The week ahead: Music

Hilary Scott

Nelsons at Symphony Hall

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The closely watched Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons (pictured) makes his Symphony Hall debut, leading Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with fellow Latvian violinist Baiba Skride as soloist. Jan. 31-Feb. 5. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

Jeremy Eichler

Pop & Rock

BUKE & GASE On “General Dome,” its gloriously fractured new album released earlier this week, this duo from Brooklyn hits the sweet spot between art song and angular indie rock. Jan. 31, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall.

SKINNY LISTER From Mumford & Sons to the Lumineers, it’s a good week to see the latest superstars of Americana. From London, Skinny Lister leans on the more traditional side of folk, splitting the difference between the Pogues and Frank Turner. Opening for Flogging Molly, the five-piece comes to town in support of a new album, “Forge & Flagon.” Feb. 1,
8 p.m. Tickets: $30.50-$40.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation .com


BIG DIPPER Formed in Boston in 1985, Big Dipper was among the more popular rock bands around town, beloved for its jagged guitar pop before disbanding in 1992. The group recently released “Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet,” its first studio album since reuniting in 2008. Chris Collingwood (of Fountains of Wayne) and the Zambonis open the show. Feb. 2, 9 p.m. Tickets: $16.
Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

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LOW CUT CONNIE Rolling Stone magazine recently named Low Cut Connie a band to watch, and it’s easy to see why. The quartet’s new album, “Call Me Sylvia,” is unabashedly loose and low-brow – and hard to resist. Feb. 6, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $9. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

OMAR SOSA AND PAOLO FRESU Cuba meets the Mediterranean with this jazz and world-music pairing, which navigates the intersection of the Afro-Latin styles of pianist Omar Sosa and the eclectic jazz explorations of Italian trumpeter Paulo Frescu. The duo will be highlighting material from their 2012 project, “Alma.” Jan. 31, 8 and 10 p.m.
Tickets: $25. Scullers Jazz Club.

THE LUMINEERS A measure of the rising stock of this folk- rock-pop group, whose name means nothing at all but nonetheless seems a great descriptor for their music: When they last played in Boston, they were opening for Old Crow Medicine Show. Six months (and a couple of Grammy nominations) later, they’re returning to the same venue as the headliner. Feb. 4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$40. House of Blues. 800-745-3000.

CARRIE RODRIGUEZ A career that started in a mentoring partnership with Chip Taylor (a partnership that, incidentally, also played a role in the revival of Taylor’s own long-dormant career) continues to develop nicely, now that Carrie Rodriguez is several solo records in, via steadily improving songwriting, fine singing, and scintillating fiddle work. Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim. 617-492-7679.


LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES Lee Bains manages to reference Southern novelist Walker Percy and the Ramones in the same breath in his song “Everything You Took.” If that notion strikes you favorably, you might like the muscular roots-rock of the ex-Dexateen and his current band. Find out Wednesday night. Feb. 6, 9 p.m. Tickets: $9. Great Scott. 800-745-3000. www.ticket

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR Traveling in celebration of the 55th anniversary of its namesake music fest, this truly stellar group features vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Benny Green, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash.
8 p.m. Jan. 31. $40-$58. Berklee Performance Center. 617-492-6661,

THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK: THE JAZZ VIEW “A Night at the Oscars,” the latest installment of saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy’s standards-focused concert series, features their 10-piece band playing original arrangements of songs from Academy Award nominated films, including “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Moon River,” “The Way We Were,” and more. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. $32- $37. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

MANIC DEPRESSION: JCA ORCHESTRA PLAYS JIMI HENDRIX The remarkable Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra will perform old and new arrangements of pieces by, associated with, and dedicated to the late guitar innovator and songwriter. 8:15 p.m. Feb. 5. $8-$12. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

TAJ MAHAL TRIO The inimitable multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has played a prominent role for over more than four decades in infusing blues and American roots music with world music flavors. With the leader on guitar, piano, and banjo are his seasoned sidemen bassist Bill Rich and drummer Kester Smith. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. $75. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190, www.bullrun

Kevin Lowenthal



DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE Courtney Lewis leads his dynamic young orchestra in a program of works by Rossini, Stravinsky, Haydn, and John Adams. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. (pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m.).
Sanders Theatre. 617-800-7588,

FLEMING and GRAHAM Soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham make a rare duo recital appearance, with works by Saint-Saens, Debussy, Hahn, Berlioz, Offenbach, and others. Feb. 3, 2 p.m. Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661,

MARSH CHAPEL: BRITTEN The rising young tenor Nicholas Phan is the guest for an all-Britten performance featuring the composer’s Nocturne (Op. 60), the “Simple Symphony,” and the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. Scott Allen Jarrett conducts. Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. 617-353-3560,

CHAMBER MUSIC Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its season at First Church in Boston, with music by Thea Musgrave, Fang Man, Janacek, and Brahms (Feb. 2 and 3, www.chameleon
; Radius Ensemble heads to Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center with a playfully eclectic, bird-themed program (Feb. 2, www.rockportmusic
; and Boston Baroque’s New Directions series at Longy’s Pickman Hall explores the trio sonata and its modern echoes (Feb. 3,

Jeremy Eichler