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Callithumpian Consort

Works by microtonal magus Alvin Lucier are the focus of this New England Conservatory ensemble’s two-night stand at Brooklyn’s finest experimental-music hall. This evening marks the local premiere of Lucier’s glacial, spatial Braid along with Fideliotrio, Two Circles, and Slices; Christian Wolff’s miniscule Microexercises; and Tristan Murail’s Lachrymae.

Fri., March 28, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 8 p.m., 2014

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Lake Street Dive

If you haven’t seen LSD’s sidewalk version of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back,” you will. Closing a double generation gap, this former quartet of New England Conservatory jazz students switched their allegiance to pop a decade ago. They deliver a charming blend of Motown soul, Sixties melodic snap, and British Invasion insistence with a light touch and understated chops. Vocalist Rachael Price carries the day with accessible swagger.

Fri., Feb. 7, 10 p.m., 2014

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NEW FRONTIERS

An inspired improviser with an approach to the guitar both well-formulated and idiosyncratic, Joe Morris spent the past three decades refining creative ideas, playing in myriad instrumental situations, and earning what serves as fame on the free jazz scene. Now he has written a book, Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music, which explains the quantifiable aspects of what’s oft-considered a mysterious music—“a methodology that can be used to construct a methodology,” says the bandleader and New England Conservatory teacher. The 27 gigs he has curated at the Stone for the next two weeks will likely reveal the essence of the tome’s tenets. His current cohort stretches from Boston to Barcelona with a variety of characters uniting to make everything from doom skronk (Spanish Donkey) to chamber-prov (Ultra) to ye olde free-bop (Bass Quartet). Need an extended portrait of one man’s provocative vision? Here it is.

Mondays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 16. Continues through Jan. 31, 2013