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Playing ‘Ball’

EMMYLOU HARRIS In 1995, Emmylou Harris released an album that bent the parameters of her artistry, pulling her away from country and folk traditions and into an ethereal world of smoke and mirrors. “Wrecking Ball” became a midcareer classic for Harris, who enlisted producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, to surround her with ambient melodies that played off the quicksilver beauty of her voice. On tour together, Harris and Lanois are playing the album in its entirety, bringing with them supporting musicians Jim Wilson and Steven Nistor (with an opening set by Lanois). April 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-$75. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com



Pop & Rock

THE TEMPTATIONS This year marks the 50th anniversary of not only the arrival of the Beatles on these shores, but also the astounding rise of Motown. The Temptations, who released their debut, “Meet the Temptations,” in 1964, were a big part of that story, giving the label some of its signature songs: “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “I Can’t Get Next to You.” Of the original founders, Otis Williams is the last surviving member and leader of the current lineup. April 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$59. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JUANA MOLINA The sounds this Argentine singer and songwriter conjures rarely hold their shape for too long. As heard on last year’s overlooked “Wed 21,” Molina is a master at twisting her textures, often built around acoustic guitar and a kaleidoscope of programmed beats, into something wholly new. It’s both beautiful and dizzying. April 14, 9 p.m. Tickets: $22, $20 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

THE COATHANGERS Like the seminal punk bands before them, from Sex Pistols to the Slits, the Coathangers started out not as professional musicians but rather amateurs determined to play the hell out of their instruments. On “Suck My Shirt,” its new and fourth full-length album, the Atlanta trio sounds as urgent and primal as on earlier releases but with its hooks sharper than ever. April 16, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com



Folk, World & Country

JERRY DOUGLAS There isn’t much that the best Dobro player on the planet hasn’t done with his chosen instrument, but shows like this one, with him performing by his lonesome without his backing band or as a featured member of Alison Krauss’s Union Station, are a relatively rare occurrence. Emy Phelps and Darol Anger open. April 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40. First Parish Church Meetinghouse, Cambridge. www.heptunesconcerts.com

BUIKA This Mallorcan native ended up in Vegas as a Tina Turner impersonator early in her career before going on to produce a singular, cosmopolitan cocktail of flamenco, jazz, soul, blues, and diverse Latin strains that has led to several Latin Grammys and inclusion in NPR’s “Fifty Great Voices” series (Tina wasn’t one of the other 49). Apr. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$42. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

CHUCK MEAD AND HIS GRASSY KNOLL BOYS Chuck Mead apparently has a thing about ’60s-referencing band names. He was a founding member of BR549, which nicked its moniker from the Andy Griffith show, and the name of his current outfit evokes the events of an infamous November day in Dallas. The title of his new CD, “Free State Serenade,” references events that culminated in the ‘60s, too, but those would be the ‘60s of a century earlier. April 13, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com


THE OLYMPIC SYMPHONIUM There are certain band names that seem to telegraph what you’re going to hear before you hear it; once you’ve listened to the moody and lush, harmony-laden music that these Maritime (specifically, New Brunswick) chamber folksters make, their name makes perfect sense. April 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

NEC GOSPEL ENSEMBLE & JAZZ COMPOSERS ENSEMBLE The New England Conservatory presents two exceptional student groups performing contemporary gospel music, student compositions, and works by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter. April 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: Free. NEC's Brown Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-585-1122, www.necmusic.edu

JOHN NÉMETH & THE BO-KEYS The blue-eyed blues and soul man’s singing has been compared to the likes of B.B. King and Ray Charles, and he blows a mean harmonica, too. “Memphis Grease,” his first record since re-locating to that city, is currently making waves. His 9-piece band on both the album and on tour, the Bo-Keys, comprises session men from legendary Memphis-based labels Stax/Volt and Hi Records. April 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

THE MUSICAL WORLDS OF HERBIE HANCOCK The Harvard Jazz Bands pay tribute to the legendary keyboardist/composer, performing works by Hancock and his musical descendants, including pieces by guest stars Terri Lyne Carrington and Lionel Loueke. April 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $8-$15. Sanders Theater, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-4595, www.fas.harvard.edu/ofa


BENNY GREEN The prodigious pianist came up the old-school way — serving stints in the bands of legendary leaders Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown before going out on his own — and his near-Platonic hard bop stylings have drawn comparisons to the likes of Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, and his idol Oscar Peterson. April 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This week’s program features Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, with François-Xavier Roth stepping in for Daniele Gatti on the podium. April 10-12, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

BARTOK STRING QUARTETS The Chiara Quartet concludes its tenure as Harvard’s Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence with a free performance of Bartok’s Quartets Nos. 2, 4 and 6 on April 11 at Paine Hall (www.chiaraquartet.net). And in a rather remarkable coincidence, the Takács Quartet performs the identical program that same night in Jordan Hall (www.celebrityseries.org).

BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Under the baton of Steven Lipsitt, BCO performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 as well as the composer’s D-major Flute Concerto with soloist Claudi Arimany. April 12 and 13, Faneuil Hall, 617-423-3883, www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org

DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE The chamber orchestra, under Courtney Lewis’s direction, concludes its season with a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Haydn along with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Xiang Yu. April 13, 3 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-800-7588, www.discoveryensemble.org


MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN AND EMANUEL AX The two veteran pianists team up for an all-Brahms duo recital. April 13, 3 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org