Upcoming music events around Boston

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SMASHING PUMPKINS As the lone original member, Billy Corgan sounds inspired by the latest lineup on the Pumpkins’ new album, “Oceania,” which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-$47.50. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Pop & Rock

FATHER JOHN MISTY Since leaving Fleet Foxes as its drummer, Josh Tillman has reinvented himself as Father John Misty, a cosmic cowboy with shades of Neil Young circa the late ’70s. His new album, “Fear Fun,” has swagger and a healthy dose of skepticism about the trappings of life in sunny California. La Sera opens. Oct. 25, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

HEARTLESS BASTARDS Before Alabama Shakes quaked indie rock this year, this garage-rock outfit from Ohio was already blurring the lines between the blues, heavy rock, and country. Led by the ferocious Erika Wennerstrom on vocals and guitar, Heartless Bastards are touring behind this year’s “Arrows.”
Oct. 26, 6 p.m. Tickets: $18. Royale.


THOSE DARLINS Fresh from a tour opening for Best Coast, this spunky trio has moved away from its twangy roots for a broader sound informed by garage rock and girl groups. Be sure to catch the opening set from Heavy Cream. Oct. 28, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 67-566-9014,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

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THE BATTLEFIELD BAND The Battlefield Band has a motto, “forward with Scotland’s past,” that encapsulates perfectly what this Scottish musical institution is all about, mixing ancient tunes with rock- and pop-rooted originals, bagpipes, cittern, and other traditional instruments with guitar and synthesizer, and persevering through a succession of lineups that have brought reinvigoration through change over the 43 years of its existence.Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets

BÉLO “I make music because I really want things to change, and I believe in the power of music to do that.” So says activist artist BélO, known as Haiti’s musical ambassador to the world. He’s coming to American stages courtesy of the US Department of State, and he’ll use those stages both to advocate on his country’s behalf and, along with his band, to play his high-test mix of Afro-Haitian ragganga, jazz, worldbeat, reggae, and rock. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Hibernian Hall Ballroom, Roxbury. 617- 849-6322,

THE ROUGH & TUMBLE The Nashville-based pair Mallory Graham and Scott Tyner describe themselves as Americana, folk, and indie, but how much does that tell you? We’ll let the tags on their Bandcamp page elaborate: pop, quirk, ambient folk, chord organ, minimalist Americana, pretty white noise. Oct. 28, 9 p.m. Tickets: no cover. Toad. 617-497-4950,

PETER MULVEY This is the kick-off show for Mulvey’s second annual Lamplighter series: six nights of shows, no two shows alike, each devoted to a particular theme and featuring a revolving cast of Boston musical luminaries (from Borges to Suhanin, 19 in all will participate). Wednesday’s theme: “co-conspirators.” Oct. 31 (through Nov. 5), 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret


THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK: THE JAZZ VIEW Composer/saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy kick off another season of concerts exploring the long, fruitful interplay between the great American songwriters and the improvisers who use their works as launching pads. This year’s series opener features the ever-popular Cole Porter. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$22. Arsenal Center for the Arts,
321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100,

THE BOSTON BLUES SOCIETY “BLUES CHALLENGE 2012” Band finalists of the annual battle of the blues compete to represent the region at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Emceed by Gil Correia, with contestants Alek Razdan and the A-Train Orchestra, A Ton of Blues, Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band, Easy Baby, Ned Lucas Band, Track44, and Triple Threat Blues Crusade. Oct 28, 5-9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Fusion, 105 Washington St., Foxborough. 508-543-0599, www.fusion

BRANDO NOIR NEC’s impresario of improv, pianist/composer Ran Blake, presents his annual Hallowe’en film noir tribute, focusing this year on star Marlon Brando. Students, faculty, and guests of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department will play with onscreen clips from the films “The Wild One,” “The Young Lions,””The Appaloosa,” and “The Night of the Following Day.” Oct. 29,
8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

MOZIK PRESENTS JOBIM WITH REBECCA PARRIS The fine quintet helmed by Brazilian pianist Gilson Schachnik plays the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim with “Boston’s First Lady of Jazz” pitching in on vocals. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullers

Kevin Lowenthal


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Charles Dutoit leads the BSO, guest vocal soloists, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in an operatic double bill devoted to Stravinsky’s “The Nightingale” and Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.”
Oct. 25-27. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200 or


BOSTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Benjamin Zander opens his orchestra’s new season with Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, with Stefan Jackiw as soloist, as well as Strauss’s “Don Quixote,” featuring cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer. Also on the program will be music by Sibelius. Oct 25 and 28 in Sanders Theatre; Oct. 27 in Jordan Hall. 617-236-0999,

NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC Richard Pittman leads the premiere of David Rakowski’s Symphony No. 4 on a program that also includes Strauss’s Four Last Songs (with soprano Sarah Pelletier) and Debussy’s “La Mer.” Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Tsai Performance Center. 617-353-8725,

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL The estimable early music band Concerto Köln makes its BEMF debut with a program featuring works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Telemann. Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Emmanuel Church, 617-661-1812,

BOSTON CAMERATA Anne Azema directs the Camerata in a program titled “The Harvest: Early American Songs of Thanks and Praise,” showcasing music culled from Shaker archives and other early American songbooks.Oct. 28, 4 p.m. Memorial Church, Harvard University. 617-262-2092,

PIETER WISPELWEY In a rare local recital, the noted Dutch cellist partners with pianist Lois Shapiro for a program devoted to Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas. Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Tufts University’s Granoff Music Center. 617-627-3679,

Jeremy Eichler