The week ahead: Music

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TANGLEWOOD The Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (above) presides over the BSO’s opening pair of concerts, with an all-Tchaikovsky program on Friday night (Joshua Bell is soloist), and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 on Saturday. Keith Lockhart and the Pops perform on Sunday. July 5-7. Lenox. 617-266-1200,


MR. BROWNSTONE Attending a show by this Guns N’ Roses tribute band comes with a warning, as noted in a press release for this rare local appearance: “Their onstage misadventures have resulted in broken bones, lost teeth, and smashed guitars. Mr. Brownstone claims to have never rehearsed, nor played a show, without finishing a bottle of Jack Daniels onstage.” Welcome to the jungle indeed. July 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

CSS Known for their frisky take on electro-pop, the women of CSS (short for the expression “tired of being sexy” in Portuguese) are as cheeky as ever on their latest album. “Planta” finds the Brazilian indie rockers sounding simultaneously thrilled and bored with the prospect of partying. July 6, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,


THE ZOMBIES There’s no shortage of 1960s pop bands in Boston lately, from the Rascals’ recent run at the Opera House to the Monkees’ upcoming show at Citi Wang Theatre (July 16). Now come the reunited Zombies, one of the greatest bands of that era, with original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent at the helm. (Online tickets are sold out, so call the venue to purchase them.) July 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45-$55. Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-646-4849,

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN With no new album to promote, this beloved Scottish indie-pop band should have free reign to survey its catalog, from its 1996 debut, “Tigermilk,” to 2010’s “Belle and Sebastian Write About Love.” Yo La Tengo opens. July 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000,



AMERICANA FESTIVAL Located just a stones-throw away from Boston in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., Prescott Park is the site of a series of genre-themed music festivals during the summer. This year’s Americana edition has a strong lineup: Slaid Cleaves, Jonathan Edwards, Joy Kills Sorrow, and the Laura Cortese Quartet. July 6, 1 p.m. Tickets: $5 - $10 donation suggested; reserved tables/blankets available. Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH. 603-436-2848,

THE BLACK LILLIES A group that’s starting to make a name for itself, the Black Lillies make music that’s hard to pin down, existing somewhere in the space between country and bluegrass, with occasional elements of blues and rock, and even a bit of jazz thrown in. Sounds like a band that the term “Americana” was made for. July 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

THE DEADLY GENTLEMEN This Boston stringband’s website characterizes the songs on their new album, “Roll Me, Tumble Me,” thusly: “ten winsome examples of their playfully irreverent, vibrantly rootsy songcraft.” You can get charmed by their winsomeness as the band celebrates the CD’s release Wednesday evening. July 10, 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $13. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.


YEMEN BLUES Ravid Kahalani had a polyglot vision: He wanted to mix traditional Yemeni and West African music with Western blues, jazz, funk, and mambo. The result was Yemen Blues, which draws together musicians hailing from Israel, Uruguay, and New York City, and has been called one of the most exciting bands in world music today. July 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 800-440-6975,



DRIFF RECORDS FESTIVAL The artist-run label founded by invaluable Boston-area musician/composers Jorrit
Dijkstra (alto saxophone, lyricon) and Pandelis
Karayorgis (piano) celebrates four new CDs with an evening featuring five sets of music from some of the Hub’s most adventurous improvisors. First, drummers Eric Rosenthal, Curt Newton, and Luther Gray perform as a trio. Then the Pandelis Karayorgis Trio, with bassist Jef Charland and drummer Gray, perform tunes from their new Driff disc, “Cocoon.” Third, thoughtful and thought-provoking guitarist Eric Hofbauer performs selections from his “American” trilogy. Next, a new quartet called BOLT — with Dijkstra, Hofbauer, cellist Junko Fujiwara, and drummer Rosenthal — limbers up for its forthcoming Driff recording session. Finally, new trio Matchbox features Dijkstra and Karayorgis with drummer Newton playing Steve Lacy pieces and one original. July 5,
7-10 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge. www.lily-pad.

JOE MOSS Chicago’s hard working, crowd-pleasing blues guitarist and singer, a regular at such Windy City venues as Buddy Guy’s Legends and House of Blues, returns to the New England spot where he recorded his house rocking “Live at Chan’s.’’ July 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Chan’s, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, RI. 401-765-1900,

THE MAKANDA PROJECT Pianist-arranger John Kordalewski’s group keeps the music of the late, great Bostonian jazz composer Makanda Ken McIntyre alive and kicking. For this concert, the Project’s 10 marvelous instrumentalists will be augmented by the vocal ensemble of Diane Richardson, Rebecca Shrimpton, and Patrice Williamson. July 6, 1 p.m. Roxbury Heritage State Park, 183 Roxbury St., Roxbury. Free. 617-442-4400



NORFOLK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This year at Norfolk, the Emerson, Brentano and Keller quartets are all on the schedule, but the summer’s most high-profile concert will be the July 6 appearance of the Tokyo String Quartet, its final performance before the group disbands. Norfolk, Conn. 860-542-3000,


ASTON MAGNA The festival celebrates Independence Day with a program titled “Vocal Fireworks,” devoted to Italian madrigals of the 16th and 17th centuries. With Kristen Watson, Roberta Anderson, Deborah Rentz-Moore, Frank Kelley, David Ripley, and others. July 4, Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University; July 6, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington. 800-875-7156,

THE GREAT GATSBY’ John Harbison’s opera received a rare and robust performance this spring by the forces of Emmanuel Music, which will now reprise the work at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall. Conducted by Ryan Turner. July 11, 7:30 p.m. Lenox. 617-266-1200,