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    The Breeders play the House of Blues May 4.
    Marisa Gesualdi
    The Breeders play the House of Blues May 4.

    MUSIC

    Pop & Rock

    MYA The R&B thrush’s just-released eighth album, “T.K.O. (The Knock Out),” pairs her silvery voice with slowly unfolding seduction jams like the spacey “Knock You Out” and the pulsing “Down.” With the fantastical New York MC Cam’ron and the boundary-bending Atlanta rapper B.o.B. May 3, 7 p.m. $36 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

    DREAM WIFE This raucous trio split the difference between post-punk and post-pop on their self-titled debut, turning sugary hooks, razor-wire riffs, and the sometimes surprised, often jubilant shriek of lead vocalist Rakel Mjöll into a cheeky, kicky thrill ride. With noise-poppers Sunflower Bean. May 3, 7 p.m. $13. Sonia, Cambridge. 617-864-3278. www.mideastoffers.com

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    THE BREEDERS “All Nerve,” the latest album from this storied quartet, is a deep dive into gnarly hooks and twisted imagery that nevertheless retains a fundamental lightness — perhaps because they’re still forging their own path, forsaking “remember-when-we” nostalgia trips and instead letting their 2018 selves hang out. May 4, 7 p.m. $30 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston MAURA JOHNSTON

    Folk & World

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    SARAH SHOOK AND THE DISARMERS/ZEPHANIAH OHORA A dynamite twofer of country music is on tap this Sunday. Sarah Shook brings amped-up honky-tonk and tough-minded attitude; Zephaniah Ohora has clearly spent some time with his Merle Haggard records. April 29, 9:45 p.m. $15 (limited tickets available at the door). Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792. www.atwoodstavern.com

    NOBODY’S GIRL BettySoo, Grace Pettis, and Rebecca Loebe, all Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriters with established solo careers, recently decided to combine forces as Nobody’s Girl. They’re out on a tour they’ve dubbed “Sirens of Austin,” on which they’ll wield their harmonies and draw on their solo recordings and upcoming debut EP, “Waterline.” May 3, 8 p.m. $22. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org

    STEVE GUNN Surprisingly, given how prolific he is both on his own and collaboratively, Gunn isn’t coming to town in support of anything new (his most recent effort being 2016’s “Eyes on the Lines”). But whatever he decides to play, expect an evening of marvelous guitar music that is equally reflective of experimental and folk traditions. May 4, 8 p.m. $16. Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 888-929- 7849. www.axs.com

    STUART MUNRO

    Jazz & Blues

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    LELLO MOLINARI QUINTET The virtuosic acoustic and electric bassist celebrates his compelling new recording “Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 2,” on which he and his band revisit the music of Italy, from folk to classical and more, from a jazz perspective. May 1, 7:30 p.m. $14-$18. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

    ANTHONY COLEMAN: STREAMS The world premiere of a multi-movement work commissioned for New England Conservatory’s 150th anniversary. Composer Coleman, an alumnus and current faculty member of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department who used to skip high school to ride on Duke Ellington’s band bus, cites Duke’s music as a formative and abiding influence. Showcasing the CI Department and featuring ensembles ranging in size from duos to big bands, “Streams” balances composition and improvisation, incorporating elements of jazz, world music, contemporary chamber music, and more. May 2, 7:30 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1122, www.necmusic.edu

    SUGAR RAY & THE BLUETONES Led by distinctive vocalist and red-hot harmonica player Sugar Ray Norcia, the Bluetones are a seasoned outfit that house-rockingly ranges the blues landscape. May 4, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

    KEVIN LOWENTHAL

    Classical

    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA For the final performances of the BSO’s subscription season, Bernard Haitink leads an all-Brahms program featuring the Second Symphony as well as the Piano Concerto No. 2 with Emanuel Ax (May 1, 3, and 5). And BSO assistant conductor Moritz Gnann leads Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, with BSO principal oboist John Ferrillo (May 4). Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

