The week ahead: Music

R. Murray

Mark the date

MARK MULCAHY A singer’s singer, he might be the only guy who was the subject of a tribute album (2009’s “Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy”) with contributions by Thom Yorke and Michael Stipe while remaining a cult artist who has somehow evaded the mainstream recognition he deserves. Mulcahy, who lives in Springfield and is known for his work with the bands Miracle Legion and Polaris, has continued to make emotionally astute rock records under his own name, including last year’s exceptional “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You.” March 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,


Pop & Rock

REYKJAVIK CALLING As part of A Taste of Iceland in Boston, a five-day celebration of the country’s music and food, this multi-artist lineup features the propulsive dance-pop of Retro Stefson (be forewarned: “Glow” is a total earworm), Sin Fang’s spectral indie rock, and the glitchy synth soundscapes of Hermigervill. Representing Boston are the bands Skinny Lister and the Love Experiment. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis and free by way of RSVPing at March 15, 8 p.m. Free. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,


ELLIE GOULDING Initially a sensation in her native England, Goulding gradually amassed a big following in his country with her effusive and flirty take on electro-pop, buoyed by hits such as “Lights” and “Burn.” March 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33-$38. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

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JONATHAN RICHMAN It has become a tradition and something of a wink and a nudge: Richman, who grew up in Natick, regularly plays a three-night stand at the Middle East Upstairs (capacity: 194) when he could easily hold down a much bigger room. Drawing on his vast catalog as a solo artist and with the Modern Lovers — including “Roadrunner,” the focus of a legislative campaign to make it the official rock song of Massachusetts — Richman will perform with longtime collaborator Tommy Larkins on drums. At press time, tickets remained only for Wednesday’s show. March 19-21, 7 p.m. Tickets: $18. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,


Folk, world & country

DAVID FRANCEY He’s big in Canada, the land of his raising, where he’s won a handful of Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards and been labeled the best contemporary songwriter the country has to offer. And it’s all happened since he turned from the life of a working man to a musical career at the age of 45. March 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Me and Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead. 781-631-8987,

THE BLOODSHOTS/SEAN COLEMAN/LEAH AND HER J-WALKERS It’s a night of “wild rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll,” courtesy of local DJ and music impresario Easy Ed. New York roots-rockabilly three-piece the Bloodshots will be joined by ex-Bostonian ball of fire Sean Coleman and locals Leah and Her J-Walkers. March 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038,


LO’JO For 30 years now, this French collective has been playing a polyglot brew of funked-up chansons, reggae, jazz, various North African traditions, klezmer, and more the world over, collaborating with acrobats, dancers, circus and theater performers, and other musicians all the while. But their Saturday date is the first they’ve played in the Boston area. March 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: $29. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-876-4275,

SONS OF BILL They really are sons of Bill, or at least three of them are — brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson. The name is an expression of gratitude of sorts to father Bill for teaching them the basics of being a working musician — “how to play guitar, write songs, drive a stick-shift, and back up a trailer.” The alt-country rockers open for Los Lonely Boys. March 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000.



VIJAY IYER TRIO & ROBERT PINSKY/POEMJAZZ The innovative pianist will play in two settings. For the first half, he’ll perform a music and poetry duet with famed poet Pinsky. For the second, he’ll cut loose with his acclaimed trio. March 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$58. Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge.

MATT SCHOFIELD Still in his mid-30s, the prodigious guitarist and singer has been named one of the top 10 British blues guitarists of all time by Guitar and Bass Magazine. His recently released fifth studio album, “Far As I Can See,” may be his finest yet. March 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22-$26. Center for the Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-009,


MARC COPLAND & DAVID LIEBMAN DUO Two improvisational masters join forces. Saxophonist Liebman first came to notice with Miles Davis and has continued on his unpredictable, immensely rewarding journey ever since. Pianist Copland has made his mark through harmonic ingenuity, textured touch, and introverted emotionalism. March 15, 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

THE MAKANDA PROJECT Not only does Pianist John Kordalewski's 13-piece big band perform compositions from the vast library of the late, great Bostonian Makanda Ken McIntyre, it also brings in musicians rarely heard in these parts: this time around, the tremendous trombonist Craig Harris. March 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: Free. Dudley Library Auditorium, 65 Warren St., Roxbury. 617-442-6186



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Pianist Yefim Bronfman embarks on a compressed survey of all five Beethoven Piano Concertos under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi (March 13-22, Symphony Hall). Linked to these programs, the BSO’s Insights series is offering lectures, films, and other programming under the title “Beethoven and the Piano” (March 9-17). 617-266-1200,

RIGOLETTO Boston Lyric Opera offers a new production of the Verdi favorite, directed by Tomer Zvulun, with a cast that includes Michael Mayes, Bruce Sledge, and Nadine Sierra. Christopher Franklin conducts. March 14-23, Shubert Theatre, 617-542-4912,

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY The H&H chorus has works by Bach and Byrd under the direction of Harry Christophers. March 14-16, Jordan Hall, 617-266-3605,

EVGENY KISSIN The acclaimed Russian pianist returns to Boston with a recital of works by Schubert and Scriabin. March 16, 5 p.m., Symphony Hall, 617-482-6661,