Pop & Rock
You probably know her first and foremost as the haunted voice behind Stereolab, but since that band’s hiatus started in 2009, Sadier has released two solo albums. “Silencio,” her latest, is another batch of majestic pop songs set to warm electronica and langurous beats. Sept. 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Middle East
Upstairs. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com
Dense and lush have been defining characteristics for these Brooklyn indie rockers. “Shields,” their latest album and the follow-up to 2009’s “Veckatimest,” goes even deeper and somehow manages to feel both expansive and intimate. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $33.50. Orpheum Theatre.
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT
It’s not such an odd pairing,
after all. Byrne, the sonic savant beloved for his work with Talking Heads and as a solo artist, found a kindred — and equally restless — spirit in Annie Clark, whose adventures in hi-fi are recorded under the name St. Vincent. The proof is on their percussive new album together, “Love This Giant.” Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38-$58. Orpheum Theatre.
On a tour labeled “Back to Front,” the esteemed British rock musician will perform “So,” his seminal album released in 1986, in its entirety. In other words, get ready for massive singalongs
to “Sledgehammer” and “In Your Eyes.” Gabriel will dip into the rest of his catalog, too.
Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $37-$147.50. TD Garden.
Folk, World & Country
VENEZUELAN SOUND FESTIVAL Presented by the Venezuelan Sounds Foundation, an organization whose mission is the promotion of that country’s music and culture in the United States, these concerts will feature Marco Granados, Roberto Koch, Jorge Glem, and Jorge Montilla playing Venezuelan classical folk music, the Leo Blanco Ensemble’s jazzy African/Venezuelan blends, and Clara Rodriguez in a program of Latin American piano music. Sept. 20, 22, 8 p.m.; Sept. 23, 3 p.m. Free. Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge. 617-876-0956, www.venezuelansounds.org
BUXTON A Houston band that has slowly been building a career, Buxton is releasing their latest record on national label New West after two self-releases. They’re a self-described folk-rock group but could just as easily be thrown into alt-country’s big tent as well, given their proclivity for bringing together banjo twang and guitar thrash. Sept. 21, 9 p.m. Tickets: $8. O’Brien’s Pub, 3 Harvard Ave., Allston. 866-777-8932, www.ticketweb.com
TOBY KEITH Listen to his records and you’ll find that the outspoken country singer from Oklahoma is far from being a Johnny One-Note, displaying a range of musical styles and lyrical moods. In concert, though, he’s anything but subtle — loud and proud, party-hearty, and pretty much all in your face, all the time. Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-$89. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
He’s been making his name as one half of a duo with his sister Julia, but each of the Australian siblings has been pursuing parallel solo careers and Angus comes to town in that regard, fresh on the heels of “Broken Brights,” a record full of dusty country-rock ramble and sometimes stately, sometimes trippy folk. Sept. 25, 9 p.m. Tickets: $16. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
Jazz, Blues & Cabaret
THE JAZZ COMPOSERS ALLIANCE ORCHESTRA: EVERYBODY LOVES RAY CHARLES Boston’s own dynamic 18-piece big band presents a program of music written by, associated with, and dedicated to the iconic musician whose all-American amalgam of jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, country, and pop remains among the most potent and soulful sounds ever heard. Sept. 21, 6 p.m. Free. Berklee College of Music, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. www.jazz
GIACOMO GATES QUARTET Late bloomers take heart; this master of swing, scat, and vocalese didn’t perform professionally until he was in his 40s. But his supple, velvety baritone and intelligent, heartfelt synthesis of such influences as Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and Frank Sinatra have been gaining him attention. Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $17-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center,
160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazing
EHUD ETTUN’S NEW QUARTET
The up-and-coming Israeli bassist begins his Lily Pad residency with the debut of his promising new quartet — Israeli saxophonist Tal Gur, Kentucky-born and Boston-based pianist Kevin Harris, and Peruvian percussionist Jorge Pérez-Albela — performing original compositions and more.
Sept. 21, 10 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lily-pad
The Louisiana-based singer-songwriter has a unique mastery of blues slide guitar and boasts a fan in Eric Clapton, who once described him as “probably the most underestimated musician on the planet.’’ Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabar
SEPTEMBERFEST Longy’s annual festival continues Friday with a free chamber program devoted to works by Foss, Ibert, Tchaikovsky, and John Morrison, and concludes with an all-Schubert orchestral program on Saturday night. Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden St., Cambridge,
BRAHMS SONATAS Daniel Stepner (violin) and Robert Levin (piano) survey the three Brahms Violin Sonatas. 7 p.m., Sept. 23. Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University. 781-736-3400, www.brandeis.edu
‘FINNEGANS WAKE — AN OPEROAR’ Boston Baroque launches a series pairing Baroque and contemporary music with Martin Pearlman’s setting of the opening pages from Joyce’s ‘Finnegans Wake.’ Pearlman’s work in progress is scored for an actor and seven instrumentalists. 7 p.m., Sept. 23. Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Itzhak Perlman leads the BSO in its season-opening all-Beethoven program, conducting the Symphony No. 7 and performing as soloist in the Romances Nos. 1 and 2 for violin and orchestra. 7 p.m., Sept. 22. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org