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    The week ahead: Music

    Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit performed during the 2012 Governors Ball Music Festival.
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    Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit performed during the 2012 Governors Ball Music Festival.

    Made in Massachusetts

    PASSION PIT Once known around here as the little electro-pop band that could, Passion Pit graduated to the big leagues with last year’s release of its sophomore album, “Gossamer.” Even though most of the band members now live in New York, frontman Michael Angelakos still considers Passion Pit a Boston band. Indie-pop duo Matt & Kim will handle the opening slot. Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.50. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    POP & ROCK

    JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN Fresh from stealing the show at John Cale’s recent tribute to Nico in New York, Joan Wasser returns to her old stomping grounds with new material to try out. Wasser, a musical chameleon who played in Boston bands such as the Dambuilders, is in between records but recently gave a hint about her next move on her Facebook page: “One [song] I finished tonight I feel I could have sold to Foreigner if they still existed.” Her longtime friend Rick Berlin will open with a set at 7:30 p.m.. Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $14. Lizard Lounge. 617-547-0759, www.brown

    THE RESIDENTS They’re now in their fourth decade as early pioneers of experimental music, and yet the Residents are still enshrouded in mystery, including the identities of the band members. (They’re listed on Facebook as “Randy, Chuck & Bob”) They come to town on a 40th-anniversary tour dubbed “Wonder of Weird.” Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Institute of Contemporary Art.


    CODY CHESNUTT On “Landing on a Hundred,” his deeply felt new album, Chesnutt strikes the rare balance betweeb evoking soul and funk’s glory days and taking the genres into new and unexpected places. Feb. 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $16. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,



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    BLOODSHOT BILL is Canadian. He’s a one-man band who seems to put out a record every other week. He plays rockabilly, hillbilly, and rock ’n’ roll. He has his own brand of custom-made hair grease. And if you want to do something for him, he loves him some spaghetti and meat sauce — just not too much before the show. Feb. 8, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. Plough & Stars, Cambridge. 617-576-0032,

    JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS Broussard got his start in Zydeco with his father’s band, swung toward innovation through his membership in Zydeco Force, and has come back to an emphasis on preserving traditional Creole Zydeco sounds with his own band. Of course, whether he’s preserving or innovating, he also wants to make you dance. Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Belleville Congregational Church, Newburyport. 978-465-7734, www.mktix

    DONNA THE BUFFALO Roger Miller once famously sang that you can’t roller-skate in a buffalo herd, and if you’re at this rootsy jam band’s show Saturday, you won’t be able to sit down in the midst of one, either. To accommodate “the Herd,” as fans of Donna the Buffalo call themselves, the venue has pulled its usual seating for a standing-room only arrangement. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Center for the Arts in Natick. 508-647-0097,

    FRONTIER RUCKUS This group plays what it calls “dense folk.” It’s full of banjos, pedal steel, trumpets, singing saws, and Matthew Milia’s “suburban memory landscapes,” drawn from growing up and living in Michigan — or, as the songwriter somewhat more elliptically puts it in the liner notes to the band’s new double CD, “Eternity of Dimming,” from “the existentially robust world in which I live.” Feb 10, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster




    JALEEL SHAW The superb alto and soprano saxophonist, a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet and the Mingus Big Band, performs for “Checkout — Live at Berklee,” the NPR webcast and broadcast series featuring rising-star Berklee alumni. With pianist Lawrence Fields (a fellow alum), bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Johnathan Blake. Feb. 7,
    8 p.m. $10. The Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St. 617-747-2261,

    DONAL FOX WITH MAYA BEISER Pianist/composer Fox’s music is an utterly convincing merger of jazz, classical, and Latin music. For this concert, he’ll be joined by renowned cellist Beiser, a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, for “Piazzolla to Bach,” his jazz-tinged exploration of the music of the Argentine new tango composer and the Baroque master. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. 617-478-3103,

    TARBOX RAMBLERS The acclaimed, Boston-based Ramblers, featuring the gravelly vocals and barbed-wire guitar of Michael Tarbox, meld prewar blues, gospel, and Appalachian folk into a dark and visceral take on traditionalism. Feb. 9,
    7 p.m. $12. Johnny D's, 17 Holland St. Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnny

    REBECCA PARRIS In a Valentine’s Day tradition, the impeccable vocalist, an area native, presents a romantic evening of America’s favorite love songs, backed by her longstanding trio: pianist Brad Hatfield, bassist Peter Kontrimas, and drummer Jim Lattini. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $18-$28. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regent



    BOSTON LYRIC OPERA: CLEMENCY The American premiere of a new Genesis-themed opera by Scottish composer James Macmillan, with a libretto by Michael Symmons Roberts. Feb. 7-10. Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. 617-542-4912,


    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Christoph von Dohnanyi returns to the podium with Brahms’s Haydn Variations and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony alongside Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, with Renaud Capucon as violin soloist. Feb. 7-12. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

    CELEBRITY SERIES This weekend brings two Jordan Hall recitals by high-profile musicians: soprano Karita Mattila performs works by Poulenc, Debussy, Duparc, and others (8 p.m., Feb. 8), and violinist Gil Shaham takes on music by Schubert, Bach, Bolcom, and more
    (3 p.m., Feb. 10). 617-482-6661,

    STEPHEN DRURY The pianist and new music expert performs a free solo recital that includes one of his signature pieces — Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” — alongside Webern’s Variations, Op. 27. 8 p.m., Feb. 10. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,


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