BUJU BANTON & WAYNE WONDER Buju and Wonder burst on the early-'90s JA scene to stretch reggae's notions of yang and yin. It's no surprise that Wonder, the consummate dancehall singer, has a not so secret alter ego as DJ Surprize. "No Letting Go," his current crossover smash, showcases Wonder's gift for parsing melodic sweetness into precision beats. Buju's yang initially established him as dancehall's consummate heavyweight rhymer, but he took on Marley's roots-singer mantle with '95's Til Shiloh. Friends for Life, his latest CD, proves once again that whether chanting praises unto gals or singing hallelujahs unto Jah, Buju rules. THURSDAY AT 7, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 212-777-6800. (Oumano)

THE BELLRAYS+WIDE RIGHT Attack of the 50-Foot Frontwomen! Make room for the BellRays' Lisa Kekaula and Wide Right's Leah Archibald, two brassy, loudmouthed ladies leading their riff-powered armies into the fray. The BellRays are a veteran "maximum rock-'n'-soul" (their words) outfit currently enjoying well-deserved hype in the U.K. Wide Right, along with the Stone Coyotes, are pioneers of a burgeoning scene of middle-aged moms and dads playing fierce bar-band rock. It's gonna be huge?you heard it here first. With EDP. (The Bellrays also play Saturday at the Mercury Lounge.) TUESDAY AT 8:30, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0236. (Phillips)

CHIEFTAINS Once again, your Blarney-stoned Feast of San Patricio can bloody well be spent quaffin' green pints and gettin' jiggy with the sons of Paddy Moloney's pipes, whose 2002 best-of CD imbibed Marley and salsa and "Cotton-Eyed Joe" and Joni Mitchell crooning about a wayward-gals home named after Mary Magdalene, and whose newer Down the Old Plank Road deftly revives old-timey barndance-and-doom classics ("Sally Goodin," "Dark as a Dungeon," a 10-minute "Give the Fiddler a Dram") with a gigantic if oft stodgy guest roster of Nashville celebrities. SATURDAY AT 8, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey, 888-466-5722; MONDAY AT 8, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212-LINCOLN. (Eddy)

ROY HAYNES One of the handful of surviving bop masters still playing at the top of their game, Haynes will celebrate his 78th birthday this week, which ought to interest medical science?a drummer who continues to drive with the same energy and invention that made his initial reputation, when he worked with a succession of masters, including Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, and John Coltrane. Joshua Redman will be at his side all week, in a quartet that also includes Scott Colley and Dave Kikosky, the pianist Haynes introduced several years ago. WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AT 8 AND 10:30, Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street, 212-475-8592. (Giddins)

JAZZ COMPOSERS COLLECTIVE The group's third annual festival of bands drawn from an association that began as a Herbie Nichols repertory project and continues to build a large and impressive body of work. Trumpet player Ron Horton leads a quartet (with Tony Malaby) and pianist Frank Kimbrough a trio on Wednesday; Kimbrough returns with the trio and a duet with vibist Joe Locke on Thursday; the Nichols Project and Ben Allison's Peace Pipe make for a phat bill on Friday, as does the Nichols group and Ted Nash's Still Evolved (with Marcus Printup) on Saturday; and Michael Blake winds things up with the 16-piece Eulipion Orchestra on Sunday. The drummer for much of it is Matt Wilson, spelled by Michael Sarin and Jeff Ballard. WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AT 7:30 AND 9:30, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ALSO AT 11:30, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, 212-576-2232. (Giddins)

PIGFACE+MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT So even leather-clad industrial rockers are not immune to nostalgia. Thrill Kill Kult are like they always were, Chuck Manson's children, plundering and proselytizing with seemingly uncontrollable frenzy. But here's the dirty little secret: Pigface, the touring refugee camp of Wax Trax alums, are bizarrely vital, their live shows a dark, scourging musical circus that provide plenty of sonic theater. Also: Bile. TUESDAY AT 7:30, B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, 212-307-7171. (Patel)

THE ROOTS+CODY CHESNUTT Just when another crew would have started coasting toward a safe and modestly profitable culthood, the Roots revved up their ambitions and challenged their audience by adding a guitarist to their hip-hop band and going to work on their songwriting. Live, they should have an edge. Spurring them on will be a garrulous alt-r&ber who's still figuring out how to make a profit on culthood, and is off to a running start with the best song on the Roots' Phrenology. FRIDAY AT 7:30, Roseland, 239 West 52nd Street, 212-247-0200. (Christgau)

RÖYKSOPP Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge are basically Norway's answer to the French band Air?back before Air got boring, at least. Which is to say they turn flimsy Eurodisco into chill-out instrumentals, but they're still beloved by trendy ravers who dismiss Eurodisco as cheese, which only makes them funnier. Their cutest toon sounds like a tugboat; their prettiest like Bobby Vinton. Their hooks deserve to scare Sigur Rós back to Iceland. MONDAY AT 8, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 212-777-6800. (Eddy)

ZWELETHU MTHETHWA The South African photographer's big color photos of people posed in their makeshift homes on the outskirts of Cape Town recall Walker Evans's famous images of sharecroppers in their shacks. But instead of yellowing newspapers, Mthethwa's subjects have lined their walls with glossy ads and product labels whose repeated patterns add an eye-popping Warholian zing to otherwise austere interiors. As a result, these domestic settings read as inventive rather than impoverished, and their inhabitants, posed simply amid their neatly ordered belongings, look like the proud artists of idiosyncratic installations. THROUGH MARCH 15, Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, 212-645-1701. (Aletti)

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