Cat comes back
CAT POWER Hungry for a reinvention, Chan Marshall found it on her impulsive new album recorded as Cat Power. After a few years exploring a more soulful Southern sound, Marshall hit the wide open road on “Sun,” spanning everything from trip-hop to Latin-flavored indie rock. Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
POP & ROCK
BEN SOLLEE A cellist who also happens to be a compelling singer and songwriter, Sollee is touring behind “Half-Made Man,” his latest album that weaves in and out of folk, pop, and bluegrass traditions. It caps a strong year for Sollee, who turned up in various configurations as an all-star player at this summer’s Newport Folk Festival. Oct. 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $13. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
THE WALKMEN Befitting an album titled “Heaven,” these indie-rock stalwarts from New York mine a dreamier but no less gripping sound on their latest. Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25, $23 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
After 25 years in the trenches of roots-rock, weathering a career full of hits and misses, Etheridge still sounds fired up on her new album, “4th Street Feeling.” Its brooding R&B flourishes are a welcome detour from her more recent releases. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$100. Orpheum Theatre.
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
ALAN JACKSON With George Strait announcing his intention to retire, at least from touring, Alan Jackson is about the last fully active mainstream country traditionalist standing. And with Jackson himself well into his career (he’s touring behind his 17th studio album, “Thirty Miles West”), the question that George Jones once sang starts to come to mind: “Who’s gonna fill their shoes?” Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $47-$67. Tsongas Center, Lowell. 866-722-8780, www.tsongascenter.com
RODNEY CROWELL Once upon a time, he was a young gun who rose to major label prominence in the country world on the strength of hits such as “She’s Crazy for Leaving.” Then he turned his back on that world and, a decade later with the autobiography of 2001’s “The Houston Kid,” began a new journey that has brought him to the status of Americana elder statesman.
Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. The Center for the Arts in Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org
A PALO SECO FLAMENCO This company of flamenco dancers and musicians combines music, voice, and dance in a way that aims at to create something unique within the form, honoring it via traditional technique while transforming it with their own innovations.
Oct. 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $25 - $35. National Heritage Museum, Lexington. 781-861-9730, www.worldonstage.com
One of the seminal bands in the rise of ’90s alt- country, the Old 97’s are still going strong (and lead man Rhett Miller, who will perform Monday as one of his band’s openers, has a flourishing parallel solo career as well). But for this tour, they’re going back to beginnings, celebrating the 15th anniversary of their early masterpiece (and, incidentally, the release of an arch-deluxe reissue edition), “Too Far to Care.” Oct. 22,
9 p.m. Tickets: $25. Royale. 800-745-5000, www.ticketmaster.com
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
BOB BROOKMEYER MEMORIAL CONCERT The New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ken Schaphorst, pays tribute to the late, celebrated composer, arranger, and valve trombonist who taught at NEC from 1997 to 2007. The concert will feature Brookmeyer compositions and arrangements as well as pieces by two of his former NEC students who now rank among today’s finest big band leaders and composers: Darcy James Argue and Ayn Inserto. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu
NIKI LUPARELLI & THE GOLD DIGGERS The retro-blonde chanteuse, one half of the Steamy Bohemians duo, performs a “James Bond Cabaret” featuring your favorite 007-centric songs, with her 7-piece group. Oct. 19,
8 p.m. Tickets: $17-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 60 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,
JOHNNY HOY & THE BLUEFISH The Martha’s Vineyard-based barnstorming blues band is among the region’s best roots dance outfits. With the leader on harmonica and vocals, guitarist Buck Shank, pianist Jeremy Berlin, and drummer Chris Anzalone.
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9 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12.50. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978- 263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com
ANAT COHEN QUARTET The Tel Aviv-born reed player, a Berklee alum, has been voted clarinetist of the year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association. Her dark lyricism and incisive improvisational instincts animate her unique mix of jazz, classical, South American, and Afro-Cuban musics. With pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Daniel Freedman. Oct. 20, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $22-$25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Charles Dutoit leads the first of two subscription programs, featuring works by Frank Martin, Debussy (Symphonic Fragments from “The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian”), and Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 3 with Nikolai Lugansky as soloist). Oct. 18-23. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
BOSTON BAROQUE Martin Pearlman leads two semi-staged performances of Handel’s “Partenope,” with a cast that includes Amanda Forsythe, Owen Willetts, Kirsten Sollek, David Trudgen, Aaron Sheehan, and Andrew Garland. Oct. 19 and 20. Jordan Hall.
BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Conductor Steven Lipsitt and his orchestra spotlight two BSO players — violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young — as soloists in Brahms’s Double Concerto. The program also includes works by Beethoven and Bizet. Oct. 20-21. Faneuil Hall. 617-423-3883, www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org
NEW MUSIC The Gardner Museum’s distinguished Composer Portraits series, imported from New York’s Miller Theater, continues tonight with an evening devoted to the string quartets of composer Fred Lerdahl, performed by the Daedalus Quartet (7 p.m., Oct. 18, 617-278-5156, gardnermuseum.org). And Sound Icon opens its ambitious new season on Oct. 21 with works by Gerard Grisey and Mark Andre at BU’s CFA Concert Hall (www.soundicon.org).