This week in music, from Alvanos’ folk wit to eclecticism of K.C. Harris, Danny Pepper
Sunday: Ryan Alvanos
All-ages show from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free.
Boston-area performer Ryan Alvanos packs catchy guitar riffs, groovy rhythms and witty lyricism into a singer-songwriter package, with elements of jazz, folk, Americana and rock fused in. Alvanos has released two records: 2011’s “From Here,” and his latest release, “Sharp Little Hooks” (2014).
Monday: Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas
21-plus show at 10 p.m. at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square. Free.
Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas – performing as part of the club’s Downbeat Mondays series – have a modern-day blues-rock sound akin to The Black Keys, Black Pistol Fire and The White Stripes. The band is highlighted by Stubbs’ blues licks and Ken Clark on the organ.
Wednesday: Ali McGuirk
21-plus show at 10:30 p.m. (doors at 8:30 p.m.) at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. McGuirk plays with The Dennis Brennan Band as part of its residency.
Boston singer-songwriter Ali McGuirk and her band combine low-key jazz progressions with blues-rock guitar and McGuirk’s powerful, soulful singing. McGuirk’s lively stage presence and incredible vocals make this show one of the best of the week in Cambridge.
Thursday: Mad Yonder
Somerville’s Mad Yonder have a unique and compelling sound, the result of a peculiar but effective application of hip-hop influences to folk instrumentation. The band relies on violinist Claire Goh for melodies while using pianist Timothy Wild for traditional lead vocals and Keanu Burke for rap.
Friday: Jim Kweskin
Singer/guitarist Jim Kweskin combines ragtime guitar with folk, pop and jazz influences, creating a one-of-a-kind sound. Kweskin’s own publicity explains that he balances “the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician … with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.”
Saturday: K.C. Harris and Danny Pepper
K.C. Harris is a singer-songwriter with clear roots in Americana and 1930s country blues, listing influences including Charley Patton and Blind Willie McTell. But Harris adds elements of other iconic performers, such as Bob Dylan, to forge a folk sound that pays homage to more than a century of American music.
Danny Pepper’s music is grounded in rock, grunge and country. Harris says his versatility allows him to “pair the sweetest cowboy ballad you’d ever heard with the tenaciousness of the best the early rock and rollers had to offer.”