Rhiannon Giddens. The Carolina Chocolate Drops singer’s Freedom Highway is her second impressive solo album to skillfully draw on roots music tradition. She turns an unflinching eye to America’s racial history on “At the Purchaser’s Option” and finds strength in civil rights-era songs such Pop Staples' inspirational title cut and Richard Fariña's "Birmingham Sunday." Sunday at World Cafe Live.
The Jesus & Mary Chain. Rather than wait for a nice, neat round number, brothers Jim and William Reid of Scottish feedback-rock band the Jesus & Mary Chain went ahead and released their new album, Damage and Joy, a mere 19 years after their last. Monday at Union Transfer.
Temples. Big-haired revivalists from Kettering, England, touring behind their sophomore album, the oozing-with-molten-rock Volcano. Explosive! With Lo Moon. Monday at Underground Arts.
Angaleena Presley. Along with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, Presley is one-third of country supergroup Pistol Annies. Her 2014 solo debut, American Middle Class, was an acutely intelligent, empathetic missive from flyover country, and her fabulous new follow-up, Wrangled, is even better. Tuesday at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square.
American Epic. Three-part PBS series with a classy pedigree — T Bone Burnett, Jack White, and narrator Robert Redford are executive producers, and Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Nas, and Elton John are featured. Part 1 reaches back to country pioneers the Carter Family and raucous blues swingers the Memphis Jug Band to tell the populist American music story, beginning in the 1920s. Accompanied by a five-CD, 100-song boxed set. Tuesday and May 23, and 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS.