Sunday, 17 April 2016

The ticket: Pop music, April 17, 2016

Tom Carter

The ticket: Pop music
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Due to space concerns, these listings were trimmed in print. These are the untrimmed versions.

MICHAEL HURLEY This roots-music maverick taped his 1964 debut LP on the same reel-to-reel machine used to capture Lead Belly's last session; seems entirely plausible that some rare element stuck to a pinch roller might have saturated Hurley's music in slightly warped form, the sweet tunes and the spooky ones alike. Nowadays the man called Snock lives out West, so his rare visits aren't to be missed. April 17, 7:30 p.m. $17, advance $15. Davis Square Theatre, Somerville. 617-684-5335,

DREAM THEATER Nothing about "The Astonishing," the new opus from this Berklee-polished prog-metal quintet, falls short of the title: a full-blown rock opera more than two hours long., it reveals chief conceptualist John Petrucci's jones for "Jesus Christ Superstar," Disney cartoons, and "Game of Thrones." On disc(s) it boasts choirs, bagpipes, an orchestra, and more; live, projected animations set the post-apocalyptic stage as the band plays its epic in full. April 19, 7:30 p.m. $25-$75. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS Still cruising along on the momentum provided by "Made for Pleasure," a disc of seductive, Meters-besotted jazz-funk jams that arrived late last year, this Leeds quartet slips into the Sinclair two days before the arrival of "The Nashville Session," a new set of first-take recordings taped in the titular town. Look sharp: The infectiously scrappy Brooklyn sax 'n' drums trio Moon Hooch opens. April 20, 7:30 p.m. $25, advance $22. The Sinclair, Cambridge.  617-547-5200,

TOM CARTER The museum's 2ndSHIFT Music Series, a promising new venture curated by roots-music maven Michael Tarbox, hosts a solo set from the psych-folk guitarist responsible for one of 2015's best things: "Long Time Underground," a double-vinyl clutch of electric soliloquies teeming with revelation and reverie. April 21, 7:30 p.m. $20-$30, advance $15-$25. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham. 781-893-5410, www.charlesriver

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