Live Tonight: Pat Metheny Unity Group, Janiva Magness, Russian Circles

Pat Metheny Unity Group Few jazz guitarists can match Metheny in sheer talent and ability; fewer still in influence. With his newest Unity Group, he continues to do what he’s done his whole career—push the sonic envelope further than anyone thought possible. The Moore. 7:30 p.m. $45–$62.50. CR

Janiva Mangess set the blues, soul, and R&B worlds aflame in 2012 with the release of Stronger for It. The 2009 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (one of only two women to hold that distinction) and her powerhouse vocals garnered more awards in 2013: two Blues Music Awards for Song of the Year (“I Won’t Cry”) and Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. Jazz Alley. Through Wed., March 5. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $24.50. All ages. BP

Blending atmospheric, moody melodies with pummeling heavy riffs, Russian Circles pretty much has the instrumental post-rock genre in a lock. Its fifth record, Memorial, closes with the eerie title track, featuring guest vocalist Chelsea Wolfe—a song that begs for repeat listens. With Helms Alee, Ken Mode. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15 adv. 21 and over. JB

 
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