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    Upcoming music events around Boston

    Yoon S. Byun

    A night and a day with A Far Cry

    A FAR CRY On Thursday evening at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the conductor-less chamber orchestra offers works by Cage, Schnittke, and Haydn. Then it returns on Sunday afternoon with music by Rautavaara, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Bartok, and Walton. 617-278-5156,

    Jeremy Eichler

    Pop & Rock

    KISS 108 JINGLE BALL This annual pop-music extravaganza snagged some especially big names this year: Justin Bieber leads a lineup that also includes Boston-bred Karmin, the Wanted, Train, Ed Sheeran, and Cher Lloyd, among others. Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25-$200. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticket

    DEBO BAND Fresh from winning the Boston Music Award for live artist of the year this past Sunday, this local Ethiopian-pop band closes out a banner year that saw the release of its full-length debut on Sub Pop Records. Dec. 6, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


    PATRICK WATSON On the road behind this year’s “Adventures in Your Own Backyard,” this eclectic Canadian singer-songwriter and his band have a knack for creating chamber-folk songs that put you on the verge of tears. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 in advance. The Sinclair. 800-745-3000, www.ticket
    . As of press time, the Sinclair had not opened, check www.bowery
    for any venue updates.

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    THE FAINT Timed to a new deluxe reissue of “Danse Macabre,” the Faint will play that landmark dance-punk record from 2001 in its entirety, along with other material. Icky Blossoms and Trust, both indie-rock bands that no doubt grew up listening to “Danse Macabre,” will open. Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Folk, World & Country

    EL VEZ “MexMas time is here!,” proclaims the Mexican Elvis, which means that he and his Elvettes will make their annual trek to Somerville for another installment of Christmas mayhem — Yuletide classics done El Vez-style and his own contributions to the tradition, including “Santa Claus Is Sometimes Brown” and “Mamacita Donde Esta Santa Claus.” Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $17. Johnny D’s. 888-777-8932,

    BARLEY HOPPERS/FEARLESS LEADERS This double bill should cover most of your vintage musical needs: the Barley Hoppers bring their retro-fied mix of honky tonk, rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll, surf music, and western swing, while the Fearless Leaders contribute their version of rockabilly, Merseybeat, and what they call “primitive rock and roll.” Dec. 8, 9 p.m. Tickets: $8. Midway Café, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038, www.midway

    BILL KIRCHEN Once you’ve left the building Thursday, you can move on to what is rounding into another annual tradition via this festive variant of Telecaster Twang. Bill Kirchen brings his Honky Tonk Holiday tour back to the area to strain a selection of seasonal offerings — vintage country and standards — through his dieselbilly filter. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $24. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrun


    SERA CAHOONE Sera Cahoone’s self-professed (and oft-quoted) goal is to be seen as the musical love child of Buck Owens and Cat Power. To these ears, that sounds like a match made in heaven. For this Monday date, she’s paired with rootsy newcomer with pedigree Rayland Baxter, son of noted pedal steel sideman Bucky Baxter. Dec. 10, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 888-777-8932,

    Stuart Munro

    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    BOBBI CARREY & WILL MCMILLAN The superb cabaret singers present “Mostly Mercer,” celebrating the legendary lyricist, composer, singer, and cofounder of Capitol Records, whose impeccable words graced the marvelous melodies of Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, and many others. Dec. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

    JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND The veteran blues singer, harmonica player, and bandleader learned his ax firsthand from James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Junior Wells, and has since played and recorded with just about everyone, from Johnny Winter to Kid Rock. Join him and his group for a sneak preview
    of their new CD. Dec. 8, 9:30 p.m. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton.
    Tickets: $15-$20. 978-263-6161.

    SHIRIM KLEZMER ORCHESTRA The virtuosic Klezmer band celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas with a raucous and irreverent rendition of its “Klezmer Nutcracker,” highlighting the Eastern European elements of Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite with nods to previous adaptations by Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn and Spike Jones. Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m. All ages. Tickets: $13-$15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-5300,

    CYRUS CHESTNUT TRIO The authoritative and elegant pianist — rooted in swing, hard bop, and gospel — can filigree a melody as finely as Fats Waller and tell a story with a solo in time-honored fashion, yet he’s unfettered by tradition and has essayed everything from Vince Guaraldi’s “Peanuts” tunes to songs associated with Elvis Presley, as well as numbers by alt-rockers Pavement. Dec. 9, 5 p.m. Tickets: $18-$32. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391,

    Kevin Lowenthal



    BOSTON BAROQUE: MESSIAH With the indefatigable Martin Perlman, his period instrument orchestra and chorus, and guest vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Ann McMahon Quintero, John McVeigh, and Andrew Garland. Dec. 7-8. Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600,

    MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD: A FESTIVE CHRISTMAS FROM GERMANY Works by Bach, Werner, and Graupner, with guest artist Kristen Watson (soprano). Dec. 8. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. 781-466-6694, www.oldpost

    BOSTON CAMERATA: A HISPANIC CHRISTMAS, 1300-1700 Works from Spanish-speaking countries under the direction of Joel Cohen, with the women’s choir “Les Fleurs des Caraïbes” joining as guests. Dec. 15-22. Various locations. 617-262-2092,

    Jeremy Eichler