The week ahead: Music

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Making the trip

KANYE WEST It’s no surprise that West travels with a production as hulking as his ego. On the road behind “Yeezus,” his latest album, the outsize rapper recently canceled some dates after his stage set was damaged, but he’s expected to resume the tour, bringing Kendrick Lamar with him. Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $37-$197. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


Pop & Rock

MUTUAL BENEFIT Homespun and pastoral, the indie-pop music Jordan Lee makes under the name Mutual Benefit sounds like it emanates from his bedroom. After multiple EPs and singles posted on his Bandcamp page, Lee, who splits his time between Boston and Brooklyn, recently released a shimmering full-length debut, “Love’s Crushing Diamond.” He shares the bill with Orca Orca, Slowdim, and Funeral Advantage. Nov. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. P.A.’s Lounge, Somerville. 617-776-1557,


BONNIE RAITT Last year’s “Slipstream,” her first album in seven years, proved that Raitt is indeed getting better with age. The bluesy stomp and swagger of her early work was front and center, and her voice now carries an earthy patina. Raitt, who’s especially beloved in Boston after she spent time around here in college, will no doubt draw on her four-plus-decade career. Marc Cohn opens. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $48.50-
$88.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

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CAT POWER After a full-band tour for last year’s “Sun,” which was widely heralded for pushing her into new sonic territory, Cat Power’s Chan Marshall is back on the road for a string of solo dates. Marshall has a reputation for being an unpredictable live act, so who knows what she’ll accomplish on her own. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


Folk, World & Country

ALEJANDRO FILIO An opportunity to see a renowned Mexican troubadour (more precisely, trovadore, in the Latin American tradition), now three decades into a career as a practitioner of the Nueva Canción genre, in an evening of virtuouso guitar playing, emotive singing, and poetic storytelling. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-718-2191,

HAYDEN/DOUG PAISLEY If you’ve been feeling a bit low on Canadian content, this singer-songwriter twin bill should top you up nicely, pairing elusive, reclusive folk/rock outlier Hayden with relative newcomer Doug Paisley, who practices a form of mesmerizing understatement that sees its latest distillation on his fine upcoming album, “Strong Feelings.” Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12. Middle East (Upstairs), Cambridge. 888-777-8932,


DARDEN SMITH/RADNEY FOSTER Another sterling singer-songwriter double-down, this one looking south instead of north to bring together a pair of icons of the Texas variety. Smith is a little more folky, Foster a little more country, but both invariably weave other elements into their chosen form of roots music as well as accomplished singing and stellar songwriting. Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Tickets: $22. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

THE WHITE BUFFALO The White Buffalo is West Coast singer-songwriter Jake Smith, and his performing moniker has all the significance of a name pulled out of a hat, which is how he chose it. His music is anything but haphazard; witness his latest record, “Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways,” an arcing song cycle anchored in the story of an Iraq war vet and wrapped in burly Americana. Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

BOBBI CAREY & WILL MCMILLAN The cabaret artists extraordinaire celebrate a decade of collaboration with “In Perfect Harmony,” a tribute to marvelous musical partnerships, not only their own, but also those of such great 20th-century songwriting teams as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Comden & Green, and Kander & Ebb. Accompanied by pianist Doug Hammer. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

CHRIS THOMAS KING The Baton Rouge native is as well known as an actor (“O Brother, Where Art Thou,” “Ray,” “Treme”) as he is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is always exploring, from acoustic blues to hip-hop, and his latest recording, “Antebellum Postcards,” sees him moving in a country music direction. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $17. Chan’s, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 401-765-1900,


CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT The acclaimed young singer, winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition, is being hailed by many as a successor to such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan — embodying the former’s abilities as actress-in-song with the latter two’s vocal virtuosity. Nov. 15, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

THE MUSICAL WORLDS OF HERBIE HANCOCK: MAIDEN VOYAGE Badass hard bop trumpeter/composer Eddie Henderson, this year’s jazz artist-in-residence at Harvard, will helm a concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands performing repertoire by Hancock — whose pioneering Mwandishi sextet included Henderson — as well as his own and others’ pieces. Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $8-$10. Harvard University’s Lowell Hall, Kirkland and Oxford streets, Cambridge. 617-496-2222,



FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS Gil Rose leads his Boston Modern Orchestra in a concert performance of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely spotted yet iconic modernist opera. With a cast that includes Sarah Pelletier, Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, Deborah Selig, Aaron Engebreth, Charles Blandy, Tom McNichols, and Lynn Torgove. Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 781-324-0396,

BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA The esteemed dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen, recently appointed to New England Conservatory’s faculty, appears as soloist in Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” under the baton of Steven Lipsitt, who also leads the orchestra in works by Beethoven and Verdi. Nov. 16, 17. Faneuil Hall. 617-423-3883,

CHORAL BOSTON The Masterworks Chorale, under Steven Karidoyanes’s direction, pairs Mozart’s Requiem with Salieri’s Grand Mass in D, on Friday at Sanders Theatre (617-858-6785, And the New World Chorale joins the Lexington Symphony on Saturday night in Lexington’s Cary Hall for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Jonathan McPhee. (781-523-9009,

YOUTH ORCHESTRAS AT SYMPHONY HALL The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under Benjamin Zander’s baton, performs works by Verdi, Ravel, Shostakovich, and Michael Gandolfi on Friday, with pianist and public-radio host Christopher O’Riley as soloist (617-236-0999, And the Boston Youth Symphony under Federico Cortese performs a BSO family concert on Saturday, with Bill Barclay joining as narrator in Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” (Free for kids under 18, 617-266-1200,