The week ahead: Music

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Fright night

ALICE COOPER Halloween comes early as the maestro of macabre rock brings his “Raise the Dead” tour to life in Lynn. Along for the ride is guitar phenom Orianthi who, as the title says, helps Cooper pay tribute to some of his old pals and heroes during a “graveyard” segment of his show. Oct. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $43-$67. Lynn Auditorium. 800-745-3000,


Pop & Rock

MIKE DOUGHTY Officially billed as “Mike Doughty (Used To Be In) Soul Coughing” tour, this jaunt features the singer returning to the tunes of his old group, something he had said many times he didn’t think he would do. But after re-recording some of the band’s songs more to his liking on the recently released “Circles Super Bon Bon. . .” Doughty is ready to look back. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise. 800-745-3000,


CYNDI LAUPER The indefatigable singer-songwriter and recent Tony winner continues her current tour which finds her performing her hit 1983 debut album, “She’s So Unusual,” in its entirety, including some of her biggest hits “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “She Bop.” Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$95. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-447-7400,

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FRANZ FERDINAND The Scottish rockers return to promote their energetic and catchy new album, “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action,” the band’s best since its punchy 2004 debut. Opener Frankie Rose should turn up the heat in the opening slot. Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27-$37. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,


Folk, World & Country

THE COURAGE BROTHERS The last time Todd Thibaud and company played as the Courage Brothers, the Beatles were still a going concern. No, not really. But it’s been a while — about 18 years — since this Americana-before-Americana-existed band broke up. Now they’ve decided to reunite, at least for one night. Oct. 18, 9:15 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

TERAKAFT The desert-blues and -rock of this next-generation Tuareg group reflects the harshness of the Sahara, and Terakaft has persisted in the face of political conditions that are equally harsh, including exile from its northern Mali home when Islamists overran the region in 2012 and imposed a ban on music. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-876-4275.


CHRIS THILE Hard on the heels of his full-album foray into the world of classical music, this restlessly prolific singer-songwriter/mandolin master (or should that be “maestro?”) comes to town in a solo capacity for something he’s calling “Bachtoberfest.” His performance will draw on his new Bach recording along with material from his own catalog.
Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Tickets: $60-$70. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-482-6661.

NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE Another one of those young’un string bands showing little regard for genre lines, Ms. Struthers and her bandmates jump from bluegrass to folk old-time to acoustic (and electric, steel-moan) country with gleeful alacrity. They offer a double dose of their music next week, holding down the Tuesday bluegrass slot at the Cantab and heading up Mass Ave. to Passim the next night. Oct. 22, 10 p.m. Tickets: no cover; donation suggested. The Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617-354-2685,; Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

CHARLIE KOHLHASE’S SAXOPHONE SUPPORT GROUP The baritone and alto saxophonist leads a stand-alone, seven-piece sax section comprising some of the region’s finest reedmen, playing pieces by Julius Hemphill, Steve Lacy, John Tchicai, and others, including Kohlhase himself. Oct. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.

THE MUSIC OF VAUGHN MONROE & BILLY ECKSTINE The NEC Jazz Orchestra presents the first-ever concert featuring charts donated to the school by the estate of singing big band leader Monroe, among the 1940s most popular vocalists. Eckstine, the concert’s other honoree, gave Monroe stiff competition then, and is far better remembered now — not only for his equally manly baritone, but also for his bebop-incubating big band, featuring such future greats as Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan. Oct. 17, 8 p.m. Free. NEC's Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,


RACKY THOMAS BAND Hearing him sing and play harmonica, you’d never suspect Thomas was a guitar major at Berklee. Since 1995, his band’s command of Mississippi and Chicago-influenced blues has won them spots opening for the likes of Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Susan Tedeschi.
Oct. 18, 9 p.m. No cover. Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227,

ANNIE ROYER & LES GARCONS MUSETTE The Parisienne chanteuse temporarily transforms Inman Square into an outpost of la Belle France with her intoxicating brew of Gallic cabaret and American standard songs. Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330,



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons leads his first performances with the BSO since being named its next music director, featuring Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with the eloquent British pianist Paul Lewis as soloist. Oct. 17-19. 617-266-1200,

YUJA WANG In her Celebrity Series recital, the rising young pianist takes on works by Prokofiev, Chopin, Stravinsky, and Kapustin. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,

DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE Courtney Lewis’s adventurous orchestra opens its sixth season with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 6, Ligeti’s “Melodien” and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with Shai Wosner as soloist. Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-800-7588,

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA Opera Brittenica, Boston’s newest opera company, introduces itself with a new production of Britten’s chamber opera, premiered in 1946. Geoffrey Pope conducts and Giselle Ty directs. Oct. 18-22, 7:30 p.m. Free but reservations required. YMCA Theater, 850 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-575-9610,