The week ahead: Music

Hunx and His Punx.
Suzy Poling
Hunx and His Punx.

Punk spunk

HUNX AND HIS PUNX On the new “Street Punk,” Hunx (the sleazy, queasy creation of Seth Bogart) leads his band through potent blasts of filthy rock from the Ramones mold. Most songs clock in under two minutes. As raucous as the album is, the band’s live shows are even more notorious, equal parts spectacle and sideshow. Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,

James Reed


Pop & Rock

SOFT METALS The video for “Tell Me,” from the new album by the Los Angeles duo of Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks, features a couple making out so fervently, it prompted one YouTube user to remark: “Get a room.” And you get the same impression from the synthetic, sexually charged electro-pop that coats Soft Metals’ new album, “Lenses.” Aug. 22, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. T.T. the Bear’s, Cambridge. 617-492-2327,


OLETA ADAMS You can reach her my railway. Or trailway. Or airplane. Or caravan. Whatever you do, catch one of the sets during this two-night by the Grammy-nominated R&B singer whose career, in addition to her big hit, “Get Here,” has branched out into gospel, jazz, and soul. Aug. 23-24, 8 & 10 p.m. Tickets: $40. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

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ZEDD Born in Russia, based in Germany, and classically trained as a musician, this 23-year-old DJ and producer (born Anton Zaslavski) first sprang to fame with his remix of Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” He has since gone on to work with the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga, whose forthcoming album, “ARTPOP,” features Zedd’s production. Aug. 27-28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

James Reed


Folk, World & Country

SARAH BLACKER The poppy folk of rising Boston singer-songwriter Blacker has started to attract the sort of notice that netted her last year’s award for female performer of the year from the New England Music Awards. She has just put out her third album, “Precious Little Things,” and celebrates its release with Thursday’s show. Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

NEW ENGLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL If you want to join “no shoes nation” this weekend, you still have a chance to do so; tickets remain for both nights of Kenny Chesney’s annual summer visit to the House of Kraft. He has a strong supporting cast along with him this year in Kacey Musgraves, the Eli Young Band, and Eric Church. Aug. 23 and 24, 5 p.m. Tickets: $55-$265. Gillette Stadium,
Foxborough. 800-745-3000.


SUSAN WERNER “Growing up on a farm is part poetry and part child labor,” says Werner, who knows whereof she speaks, having grown up as a farmer’s daughter. She’s put that background and her genre-crossing musicianship into her latest project, a song cycle about the American farmer and farming life that she has collected under the title “Hayseed.” Aug. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $26. Center for the Arts, Natick. 508-647-0097,

EL MUNDO LATINO FESTIVAL This annual celebration of Latino culture and contributions to the City of Boston will feature exhibits, games, family activities, and a full slate of music: salsa from Tito Nieves, reggaeton from Plan B, merengue from Eddy Herrera, and bachata from Domenic Marte. Aug. 25, Noon. Tickets: $10-$40. Fenway Park. 617-522-5060.

Stuart Munro


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

DAVID MAXWELL’S MAXIMUM BLUES The acclaimed piano master will stretch out on numbers from his vast blues repertoire, including pieces originally recorded on his popular 1998 album “Maximum Blues Piano.” He’ll be joined by the rhythm section from that record, bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards, plus surprise guests. Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

NEW BLACK EAGLE JAZZ BAND Among the premier traditional jazz groups in the world, the Black Eagles are masters of many early jazz styles, including New Orleans, 1920s Chicago, 1930s small band, and beyond. Their 600-tune book includes Scott Joplin rags, spirituals and gospel music, vintage pop tunes, and blues. Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25. Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-499-0050,


DMITRY BAEVSKY QUARTET Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1976, the up-and-coming alto saxophonist is turning heads worldwide with his fresh take on straight-ahead post-bop jazz. His fine band includes pianist Jeb Patton, bassist David Wong, and drummer Joe Strasser. Aug. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $26-$41. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-6366,

FAITH PRINCE: TOTAL FAITH The Tony Award winner calls this intimate, confessional, and humorous cabaret show “a smorgasbord, a goulash, a bouillabaisse of Faith Prince: past, present, future,” featuring stories and songs from her early Off-Broadway career to later Broadway triumphs in “Guys and Dolls,” “The King and I,” and “Bells Are Ringing.” Aug. 25, 5 p.m. Tickets: $39-$58. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391,

Kevin Lowenthal



TANGLEWOOD BSO assistant conductor Andris Poga makes his Tanglewood debut Friday on a program that includes Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds with soloist Peter Serkin; Saturday is the Pops’s annual film night with John Williams joined by guest conductor David Newman and vocalist Audra McDonald; and Sunday Bernard Haitink leads the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the traditional season-closing performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Aug. 23-25, Lenox. 617-266-1200,

MONADNOCK MUSIC The festival wraps up its summer season with a program titled “Music for the Pines & Mountains” led by Gil Rose and featuring the premiere of Andy Vores’s “Grand Monadnock Measures” alongside works by Ron Nelson, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, and others. Aug. 25, 7 p.m., Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge, N.H. 800-868-9613,

BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA Concluding its series of free Wednesday night performances, the Landmarks Orchestra performs a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech. Christopher Wilkins leads the ensemble and several assembled choruses in a program that includes Lee Hoiby’s “I Have a Dream” and Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” alongside works by Tippett, Weill, Ellington, and others. Aug. 28, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. 617-987-2000,

As part of its annual August summer chamber music series, BCMS musicians offer works by Vorisek, Franz Lachner, and Schubert. Aug. 24, 8 p.m., Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-349-0086,

Jeremy Eichler