The week ahead: Music

Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad Ali Khan (center) with sons Ayaan (left) and Amaan.

Like father, like sons

AMJAD ALI KHAN A legend who carries on the work of a legend, Indian classical musician Amjad Ali Khan learned how to play the sarod from his father, Haafiz, and has been popularizing the instrument over the course of the last 50 years. He now in turn performs with his sons, the seventh generation of the family to play the instrument. . Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27-$47. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275.

Stuart Munro


Pop & Rock

ZOLA JESUS For “Versions,” this experimental singer-songwriter stripped away her music’s Goth and industrial influences and reimagined it in a classical context with orchestral swells and fills. She’ll be joined by composer JG Thirlwell and the Mivos Quartet, a string ensemble from New York. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 for students and members. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,


LORD HURON Watercolor harmonies, as if riding a breeze right out of a Crosby, Stills & Nash session, gild the sumptuous indie-folk songs that frontman Ben Schneider writes and sings under the name Lord Huron. The band opens for Alt-J, another group that knows how to bend and blend its influences into something new. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000,

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LIGHTNING DUST One of this year’s more heartbreaking choruses comes from “Fantasy,” the new album by Lightning Dust, the indie-rock duo of Amber Webber and Joshua Wells. “Whisper to me that you’ve had enough/ Apologize that you’re not in love/ If it’s just the chemicals in my brain/ Slow, stay,” Webber sings over a dolorous beat on “Diamond,” somehow sounding both resigned and resilient. Sept. 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Church. 800-745-3000,

CHELSEA WOLFE “Pain Is Beauty” is the name of her new album, and there’s plenty of both lurking in Wolfe’s sepulchral songs. It’s the fourth record by this doom-and-gloom singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, who’s especially adept at conjuring a dark mood at her bewitching live shows. Sept. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $13. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

James Reed


Folk, World & Country

JIM AVETT The name may be a familiar one; Jim is the father of Scott and Seth, who now record as the Avett Brothers. The elder Avett spent 35 years running his welding business before retiring and returning to the music he put aside for his day job; he’s released three albums since. Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190,


JOE NICHOLS Nichols hits town a few weeks before he releases “Crickets,” another fine collection of his relaxed, pop-flecked modern traditionalism that reaffirms his status as this generation’s Don Williams. He’s here as the headliner of a benefit for former Boston College athlete Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS last year. Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$60. House of Blues. 800-745-3000.

TUMBLEWEED WANDERERS With a name like that, you might think that this is some throwback western swing outfit, but instead, the Tumbleweed Wanderers combine soul, folk, bluegrass, and rock ’n’ roll and end up with something they variously call street folk and banjo-rock. “Banjo” and “rock;” how often do you see those two words joined by a hyphen? Sept. 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

Stuart Munro


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

EDEN MACADAM-SOMER The New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation department presents the spellbinding violinist, singer, and percussive dancer’s Faculty Recital, featuring original compositions and pieces by Thelonious Monk, Ran Blake, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, performed alone and in groups with Ran Blake, violinist Batya MacAdam-Somer, folk guitarist/banjoist Larry Unger, and NEC students. Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

THE JOHN FUNKHOUSER GROUP/THE SONIC EXPLORERS Two overlapping ensembles celebrate their engaging new recordings. First, keyboardist Funkhouser helms his trio with bassist Greg Loughman and drummer Mike Connors, joined mid-set by guitarist Phil Sargent. For the second set, the Funkhouser foursome remain as rhythm section for trumpeter Jerry Sabatini’s group with alto saxophonist Chris Veilleux, bass clarinet Todd Brunel, and tenor saxophonist Jon Lorentz. Sept. 13, 7 and 9 p.m. First set, no cover; Second set, $10. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161,


JOE LOUIS WALKER Inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame in May of this year, the singer/guitarist’s Rolls Royce vocals and fiery fretwork make him among the most satisfying and stimulating contemporary blues players. Sept. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 877-536-7190,

THE MAKANDA PROJECT The music of the late, great Boston native Makanda Ken McIntyre — composer, multi-instrumentalist, and key player in the 1960s avant-garde — is kept alive and kicking by pianist John Kordalewski and his 12-piece band of Hub heavyweights, which will perform at the annual Roxbury Founders Day celebration. Sept. 14,
1 p.m. Free. Roxbury Heritage State Park, 183 Roxbury Street, Roxbury. 617-442-4400,

Kevin Lowenthal



JEREMY DENK The Gardner Museum’s Sunday concert series gets started with the pianist Jeremy Denk’s return to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,

ODYSSEY OPERA This newly established opera company debuts with the local premiere of Wagner’s “Rienzi,” performed in a concert version led by Gil Rose. Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt makes his US debut in the demanding title role. Sept. 15, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

CANTATA SINGERS The Cantata Singers kick off their 50th-anniversary season with a program of Bach cantatas led by David Hoose. Among the featured vocal soloists will be Eric Perry, Dana Whiteside, James Maddalena, Lisa Lynch, Lynn Torgove, James Dargan, and Peggy Pearson (oboe). Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617–868-5885,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The subscription season begins next week with an all-Brahms program led by Christoph von Dohnanyi, featuring the Symphony No. 2 alongside the Double Concerto, with Augustin Hadelich (violin) and Alban Gerhardt (cello). Sept. 21 and 24. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

Jeremy Eichler