The week ahead: Music

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KACEY MUSGRAVES It’s not the ideal way to see her — in a brief opening slot for the headlining Lady Antebellum — but given that Musgraves was at the forefront of last year's explosion of mainstream female artists making contemporary country music with soul, grit, and, yes, twang, it just might be worth it. Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


Pop & Rock

MAVIS STAPLES She just lost the Grammy for best Americana album at Sunday’s ceremony, even though she absolutely deserved it for “One True Vine,” her second collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. But Staples isn’t one to dwell on anything, and she’ll no doubt be in a feisty spirit when she digs deep into her catalog of gospel and soul from her years with the Staple Singers and her solo material. Get ready to go to church, because Mavis will take you there. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $49-$59. Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington. 617-531-1257,


LANTERNS ON THE LAKE Beneath the hulking layers of shimmering guitars and swirling synths lies a lot of delicate beauty in the melodies this British indie-rock ensemble creates on its new album, “Until the Colours Run.” Led by singer Hazel Wilde, whose voice flickers with the fragility of Karen O, the buzzed-about band comes to town on its first-ever North American tour. Feb. 4, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

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BETTYE LAVETTE It’s always a pleasure to see this seasoned soul singer at work. LaVette is a vocalist who approaches her craft like a Method actor: She embodies the emotion at hand in a song, be it love or loss, joy or rage. It’s all there in her concerts; if you don’t leave feeling gutted, you weren’t paying attention. Feb. 4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004,

TOM BROSSEAU The first impression Brosseau imparts is not the lasting one. You might think he coos like a nightingale, and he does, but he’s also able to convey a range of feeling, especially humor. On “Grass Punks,” his new album, the California-based singer-songwriter tackles the most modern of our frustrations: trying to love someone who can’t put down their phone (check out “Cradle Your Device”). Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


Folk, World & Country

GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY Former Globe music staffer Steve Morse continues his “Behind the Album” series by turning to “Good Luck,” the new album from Boston alt-country-rockers Girls Guns and Glory. The band will play the whole record, and talk about it with host Morse. Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: free, but reservation required; see website for details. Redstar Union, Cambridge.


AMELIA WHITE There’ll be another show marking a CD release in Cambridge Thursday. One-time Bostonian and now-Nashvillian Amelia White returns with her band, the Blue Souvenirs, to introduce her latest, “Old Postcard,” an album chock full of the ruminations on home, family, and history that its name evokes. Jan. 30, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $7. Atwood's, Cambridge. 617-864-2792,

DEBO BAND The Debos will play their whirling agglomeration of Ethiopian pop, brass band, space jazz, and American soul and funk each Thursday over the course of their monthlong residency (which began last week), assuming they can cram their 11 selves into the cozy confines of the Lizard. Jan. 30 (also Feb. 6 and 13), 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

MICHAEL TARBOX A solo performance of original and classic country blues by the gravel-throated singer — think Tom Waits meets today’s Bob Dylan — accompanied by his mesmerizing, delta-grunge guitar. Dennis Pearne & The Pisces Band will open. Jan. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,

SKETCHES The Brooklyn-based collaborative comprises several of today’s finest up-and-coming player/composers: trumpeter Matt Holman, saxophonist Jeremy Udden, pianist Jarrett Cherner, bassist Martin Nevin, and drummer Ziv Ravitz. Individually, they’ve worked with the likes of Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, and Esperanza Spalding, as well as leading their own ensembles. Together, they’ve been exploring truly collaborative composition, developing repertoire democratically, with the engaging results documented on their new debut recording, “Volume One.” Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.


ROY HARGROVE Among today’s premier jazz trumpeters and bandleaders, the multiple-Grammy-winning Hargrove has proved himself an exhilarating master of genres ranging from straight-ahead post-bop to afro-Cuban to neo-soul music. Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $35. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

RAN BLAKE SOLO PIANO New England Conservatory’s longtime impresario of improvisation is never more his flinty yet lyrical self than when alone on piano, a master of touch and timing able to coax sonorities out of his instrument unimagined by other players, rendering his own unique idiom comprised of Messiaenic chords, Ellington-Strayhorn elegance, Monkish wit, gospel glimmer, and film noir glower and swoon. Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The first of Bernard Haitink’s two subscription weeks in Symphony Hall this year will feature an all-Ravel program, including “Shéhérazade” with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Jan. 30-Feb. 1. 617-266-1200,

GARRICK OHLSSON After a recent appearance with the BSO, Ohlsson returns to Rockport with a recital program devoted to works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Schubert. Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, 978-546-7391,

SEQUENTIA Benjamin Bagby’s well-traveled medieval music ensemble returns to the Boston Early Music Festival with a program titled “Mystical Voices of Medieval Germany: Masterpieces of the Benedictine visionary and composer Hildegard von Bingen.” Feb. 1, 8 p.m., St. Paul Church, 617-661-1812,

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE In another characteristically thoughtful program this chamber troupe explores composers in dialogue with music history, with works by Britten, Beethoven, Philippe Hersant, and Judith Shatin. Feb. 1 at First Church in Boston, Feb. 2 at Goethe-Institut, 617-427-8200,

KIRILL GERSTEIN The wide-ranging pianist Kirill Gerstein performs a Celebrity Series recital featuring works by Haydn, Schumann, Mussorgsky, and Andres. Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,