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    This July 9, 2013 photo shows singer-songwriter Neko Case posing at a hotel in New York. Case's latest album, "The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You," was released this week. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP) 31wintermusicpicks 25weekpop
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    Neko Case plays Royale on Jane. 24.

    MUSIC

    Pop & Rock

    NEKO CASE Still boasting one of the most resonant voices in rock, this belter stretched out and kicked back on last year’s “Hell-On,” which was packed with gems like the shimmery “Last Lion of Albion” and the fever-dreamy “Winnie.” With arch folk-popper Margaret Glaspy. Jan. 24, 7 p.m. $39, $36 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699, royaleboston.com

    LEGGY These Cincinnati fuzz-punkers keep the adrenaline and super-distorted hooks intact while ramping up the emotionalism on their forthcoming second full-length, “Let Me Know Your Moon.” With nu-bubble-grunge trio Daddy Issues. Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m. $14, $12 advance. ONCE Somerville, Somerville. 617-285-0167, www.oncesomerville.com

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    KING PRINCESS Mikaela Strauss may perform under a nom du pop, but her slinky songs are up-front about their longing—take her debut single, the pleading “1950,” which turns a young crush into a Technicolor melodrama. With Los Angeles-based Banoffee, who specializes in dazzling yet minimalist synth-pop. Jan. 25, 6 p.m. $25 and up. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

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    MAURA JOHNSTON

    Folk & World

    STEVE EARLE The Hard-Core Troubadour is in the middle of a residency at this downtown venue. He’s playing solo and acoustic, and will be joined by unspecified “special guests.” Get there in time to see opener Paul Cauthen; you won’t be disappointed. Jan. 23, 8 p.m. $45-$60. City Winery. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

    BROTHERS OSBORNE Another mainstream act that’s found a little room to operate outside of Nashville’s current pop-EDM prevalence, John and T.J. Osborne have just seen their sophomore release, “Port Saint Joe,” nominated for a Grammy for best country album. The Wild Feathers open with their classic-sounding country-rock. Jan. 24, 8 p.m. $35-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

    LOVE CANON Gathering a clutch of pop or rock classics and rendering them bluegrass-style has been done a time or two, usually with an ample amount of shtick (hello, Run C&W! Hey there, Hayseed Dixie!), but Love Canon’s iteration comes across as more serious in purpose. The material they mine is ’80s-vintage pop; on their latest, “Cover Story,” they revisit the likes of Mr. Mister, Howard Jones, and Squeeze. Jan. 24-25, 8 p.m. $22. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

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    STUART MUNRO

    Jazz & Blues

    THE KEVIN HARRIS PROJECT: HONORING DR. MARTINLUTHER KING JR. Elegant and probing pianist and composer Harris pays tribute to the great American civil rights leader in the second installment of his “Griot Footsteps” project, aided by trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Ron Mahdi, and drummer Ron Savage. Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. $17-$22. BlackBox Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100, www.mosesianarts.org

    ETHAN IVERSON AND LEWIS PORTER Boundary-bending Bad Plus pianist Iverson, also known for his invaluable music blog “Do the Math,” joins forces with pianist and educator Porter, author of definitive tomes on saxophonists Lester Young and John Coltrane, for “All Keys: A Magical Evening With Two Pianos.” Jan. 25, 7 p.m. $20. Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-862-8043, www.lexingtoncommunityed.org

    TNG (THE NEXT GENERATION) FEATURING SAX GORDON & JOHNNY BLUE HORN The groovy and soulful TNG, winners of the 2016 Massachusetts Blues Society Challenge, host two seasoned horn stars, Sax Gordon and trumpeter Johnny Blue Horn, for a rocking dance party. Jan. 26, 8 p.m. $15-$20. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093, www.gimmelive.com

    KEVIN LOWENTHAL

    Classical

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    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The BSO takes a trip to Finland with this week’s John Storgårds-conducted program, which includes Kaija Saariaho’s timely “Ciel d’hiver” and Sibelius’s Symphonies No. 6 and 7. Pianist Martin Helmchen takes center stage for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22. Of note: before the Jan. 24 performance, listeners can join Saariaho at New England Conservatory’s Williams Hall for a 6 p.m. “What I Hear” program of her chamber music and a conversation with BSO assistant artistic administrator Eric Valliere. Jan. 24-29. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

