Her personal ‘Side’
“Every time I open my mouth/ I take off my clothes/ And I’m raw and frostbitten/ From being exposed.” Those are the first words you hear on DiFranco’s solid new album, “¿Which Side Are You On?,” which reminds you that there’s no separation between the personal and the political in her work. Pearl and the Beard, a gloriously unhinged indie-folk trio from New York, opens.
Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
POP & ROCK
A legend of psychedelic rock as a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators, Erickson has a long and infamous career full of highs and lows brought on by mental illness and drug abuse. Most recently he’s been back on the road touring behind 2010’s “True Love Cast Out All Evil,” backed by the indie-rock band Okkervil River. Nov. 9,
9 p.m. Tickets: $25, $23 in advance.
T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327,
MS. LAURYN HILL & NAS
This is an incredibly intimate venue for these two titans of rap. With no word on a follow-up to 1998’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” she’s at least performing live again, with reworked versions of songs from that Grammy-winning album along with the Fugees catalog. Nas is touring behind “Life Is Good,” his acclaimed new album that addresses when his life wasn’t so good as he went through a divorce. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $59.50-
$75. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
HUSKY You know how some albums are made to be heard while staring out rain-streaked windows? This Australian indie-rock quartet’s latest, “Forever So,” is such an album. Nov. 14, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 617-566-9014, www.ticketweb.com
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
LUIS ENRIQUE The latest in the school’s “Meets Berklee” collaborative series brings salsa romantica pioneer and reigning “El Principe de la Salsa” Luis Enrique to the college for a performance in which Enrique will play his songs backed by a large student ensemble. Nov. 8, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $16-$22.
Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com
JERRY DOUGLAS You might say that when he’s lending his formidable chops to Alison Krauss’s version of contemporary bluegrass as a marquee member of Union Station, Dobro master of the universe Jerry Douglas is at his most conventional. On his own, he lets loose with an eclecticism that encompasses jazz, blues, Celtic, and even New Orleans R&B. There is a little bluegrass in there, too. Nov. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40. First Parish Church Meetinghouse, Cambridge. 603-560-6694, www.heptunes
THE DIRTY GUV'NAHS This fiercely soulful Knoxville, Tenn., band has its musical roots planted in classic Southern rock, but you’ll also hear rootsy heartland country-rock, dirty R&B- and country-Stones elements, and Americana traces evocative of the Band rolled into their music. The Guv’nahs show is this new club’s christening event. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
JIMMY WEBB The iconic songwriter responsible for giving the popular canon (and Glen Campbell) such songs as “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston” comes to the MFA Wednesday (with a repeat performance the next night) for an evening that combines words and music, with Webb sharing stories, talking about his career, and taking to the piano to sing his songs. Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $47. Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
THE FOLLEN ANGELS The effervescent cabaret specialists present “Ella and Her Fellas, Part 2” featuring standard songs associated with the great Ella Fitzgerald and her male counterparts Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Duke Ellington. Nov. 8, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $12-$20. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.ryles
AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s own venerable, adventurous big band continues its 40th season with “Satire & Salutations,” a post-election concert, made possible by the De Florez Fund for Humor at MIT, that will conjure the spirits of Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken through politically pointed pieces by director Mark Harvey, including “Flat Earth Boogie,” “De-Evolution Blues,” and “Theocracy Shuffle.” Nov. 10, 8 p.m. Free. Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. www.aardvarkjazz
ASSAF KEHATI TRIO & EHUD ETTUN QUARTET Guitarist Kehati and bassist Ettun — two up-and-coming Israeli artists who have together and separately been making a splash in the US and internationally — inaugurate a monthly second-Sunday residency in Inman Square. Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lily-pad.net
YOKO MIWA TRIO The superb Japanese-born pianist — a Berklee grad and fixture on the Boston scene for over a decade — was named Best Jazz Act in the Boston Phoenix 2012 Best Music Poll. Over the years, she’s performed with the likes of Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Arturo Sandoval, and Esperanza Spalding. For this gig, she returns to the scene of her acclaimed fifth album, “Live at Scullers Jazz Club.” Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT Under the direction of Gil Rose, BMOP will perform a concert version of Tippett’s opera “The Midsummer Marriage,” carrying forward an artistic project that had been orphaned by the closure of Opera Boston. The cast includes Sara Heaton, Julius Ahn, David Kravitz, Deborah Selig, Matthew DiBattista, Joyce Castle, Lynn Torgove, and Robert Honeysucker. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10. Jordan Hall. 781-324-0396, www.bmop.org
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero, who also leads the orchestra in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Roberto Sierra’s “Fandangos.” Nov. 8-10. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA The BLO season has begun with a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” directed by Lillian Groag and conducted by Andrew Bisantz. Yunah Lee is making her company debut as Cio-Cio San, heading a cast that also includes Dinyar Vania (Pinkerton), Kelley O’Connor (Suzuki), and Weston Hurt (Sharpless). Nov. 9 and 11. Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912, www.blo.org
HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Early music specialist Bernard Labadie leads the H&H period orchestra in works by Rigel, Kraus, Haydn, and Mozart. Nov. 9 and 11. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605.