The week ahead: Music

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Heavy double bill

NINE INCH NAILS & SOUNDGARDEN They’re perhaps not the most obvious pairing, but on their new coheadlining tour these titans of hard rock collide in a show of thundering magnitude, from NIN’s industrial-strength tales of isolation to Soundgarden’s grunge explosions. With Oneohtrix Point Never opening. Pictured: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. July 29, 7 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$99.50. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,



GOGOL BORDELLO & MAN MAN You have to wonder: Does Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz arm-wrestle Man Man’s Honus Honus backstage before each show? One can only hope, because this pairing of two bands known for their intense live shows is an inspired meeting of the minds. Both acts defy easy categorization, from Gogol Bordello’s mashup of Balkan beats with punk fervor to Man Man’s junkyard rock and barroom blues. July 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


DWIGHT & NICOLE On their elegant new album, “Shine On,” this rootsy local soul duo show no signs of coloring within the lines. They travel a crooked musical path, from folk and blues to reggae and gospel, all anchored by the alchemy of how their voices entwine. (These performances come on the heels of Dwight & Nicole’s sold-out show with Puss N Boots at the Sinclair on Thursday.) July 26, 7:30 & 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757,

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FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS All together now: “Walk like a man, talk like a man.” “Big girls don’t cry.” “Sherrr-rrrrrry baby.” With some of pop music’s sweetest hits in their arsenal, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons turn their concerts into massive sing-alongs. The original Jersey Boys, they’re on the road again for what seems like a neverending tour. July 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $67.50-$100.50. South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset. 781-383-9850,



LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL Lowell always gives you a chance to see preeminent practitioners of familiar forms, whether it’s the old-school blues of Marquis Knox, vintage rockabilly from the iconic Sonny Burgess, or a new generation of Cajun royalty in the Pine Leaf Boys. But Lowell always offers something you’ve rarely or never heard before, too; the sacred steel gospel of Nikki “D” and the Browns and go-go music by E.U. are just a couple to put on your “must-see” list this year. July 25, 6:45 p.m.; July 26 and 27, 12 noon. Tickets: free. Various stages, downtown Lowell. 978-970-5000.

CARRIE ELKIN AND DANNY SCHMIDT These two talented singer-songwriters are partners in life (with a marriage set for this fall), and they’ve just made their first record together, “For Keeps,” a clear-eyed, his-and-hers celebration of relationships (including their own) that, in the spirit of domestic harmony, features five songs from each. Like their record, they’ll do their show song-swap style. July 26, 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.


JOE FLETCHER, ANDREW COMBS, AND RON GALLO This one has bang (or is it binge?) for your buck: Fletcher, who recently decamped from Rhode Island to Nashville, Combs, who put out an understated, under-the-radar gem a few years ago, and Gallo, who’s a member of roots eclectics the Toy Soldiers, combine forces to bring something they call the “Beach Binge Tour” to inland Cambridge. July 29, 10 p.m. Tickets: $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

NOURA MINT SEYMALI You can call it griot rock or desert blues, but with the ululating gale-force power of Noura Mint Seymali’s singing and the stinging, psychedelic Afro-funk lines provided by her husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, and the rest of her band, these Mauritanians produce a sound that’s quite their own. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975.



KARRIN ALLYSON The 30th and final season of Marblehead Summer Jazz continues with an appearance by the acclaimed singer, known for her fresh, unfussy interpretations of classic songs.
July 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$43. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-6366, www.

HERITAGE BLUES QUINTET The transatlantic band aims to reinvigorate African-American roots music for the 21st century, and received a Grammy nomination for its debut recording, “And Still I Rise.” With guitarist/singer Bill Sims Jr., slide guitarist/singer Junior Mack, singer Chaney Sims, French harmonica virtuoso Vincent Bucher, and drummer Barry Harrison. July 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$46. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391,


THE MAKANDA PROJECT Pianist/arranger John Kordalewski’s invaluable ensemble is dedicated to reviving the music of the late Bostonian jazz master Makanda Ken McIntyre. With saxophonists Kurtis Rivers, Arni Cheatham, Lance Bryant, Seth Meicht, and Charlie Kohlhase; trumpeter Jerry Sabatini; trombonists Robert Stringer and Bill Lowe; bassist John Lockwood; drummer Yoron Israel; and vocalist Diane Richardson. July 26, 1 p.m. Free. Roxbury Heritage State Park, 183 Roxbury St., Roxbury. 617-442-4400

CAMBRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL A free afternoon of music from local and internationally known artists, headlined by drummer, composer, and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington with guest singer Valerie Simpson of Motown fame. Also appearing: jazz flutist Fernando Brandão and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars; pianist George W. Russell, Jr. with his trio; marvelous vocalist Dominique Eade; and percussionist Ron Savage’s trio. July 27, 12-6 p.m. Free. University Park Commons, Sidney St., Cambridge.



TANGLEWOOD The National Youth Orchestra makes its Ozawa Hall debut under David Robertson on July 24, with a program that includes Britten’s Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham. At the Shed, the Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck replaces an indisposed Christoph von Dohnanyi on the BSO podium, leading Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Mozart with pianist Paul Lewis (July 25); and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo Sarah Connolly, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (July 26). Then Jacques Lacombe leads the BSO and pianist Gabriela Montero in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 alongside music of Verdi (July 27). Lenox. 617-266-1200,

MARLBORO MUSIC A meaty weekend of chamber music awaits at Marlboro, where pianist and artistic director Mitsuko Uchida will be joined on Saturday night by colleagues in Messiaen’s 20th-century masterpiece, “Quatuor pour la fin du temps,” to be performed alongside Mozart’s F-major String Quartet (K. 590). Sunday afternoon’s program will feature Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat” as well as works by Brahms, Beethoven, and this summer’s composer-in-residence, Kaija Saariaho. Marlboro, Vt., 802-254-2394,

OPERA IN THE CITY Opera fans get a rare summer double-serving of in-town opera this weekend, as Boston Midsummer Opera offers fully staged English-language performances of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride,” conducted by Susan Davenny Wyner and directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman (July 25 and 27 at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center); and Boston Opera Collaborative takes on Britten’s “Albert Herring,” conducted by Andrew Altenbach and directed by Katherine Carter (July 24-27 at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester).,