The week ahead: Music

Eric Antoniou

Full sail

‘THE FLYING DUTCHMAN’ Boston Lyric Opera’s well-sung and visually striking new production of “Dutchman” — directed by Michael Cavanagh with sets by John Conklin — is the first fully staged Wagner opera performed locally in over two decades. The cast includes Alfred Walker, Allison Oakes, and Gregory Frank. David Angus conducts. Through May 5. Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912,

Jeremy Eichler

Pop & Rock

JOHNNY MARR Back with “The Messenger,” his first and long-overdue solo album released in February, the onetime guitar whiz for the Smiths deftly dabbles in Britpop and new wave. May 3,
9 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYLE CLUB Throbbing with songs as dark as the band members’ black attire, “Specter at the Feast” is this LA-based rock band’s latest and seventh release, featuring BRMC’s signature mix of classic-rock riffs and garage-rock fervor. May 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


THE BESNARD LAKES On “Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO,” their new album whose title is as quixotic as the music, the Besnard Lakes continue their ghostly exploration of 1960s pop with a psychedelic sheen. Be sure to catch the opening set from Boston’s Gem Club, whose tender songs are glacial and lovely. May 4, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Middle East Downstairs. 617-864-3278,

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PALMA VIOLETS Fresh from their acclaimed performances at the Coachella music festival, these heavily hyped English rockers are stateside in support of their sludgy new debut, “180.” May 6,
9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

SERGENT GARCIA At first, this Parisian singer-songwriter called it “salsamuffin,” then, after touring in Colombia, it became “cumbiamuffin,” but whatever the name, his music is a volatile mix of salsa, reggae, hip-hop, punk, ska, jazz, and other strands that’s made for the dancefloor. Thursday’s date is his Boston-area debut. May 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-876-4275,

DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Holcomb sometimes comes across as a rootsier version of Tom Petty, but prior to launching his musical career, he earned a Master of Divinity degree with a dissertation on a topic that focused on another American musical luminary: “Springsteen and the American Redemptive Imagination.” Holcomb and company are opening for Needtobreathe. May 7, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

LAUREN MANN AND THE FAIRLY ODD FOLK If “fairly odd” means music that is buoyant, life-affirming, and has a tendency to indulge in whimsy, then these Calgary-based indie- folksters are living up to their name. They’re part of a five-band bill that also includes the harmony-centric folk collective Paper Bird and the orchestral pop-folk of Dana Falconberry. May 7, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Middle East (Upstairs), Cambridge.


VINCE GILL WITH THE BOSTON POPS A triple-threat singer/songwriter/guitar player (not to mention hilarious storyteller), Gill is the featured performer for opening night of the 2013 Pops season. He’s always had a facility for adding a certain urbanity to his honky-tonk and he’s not being averse to venturing into country-pop territory, so this is a pairing that should work well. May 8,
8 p.m. Tickets: $41-$125. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200.

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues and Cabaret

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY The acclaimed, Brooklyn-based composer/bandleader and his 18-piece ensemble blend jazz, old-time Americana, Balkan folk, and the sounds of Brooklyn today, to create an orchestral music deeply rooted in the past that nevertheless goes places no ears have hitherto heard. May 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

PARIS COMBO A quirky, provocative take on the tradition of French cabaret, this Paris-based quintet, fronted by charmingly idiosyncratic singer Belle du Berry, infuses chanson with cool jazz, traditional Spanish and Italian melodies, and the soulful Gypsy swing of guitar great Django Reinhardt. May 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE AND INSIDE STRAIGHT Though the boss bassist of his generation has played just about every style of jazz one can imagine, from jazz fusion to big band, his aptly named quintet specializes in the kind of groovy, bluesy, hard-swinging, acoustic jazz that’s always welcome. Featuring saxophonist Steve Wilson and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. May 3, 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

JOHNNY HOY & THE BLUEFISH The barnstorming Martha’s Vineyard-based blues four-piece, led by singer and harmonica player Hoy, can surely be counted among the region's best roots outfits. For this gig, the boys will play an intimate dinner show, followed by a more rocking, danceable late show. May 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton.

Kevin Lowenthal



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Bernard Haitink leads the final performances of the BSO subscription season, pairing Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony with Brahms’s Violin Concerto. The Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider returns as soloist. May 2-4. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Recently returned from a West Coast tour, H&H takes on “Jephtha,” Handel’s moving final oratorio, which it premiered in the US in 1855. Harry Christophers conducts the period instrument orchestra and chorus, with vocal soloists Robert Murray, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Joélle Harvey, William Purefoy, Woodrow Bynum, and Teresa Wakim. May 3, 5. Symphony Hall. With a related symposium May 4, 10 a.m. at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. 617-266-3605,

BLUE HERON Boston’s increasingly high-profile Renaissance choir joins forces with the viol consort Parthenia from New York City to offer a particularly inviting program of songs for spring from 16th-century France and beyond, including works by Claude Le Jeune, André Pevernage, Eustache Du Caurroy, and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. May 4, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956,

Jeremy Eichler