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    The week ahead: Music

    David McClister

    Truckin’ into town

    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS The Truckers come to town riding “English Oceans,” their first record in three years and one that finds band mainstay Mike Cooley shouldering an increased songwriting load; he contributes roughly half of the album’s content, which renders it a taut, dynamic back-and-forth throwdown between him and counterpart Patterson Hood. Mar. 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. House of Blues. 800- 745-3000.


    ROCK & POP

    SPIRIT KID The wondrous and weird project of local singer and songwriter Emeen Zarookian, Spirit Kid sounds like a band plucked right out of a haze of pot smoke in the late 1960s. Zarookian has an ear for infectious melodies as filtered through a prism of psychedelic detours. Recently back from South by Southwest, Spirit Kid is celebrating the release of a new album, “Is Happening,” with a show featuring Pretty & Nice and Andy Sadoway (of Bent Shapes). March 21, 10 p.m. Tickets: $7. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,


    LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER Opening for Typhoon, an ecstatic indie-rock band that often swells to a dozen musicians, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper returns to home turf for a pair of shows, one of which (Saturday) is already sold out. Lady Lamb is Aly Spaltro, the Maine native who cut her teeth here before the rest of the world caught on to her taut but heartfelt songs that can rage one minute and caress the next. March 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18, $16 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

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    GARY NUMAN He blazed a trail in electronic and industrial music — notably with 1979’s “The Pleasure Principle,” which spawned the hit “Cars” — long before those genres would become en vogue. Now Numan is touring behind last year’s “Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind),” which delved even deeper into foreboding Goth rock with Numan’s tales from the dark side. He shares the bill with Big Black Delta and Chris Ewen, the local DJ who helms the weekly “Heroes” dance night. March 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

    TINARIWEN An ever-evolving cast of Tuareg singers and musicians, Tinariwen is perhaps the most celebrated band to emerge from the Sahara, playing a guitar-driven strain of desert music that’s often compared to American blues. That connection is easily made on “Emmaar,” Tinariwen’s new album that’s steely and trance-like in its circular melodies. March 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,



    NEW BUMS Initiated last year, this collaboration between Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny and psych-folkster Donovan Quinn (the Skygreen Leopards) is availing the pair new, spare ways to continue their explorations of the “new weird America.” March 24, 9 p.m. Tickets: no cover; donation suggested. Deep Thoughts, Jamaica Plain. 617-522-3587,


    THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS They began life as a more or less straight-ahead bluegrass outfit, but over time their muse has taken them farther afield to incorporate folk, acoustic country, and Americana elements alongside their string band base. It’s worth arriving early for their show to catch the opener, Portland (Ore.) band Fruition. March 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000.

    ANNA SAEKI The former Miss Sapporo left her native Japan in 1989 for the home of tango, Argentina, to launch a recording career that has continued ever since and prompted Argentinean tango poet Marta Pizzo to proclaim that Saeki “was born to sing the works of Piazzolla.” March 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757.



    BILL CHARLAP TRIO The lapidary pianist has few rivals in his love for the landscape of the Great American Songbook, from Jerome Kern to Leonard Bernstein and all points in between, offering fresh perspectives at every stop along the way. March 21 and 22, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

    ERIC HOFBAUER QUINTET The adventurous guitarist presents a concert titled “Prehistoric Jazz: The Rite & 100 Years of Revolution” featuring improvisatory interpretations of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” in celebration of the 100th anniversary of two musical eruptions: The scandalous 1913 debut of Stravinsky’s savage masterpiece and the near-simultaneous emergence of early jazz music. His accomplished quintet — with clarinetist Todd Brunel, trumpeter Jerry Sabatini, cellist Junko Fujiwara, and drummer Curt Newton — will also debut Hofbauer’s arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps.” March 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: Free. Pickman Hall, Longy School Of Music, 1 Follen St., Cambridge. 671-876-0956,


    SAMANTHA FISH A powerful singer, guitarist, and songwriter, the Kansas City-born, 20-something bombshell has been turning heads on the blues scene for a while and is likely to explode beyond it before long. March 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18-$22. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. 978-425-4311,

    BRIAN DE LORENZO For a show titled “Sinatra, Tony, & Me,” the acclaimed cabaret crooner pays tribute to the two greatest saloon singers of all: Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. March 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Scullers. 866-777-8932,



    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Pianist Yefim Bronfman concludes his survey of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the “Emperor,” and includes the Triple Concerto for good measure (with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and violinist Guy Braunstein). Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts. March 20-22, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic make a rare local appearance with a program that includes Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1. March 23, 2 p.m.,

    ARDITTI QUARTET This trailblazing quartet with impeccable high-modern credentials offers a program of characteristically bracing works by Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Joshua Fineberg, and Helmut Lachenmann. March 23, 7 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 617-478-3103,

    YO-YO MA Partnered by pianist Kathryn Scott, Ma returns to Symphony Hall for a recital devoted to works by Stravinsky, Falla, Messiaen, and Brahms. March 21, 8 p.m. 617-482-6661,

    TAKACS QUARTET The accidental mini-festival of Bartok String Quartets continues, with the standard-setting Takacs Quartet performing Nos. 1, 3 and 5. March 20, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,