The week ahead: Aug. 25, 2016

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Bent Knee, by Ben Stas for the Boston Globe

The week ahead: Pop & rock
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

BLACK SABBATH They say this is our last chance to see three-quarters of the quintessential English heavy-metal band, and you get the sense they’re telling the truth this time. The set list offers no surprises, but think of this as paying your last respects. Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$150. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com

BENT KNEE Newly returned from a successful European tour, bearing a string of glowing press reports, and soon to embark on a stateside jaunt with Dillinger Escape Plan, this artfully emotive/emotively artful sextet shares stirring tunes from its newest album, “Say So.” Aug. 26, 10 p.m. $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com

XENIA RUBINOS This dependably vital, consistently inventive singer and rapper continues to twist her Afro-Caribbean cultural and musical roots into unexpected and instantly appealing new branches, the likes of which can be heard on her powerful new album, “Black Cat.” Aug. 31, 9 p.m. $12, advance $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com

Original Source: The week ahead: Aug. 25, 2016

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