The week ahead: Music

Shawn Brackbill

Floating on a lush sound

PORCELAIN RAFT On his two full-length albums under the name Porcelain Raft, Mauro Remiddi has created lush, electronic symphonies that beat with a wild heart. The Italian-born, New York-based musician’s latest, “Permanent Signal,” is his most widescreen effort yet, broad in sonic scope but warm and intimate in tone. Sept. 4, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

James Reed


Pop & Rock

EMELI SANDÉ Something of an overnight sensation in her native United Kingdom, Sandé has gradually made inroads into the US market. Last year’s “Our Version of Events” revealed her to be a versatile soul singer who was also at home in Top 40 pop and balladry. Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $27. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation .com


RICHARD YOUNGS Known for his prolific work on his own and on collaborations, Youngs has had a long career on the fringes of experimental rock and ambient music. For “ Summer Through My Mind,” his new album on Ba Da Bing Records, the British musician takes an acoustic detour into surreal story songs that hint at a country core. He shares the bill with Damon & Naomi, the Cambridge-based dream-pop duo of Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang. Sept. 3, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster. com

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LAURA MARLING Even at 18, the tender age at which she released her debut, this English singer-songwriter already gave the impression that she saw and understood well beyond her years. That’s even more apparent on “Once I Was an Eagle,” her assured and ambitious new album that sounds like an instant classic of modern folk. Her guitar playing is astute, her voice fully formed, and her songwriting truly visionary. Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $24. Somerville Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticket

James Reed


Folk, World & Country

BUFFALO DEATH RATTLE They list “unemployment” as their main influence on their Facebook page, which presumably gives this New Orleans string band the time to cover plenty of musical ground, including old-time, country, Appalachian, and Cajun. Aug. 31, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. Plough and Stars, Cambridge. 617-576-0032, www.ploughand

RHYTHM & ROOTS FESTIVAL Labor Day marks the end of summer, which translates into a last blast of festivals. If you head south, you can catch a Rhythm & Roots lineup that’s as strong as it’s ever been, with the likes of Dieselbilly king Bill Kirchen, roots supergroup the Texas Guitar Women, the Kweskin Jug Band reunion, and more dance bands than you can shake a leg to. Aug. 30, 5 p.m., Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 12 p.m. Tickets: $165 weekend pass, single-day passes available. Ninigret Park, Charlestown, R.I. 888-855-6940, www.rhythm


CAMPFIRE In Cambridge, it’s Campfire time again. The festival (three days this year) continues to mix music and community in the spirit of a campfire gathering, and to offer the opportunity to become acquainted with a multitude of new musical voices alongside established names. Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2, 12 p.m. Tickets: $10 single day, $15 weekend pass. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

BREAD & ROSES HERITAGE FESTIVAL Make your way north to Lawrence, and you’ll find the 29th annual edition of this festival, which commemorates the 1912 “Bread and Roses” textile strike with theatre, dance and music. This year’s lineup includes Afro-Latin-Caribbean band Ten Tumbao, ensemble drumming from Odaiko New England, blues and boogie queen Marcia Ball, and country and bluegrass from the Goodtime String Band. Sept. 2, 11:45 a.m. Tickets: free. Downtown Lawrence, various stages. 978-794-1655,

Stuart Munro


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

MARC CARY The accomplished post-bop pianist has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, and Arthur Taylor. And, for 12 years, he was in the band of legendary vocalist and songwriter Abbey Lincoln. This gig celebrates his new CD, “For the Love of Abbey,” a solo piano tribute to the great Ms. Lincoln. Aug. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

DUELING DIVAS A cabaret competition, with singing actresses Kathy St. George and Kerry Dowling amiably battling for center stage. Officiated by Daniel Robert Sullivan and directed by Eric C. Engel, the show features numbers from the Great American Songbook. Aug. 29-31,
8 p.m.; Sept. 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$40. Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.


CAROLYN WONDERLAND A soulful, powerhouse performer, steeped in Texas blues and equally astonishing as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Plus, she plays trumpet and even whistles! Bob Dylan is said to be a fan. Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18-$22. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311,

SATOKO FUJII Among today’s most compelling improvisers, the Japan-born, Boston-educated (Berklee and NEC), and Berlin-based pianist, composer, and bandleader will perform with the acclaimed Franco-Japanese quartet Kaze. Trumpeters Christian Pruvost and Natsuki Tamura, and drummer Peter Orins join Fujii in creating sounds that are at times lyrical and introspective and at others, roiling and explosive. Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

Kevin Lowenthal



SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER? Mezzo-soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore, pianist Donald Berman, and violinist Daniel Stepner gather for a program of music by Ives, as part of the Music and More series in the Berkshires. Aug. 31, 4:30 p.m., Meeting House on the Village Green, New Marlborough. 413-229-2785,

OPERA BASH 2013 It’s a quiet weekend for local live performances but WGBH is throwing its annual Opera Bash, with abundant opera-themed programming on television, including rebroadcasts of Met performances of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West,” Handel’s “Giulio Cesare,” and Glass’s “Satyagraha.” Meanwhile on radio, 99.5 WCRB will have local operatic highlights such as Handel’s “Almira” from the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival, and Act III from Wagner’s “Die Walküre” in an enthralling performance given this summer at Tanglewood, when Bryn Terfel and Katarina Dalayman joined the BSO. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1,

FIVE COLLEGE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL Composers with ties to the Pioneer Valley are the focus of this three-day festival, with works by Lewis Spratlan, Kate Soper, David Sanford, and many others. Sept. 6-8, Free, Bezanson Hall, UMass Amherst.

A FAR CRY The well-traveled conductorless chamber orchestra opens its new season with a Bohemian-themed program of works by Gideon Klein, Josef Suk, and Mozart (the “Prague” Symphony, naturally). Sept. 7, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

Jeremy Eichler