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The week ahead: Music

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They’ll make you move

QUADRON There’s no explaining why some fantastic albums fall through the cracks, and Quadron’s “Avalanche” from last year was one of them. A sleek, sly take on dance-pop with soulful overtones (just try to resist the charm of “Hey Love”), the album paired sassy singer Coco O. with producer and instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, who’s also a member of Rhye. They’re on the road opening for pop-soul singer Mayer Hawthorne. March 1, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com


Pop & Rock

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE First he came to Fenway Park, back in August for two nights with Jay Z, and now the blue-eyed soul-pop sensation is back in support of both volumes of last year’s “The 20/20 Experience.” If his recent shows are any indication, you can count on Timberlake going full throttle as a crooner, dancer, and charmer. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$175. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

ST. VINCENT “Birth in Reverse,” the first single from her new album, is St. Vincent with the pedal to the metal. It’s jagged, disruptive, propulsive, and utterly irresistible. St. Vincent, the stage name of Berklee-educated indie rocker Annie Clark, is in town the same week her self-titled record is released. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com


PAUL SIMON & STING Every concert season brings a dynamic duo that just seems to make sense together – think Carole King & James Taylor, Aerosmith & the J. Geils Band – and this year it’s Rhymin’ Simon and the former Police man. Drawing on their catalogs crammed with iconic hits, from “You Can Call Me Al” to “Fields of Gold,” they’ll play their own sets, as well as songs together. At press time, not many tickets remained. March 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$250. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com



Folk, World & Country

BOSTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL The BJMF’s fifth edition, which kicked off last week and runs through March, again provides testament to the manifold variety of Jewish music. This week’s offerings include Malechei Mambo, an evening with noted folk singer/actor/activist Theo Bikel, Aaron Bensoussan and Moroccan Soul, and singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman. Feb. 27 through March 26, various times, venues, and prices; call or consult website for details and tickets. 781-883-2091, www.bostonjewishmusicfestival.org

RACHEL RIES With her background — raised in South Dakota and Zaire by Mennonite missionary parents who exposed her to a gamut of music, from Congolese spirituals to the Carpenters songs sung by her mother — Ries's bio is a publicist’s dream. Brooklyn band Cuddle Magic, who helped Ries make her new release, “Ghost of a Gardener,” will also play. March 2, 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492- 7679, www.passim.org

RANDY ROGERS BAND This collective (always billed as the Randy Rogers Band) brings a hooky version of Texas-rooted, Waylon-stoked, mainstream rocking country. Rogers and company come north to Yankeeland, accompanied by like-minded fellows such as Wade Bowen, for what’s billed as a Texas Independence Day Celebration. March 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

STREETS OF LAREDO Given that name, and the panoramic desert shot that fills the landing page of their website, you might think that they were trying to put the western back into country. But the swirling indie folk and rootsy rock and pop played by this Brooklyn family band of transplanted New Zealanders would prove you wrong. March 3, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com



Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

JAZZ & THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM & EQUALITY The New England Conservatory’s Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ken Schaphorst, plays a program of key 20th Century compositions connected with the civil rights struggle, including excerpts from Duke Ellington’s landmark “Black, Brown and Beige,” Carla Bley’s “Dream Keeper,” and an array of Charles Mingus masterpieces including “Fables of Faubus,” “Haitian Fight Song,” “Meditations on Integration,” and, narrated by WGBH’s Eric Jackson, “Freedom.” Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall, 617-585-1122, www.necmusic.edu

CHIC & DELISHIOUS: A CULINARY CABARET Light music specialists American Classics present Caroline Musica, Cynthia Mork, Benjamin Sears, and Davron Monroe — with pianists Bradford Conner and Margaret Ulmer — performing food-themed songs by Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, Lerner & Loewe, and more, accompanied by drinks and Chef Markus Ripperger’s three-course dinner. Feb. 28 and March 2, 6 p.m. Tickets: $62. The Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St., Boston. 617-254-1125, www.amclass.org, www.hampshirehouse.com/special-events

THE FERNANDO HOLZ BAND The smooth, sensual surface of the Brazilian-born, Boston-based singer, guitarist, and composers Brazilian jazz belies its more challenging innards. This quintet performance celebrates the Brazilian Carnaval season. March 1, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com

REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Boston’s own New Orleans “second line” improvisational ensemble welcomes the release of its new CD, “Live Snakes,” with a Mardi Gras party featuring special guest saxophonist Charles Neville of the famous Crescent City brothers. March 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com




BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander leads the orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 alongside Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with Robert Levin as soloist. Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org

QUATUOR EBENE This versatile young French string quartet has earned a reputation for credible interpretations of both classical repertoire and jazz standards. For its Boston debut it offers quartets by Mozart and Bartok as well as jazz selections to be announced. Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall, 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE Courtney Lewis conducts his dynamic young chamber orchestra in a meaty program featuring symphonies by Brahms and Schubert as well as Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (with soloist Nicolas Altstaedt) and Berg’s Three Pieces from the “Lyric Suite.” March 2, 3 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-800-7588, www.discoveryensemble.org

STEPHEN HOUGH The formidable British-born pianist offers an ambitious recital program at Rockport Music, with works by Chopin, Brahms, Schoenberg, Wagner, and Bruckner. Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org