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    The week ahead: Music

    Adam Hunger for The Boston Globe/File

    A beauty in ‘Beast’

    JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND When Ritter had his heart broken after his marriage dissolved, he did what any self-respecting singer-songwriter would do: He turned it into lyrical gold. At once wounded and hopeful, “The Beast in Its Tracks,” his latest album, is among Ritter’s best work. The Felice Brothers, who know a thing or two about broken hearts themselves, are the opening act. May 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $29-$39. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Pop & Rock

    KISS 108 CONCERT Demi Lovato leads a long list of acts both established and rising on this annual lineup of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and electronic artists. Joining her are Ne-Yo, Cher Lloyd, Jason Derulo, Sammy Adams, Emblem3, Krewella, Olly Murs, Chris Wallace, Icona Pop, Taboo (from Black Eyed Peas), and Ariana Grande. May 18, 2 p.m. Tickets: $25-$175. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000,

    CHARLES BRADLEY A late bloomer, Bradley got his start as a James Brown impersonator before realizing his own story was worth telling. “Victim of Love,” his new album on Daptone Records, is a gut-wrenching soul exorcism that knows when to play it smooth and when to play it rough. May 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


    JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD From Nashville, brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall unleash a squall of sound that dips into garage rock, psychedelia, and the blues. For this two-night stand, they’ll be playing behind last year’s “Hypnotic Nights.” May 21-22, 9 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 in advance. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Folk, World & Country

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    MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER AND SHAWN COLVIN These two veteran folkies are longtime friends. That friendship is reflected in this twin bill. They’re bringing their guitars, their voices and their songs and stories together to perform as a duo. May 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$49. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000,

    BRAD PAISLEY Shed season is back, and the first of this year's procession of country package tours features Brad Paisley, who brings big-beat modern honky-tonk, Telecaster fireworks, and a little controversy, too, courtesy of his new song, “Accidental Racist.” He’s accompanied by Chris Young, Lee Brice, and family trio the Henningsens. May 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $33.50-$68.50. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000.

    STEPHANE WREMBEL It may have its roots in the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, but by the time Stephane Wrembel finishes mixing in elements both Western (jazz, rock, blues, country) and World (Indian, Middle Eastern, West African, and beyond), his music defies any simple genre categorization. May 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar.

    LUKE WINSLOW-KING Winslow-King is a young man, but his eclectic roots gumbo of trad blues, jazz, and ragtime, seasoned with a bit of rock ’n’ roll and vintage country, makes him sound like a man out of time. He’s touring in support of his excellent new release, “The Coming Tide,” and makes two area appearances next week. May 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932,; May 22, 9 p.m. Tickets: $8. Church. 877-435-9849,

    Stuart Munro

    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret


    London-born, South Africa-raised, and New York-based singer possesses a distinctive, supple, vibrato-less soprano and an acute story-telling sense. Her remarkably assured debut album “Freedom Flight” received raves last year and marked her as a real up-and-comer. May 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

    THE DUKE ROBILLARD BAND The great blues renaissance-man, a perpetual nominee and frequent winner of the Blues Music Awards Best Guitarist
    title, recently added another feather to his feather-festooned cap when he joined Bob Dylan’s touring band.
    May 18, 7:30 p.m. Regattabar. 617-

    TROMBONE MADNESS Trombonist/composer John Licata’s rollicking quintet — two trombones and three piece rhythm section — will play jazz standards by Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, and others, as well as American Songbook classics and a handful of Licata originals. May 18, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. The West End Museum,
    150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston. 617-723-2125,

    ALLAN CHASE SEPTET The accomplished alto and baritone saxophonist and his men—tenor and baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase, trumpeter Dan Rosenthal, trombonist Randy
    Pingrey, pianist Joe Berkovitz, bassist Dave Clark, and drummer Mike Connors — celebrate the legendary Sun Ra’s 99th “Arrival Day,” with a selection of the
    cosmic composer’s rarely performed pieces from the 1950s.May 22, 9 p.m.
    Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

    Kevin Lowenthal


    BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT In a program spotlighting Generation X composers, Gil Rose and BMOP perform works by Mason Bates, Huang Ruo, and Andrew Norman. May 17, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 781-324-0396,


    CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE Chameleon’s ambitious season-ending program takes on three landmarks of modern music: Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” (in Schoenberg’s chamber arrangement); Stravinsky’s “Rite
    of Spring” (in the version for piano four-hands); and Schoenberg’s “Pierrot
    Lunaire,” with mezzo-soprano Janna Batty. May 18, 19. First Church, Boston. 617-427-8200,

    SARASA CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLE Fortepianist Maggie Cole joins the group for a program of works by Haydn and Dvorak. May 18 at Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, May 19 at First Parish Church in Concord. 617-492-4758,

    A FAR CRY: ‘Vienna Postcards’ The city’s dynamic conductorless chamber orchestra closes its season with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and the Adagio from Bruckner’s String Quintet. May 24, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617- 585-1260,

    Jeremy Eichler