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FOR THE LOVE OF GODS

Two of India’s eight classical dance styles hit their marks during the World Music Institute’s two-day Dancing the Gods festival — and those aren’t the only binaries on display. Tonight’s recital — Dwita: Duality of Life — will be performed by Rama Vaidyanathan and her daughter Dakshina Vaidyanathan, masters of the southern Indian Bharatanatyam, said to embody music in visual form. Both evenings’ dancers will be accompanied by live musicians, and India’s complex rhythmic grammar will be deconstructed tomorrow, when Prashant Shah, a rare male dancer of the northern Indian Kathak form, joins Parul Shah’s company for Kadamb & Beyond: A Tribute to Kumudini Lakhia, the (unrelated) Shahs’ mutual guru. Expect rhythmic fireworks during Can’t Trust the Bols, a new Parul Shah work accompanied by tabla and cello.

April 25-26, 7 p.m., 2015

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Wadada Leo Smith – 44 Years: Retrospective

Incandescent Mississippi-born trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith celebrates over four decades of radical creativity with a week-long residency that’ll take shape in a dozen different group configurations and two lectures. On April 21, Smith first leads a trio with venue proprietor John Zorn (alto sax) and Smith’s longtime AACM associate George Lewis (trombone) and returns later with Bobby Naughton (vibraharp) and Dwight Andrews (reeds). The week’s other highlights include a tribute to Ornette Coleman on April 24 and the Saturday-night return of Smith’s solid Golden Quartet.

Tue., April 21, 8 & 10 p.m.; Wed., April 22, 8 & 10 p.m.; Thu., April 23, 8 & 10 p.m.; Fri., April 24, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., April 26, 8 & 10 p.m., 2015

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FOLK LURE

Avert your eyes from the urban mirage and contemplate more rooted sounds during the seventh annual Brooklyn Folk Festival. Highlights of the three-day, 30-act event, which is co-produced by local folk epicenter the Jalopy Theatre and Down Home Radio podcaster Eli Smith, include tonight’s rare local appearance by Oregon rural-boho avatar Michael Hurley on a bill with country bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and New Orleans jazz-piano preservationist Terry Waldo’s Rum House Band. Following tomorrow’s banjo-hurling contest (impress your date!), youthful old-timer Frank Fairfield plays sets devoted to American and Italian string music, respectively, and Daptone recording artists Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens raise the roof. Downtown punk-psych folkies Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel will bring it all back home on Sunday.

April 17-19, 8 p.m., 2015

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WAR HORSE

Invited by the Royal Shakespeare Company to collaborate on a production of Troilus and Cressida, the Wooster Group went for high irony, portraying their Trojans as pre-colonial Native Americans complete with teepees, lacrosse sticks, and odd shamanistic rituals. In Cry, Trojans!, the Woosters’ single-company spin-off, primitive and modern collide in a dense, seemingly anarchic stew. Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, and starring Scott Shepherd and Kate Valk as the ill-fated lovers, Cry, Trojans! submits Shakespeare to a technologically mediated distortion field: As they perform, actors match their movements to video monitors screening a pair of movies by and about Native Americans — Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and Smoke Signals — and the classic Hollywood romantic drama Splendor in the Grass. Eras, texts, and tech collide constantly in this utterly absorbing theatrical miasma.

March 24-April 19, 8 p.m., 2015

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Howlin’ Rain

Ethan Miller of Howlin’ Rain turns toward the acoustic-confessional mode on his latest album, ­Mansion Songs. His starting-from-scratch reinvention follows a handful of delirious electric albums, including The Russian Wilds, a Dostoevskian epic of a record. Expect Miller’s loud and soft sides to mingle tonight. Chris Forsyth and Solar Motel Band play ye olde double-guitar acid rock with punkish passion (think Quicksilver Messenger Service meets Television). Together, Forsyth and fellow guitarist Nick Mellevoi heave and sway and ultimately transcend their influences. The Golden Grass open, and patrons 21 and older are welcome to attend.

