BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Violinist Joshua Bell returns to Symphony Hall, this time with Bernstein’s “Serenade” under the baton of assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger, who will also lead the orchestra in works by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. Oct. 4-6, 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
Pop & Rock
FRANKIE ROSE On this year’s “Interstellar,” her sophomore solo album, this one-time member of Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls mashed up the jangle of ’80s guitar pop with the sweetness of ’60s girl groups. Oct. 4, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
MORRISSEY With no record label or manager and no new album since 2009’s assured “Years of Refusal,” Morrissey is something of a free agent these days. Squashing recent rumors that he would reunite with the Smiths at next year’s Coachella, Morrissey kicks off his new US tour in Boston. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $38.75-$103.75. Citi Wang Theatre. www.citicenter.org
Spectral and slinky, the songs on Poliça’s debut, “Give You the Ghost,” impart the sensation that you’re hearing singer Channy Leaneagh perform on the moon. Her collision of trip-hop, lounge music, indie rock, and Auto-Tuned vocals is simply hypnotic. Oct. 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Paradise Rock Club.
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS
Since moving to a farm in Georgia a few years ago, this British singer-songwriter has burrowed even deeper into her love of bygone eras of American music. “Sunday Run Me Over,” her freewheeling new album as Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, which pairs her with the guitarist Lawyer Dave, veers from roiling electric blues to twangy country. Oct. 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327, www.ticketweb.com
Folk, World & Country
MISS TESS AND THE TALKBACKS It’s hardly unusual for an artist to introduce new musical elements into her sound, but when Miss Tess headed in a more country and vintage rock ’n’ roll direction, she decided that a new moniker was in order. Same band, different name, and two nights to celebrate a new CD reflecting the musical shift. Oct. 4 and 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lizard Lounge. 800-838-3006. www.brown
JIM CAMPILONGO TRIO Jim Campilongo has come to wider attention recently through his involvement with Norah Jones in country side-project the Little Willies, but he boasts a formidable resume as a session player and a long series of his own country-jazz groups and projects. He’s making a rare visit to the Boston area with his trio. Oct. 7,
9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Atwood's Tavern. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com
The title of their new album, “Algiers,” doesn't refer to the Mediterranean city, but to the New Orleans neighborhood where Calexico set up shop to make the record, trading Tuscon desert heat for Big Easy swelter and letting the city subtly, slightly, infiltrate the music they made there. Oct. 10, 9 p.m. Tickets: $18. Royale. 800-745-3000. www.ticket
The sibling and uncle pairs who make up legendary Irish group Clannad have been plying their Celtic-folk-pop-new age blend for four decades now, but it’s been half that long since they’ve set foot on North American shores to play live. Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$59.50. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,
Jazz, Blues & Cabaret
MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD Eclectic groove-meisters John Medeski (keyboards), Chris Wood (bass), and Billy Martin (drums) have been playing together for two decades. Their latest album and tour finds them to returning to their acoustic roots. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu
THE NANDO MICHELIN GROUP For a program titled “Parallel Realities,” pianist Michelin leads a powerhouse group performing original jazz compositions with strong South American grooves. Featuring world-class saxophonists Jerry Bergonzi, Rick DiMuzio, and George Garzone, bassist Fernando Huergo, and drummer Tiago Michelin. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Free. Tufts University, Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center,
20 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3564, as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter
PAUL GEREMIA The soulful singer and premier country blues guitar fingerpicker has been, for over four decades, the very picture of the itinerant bluesman. Whether interpreting classics from the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, and Scrapper Blackwell or performing his own fine originals, he lives up to critic Elijah Wald’s description of him as “something of a national treasure.”Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
DONNY MCCASLIN The tenor saxophone monster celebrates his 10th album, “Casting for Gravity,” with the cast on the recording — keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana — creating electronica-inspired settings for his trademark craggy and powerful improvisations. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
CHAMBER MUSIC Two of the city’s more imaginative chamber troupes open their seasons this weekend: The Chameleon Arts Ensemble kicks off with works by Brahms, Wagner, Schoenberg, Berg, and Leon Kirchner(Oct. 6-7. Goethe-Institut Boston. 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.org) and Radius Ensemble offers music by Prokofiev, Weber, Morton Gould, and Mark Schultz (Oct. 6. Longy School of Music of Bard College. 617-792-7234, www.radiusensemble.org).
CELEBRITY SERIES The rising young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov makes his Boston recital debut in works by Scriabin, Medtner, Stravinsky, Debussy, and Chopin. Oct. 5. Longy School of Music of Bard College. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
HELIOS EARLY OPERA The recently founded Baroque opera company performs Telemann’s comic opera “Pimpinone” in a local bar. With Peter Walker as Pimpinone and Meredith Ruduski as Vespetta. Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Goodlife Bar, 28 Kingston St. www.