Upcoming music events around Boston

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THE WHO “Quadrophenia,” the landmark rock opera album, was released nearly 40 years ago, and now the Who is revisiting it in its entirety on the band’s new tour, which will include other songs, too. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $57-$127. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS Ben Haggerty, the hip-hop artist better known as Macklemore, has been making music for more than a decade. But the stars finally aligned with the recent release of “The Heist,” his full-length debut with the producer Lewis. The album, which charted at No. 2 on Billboard, includes the infectious hit “Thrift Shop.” Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$30. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

OF MONSTERS AND MEN From Iceland, this six-piece indie-folk band conjures the soaring spirit and communal joy of acts like Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire. Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $23.50-$28.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,


METZ If your heart’s not racing and your ears aren’t ringing after seeing this brash punk trio from Toronto, you clearly weren’t there. Nov. 21, 9 p.m. Tickets: $9. Middle East Upstairs. 617-864-3278,



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POCO They were never as successful as other fellow-travelers in the ’70s country-rock heyday, in spite of their pedigree and the quality of the music they made. But one thing they’ve done is far outlast those peers, although these days, Rusty Young is the only remaining link to the band’s founding membership. Thursday night the band appears as an acoustic trio. Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190,

CLASSIC STYLE BANJO CONCERT Peter LaBau (banjo) and Mitch Nelin (mandocello) promise to provide a look at “the lost art of America’s instrument,” and what they’ll be talking about, and playing, is a parlor tradition that originated in the 19th century and is quite different than more familiar bluegrass or Old Time styles. Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Free. Visitor Center Theater, Lowell National Historical Park. 978-275-1719.

THE GIBSON BROTHERS The Gibson Brothers have been upholding the legacy of brother acts in bluegrass for a couple of decades now, marrying their classic, hand-in-glove high lonesome harmonies to a musical combination that finds room for both traditionalism and fearless forays beyond it. Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Finch Coffeehouse, Unitarian Church, Newburyport. 978-465-5767.

BOB DYLAN The never-ending tour winds its way back to the Boston area on the heels of the latest release from His Bobness, the 50th-anniversary shot of storytelling and cantankerousness, “Tempest” (although word has it that recent setlists have been all but ignoring the new record). Mark Knopfler will open the show. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37 -$122.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000.




DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET The trumpeter, composer, and bandleader celebrates his new album, “Be Still,” with the band on the record — including special guest folk/bluegrass vocalist Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) — performing Douglas’s arrangements of Protestant hymns his late mother requested be played at her funeral, as well as Appalachian folk songs. Nov. 15, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

DAYNA STEPHENS WITH JULIAN LAGE “The Checkout: Live at Berklee” brings acclaimed Berklee alumni back to their alma mater. Soulful saxophonist Stephens (’01) and lyrical guitarist Lage (’08) perform with bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Justin Brown. Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Café 939, 939 Boylston St. Boston. 617-747-2261,

ROY BOOK BINDER A master of fingerpicked country blues, Binder learned his craft firsthand from the legendary blind street singer and guitarist Reverend Gary Davis. For over four decades, he’s traveled the globe and toured with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna, and J.J. Cale. Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $17-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,

DAVID MAXWELL’S MAXIMUM BLUES ALL STARS Best known as perhaps our finest exponent of Chicago blues piano, in the mode of his mentor Otis Spann, Maxwell has ventured as far afield as free jazz and Moroccan music. This gig, with guest vocalist/harmonicist Darrell Nulisch, celebrates Maxwell’s new CD, “Blues in Other Colors,” which augments bedrock urban blues with sounds from musical traditions the world over. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA As part of his keenly anticipated return to the BSO podium, composer Thomas Adès will lead his own Genesis-inspired piano concerto, “In Seven Days,” with Kirill Gerstein as soloist. The program also includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Sibelius’s Sixth Symphony, and Sibelius’s tone poem “Luonnotar,” featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw.Nov. 15-17. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,


BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander leads Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with 17-year-old pianist George Li as soloist. Nov. 15 and 18 in Sanders Theatre, Nov. 17 in Jordan Hall. 617-236-0999,

BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Steven Lipsitt conducts Weber’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with Sharon Roffman as soloist. Nov. 17 and 18. Faneuil Hall. 617-423-3883,

CHAMBER MUSIC The Takacs Quartet returns to Jordan Hall on Friday night with Haydn, Schubert, and Shostakovich (pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin joins as guest artist); the Lydian Quartet on Saturday night plays music by Mozart and Beethoven at Brandeis’s Slosberg Music Center; and on Sunday afternoon in Jordan Hall, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players offer works by Carter and Brahms alongside Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” in its piano four-hands arrangement (taken on by Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein).;;

NEW MUSIC On Friday night at the Tsai Performance Center, Richard Pittman and Boston Musica Viva give the premiere of “Verbiage” by Curtis Hughes alongside music by William Kraft and Schoenberg. And Sound Icon plays music of Philippe Leroux on Saturday night at the Fenway Center.;