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    HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Harry Christophers conducts the period instrument orchestra and chorus in two performances of Handel’s “Hercules,” with vocal soloists to include Jonathan Lemalu, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Amanda Forsythe, Robert Murray, William Purefoy, and Woodrow Bynum. May 4 and 6, Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

    RECITALS Soprano Julia Bullock makes her Celebrity Series recital debut with selections by Schubert, Barber, Fauré, and Nina Simone (May 2, Longy’s Pickman Hall, www.celebrityseries.org). And Robyn Bollinger, a violinist in A Far Cry, performs her multimedia project “Ciaconna: The Bass of Time,” with works by Biber, Bach, Bartok, and Berio (May 3, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, www.gardnermuseum.org).  JEREMY EICHLER

    ARTS

    Theater

    ON YOUR FEET! A biographical jukebox musical, imperfect but quite enjoyable, about pop singer Gloria Estefan (Christie Prades) and her producer husband Emilio (Mauricio Martinez). The “Mamma Mia!’’-like exclamation point in the show’s title promises a good time, and it’s a promise on which “On Your Feet!’’ largely delivers, thanks in significant part to Sergio Trujillo’s choreography. Directed by Jerry Mitchell. Through April 29. Presented by Broadway in Boston. At Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787, www.broadwayinboston.com

    CABARET In Rachel Bertone’s darkly compelling production of the Kander & Ebb classic, which unfolds in early 1930s Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power in Germany, Aimee Doherty captures the ragged edge of desperation that lies beneath the flamboyant self-dramatization of Kit Kat Klub singer Sally Bowles. Through April 28. Moonbox Productions. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.moonboxproductions.org

    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Christopher V. Edwards directs a sprightly, gender-switching production in which Claudio and Hero are a same-sex couple, played by Esme Allen and Lydia Barnett-Mulligan. Most of the fun, however, lies in the rapid-fire badinage between a splendidly well-matched Brooke Hardman and Omar Robinson as Beatrice and Benedick, those quick-witted precursors to Sam and Diane of “Cheers.’’ Through May 6. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

    DON AUCOIN

    Dance

    COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR The brainy and provocative British choreographer Wayne McGregor (known locally for two works in Boston Ballet’s repertoire) brings his troupe to Boston for the first time. The company performs the collaborative “Atomos,” which features a wearable technology designed to map the dancers’ biometrics. May 4-5. $60-$75. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

    BODY MUSIC This multifaceted, cross-cultural show invites us to “see music/hear dance” as seven performers from around the world celebrate the music of the human body. From songs, chants, and whistles to claps, snaps, and taps, it’s an engaging rhythm fest with an emotional heart. May 5. $40-$60. Celebrity Series of Boston. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

    STEP AFRIKA! Incorporating South African Gumboot, Western African dance, singing, and drumming, this high-energy troupe performs “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence.” The multimedia work chronicles experiences reflected in the painter’s epic series about the Great Migration of African-Americans out of the South in search of a better life. May 3-6. $20-$95. ArtsEmerson. Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

    KAREN CAMPBELL

    Galleries

    CHUCK WEBSTER — PILGRIMS: DRAWINGS 2017-2018 Drawing in shellac-based ink on handmade vintage paper, this painter known for abstraction introduces space and actors to his works (mallets stand in for figures) to explore what a protagonist does to a painting. Through May 26. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265, www.stevenzevitasgallery.com

    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED 9: BASKETRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY The National Basketry Organization’s ninth juried biennial spotlights 40 works by American artists at the forefront of their medium in terms of technical, material, and formal innovation. Through June 9. Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd. 617-266-1810, www.societyofcrafts.org

    SUARA WELITOFF: THE FEELING OF A FEELING Three years after it closed, the maverick gallery Anthony Greaney reopens in a new space. The inaugural show features Welitoff, whose lyrical videos play with time to find magic in the ordinary. Through June 23. Anthony Greaney, 438 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-482-0055, www.anthonygreaney.com  CATE McQUAID

