda Segarra, glues together punk, gospel, goth, funk, and other genres to create a vibrant vision of Americana on 2017’s high-concept “The Navigator”; Philadelphia’s Katie Crutchfield pairs pointed lyrics with washes of guitar on Waxahatchee’s most recent album, “Out in the Storm.” April 17, 7:30 p.m. $22 and up. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 617-625-4088,

    THE AFGHAN WHIGS AND BUILT TO SPILL Two ’90s indie-boom standouts team up for this top-notch bill: The Greg Dulli-fronted Afghan Whigs barrel through bleakly honest, soul-tinged rock, while the soaring, melodic guitar of leader Doug Martsch helps Built to Spill reach for the heavens. April 20, 7 p.m. $35 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,


    NAP EYES This Halifax quartet plays chiming pop with a slacker-era feel that makes its ruminative lyrics on good and evil hit even harder. With the playful Montreal folk-punkers She-Devils. April 20, 10:30 p.m. $12 and up. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,

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    Folk & World

    JASON EADY Texan Eady plays country music: sometimes, as on his 2014 album “Daylight/Dark,” he does it electric, with pedal steel moan and Telecaster twang; and sometimes, as on last year’s self-titled release, he takes it acoustic. For Sunday evening’s show, he and his band will be in the latter guise. April 15, 7:30 p.m. $10. City Winery. 617-933-8047,

    RUBY BOOTS On her new record, “Don’t Talk About It,” Ruby Boots (birth name Bex Chilcott) hooks up with the Texas Gentlemen as her backing band and makes music that will remind you of Nikki Lane one moment, of fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett the next. April 15, 9:45 p.m. $12. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

    JD MCPHERSON McPherson is touring behind recent release “Undivided Heart & Soul,” an album made in legendary Studio B in his new hometown of Nashville that delivers a subtly amped-up serving of his modern-day mélange of vintage sounds. Jake La Botz opens the show; it’s worth getting there early enough to catch him. April 17, 9 p.m. $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849,



    Jazz & Blues

    THE SEVEN RAYS: MUSIC OF JERRY BERGONZI & KEN SCHAPHORST World-class tenor saxophonist Bergonzi joins the NEC Jazz Orchestra for the American debut of Schaphorst’s arrangement of Bergonzi’s epic seven-movement suite, inspired by the mystical meanings of the number seven. April 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1122,

    GRACIE CURRAN & THE HIGH FALUTIN’ BAND A Winthrop native, the charismatic blues belter, winner of the 2014 Boston Music Awards “Blues Artist of the Year,” now makes her home in Memphis, where she and her High Falutin’ crew are the house band at Beale Street’s world-famous Rum Boogie Café. April 20, 8 p.m. $20-$30. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093,

    JENNY HERZOG & JIM GUTTMAN The boundary-bending Boiler House Jazz series continues its spring season with the eclectic duo of improvisational singer/tap dancer Herzog and seasoned acoustic bassist Guttman, a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and master of many genres, from classical to blues. April 22, 7:30 p.m. $20. Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, 154 Moody St., Waltham. 781-893-5410,




    RUSSELL SHERMAN The venerated Boston pianist offers a solo recital program under the title “88 Keys at 88!,” with works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. April 15, 4 p.m., Emmanuel Church. 617-536-3356,

    BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Conductor Benjamin Zander and his orchestra are joined by Chorus pro Musica for a one-night performance of Elgar’s sweeping oratorio “The Dream of Gerontius.” April 20, 8 p.m. (conductor’s talk at 6:45), Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999,

    EARLY MUSIC BOSTON For two performances at the Longy School of Music, Boston Camerata returns to one of its classic productions, “Tristan & Iseult: A Medieval Romance in Poetry and Music,” first conceived by director emeritus Joel Cohen and now staged anew by artistic director Anne Azéma (April 21 and 22). And the fast-rising French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau makes his Boston Early Music Festival debut in a keenly anticipated recital devoted to Bach’s iconic “Goldberg Variations” (April 20, First Church in Cambridge). 




    CABARET A promising cast is lined up for this production of the darkly brilliant Kander & Ebb musical set during the Nazi ascendancy in 1930s Germany. Aimee Doherty steps into the role of Sally Bowles, the featured performer in the Kit Kat Club, while Jared Troilo portrays Clifford Bradshaw, a writer who becomes smitten with Sally, and Phil Tayler plays the Emcee. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone. Through April 29. Moonbox Productions. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

    FIRST LOVE IS THE REVOLUTION The US premiere of a fable by Australian playwright Rita Kalnejais about the unlikely bond between a lonely, bullied 14-year-old boy and the female fox who gets caught in a trap he sets in the family garden. A reviewer for the Guardian described it as “Romeo and Juliet with fur.’’ Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques. Through May 5. Apollinaire Theatre Company. At Chelsea Theatre Works, Chelsea. 617-887-2336,

    TRUE WEST One of Sam Shep-ard’s specialties was dramatizing the power struggles and scorpions-in-a-bottle combat that can erupt within families at their most extreme. Eight months after the death of the great playwright-actor comes a local production of Shepard’s “True West.’’ A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1983, the play is about the rivalry and role reversals that ensue when two brothers — Austin (Bob Mussett), a successful screenwriter, and Lee (Victor Shopov), a boozing drifter and thief — reenter each other’s lives after years apart. Directed by Daniel Bourque. Through April 28. Hub Theatre Company of Boston. At First Church Boston. 203-530-2343, DON AUCOIN


    ALONZO KING LINES BALLET WITH ZAKIR HUSSAIN For World Music/CRASHarts’ first commission of a new work, the organization has picked the adventurous San Francisco-based choreographer and his company with longtime collaborator tabla master Hussain. He and sarangi player Sabir Khan play live for this East Coast premiere. April 20-22. $54-$58. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,

    LIMITLESS: SPRING DANCE CONCERT The talented students of Boston Conservatory are a treat to watch on any occasion. But this concert seems particularly rousing, anchored by Mark Morris’s masterful “Gloria,” featuring live music by the conservatory’s orchestra and choruses. Students also perform works by Doug Varone, Joe Chvala, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Duane Lee Holland Jr. April 19-22. $25-$30. Boston Conservatory Theater. 617-912-9222,

    VISIONS 2018 This annual showcase by Boston University’s Dance Theatre Group is traditionally a lively, wide-ranging affair of original works by student choreographers as well as alumni and faculty, including Margot Parsons and Lindsey Leduc. Styles range from classically based to experimental, serious to light-hearted. April 20-21. $10-$15. Boston University Dance Theater . 617-353-1597,



    KATE SHEPHERD: SELF-MADE Shepherd photographs reflections glinting in her enamel-painted panels, and then silkscreens them where she found them – to make fleeting images permanent, if ghostly, evocations of space. Her bronze casts of cardboard packages likewise memorialize passing incidentals. Through May 5. Krakow-Witkin Gallery, 10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490,

    NOW YOU SEE IT . . . Augmented reality alert: Bring your tablet. Water rises and engulfs visitors in Will Pappenheimer’s piece; technology supersedes nature in Claudia Hart’s virtual world; and Michael Mittelman creates wall drawings like Sol LeWitt’s. Through May 13. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710,

    SOLASTALGIA Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the title word, which reflects the pain felt as one’s environment changes – you feel homesick, but you haven’t left home. Nine textile artists, including Nathalie Miebach and Ann Wessmann, make art addressing that ache. Through April 29. Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport. 508-636-4177,



    COLLECTING STORIES: NATIVE AMERICAN ART This is the first of three Museum of Fine Arts exhibitions examining the museum’s collection of Native American objects, attempting to shed light on hoary art-historical and ethnographic narratives and including Native American artists in the conversation. Through March 10, 2019. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,


    LIVED SPACE: HUMANS AND ARCHITECTURE How do the spaces we inhabit reflect our inner lives? In paintings, drawings, and photographs from the deCordova’s collection, artists address how we shape architecture, and how it shapes us. Through Sept. 30. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,


    UNFOLDING HISTORIES: CAPE ANN BEFORE 1900 Nine institutions contribute objects and archival documents to this broad historical exhibition, which highlights often-overlooked stories related to Native American life, civil rights, women’s history, the temperance movement, and more. Through Sept. 9. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455,




    DYLAN BRODY Tuesday is usually an off night for stand-up, but Brody is an offbeat guy. He’s a comedian, but he’s also a playwright, author, and storyteller who toured last year with his new one-man show, “Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood.” April 17, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

    THE WOMEN IN COMEDY FESTIVAL One of Boston’s best and most diverse festivals, the WICF will bring stand-up, improv, sketch, music, movies, and podcasts to several venues from Wednesday, with Tony V and Kelly MacFarland at Laugh Boston, to Sunday, with headliners like Tig Notaro and Wanda Sykes at the Chevalier Theatre. April 18-22. Various times and venues. Check for details

    COOKING WITH THE CALAMARI SISTERS Sisters Delphine and Carmela Calamari (played by Jay Falzone and Stephen Smith) helm this faux cable-access cooking show, turning their final show into a musical comedy and singing songs like “That’s Amore” and “Volare.” Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., Through May 20. $45-$65. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,

    Nick A. Zaino III


    ROCK AND ROLL PLAYHOUSE — THE BEATLES “Here Comes the Sun” this spring, and the music of the Beatles is the perfect way to welcome in the sunshine and “Come Together.” The event is part of the Sinclair’s Rock and Roll Playhouse series, which introduces kids to the music that shaped rock ’n’ roll. April 15, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $15. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge.

    EAT A MONSTER CLUB Whoever said don’t play with your food hasn’t been to Eat a Monster Club. Join MarLi on food adventures and learn about crunching on healthy snacks. Using locally sourced fruits and veggies from the Boston Public Market, Eat a Monster Club presents fun food-crafting activities with a healthy snacking message. April 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. The Kitchen at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

    EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES Celebrate Earth Day with the Boston community and exercise your green thumb. Join the Boston Affordable Energy Coalition in a full afternoon of guest speakers, kids’ activities, and a hands-on solar energy workshop for teens and adults. April 21, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Epiphany School, 154 Centre St.



    April 24 The Suffers at the Sinclair

    April 25 Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel at Symphony Hall

    April 30 Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Royale

    May 2 Dr. Dog at House of Blues

    May 3 HAIM at Agganis Arena

    May 4-5 Brandi Carlile at Orpheum Theatre

    May 15 Jackson Browne at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion