The week ahead: Music

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris/Richard Thompson
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Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris/Richard Thompson

Strength in numbers

RODNEY CROWELL AND EMMYLOU HARRIS/RICHARD THOMPSON Is it a double- or a triple-bill? Whatever: You’ll get the extraordinary songs and guitar work of a living legend (touring electric with his trio in support of his latest record), and a pair of country/Americana titans who, after working with each other in the ’70s when Crowell was a member of Harris’s fabled Hot Band, are together again. March 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38-$63.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-345-7000,

Stuart Munro


TYLER, THE CREATOR On the road before the release of “Wolf,” his eagerly awaited third solo album due in April, the provocative leader of the hip-hop collective Odd Future is known for his antics, both on and off stage. March 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

SKY FERREIRA With a beat as come-hither as the glances she cast in the accompanying video, this singer from Los Angeles struck gold on last year’s “Everything Is Embarrassing,” the centerpiece on an EP that showed a lot of promise. Ferreira shares the bill with How to Dress Well, the stage name of ghostly R&B singer Tom Krell. March 24, 9 p.m. Tickets: $13. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS Back with the Bad Seeds, Cave sounds like he’s growing into the mold of Leonard Cohen on his haunted new album, “Push the Sky Away.” Brooding, romantic, brash — in other words, classic Nick Cave. Sharon Van Etten, a singer-songwriter who also knows her way around raw emotion, will open. March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $38-$43.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

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SIGUR RÓS After a hiatus during which frontman Jónsi released a solo album, this Icelandic band returned last year with “Valtari,” which moved with the grace and velocity of a glacier. March 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.50-$49. Agganis Arena.800-745-3000,



MOUNT MORIAH Mount Moriah play an insinuating brand of alt-country — intense, moody, electric, redolent of a classic sound and manifestly something new, and featuring the mesmerizing vocals of cofounder Heather McEntire. The band is touring behind its excellent new record, “Miracle Temple.” March 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Café 939 at Berklee. 617-747-2262,

FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG: GRAM PARSONS If Gram Parsons were alive today, he’d be 66 years old. Would he have accumulated the sort of career that, say, Merle Haggard (a mere nine years his elder) has? Impossible to say, but 40 years after his untimely flame-out in the Mojave Desert, artists continue to offer tributes like this one, featuring Patrick Coman and the Lo-Fi Angels and two more local bands. March 24, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D's, Somerville. 888-777-8932,

ROMEO SANTOS With the heady mix of bachata, hip-hop, and R&B that Anthony “Romeo” Santos, a cousin, and a pair of brothers concocted as the group Aventura, the Latin pop heartthrob made his mark almost everywhere but Anglo America. Now embarked on a solo career, Santos is hoping to change that. March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$87. Agganis Arena. 800-345-7000,




JULIA & THE ZEROUNIAN ENSEMBLE The Armenian cabaret vocalist and actress can breathe life into familiar and lesser-known songs in a panoply of languages, including French, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yiddish, not to mention English. Her husband, pianist Sarkis Zerounian, leads a sextet including accordion, cello, flute, saxophone, and percussion that accompanies her with grace and swagger. March 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $23. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

CHARLES LLOYD NEW QUARTET The Memphis-born tenor saxophonist first achieved fame as a sort of Coltrane-lite, but since then has developed into an elder stateman who remains among the foremost lyrical players alive. His New Quartet features leading lights of later generations: pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland. March 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$65. Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge. 617-482-6661,

NEW YORK VOICES The Grammy Award-winning jazz vocal group — Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader, and Peter Eldridge — have built their own harmonious sound upon the foundations of such forefathers and mothers as Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and The Manhattan Transfer. This gig celebrates their 25th anniversary and new CD “Live With the WDR Big Band Cologne.” March 22, 23, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $28. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

TEN FOOT POLECATS The down-and-dirty blues varmints hold a record release party for their new album “Undertow,” featuring their signature raw, delta-rooted racket as part of the Powerhouse Breakout Artist Series. March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $5. The Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave., Allston. 617-351-2665,



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Daniele Gatti returns to the BSO podium with an all-Wagner program, featuring mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung. March 21-26. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,


COSI FAN TUTTE British baritone Thomas Allen directs — and sings the role of Don Alfonso in — Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of the beloved Mozart opera, with a cast that includes Paul Appleby, Matthew Worth, Caroline Worra, Sandra Piques Eddy, and Phyllis Pancella. David Angus conducts. March 22, 24. Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912 or

JONATHAN BISS The eloquent young pianist offers a Schumann-themed recital, featuring the “Fantasiestücke” and “Davidsbündlertänze” alongside works by Janacek and Berg. March 22. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,

DAVID FINCKEL + WU HAN Among their myriad other roles on the national chamber music scene, this cellist and pianist also perform as an excellent husband-wife duo. This weekend they stop by the Concord Chamber Music Society with works by Strauss, Brahms, and Chopin. March 24. Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. 978-371-9667,