The week ahead: Music

Vocal soloist Anne-Sofie von Otter.
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Vocal soloist Anne-Sofie von Otter.

Epic collaboration

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Mahler’s epic Third Symphony is next on the agenda, with the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the boys of the PALS Children’s Chorus, and vocal soloist Anne-Sofie von Otter coming together under the baton of Daniele Gatti. Pictured: von Otter performing with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in New York earlier this month. March 28-30. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200 or

Jeremy Eichler

Pop & Rock

PINK No matter how you feel about her records (and last year’s “The Truth About Love” was pretty great), Pink is a consummate live performer — a brash mix of punk intensity and self-empowerment. Swedish rockers The Hives, touring behind last year’s overlooked return to form, “Lex Hives,” will open. March 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37-$97. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

HEY MARSEILLES From Seattle, this indie-rock ensemble imbues its sweeping music with cinematic touches courtesy of cello, accordion, clarinet, and trumpet. They’re on the road behind their new sophomore release, “Lines We Trace.” March 29, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


KEYSHIA COLE It’s a shame this R&B singer gets more attention for her opinions rather than her music. When Cole recently called out Beyoncé’s new song, “Bow Down,” in a series of critical tweets, it overshadowed the fact that Cole’s latest album, “Woman to Woman,” is among her finest. Arrive early for the opening set by soul singer Chrisette Michele. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55. 0rpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

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THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS On “Nanobots,” their new album, these beloved pop eccentrics, whose principle members (John Flansburgh and John Linnell) grew up in Lincoln, continue the streak they started on 2011’s “Join Us.” April 3-4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

BERKLEE INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL Berklee’s folk fest has been around for a while; this year’s edition is the 27th, and offers a globe-trotting representation of national traditions (Colombia, Nigeria, Ireland, Mexico, Korea) and musical styles (Jewish folk, gypsy jazz, Arabic oud, Indian sarod, Balkan brass band). March 28, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8. Berklee Performance Center.

NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS That’s not a typo; it’s “gramblers,” not “gamblers.” We don’t know what a grambler is, and we’re not sure that Ms. Bluhm does, either. We do know her 2012 album, “Driftwood,” includes “Stick With Me,” one of the best country duets to come out in a long, long time. March 28, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,

WAYNE HANCOCK “The Train” is no nickname misnomer for Hancock; he keeps on rolling like one, doing what he does, tour after tour and album after album (his latest, “Ride,” came out a month ago). And because what he does is the singular hybrid he calls “juke joint swing” — stripped-to-its-essentials electric honky tonk salted with western swing, blues, and boogie — that’s not a bad thing at all. March 28, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 888-777-8932,


ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Escovedo is a musical chameleon who has traversed a wild variety of styles in his career, from Buick McKane’s glam to the chamber rock of the Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet. But on his Facebook page under “band interests,” Escovedo lists one thing only: playing loud. His current tour with his band, the Sensitive Boys, is billed as primarily acoustic, but he’ll doubtless find occasion to turn it up. March 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190.

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

MARCO PIGNATARO’S UP SOUTH PROJECT The soulful Italian saxophonist’s group — featuring Uruguayan pianist Nando Michelin and American accordionist Cory Pesaturo — melds Mediterranean influences and chamber jazz. They’ll be joined by Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun and Peruvian drummer Jorge Peréz Albela. March 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

JAMES COTTON The Mississippi-born harmonica great learned his instrument from Sonny Boy Williamson and was longtime sideman to Muddy Waters. Still going strong in his 70s, he continues to lead one of the best bands in the music. March 29, 30, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

THE KENNY HADLEY BIG BAND WITH STEVE MARVIN The dynamic drummer’s exuberant 16-Piece Jazz Orchestra, now in its fourth decade, comprises former members of the legendary bands of Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Buddy Rich. This show features vocalist Marvin, a real swinger in the tradition of Mel Tormé, Jon Hendricks, and Frank Sinatra. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10.
Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen.

JOHN SCOFIELD’S HOLLOWBODY BAND WITH MIKE STERN The versatile guitarist improvises fluently in post-bop, fusion, funk, and R&B modes and has recorded and played with the likes of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. His Hollowbody Band pairs him with a fellow guitarist, in this case the equally storied Stern, backed by bassist Ben Street and drummer Bill Stewart. April 2, 3, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

Kevin Lowenthal



KIM KASHKASHIAN Partnered by pianist Lydia Artymiw, the widely admired violist performs a free faculty recital, with music by Shostakovich and Schumann. 8 p.m., March 28. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

BOSTON CAMERATA For its final concert of the season, the Camerata will perform the “Mass of Our Lady” by the great 14th-century composer Guillaume de Machaut. 8 p.m., March 30. Saint John’s Memorial Chapel, Episcopal Divinity School, 99 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-262-2092,

LYNN CHANG + YING QUARTET The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts presents an evening of works by Randall Thompson, Barber, Turina, and Shih-Hui Chen alongside Mendelssohn’s Octet. 8 p.m., March 30. Jordan Hall. 781-259-8195,