Sat., April 18, 8 p.m., 2015

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QUEBEC CITY

Quebec guards its French identity faithfully, but its music long ago mixed with styles imported by Scottish and Irish soldiers and settlers who helped Britain establish a permanent foothold in Canada. The two bands the French Connection festival comprises vividly remind listeners of the province’s hybrid character. Le Bruit Court Dans la Ville (The Word Around Town) consists of Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), Normand Miron (button accordion), and André Marchand (guitar), folk veterans who embody Québécois music’s community-enhancing front-porch sound. Dancer-musicologist Pierre Chartrand joins them at tonight’s party. On Saturday, Le Vent du Nord (The Northern Wind), a younger quartet with several fine albums under their collective belt, put on a lively stage show and perform traditional tunes with contemporary verve and originals with timeless verve.

April 10-11, 8 p.m., 2015

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FULL HOUSE

Since 1991, musical worlds have collided for a good cause at the annual Tibet House Benefit. This year’s edition again mixes former “Downtown” stalwarts — including curator Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith’s group, and Debbie Harry — with visitors from the hinterlands. The chakra-rocking Flaming Lips bring their Oklahoma oddness to town on the heels of their Beatles tribute, With a Little Help From My Fwends, while psychedelically inspired Kentucky country outlaw Sturgill Simpson will provide sturm-und-twang. But the wildest card could well be dazzling Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac, who’ll be joined by his equally remarkable neighbor, Celtic keyboardist Maybelle Chisholm McQueen. Expect Philip’s cousin Ira Glass to perform some meta-radio magic, and submit to the Drepung Gomang Monastery monks’ ritual invocation.

Thu., March 5, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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HEARD IN SHANGHAI

The Shanghai Restoration Project is the time-traveling brainchild of David Liang, who grew up in Kansas and upstate New York but has been reinventing 1930s and ’40s Shanghai pop-jazz with the help of electronics, rapping, and inventive animations for about a decade. Innocence, optimism, and clarity inform the reinterpretations heard on last year’s The Classics, a collection of sepia-toned hits guaranteed to bring your Chinese-American grandma to tears. Liang and his MC accompanist Jamahl Richardson will be joined at this special multimedia show by Shanghai-born, New England Conservatory–trained jazz singer Le Zhang, and by the terrific Chinese animator and rapper Ray Lei, whose candy-colored pop-psych sensibility bears strong traces of Peter Max and Yellow Submarine animator Ron Campbell.

Thu., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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SILENT NIGHT

For tonight’s return of the Silent Films/Live Music series to the Winter Garden, platinum-blond filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s noise-rock trio SQÜRL will supply droning, feedback-driven soundtracks to four 1920s surrealist silent films — Le Retour à la Raison, Emak-Bakia, Les Mystères du Chateau du Dé, and L’Étoile de Mer — by visual artist Man Ray. Born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia, and raised in Williamsburg, Paris-based Man Ray pioneered a style of avant-garde cinema that mixed unexpected juxtapositions with shadowy photograms he called “rayographs.” The series continues tomorrow with Spanish director Pablo Berger’s 2013 black-and-white silent hit Blancanieves (Snow White), whose romantic score will be performed live by the composer and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Programs will repeat on February 19 and 20.

Tue., Feb. 17, 8 p.m., 2015

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: Don’t you dare slag them off as a mere cover band. The group otherwise known for its experimental Led Zeppelin instrumentals as Bustle in Your Hedgerow here works its high-octane magic on Grateful Dead material, taking the improvisations to wild new realms. Keyboardist Marco Benevento and guitarist Scott Metzer (who’s been raising the ghost of Danny Gatton in his other group, Wolf!), are the special sauce. On Friday, the lanes will be energized by the annual Freaks Ball thrown by a local group of rabid live-music connoisseurs. $25–$30. 9 p.m. 21 and over. Brooklyn Bowl and the doors open at 6 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 23, 9 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 24, 9 p.m., 2015