Music: the week ahead
POP & ROCK
BUFFALO TOM The Boston rockers celebrate their silver anniversary with a trio of shows with several guests sprinkled throughout including Ted Leo, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Tanya Donelly, comic Eugene Mirman, and actor Mike O’Malley. Nov. 25-27, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA It’s the most wonderful time of the year for TSO fans as the prog-and-lasers-minded gang brings its grandiose “rock theatre’’ to town for two shows. On its website the group is teasing new tunes for the set list this season. Nov. 27, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $29-$67. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
BOB SEGER The Detroit rocker played a solid show at the Garden back in April and is swinging back around to offer a second helping of classic hits like “Turn the Page,’’ “Main Street,’’ and “Against the Wind.’’ The show received a value-added upgrade with the addition of Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band announced as the opening act. Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $48-$73. DCU Center. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
JAMN 94.5 MONSTER JAM 11 The urban outlet’s annual fall celebration of all things hip-hop and R&B is being headlined by Drake just as the red hot rapper drops his latest album, “Take Care,’’ which at press time was on track to top the Billboard charts. Also on tap, New Boyz, Wiz Khalifa, T-Pain, and Ace Hood, among others. Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$75. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
FOLK, WORLD, & COUNTRY
THE WAILERS Initially known for their work with Bob Marley, the Wailers have a long and winding history in reggae dating back to the late 1960s. The lineup has obviously changed since then, but the group’s commitment to social justice remains intact. Special guests include soulful reggae singer Duane Stephenson and H.R., singer from the seminal D.C. punk band Bad Brains. Nov. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com
TRIBOROUGH TRIO From New York, this string band relies on cello, bass, and guitar to create its distinctive, instrumental take on music from around the world. From rags to waltzes to Talking Heads covers, nothing is too daunting for the Triborough Trio to tackle. Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,www.clubpassim.com
PEARL AND THE BEARD When the members of this quirky trio lock into harmonies - over the din of guitar, cello, and perhaps a glockenspiel or maybe a melodica - they transcend genre. It’s indie folk music, but it’s also infused with blues hollers, the occasional jazz riff, and a deep passion for the material. The proof is in Pearl and the Beard’s latest album, “Killing the Darlings.’’ They’re sharing a bill with Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins and Box Five at Radio, a new venue in Somerville that’s already been a fine addition to the neighborhood. Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $7. Radio, 379-381 Somerville Ave., Somerville. www.facebook.com/radiosomerville
BOMBINO On a victory lap for his latest album, “Agadez,’’ Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Omara “Bombino’’ Moctar returns to town for his second show here this year. The album has been acclaimed for its no-frills presentation of Saharan desert blues. Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
JAZZ, BLUES, & CABARET
A TON OF BLUES This hard-charging band - think Buddy Guy meets the Fabulous Thunderbirds - burst onto the New England blues scene only last year. Since then, they’ve been voted best blues/R&B act at the 2011 Worcester Music Awards, won the 2011 Boston Blues Challenge, and are slated to represent Boston in the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Nov. 25, 11:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Church, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston. 617-236-7600, www.churchofboston.com
CLAIRE DICKSON At 14 years of age, the wunderkind jazz singer has already won three Downbeat magazine Student Music Awards for jazz and blues vocals, and has released her first CD, “Scattin’ Doll,’’ to much acclaim. With pianist Michael McLaughlin, bassist Greg Loughman, and drummer Grant Smith. Nov. 26, 3 p.m. Tickets: $5 children, $10 adults. Lily Pad, Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lily-pad.net
MAHLER IN CHINATOWN NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz departments cross paths with their classical compatriots in new interpretations of the master’s music. Featuring renowned keyboard adventurers Jason Moran and Anthony Coleman with NEC’s Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and vocalists. Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1122, www.necmusic.edu
JOE LOVANO & DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET Saxophonist Lovano and trumpeter Douglas co-led the renowned SFJAZZ Collective in 2008, paying tribute to living legend Wayne Shorter. The experience catalyzed this new ensemble, featuring new Shorter compositions written expressly for it. With piano phenom Lawrence Fields, ductile bassist James Genus, and dynamic drummer Joey Barron. Nov. 29-30, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL For its fourth annual production of period chamber opera in Jordan Hall, BEMF offers a Charpentier double bill devoted to “La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers’’ and “La Couronne de Fleurs.’’ The orchestra will be led by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, with staging by Gilbert Blin. Aaron Sheehan sings the role of Orphée. Nov. 26 at 8 p.m., Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The BSO’s John Harbison cycle continues this week with the Symphony No. 4 under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, who will also lead the Suite No. 2 from Ravel’s ‘‘Daphnis et Chloe’’ and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Nov. 25-29. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org.
BORROMEO STRING QUARTET The eloquent Boston-based ensemble, as part of its New England Conservatory residency, performs a free Jordan Hall program pairing Schoenberg’s Quartet No. 1 with Schubert’s Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden.’’ Nov. 28. Jordan Hall. Free. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu.
“MESSIAH’’ Harry Christophers has revitalized the Handel and Haydn Society’s commitment to the holiday favorite. With soprano Sarah Coburn, countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, tenor Tom Randle, and baritone Tyler Duncan. Dec. 2, 3, and 4. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org.