    LUDOVICO ENSEMBLE In this free concert, soprano Jennifer Ashe and cimbalom player Nicholas Tolle perform two pieces by local composers for the unusual combination — Marti Epstein’s Gnostic cantata “Mary Magdalen” and Andy Vores’s “Hard Songs.” Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

    HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY With artistic director Harry Christophers conducting, the period instrument orchestra takes on Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 and the sumptuous “Harmoniemesse.” Plus, there’s concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky starring in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish.” Jan. 25 and 27. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

    CANTATA SINGERS A program anchored in modern sacred music includes James Primosch’s 2003 “Matins,” which was co-commissioned with Winsor Music, and Arvo Pärt’s cavernous “Te Deum” for three choirs, string orchestra, prepared piano, and tape. Bartók’s “Divertimento for Strings” rounds the evening out. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. 617-868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org

    Z MADONNA

    ARTS

    Theater

    THE WOLVES In this splendid group portrait of a girls’ soccer team, Sarah DeLappe demonstrates an uncanny grasp of the everything-at-once nature and pace of teenage conversation. More important, the playwright shows how those torrents of talk are the girls’ way of trying on personae while figuring out how to live in the wider world. Director A. Nora Long and her topnotch cast make movingly clear how a team can function as a kind of surrogate family. Through Feb. 3. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

    MISS YOU LIKE HELL While it’s a mixed bag overall, there are more pluses than minuses in this timely, impassioned musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown about an undocumented immigrant (played by Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda) who — facing possible deportation — persuades her estranged 16-year-old daughter (Krystal Hernandez) to travel with her across the country to testify on her behalf. Directed with vigor by Summer L. Williams. Through Jan. 27. Company One Theatre in collaboration with American Repertory Theater. At Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

    SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Don’t miss Bess Wohl’s seriocomic gem of a play, in which six lost or wounded souls try to get whole again at a New Age-y spiritual retreat while navigating connections and conflicts that only complicate their elusive quest for inner peace. Featuring Marianna Bassham as their autocratic, unseen teacher, who does most of the talking — well, that and the sextet’s body language — in a play characterized by long stretches of expressive silence. Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara. Through Feb. 2. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

    DON AUCOIN

    Dance

    NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER2 This acclaimed second company of young performers, now in its 40th year, returns to Celebrity Series of Boston for the first time since 2009. Though the dancers are classically trained, the company is known for nurturing new ballets that have a contemporary edge. The upcoming program includes works by Marco Goecke, Edward Clug, and collaborators Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Jan. 26-27. $35-$77. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.celebrityseries.org

    DANCE UP World Music/CRASHarts’s ongoing efforts to support local dance continues this weekend at the Institute of Contemporary Art with evenings showcasing three very distinctive companies: Danza Orgánica (Jan. 25), Prometheus Dance (Jan. 26), and the Wondertwins (Jan. 27). Each company offers a Boston premiere, so these are “don’t miss” performances for fans of Boston-based artistry. Jan. 25-27. $32-$36. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

    SHEN YUN This New York-based company aims to keep 5,000 years of Chinese culture alive through extravagant productions of traditional dance, music, and mythology. For this new show, expect eye-popping pageantry, impressive multimedia effects, and elegant, sometimes virtuosic displays of physical skills. Jan. 23-27. $80-$180. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.bochcenter.org

    KAREN CAMPBELL

    Galleries

    HARRY DODGE: WORKS OF LOVE Sculptures, drawings, and videos from the Los-Angeles based artist, who wryly considers technology’s encroachment into personal identity. Human-scaled anthropomorphic works embody elements of ambition and failure and ponder the foibles of man, machine, and artificial intelligence. Through April 14. Tufts University Art Galleries, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3518, artgallery.tufts.edu

    CAITLIN CHERRY: DIRTYPOWER Cherry’s portraits of black women resemble malfunctioning, intensely chromatic flat-screen TVs. Her subjects match the format in brashness; the artist attempts to convey their humanity even as she amplifies stereotypes of race, sex, and class. Through March 2. Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts, Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence. 401-865-2400, pcgalleries.providence.edu

    DELL M. HAMILTON: ALL LANGUAGES WELCOMED HERE Hamilton’s mixed-media works and performances explore trauma (including old societal and familial wounds), and resilience. On Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., she performs “This Is All We Have,” about the legacy of the slave trade, at Salem State’s Gordon Center. Through Feb. 8. Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 1 Meier Drive, Salem. 978-542-6365, www.salemstate.edu/arts

