Pop & Rock

THE DISTILLERS Punk typhoon Brody Dalle and her band of snarlers return from a decade-plus hiatus — and the timing couldn’t be any better for their thrashy, unapologetic music to make a comeback. May 28, 7 p.m. $35. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

THE 1975 Since their 2012 debut, this British foursome has confounded expectations in the most thrilling ways, forging playing-field-shifting pop out of 21st-century paranoia, winking asides to their devoted audience, and worn-out grooves of soul sides and Scritti Politti singles. Their most recent album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” even dips into AOR ballad territory — and sticks the landing, even though, as they say elsewhere on the record, sincerity is scary. May 30, 7 p.m. $39.50 and up. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com


JAMILA WOODS The Chicago singer-poet’s second album, “LEGACY! LEGACY!,” is an intricately arranged track-by-track homage to her cultural touchstones — the funk-pop pioneer Betty Davis, the poet Nikki Giovanni, the sci-fi pioneer Octavia Butler — that shows off her dreamy vocals and potent artistic outlook. June 1, 8 p.m. $20, $15 advance. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.com


Folk & World

ETANA Jamaican-born Shauna McKenzie, a.k.a. Etana (“the strong one”), has become a significant female voice in reggae, putting her mark on the music by incorporating elements of folk, soul, and traditional African strains. She is touring behind her most recent album, the Grammy-nominated “Reggae Forever.” May 26, 7 p.m. $20. Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

BRAD BYRD The book on Rowley native and current Angeleno Brad Byrd is that his music oscillates between indie rock and alt country; his new record, the autobiographical “Phases,” continues that tendency, at some points (“Is There Another Way”) seamlessly combining those two poles. May 29, 8 p.m. $10. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 866-468-3399, www.ticketweb.com


DUFF MCKAGAN The longtime Guns N’ Roses member has gone sorta country on his new record, “Tenderness,” if by “country” you mean “Country Stones circa ‘Exile on Main Street.’ ” McKagan made the record with Shooter Jennings and his band, the 357s. They’re backing him on this tour; Jennings and company will also provide an opening set. June 1, 8 p.m. $46.65 (standing room only). City Winery. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston


Jazz & Blues

SARAH POTHIER: LOOK WHAT I FOUND, A MUSICAL CABARET The Ocean State native, an accomplished actress, dancer, and singer whose supple, luminous soprano has graced many a stage, performs a selection of musical theater and contemporary pop songs accompanied by music director Steve Bass on piano. May 29, 7:30 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lilypadinman.com

RAS MOSHE BURNETT The New York-based avant-garde tenor saxophonist and flutist’s music is informed by his incendiary idols John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and Sun Ra’s John Gilmore. For this rare venture north, he’ll be joined by Boston-based musical adventurers Glynis Lomon (cello), Andria Nicodemou (vibraphone), and bassists Kit Demos and Damon Smith. May 30, 8 p.m. $20. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. www.facebook.com/Outpost-186-188801861154217/

GRITS & GROCERIES ORCHESTRA The winners of the 2016 Boston Blues Challenge — vocalist-bassist John Anthony, tenor saxophonist Robert Lyons, guitarist Charlie O’Neal, and drummer Kemp Dunn — have frequently backed up R&B belter Barrence Whitfield and are a soulful, house-rocking unit in their own right. May 31, 9 p.m. No cover. Chianti Restaurant, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233, www.chiantibeverly.com




PAUL ROBESON: THE GIANT IN A NUTSHELL Nigerian-born actor and singer Tayo Aluko celebrates the life of Paul Robeson in this multimedia concert, interweaving his signature songs (including “Ol’ Man River”) with less-known information about the bass-baritone’s life, including his civil rights activism and his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. May 26, 3 p.m. First Parish of Milton, Milton. Tickets at door. www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

EMMANUEL MUSIC The season concludes with Benjamin Britten’s fleshing out of John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera,” a vicious satire on social mores and the legal system. The cast of this semi-staged production includes some excellent Boston regulars, including Neal Ferreira as MacHeath, Margot Rood as Polly, and Michelle Trainor as Mrs. Peachum, the same role she played in Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Threepenny Opera” last year. June 1-2. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge. 617-536-3356 x 5, www.emmanuelmusic.org

NEWTON BAROQUE This salon-style concert pays tribute to the evenings of music hosted by Sara Levy (1761–1854), a Jewish keyboardist who studied with Bach’s eldest son Wilhelm Friedmann and rubbed shoulders with some of Germany’s most prominent musicians at the time. Flashy virtuosity and wild musical outbursts were in style, and flutists Mary Oleskiewicz and Christa Pehl Evans and cellist Sarah Freiberg Ellison join harpsichordist and Newton Baroque director Andrus Madsen in music that he deems “ridiculously over the top.” June 1, 7:30 p.m. Second Church in Newton, Newton. 617-519-3854, www.newtonbaroque.org





PACIFIC OVERTURES You have to tip your cap to producing artistic director Spiro Veloudos for ending Lyric Stage’s season with this austere historical musical about the impact of Western cultural imperialism on insular, tradition-bound 19th-century Japan. It’s not exactly a surefire crowd-pleaser. But his elegant production of “Pacific Overtures’’ — which features intricate choreography by Micheline Wu — proves to be a worthy addition to the cycle of 10 Sondheim musicals Veloudos has presented in the past two decades. Through June 16. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY A first-rate production, directed by Summer L. Williams, of Jocelyn Bioh’s play about the competition within a girls’ boarding school to become contestants in the 1986 Miss Ghana pageant. Though deceptively small in scale and often comic in tone, “School Girls’’ packs a considerable emotional wallop as it tackles the issue of “colorism,’’ both outside and inside the black community, and asks us to consider the ways in which discriminatory beauty standards can damage self-image. Through May 26. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

THE EBONIC WOMAN If you’re exhausted or enraged by the presidency of Donald J. Trump, you may find the ferocious lampooning of 45 in Ryan Landry’s new musical sendup to be a cathartic experience. If you’re a fan of Qya Marie, you’ll be gratified to see the panache with which this Gold Dust Orphans regular portrays Hennessey Brown, a science whiz who develops superpowers after accidentally ingesting too much of her anti-racism serum. Transformed into the Ebonic Woman, she sets out to thwart Trump’s alter ego, Bald Eagle (both are played by Tim Lawton), who has sinister designs on the fair city of Lynn. Directed at an invigoratingly frenetic pace by Kiki Samko. Through May 26. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine. www.brownpapertickets.com




SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: DANCES FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, & LOVERS Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion excels at portraying everyday life with an intimate sense of abiding humanity. These newly curated evenings mine old and new works by DiMuro, and each night features a slightly different program, with guest artists including Alexander Davis and J Michael Winward. The first two nights also feature works by David Parker’s popular The Bang Group. May 30-June 2. $24-$30. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center of the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.publicdisplaysofmotion.com

ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT 2019 The theme and title for this iteration of the worthy multi-generational project is “Lineage,” and it brings together a dynamic group of choreographers and more than 40 dancers ranging in age from 7-83 in works that explore ritual, tradition, and culture. Creators include Joanie Block, Audra Carabetta, Alexander Davis and Joy Davis, Brian Feigenbaum, The Wondertwins (Billy and Bobby McClain), Meghan McLyman, and Liana C. Percoco. June 1-2. $25-$30. Boston University Dance Theater. 781-307-2563, www.acrosstheagesdanceproject.com

URBANITY DANCE For its season finale, “Fragment,” the company performs the world premieres of six commissioned works by nationally recognized and Boston-based choreographers — Shura Baryshnikov, Mike Esperanza, Andy and Dionne Noble, Chantal Doucett, Jenna Pollack, and Jacob Regan. All explore their conceptions of how “fragments” combine to create a whole. May 31-June 1. $30-$50. Boston University Tsai Performance Center. 617-572-3727, www.urbanitydance.org



CONSTANTINE MANOS: STORIES FROM THE SOUTH, 1952-1966 The Magnum photographer started documenting his home state, South Carolina, when he was 18. These early images include a Ku Klux Klan rally and life on an island of the coast. Manos returned in the 1960s, photographing sharecroppers and the funeral of an African-American soldier killed in Vietnam. Through June 15. Robert Klein Gallery, 38 Newbury St. 617-267-7997, www.robertkleingallery.com

IN THE WORDS, IN THE BONES Curator Magdalena Moskalewicz organized this show about how family history is expressed in language and in the flesh. Artists Marina Leybishkis, Nyugen E. Smith, and Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi use personal and ancestral stories to explore societal upheavals related to colonialism and communism, aiming to rewrite old narratives and lay ground for a hopeful future. Through July 21. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org

BODY MASS Our lives increasingly play out in dematerialized realms. Curator Keaton Fox examines technology’s encroachment upon our conceptions of our bodies, and how our corporeal identities are reflected — or, in the case of marginalized people, not reflected — in digital venues. Artists include Joy Buolamwini and Molly Soda. Through June 23. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-2109, www.bostoncyberarts.org



HUBRIS ATË NEMESIS A wildly immersive installation in Maine updates an artistic tradition warning of the unforgiving ferocity of the sea. At one point, a wave of wooden fronds rears up like an angry fist, poised to strike. Consider it the sea’s retribution for centuries of abuse, and it seems fair enough. Through June 16. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. 207-701-5005, www.cmcanow.org

IN AND OUT OF PLACE There’s much to sift in this 100-plus piece survey exhibition drawn from the Addison Gallery of American Art’s permanent collection, and much of it great. Big names like Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Walker Evans and Laurie Simmons fall together in its ultimately bleak enterprise of how the landscape, and our interventions into it, have shaped America’s myriad identities, often not for the good. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. 978-749-4015, www.addisongallery.org

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND THE STARS OF PARIS It’s fair to be wary of the same old crowd-pleasing Lautrec show warmed over and served up dozens of times, but this Museum of Fine Arts show is not one of those. Brought to life by digitally remastered fin-de-siecle films by the Lumiere Brothers, the show is a lively and surprising look at the much-hyped artist’s gift as a proto-brand builder, as well as his resonance with artists much more exalted — if not as well-loved — like Edgar Degas and Pierre Bonnard. Through Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org




DON’T TELL COMEDY BOSTON TAKEOVER Usually this is the space where we tell you the who and where about comedy shows. But these are secret shows, in secret locations around town, for the adventurous comedy fan. There will be eight editions — Thursday in Brookline and Back Bay, Friday in the Financial District, one show in Back Bay and two shows on Newbury Street on Saturday, and Sunday in Allston and on a comedy cruise in Cambridge. Info is here: www.donttellcomedy.com/boston-takeover

DOUG LOVES MOVIES Doug Benson returns to Boston for a live taping of his long-running podcast, on which he talks about movies and whatever else comes up, with surprise guests. June 1, 4:20 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

LEAGUE OF LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW A show of comics and comedians, the lineup includes David McLaughlin, Jeff Medoff, May Keith, Rick Harkness, Zach Fisher, and Carolyn Riley, hosted by Elisha Siegel. There will also be free comic books, while supplies last. June 1, 7:30 p.m. $7. Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-666-2664, www.comicazi.com



FLOWER POWER Each day of the Acton Discovery Museum’s Flower Power Week is filled with a different activity, and on Thursday there are two events. In the morning, kids can learn to paint using blossom flowers; in the afternoon, they can play with recycled paper and add wildflowers for an at-home surprise. May 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $14.50 per activity. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. discoveryacton.org

COLIN’S JOY PROJECT 5K Runners looking for a scenic 5K are in luck. Colin’s Joy Project is hosting its first ever 5K fund-raising run. There will also be two shorter races for kids: a 100-meter dash for children 9 and under, and a ½-mile run for youth 14 and under. Proceeds go toward the project, which supports families in need and works to increase family programming and play spaces. June 1, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15-$35. South Boston Catholic Academy, 866 East Broadway, South Boston. racewire.com

16TH ANNUAL HALEY HOUSE BLOCK PARTY This is a party the whole family can enjoy. Haley House — which provides food, affordable housing, and other services for those in need — is hosting its annual block party in a fund-raising effort. Members of the community are encouraged to come together for food, drinks, a silent auction, music, performances, and additional fun activities. June 1, 4-7 p.m. $10 suggested donation; kids free. Haley House Soup Kitchen, Montgomery St., haleyhouse.org



June 5  Ari Lennox at the Sonia ticketweb.com

June 7 OAR at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion livenation.com

June 7 Blackbear at House of Blues livenation.com

June 10-11 Perry Farrell at City Winery ticketmaster.com

June 15 The Fab Faux at Wilbur Theatre ticketmaster.com

June 18 X Ambassadors at Royale Boston axs.com

June 21 Lil Xan at Palladium Worcester eventbrite.com

June 29 New Kids on the Block at TD Garden ticketmaster.com