• Michael Vallera

From time to time, especially in the dead of winter, it so happens that only a handful of Soundboard writeups fall on the first few days of the week. But there’s always more going on than we manage to write about, no matter how cold it gets.

This week—aside from the critics’ picks after the jump—Monday’s shows include fingerstyle guitarist Ryley Walker at the Burlington and Femi Kuti & the Positive Force at Metro. Tuesday you can catch the second-to-last installment of the Bitchin Bajas residency at the Hideout, plus two great concert of jazz and improvised music: Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker solo at the MCA (as part of the Face the Strange new-music series) and cornetist Rob Mazurek (whose Pulsar Quartet recently earned a recommendation from Peter Margasak) with the Throne of the House of Good & Evil at the Whistler. Lastly, among Wednesday’s entertainments are female-fronted Bay Area doom-metal trio Castle at Cobra Lounge and the venerable NRG Ensemble, carrying on the legacy of eccentric genius Hal Russell, at the Hideout.

And those are just the shows that caught my eye. Read on for Freakwater and Michael Vallera!