The week ahead: Music

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LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA The closely watched conductor Vladimir Jurowski (pictured) returns to Boston, this time leading his London Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, with soloist Vadim Repin. March 8. Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661,

Jeremy Eichler

Pop & Rock

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Love them or leave them, more than a decade into their careers, the men of Animal Collective have maintained a sense of adventure and wonder in their strange approximation of indie rock, right up to last year’s “Centipede Hz.” Dan Deacon, another experimental electronic artist, will open. March 7, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

DEVOTCHKA Out of Denver, DeVotchKa often stands at the crossroads of various forms of music, American and otherwise: indie rock, balladry, Tex-Mex, Balkan beats. And it all comes wrapped up in the luxurious, Orbison-like croon of frontman Nick Urata. March 9, 7 p.m. Tickets: $27.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


RIHANNA Given the glare of the spotlight she usually finds herself in, it’ll be nice to see Rihanna again in the context of singer and entertainer. She’s on the road for “Unapologetic” (that title speaks volumes), with rapper A$AP Rocky handling the opening duties. March 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32.50-$147.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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TAME IMPALA On last year’s “Lonerism,” this psychedelic rock band from Australia turned its hazy pop songs into joy rides through a funhouse. Melodies contorted, frontman Kevin Parker’s vocals were elastic, and a hint of Rolling Stones swagger occasionally emerged. March 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

JUAN DE MARCOS AND THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS The name doesn’t lie: aggregating the finest Cuban up-and-comers and venerables, the All Stars are a multi-generational supergroup of sorts with a lineage that stretches back to the now-legendary Buena Vista Social Club sessions and a repertoire runs the gamut of Cuban music. March 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275,

OLD 97’S Talk about rolling to a freight-train beat: the Old 97’s just wrapped up a tour celebrating the 15th anniversary (and accompanying lavish reissue) of one of their finest moments, “Too Far to Care.” Hardly catching their breath, the alt-country pioneers are already back on the road, this time with a tour that will mark their 20th year as a band.
March 10 and 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-345-7000,

THE STRAY BIRDS Sensational young acoustic trio the Stray Birds come to town wearing two hats; Monday, they’ll appear at the Cantab’s weekly folk night, and the next night they’ll return to hold down the main slot in the venue’s weekly bluegrass show. March 11 and 12, 10 p.m. Tickets: no cover; donations suggested. The Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617-354-2685,


JIMMY RYAN AND HAYRIDE! Local mandolin southpaw Ryan has been rocking up his bluegrass since his days in the Blood Oranges, and he continues to do it today with his current band, Hayride! (a.k.a. ubiquitous multi-taskers Duke Levine, Billy Beard, and Richard Gates). Ryan is celebrating the release of his new CD, “Readville,” with the show. March 13, 10 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 617-547-0759,

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

JERRY PORTNOY TRIO The blues harmonica master, known for his work with Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters, opens a Thursday night March residency featuring guitarist Ricky “King” Russell and bassist Bob Worthington. March 7, 8:30 p.m. No cover. Smoken Joe’s BBQ & Blues, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227,

THE AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s own adventurous big band continues its historic 40th season with the world premiere of “Boston JazzScape,” music director Mark Harvey’s new extended suite — 10 years in the making and composed in styles ranging from swing, bop, and blues to third stream and free improvisation — comprising a kaleidoscopic portrait of Boston, from the Revolutionary War to the Charlie Card. March 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25. Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 800-440-6975,

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE: THE MUSIC OF CHICK COREA This rotating crew of acclaimed player/composers has convened each year since 2004 to explore the music of a selected jazz legend. This year’s cast, celebrating Chelsea native Corea, includes alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris. March 8, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

KATHY KOSINS The sultry-voiced swinger celebrates her new disc, “To the Ladies of Cool,” an intelligent, non-imitative tribute to the artistry of cool school canaries Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chris Connor, and Julie London. March 9,
8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. Highland Jazz at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre. 781-237-1917,

Kevin Lowenthal



CHAMBER MUSIC The Chiara Quartet plays Debussy, Ravel, and Dutilleux at Harvard’s Paine Hall (March 8, free but passes are required,; the Boston Symphony Chamber Players return to Jordan Hall with music by Dvorak, Mozart, and Schulhoff (March 10,; and Collage New Music offers chamber works by Webern and Morton Feldman (March 10,

BOSTON BAROQUE Martin Pearlman leads a program titled “De Profundis,” featuring music of Bach alongside Carissimi’s “Jephte” and Charpentier’s “Missa Assumpta est Maria.” March 8 and 9. Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600,

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL Noted Italian keyboardist Luca Guglielmi performs works by Bach on both harpsichord and pipe organ. March 9. First Lutheran Church, Boston. 617-661-1812,

Jeremy Eichler