Upcoming music events around Boston

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Creating ‘Havoc’

ALANIS MORISSETTE In the four years since her album “Flavors of Entanglement,” Morissette got married and became a mother. She touches on both life changes on her latest, “Havoc and Bright Lights.” Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $49.50. House of Blues.

James Reed

Pop & Rock

MEAN CREEK To celebrate their sophomore album, “Youth Companion,” these beloved local rockers are throwing a release party ahead of tour dates opening for Counting Crows. “Young & Wild,” the new album’s terrific first single, has echoes of the Jesus and Mary Chain circa “Darklands.” Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticket

JOSS STONE Released over the summer, “The Soul Sessions Vol. 2,” a sequel of sorts to Stone’s 2003 debut, captured the English R&B singer letting loose in a live setting. Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


ATLAS GENIUS A full-length debut is expected next year, but already there’s proof that this Australian band of brothers is one to watch. The trio’s EP, “Through the Glass,” is anthemic indie rock on the magnitude of Phoenix jamming with Kings of Leon (required listening: “Symptoms”). Along with Cloud Nothings, Atlas Genius opens for Silversun Pickups. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

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BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS Robert “Big Sandy” Williams and his crack band started out with a determinedly traditional rockabilly bent, but they didn’t remain that way for long, quickly expanding to an eclectic, turbocharged omni-roots mix that incorporates hillbilly, western swing, jazz, and even doo-wop and vintage R&B. Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lizard Lounge. 800-838-3006,

WANDA JACKSON Arriving for this date exactly a week shy of her 75th birthday, Wanda Jackson easily qualifies as a rockabilly/old school country grand dame, but she doesn’t show any inclination to slow down. She’s touring regularly and recording, too, collaborating with young hipster producers on her latest, aptly-named albums — Jack White on last year’s “The Party Ain’t Over,” and Justin Townes Earle on the just-released “Unfinished Business.” Oct. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28. Johnny D’s. 888-777-8932,

ADMIRAL FALLOW This rising Scottish five-piece (often more numerous live) plays a species of sweet chamber folk that oscillates from acoustic spareness to orchestral lushness, from upbeat catchiness to introspective slow-burn. Also on the bill: “modern American string band” Joy Kills Sorrow.Oct. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Café 939 at Berklee. 617-747-2262,

STAFF BENDA BILILI The music this Congolese group plays — an exhilarating rumba/reggae/funk fusion — is extraordinary. The group’s backstory is more extraordinary still: four middle-aged street musicians, all rendered paraplegics by childhood polio, using Kinshasa’s half-abandoned city zoo as both living and rehearsal space. This is the band's Boston debut. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. The Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret


DOMINIQUE EADE The cool and canny vocalist celebrates her 28th year on the NEC faculty with an eclectic nosegay of new original songs and numbers by composers including Hildegard von Bingen, Conlon Nancarrow, Thelonious Monk, and Bob Dylan, performed with NEC Contemporary Improvisation and jazz faculty members plus guests. Oct. 11, 8 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

LIONEL LOUEKE TRIO A native of Benin, the tasteful virtuoso’s guitar and vocals combine his West African roots with post-bop jazz. He’s played with such legends as Herbie Hancock, Charlie Haden, and Jack DeJohnette as well as fellow rising stars like Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, and Robert Glasper — who produced Loueke’s superb new CD, “Heritage.” Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

THE BOSTON BLUES SOCIETY “BLUES CHALLENGE 2012” Finalists of the annual battle of the blues compete to represent the region in the solo/duo category at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Emceed by Jim and Michele Rockwell, with contestants Rich Brown, Erin Harpe and Rosy Rosenblatt, Willie & Babe (Willie McBlind), Carolyn Waters, and Satoru Nakagawa (The Tokyo Tramps).Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $8. Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave., Allston. 617-351-2665,

PAT METHENY UNITY BAND The ever-restless guitarist and innovator hasn’t recorded with a saxophonist in ages. For the new CD and this tour, Metheny drafted one of the greats of our day, Chris Potter, supported by drummer Antonio Sanchez and bassist Ben Williams. Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$65.Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-3161,

Kevin Lowenthal


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski makes his keenly anticipated BSO debut leading Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, with Arabella Steinbacher returning as soloist. Oct. 11-13, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,


HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Harry Christophers kicks off the new H&H season with an all-Bach program that includes the composer’s “Magnificat.” Oct. 12 and 14, Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handeland

BLUE HERON This thriving Renaissance Choir, under the direction of Scott Metcalfe, performs Nicholas Ludford’s “Missa Inclina cor meum” and John Mason’s antiphon “Ave fuit prima salus.” Oct 11 at St. Cecelia Parish in Boston, Oct. 13 at First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956,

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG Steven Blier’s imaginative troupe makes a rare local appearance with a program exploring Dvorák’s interest in African-American spirituals. With works by Dvorák, Burleigh, Will Marion Cook, Alex Rogers, and James Vaughan. Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,

Jeremy Eichler