    CATE McQUAID

    Museums

    COLLECTING STORIES: NATIVE AMERICAN ART This show at the Museum of Fine Arts is the first of three extended exhibitions in which the museum dives deeply into an under-explored trove of its Art of the Americas collections. Native American objects are displayed here with often twinned labels: with words from an “expert,” who in some cases collected the piece, and from Native American sources that situate the piece in its use and social role. The show offers what appears to be a mea culpa: We’ve done too little, for too long. That changes now. Museum of Fine Arts, through March 10. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

    JASON MORAN A dozen-plus years of composing music for some of the country’s best-known contemporary artists has led, finally, to this: The first museum survey exhibition of the Texas-based artist-musician. True to form, he didn’t come alone: Collaborative works with such luminary artists as Glenn Ligon and Stan Douglas surely help define Moran by the company he keeps, which is among the best of the best. If you haven’t been, this is a last chance: At the Institute of Contemporary Art, but only through Jan. 21. 25 Harbor Shore Drive, 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

    NINE MOMENTS FOR NOW An urgent call “to remember that democracy, time and memory are as poetic, unruly and fragile as body and breath,” as curator Dell Marie Hamilton wrote, this show of mostly Boston-based artists grappling with engrained, systemic racism hit the top 10 of the year list at Hyperallergic.com, and it should be on yours, too. Smart and incisive but never pedantic or preachy, it’s exactly what this fraught moment demands. Now is indeed the moment: At the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Harvard University, 102 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, only through Jan. 21. 617-496-5777, www.coopergalleryhc.org

    MURRAY WHYTE

    EVENTS

    Comedy

    CITYSIDE COMEDY Headlining this free comedy series this week is the silly-minded, single-named Atlanta native Mandal, cohost of the “Clown School” podcast. Hosted by J. Smitty, with Ricci Hector and Zenobia Del Mar. Jan. 21, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 617-566-1002, www.citysidebar.com

    K. TREVOR WILSON Growing up, friends used to call the husky Wilson “Big Trev,” which he says was “the most unnecessary nickname I’ve ever had.” He was the only one he knew named “Trev.” “You didn’t have to put a size disclaimer in front of my name.” So just call him “Trev.” He’ll know it’s him. Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St.. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

    MIKE MCDONALD Every crack and punch line is delivered with a wicked degree of mischief from McDonald, one of Boston’s founding comics from the swinging ’80s scene. With Scott Higgins and Dan Gil. Jan. 26, 9 p.m. $20. LOL Comedy Lounge at the China Blossom, 946 Osgood St., North Andover. 978-687-1789, www.lotsoflaughscomedy.com

    NICK A. ZAINO III

    Family

    WGBH HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ SHOW If you’ve ever wanted to be in a studio audience, now is your chance. WGBH is taping four quiz shows throughout the day Sunday that pit eight local schools against each other in the ultimate test of knowledge. TV and radio personality Billy Costa is slated to host. Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. WGBH, 1 Guest St. wgbh.org

    BELMONT WORLD FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL The third day of Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival, “Where Stories Come Alive,” promises a variety of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. The day’s films take viewers around the globe, with features including “Laugh Out Loud With Mo Willems,” “Chuskit,” “The Witch Hunters,” and “Ballad From Tibet.” Jan. 20, 12:15-5 p.m. Ticket prices vary per activity. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, belmontworldfilm.org

    TET IN BOSTON FESTIVAL Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the 30th year of Tet in Boston. The day will be filled with celebratory children’s games, cultural dances, and other fun times. Over 80 vendors are scheduled to participate, guaranteeing some tasty treats. Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, 1 Black Falcon Ave. eventbrite.com

    LILLIAN BROWN

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Jan. 22 Jesse McCartney at House of Blues  livenation.com

    Jan. 25 Scotty McCreery at House of Blues  livenation.com

    Jan. 27  Four Year Strong at the Sinclair  axs.com

    Jan. 31 Zach Deputy at Brighton Music Hall  ticketmaster.com

    Feb. 4 Poppy at Paradise Rock Club  ticketmaster.com

    Feb. 7 Ana Popovic at City Winery  ticketmaster.com

    Feb. 17 Summer Salt at the Sinclair  axs.com

    Feb. 23 Jacob Banks at Royale Boston  ticketmaster.com

    LILLIAN BROWN