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    The week ahead: Music

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    KE$HA & PITBULL On paper, they’re not the most obvious tour mates, except they do share a common goal: to get your body moving. Ke$ha, she of the glittery makeup and gutter-punk attitude, is touring behind last year’s “Warrior,” and rumor has it that a collaborative album with the Flaming Lips is due later this year. A rapper and producer, Pitbull is responsible for lodging “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” in your brain back in 2009. May 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32.50-$132.50. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Pop & Rock

    D’ANGELO After a lengthy hiatus and no new album since 2000’s “Voodoo,” this R&B/neo-soul singer made a triumphant return to performing live last year. Judging from his performance with Mary J. Blige at the Bank of America Pavilion in August, he’s in fine form again, still sounding unabashedly sensual on songs like “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” and “Brown Sugar.” May 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$75. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

    MATTHEW MORRISON A veteran of productions both on and off Broadway, Morrison is widely known for his role as Will Schuester on the TV show “Glee.” For this two-night stand with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, Morrison will perform selections from his forthcoming album of Broadway standards and, most likely, songs from his 2011, self-titled debut. May 28-29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22-$92. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,

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    JESSE DEE On “On My Mind/In My Heart,” his new album and first for the Chicago blues label Alligator Records, Dee swings and sways his way through a collection of original soul jams and ballads that wouldn’t have sounded out of place in the 1960s. The Arlington-bred Dee opens for the James Hunter Six, who are on the road behind the new “Minute by Minute.” May 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Folk, World & Country

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    STAR ROVER Star Rover has just made a record (more specifically, a cassette — it’s also available digitally, for those of you who haven't jumped on board the analog tape resurgence), “Western Winds Bitter Christian,” that, as the band puts it, “dissects” the music of John Fahey, Sonny Sharrock, Leadbelly, and others. They’ll concentrate on dissecting Fahey Thursday evening. May 23, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $8. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

    CAMPFIRE. The long weekend that traditionally kicks off summer is also typically a slow one for touring acts. Fifteen years ago, Passim started turning that fact into another tradition when it launched Campfire., its four-day celebration/showcase/collaboration featuring both emerging and established artists from the local music community. May 24, 6 p.m.; May 25-27, 12 p.m. Tickets: $10 single day, $30 weekend pass. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

    FISHTANK ENSEMBLE As the title of their sophomore release, “Samurai Over Serbia,” intimated, this is fishtank as blender, with musical strains as diverse as Gypsy, Balkan, Japanese and American folk, hot jazz, tango, and rockabilly making their way into what the band ends up calling “Gypsy Americana.”May 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham. 508-405-2787,

    FUTUREBIRDS The road to completing their new CD was so obstacle-fraught that the Futurebirds began to wonder if it would ever exist outside of their collective imaginations, so they named it after a mythical creature from Slavic folklore, “Baba Yaga.” They bring their sometimes-sprawling, psychedelic-tinged country rock and an apparently endless affection for the sound of a weepy pedal steel to town in support of the now-tangible results. May 29, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

    Stuart Munro

    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret


    ROY HAYNES FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND The be-bop drum titan remains a force of nature in his late 80s, leading bands of young players whose combined ages barely add up to his, outplaying them all the while. May 23, 24, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $35. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

    OMAR THOMAS LARGE ENSEMBLE The composer, arranger, and educator — named the Boston Music Award’s jazz artist of the year in 2012 for his engaging contemporary big band compositions — celebrates the release of his Large Ensemble’s winning new album, “I Am,” with his fresh-faced, 15-piece group of up-and-comers. May 23, 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$30. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville.,

    NAFTULE’S DREAM This Boston-based band, alter ego of the more straight-ahead Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, helped kick off John Zorn’s Tzadik label and create the Radical Jewish Culture movement in the ’90s. Named after Naftule Brandwein, the mad clarinetist of mid-20th century klezmer, they miraculously merge Jewish music, avant-jazz, and a touch of prog-rock. For this gig they’ll be playing new material in preparation for the recording of their next album. May 25, 3:30p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

    TEN FOOT POLECATS This gutbucket trio — vocalist and harmonica player Jay Scheffler, 5-string guitarist Jim Chilson, and drummer Chad Rousseau — may tear you a new earhole with its raw, Mississippi Delta-rooted, punk blues. May 25, 11 p.m. Tickets: $8. Club Bohemia at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-354-2685,

    Kevin Lowenthal


    MUSIC FOR FOOD Violist Kim Kashkashian has organized this ongoing series of inviting chamber music concerts with proceeds going to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Among the noted performers this month will also be soprano Lisa Safer, pianist Vivian Weilerstein, and violinist Donald Weilerstein, in a program that features works by Strauss and Dvorak alongside a set of Argentinean folk songs. May 26, 6 p.m. Williams Hall, New England Conservatory. 617-585-1260,


    A FAR CRY: ‘Vienna Postcards’ The city’s conductorless chamber orchestra offers its final concert of the season, with a program devoted to 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,

    ‘TRACING A LINE’ The composer Matt Aucoin, recently appointed to a residency at the Peabody Essex Museum, curates and conducts the first in a new series of theatrically conceived programs, this one connecting a single melody from a 17th-century chorale with a Bach Cantata (BWV 60) and the Violin Concerto of Alban Berg. With Victoria Crutchfield (director) and Keir GoGwilt (violin). May 25, 8 p.m. Peabody Essex Museum. 866-745-1876,

    CHORUS PRO MUSICA Betsy Burleigh leads the chorus in a new work by Peter Child alongside Mozart’s Mass in C minor, with vocal soloists Kristen Watson, Krista River, David Won, and Andrew Garland. May 31, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-267-7442,

    Jeremy Eichler