Nineteen years into their career, John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood still defy the sad descent into bland conservatism that afflicts many aging musicians. Instead, these sonic freaks of nature continue to boldly put their distinctive, improvisatory stamp on free funk, soul, jazz standards, and hits, rarely doing the expected, safe thing. MMW's massive, impressive 2009 box set Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set finds the trio as galvanic as ever: funky, fiery, fiercely exploratory—and they're even better live. (Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151. 7 pm, $25, 21+.)

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