    Museums

    POMPEII: PHOTOGRAPHS AND FRAGMENTS Contemporary artists William Wylie and An-My Lê spent time in Italy as Yale artists in residence reflecting on Pompeii. Wylie’s large-scale photos and Lê’s artist’s book are displayed alongside ancient relics. Through Aug. 19. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu

    INVENTUR — ART IN GERMANY, 1943-55 Art history has neglected postwar German art because many German artists were killed or exiled during World War II. But the artists who remained grappled with the war and its aftermath, and shaped German modernism. Through June 3. Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-9400, www.harvardartmuseums.org

     

    KLIMT AND SCHIELE: DRAWN Sixty works on paper explore the similarities and differences between Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Both died in 1918 (though Klimt was a generation older) and took a forthright, sometimes raw, approach to the body. Through May 28. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

    CATE McQUAID

    EVENTS

    Comedy

    STANDUP AT THE CASTLE This is a strong lineup of comedians for a club, much less a cafe that specializes in board games: Zach Armentrout, Zach Brazaõ, Wes Hazard, Brian Higginbottom, Emily Ruskowski, and Laura Severse, hosted by Will Martin. May 1, 8 p.m. $5-$8. The Castle: A Board Game Café, 240 Rantoul St., Beverly. 978-969-1719, www.thecastlebeverly.com

    THE ELLIS ROOM Ellen Sugarman and Brett Johnson host this local showcase with Sam Pelletier, Connor McGrath, Dylan Uscher, Carolyn Riley, Wes Hazard, Dan Boulger, and Jiayong Li. May 2, 7 p.m. Free. The Ellis Room, 6 Harvard Square, Brookline. 617-566-3782, www.theellisroom.com

    ALI WONG Just over a month after giving birth to her second child, Wong is back on the road ahead of the release of her second Netflix special, “Hard Knock Wife,” which will premiere on Mother’s Day. Friday shows are sold out. May 5, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $35-$75. The Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford. 800-838-3006, www.chevaliertheatre.com NICK A. ZAINO III

    Family

    DIA DEL NIÑO Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up, but what about the kids? Celebrate Dia Del Niño (Children’s Day) at Veronica Robles Cultural Center and come together for performances, food, and activities for all ages. April 29, 2-5 p.m. $20. Veronica Robles Cultural Center, 175 William F. McClellan Highway, East Boston. veronicaroblesculturalcenter.org/category/dia-del-nino/

    ART IN BLOOM COMMUNITY DAY Spring has sprung at the annual Art in Bloom festival at the Museum of Fine Arts. Join the MFA in a full day of children’s programming with fresh flowers, art projects, dance, music, and stories. April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/art-in-bloom-community-day-0

    CELEBRATE SIDEWALK SAM Now that the snow has melted, the streets are the perfect blank canvas for chalk art to welcome spring. Honor the bright memory of Newton chalk artist Bob Guillemin (a.k.a. Sidewalk Sam) by joining his family and the community in a day of chalk and commemoration. May 5, 9-11 a.m. Free. Newton Centre Green, Langley Road, Newton Centre. www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/celebrate-sidewalk-sam

    SOPHIE CANNON

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    May 9 Boston Pops/Andy Grammer at Symphony Hall www.bso.org

    May 19 Bishop Briggs at Royale Boston www.ticketmaster.com

    May 19 Flatbush Zombies at House of Blues Boston www.ticketmaster.com

    May 21 The Kooks at House of Blues Boston www.ticketmaster.com

    May 23 Matt Costa at the Sinclair www.ticketmaster.com

    May 30 Dead and Company at the Xfinity Center www.ticketmaster.com

    June 2 Aretha Franklin at the Wang Theatre www.ticketmaster.com

    SOPHIE CANNON