The week ahead: Music

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Singer with heart

TONY BENNETT Admit it: When Bennett sings “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” or maybe “Cold, Cold Heart,” you’ll be so thrilled you decided to spend Valentine’s Day with such a romantic master of American music. At 86, Bennett hasn’t exactly slowed down, either. Last year he released “Viva Duets,” which paired him with stars of Latin music. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $57.50-$147.50. The Opera House. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Pop & Rock

THE LONE BELLOW This country-leaning trio from Brooklyn appears primed for big things this year, particularly in the wake of widespread acclaim for kindred spirits Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. The Lone Bellow is on a tour dubbed “Heavy and Light,” also featuring acoustic performances by Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot), Fiction Family, Will Anderson (Parachute), Anthony Raneri (Bayside), and Now, Now. Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $14. Paradise Rock Club.


TORO Y MOI Emerging from under the thumb of so-called chillwave, Chaz Bundick sounds more pointed than ever on his new third album, “Anything in Return,” which broadens his electronic palette. Get there early for opening sets from Dog Bite and Wild Belle, the rising indie-pop duo of Natalie and Elliot Bergman, who are sister and brother. Feb. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster

SETH GLIER While in his teens, this piano-playing singer-songwriter from Western Mass. was already releasing records that showcased a burgeoning talent for graceful folk-pop. Now 24, he calls “Things I Should Let You Know,” his assured new album, “a reckoning with adulthood.” Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

NATHAN & THE ZYDECO CHA-CHAS They may be coming to the area on Valentine’s Day, but the top-tier, long-running zydeco band fronted by Nathan Williams is really here to start celebrating les bon temps of Mardi Gras a week early. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190.

KELLY WILLIS AND BRUCE ROBISON This duo first merged their separate interests in a domestic partnership via marriage, and now they’ve augmented their separate musical careers with a partnership they call “the Bruce and Kelly show.” The partnership has borne fruit in a just-released album, “Cheater’s Game,” that provides the sorts of perspectives suggested by its name. Sounds like perfect fodder for a Valentine’s Day show. Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932, www.ticket

PUNCH BROTHERS With music that is formidably virtuosic and relentlessly idiosyncratic, sometimes serious to the point of pretention and other times playful as can be, the Punch Brothers continue to stretch the limits of what a bluegrass band can be — if that is what they are at all. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000.

KEVIN GORDON Typically, claims that this or that musician is a poet are loose talk at best, but not in the case of Gordon (and not just because he earned a Master’s degree in the art). Gordon matches his way with words with an equal facility at wrapping them in a seething, gutbucket variety of roots music. He plays ahead of Dennis Brennan Wednesday, and returns the following night with Session Americana. Feb. 20,
9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 617-547-0759. www.lizard

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON The famed drummer helms a concert celebrating her new CD, “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” featuring her new arrangements of Duke Ellington compositions from Ellington’s historic trio recording with Charles Mingus and Max Roach. She’ll be joined by guest pianist Gerald Clayton, also featured on the album, in group configurations ranging from trios to larger ensembles including Berklee students. Feb. 14, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8-$20. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

CLUB D’ELF Bassist Mike Rivard’s internationally influenced, electro-acoustic improv group celebrates its 15th anniversary with two shows featuring Brahim Fribgane on oud, percussion, and vocals, multireedist Ned Rothenberg, slide guitarist Dave Tronzo, keyboardist Paul Schultheis, turntablist Mister Rourke, percussionist Vicente Lebron, and drummer Dean Johnston. Feb. 15,
8 and 11 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759, www.lizardloungeclub

3 COHENS SEXTET The Tel Aviv-born siblings — clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Anat, trumpeter Avishai, and soprano saxophonist Yuval — are, separately and together, among the cream of the crop of Israeli jazz musicians making waves in Manhattan and worldwide. Their third album, the aptly named “Family,” was just released. Feb 16, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

THE SOUL OF A MAN The Boston-based, eight-piece blues and soul band has been gaining attention for its rocking rhythm section, turbocharged trio of horn players, and especially for the powerhouse vocals of frontman Demeyer Lauture and the stinging licks of guitarist/founder Dylan McDonald. Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Tickets: $8-$15. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham.

Kevin Lowenthal


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Romanian pianist Radu Lupu returns to the BSO this week as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi, who also leads the orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. Feb 14-16. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT: ‘Voilà! Viola!’ BMOP’s viola-themed program includes premieres of new works by Donald Crockett and Chinary Ung alongside music by Chen Yi, George Perle, and Gordon Jacob. With soloists Kate Vincent, Susan Ung, Lizhou Liu and Wenting Kang. Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 781-324-0396,

LEXINGTON SYMPHONY Jonathan McPhee leads the premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s new work, inspired by Italo Calvino and entitled “Fortune, Fate, and the Fool.” With works by Beethoven and Korngold. Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Cary Hall, Lexington. 781-523-9009,

RANDALL SCARLATA + BENJAMIN HOCHMAN The baritone and pianist offer an all-Schubert recital, devoted to the composer’s “Schwanengesang” and the Sonata in D (D. 850). Feb. 17, 1:30 p.m.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum

Jeremy Eichler

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