Gilbert and Stravinsky
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Alan Gilbert returns to the BSO podium with works by Stravinsky, Ravel, and Dutilleux. Violinist Lisa Batiashvili joins him as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Jan. 10-15. Symphony Hall.
617-266-1200 or www.bso.org
POP & ROCK
LAKE STREET DIVE The bad news is that you’re too late to get into this talented string group’s Lizard Lounge stint next week. The good news is that Lake Street Dive brings its unique blend of folk, country, jazz and pop (and some serious chops) to Natick on Friday. Jan 4, 8 p.m. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River. Tickets: $18-$20.
QUICKSAND Twenty years ago, the New York four-piece Quicksand just barely avoided getting sucked into the black hole of grunge miscategorization with its breakthrough album “Slip” — which stuck to its post-punk guns and nary a flannel did sport. Now, the band reunites for a gig here and there, much to the delight of dudes pushing 40 everywhere. Will they cover “How Soon Is Now”? Of course they will. Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Paradise Rock Club. Tickets: $27.50. 617-562-8800, www.thedise.com.
HOSPITALITY If that Quicksand reunion hints at a ’90s resurgence in the air, the shimmering shimmying indie-pop of Hospitality really drives the point home. The Brooklyn trio’s beautifully crafted pop whisk you back to a time when you weren’t sure if dancing was cool or not. (Answer: You’re fine, go ahead.) Jan. 8,
9 p.m. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave. Allston. Tickets: $10 - $12. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com
KRIS ALLEN Now a free agent following the release of his sophomore solo full-length, "Thank You Camellia,” season 8 “American Idol” winner Allen brings his blush-inducing croon to town with Jillette Johnson, My Silent Bravery, and Rachel Taylor. Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.bright
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
NIKKI LANE/JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS This is a fine double bill to start the year off for those who like the alternative side of country: Providence-based Fletcher and company make the short trip north with their American roots music, while gal-to-keep-an-eye-on Nikki Lane comes all the way from Nashville with her spunky, hopped-up, retro-rooted country sound. Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s. 888-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com
AMY BLACK Local late bloomer Amy Black, who didn’t begin the serious pursuit of a performing career until her mid-30s, is set to make a live album Friday night. She’ll be doing it full-band style with the support of her crack players and guests such as Girls, Guns and Glory’s Ward Hayden lending their talents. Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s. 888-777-8932. www.ticket
THE JUKE JOINT RHYTHM ROCKERS This band’s bread and butter is throwback rockabilly, but take a look at the repertoire posted on their Facebook page and you’ll find that they pull in other simpatico strands as well, from early Beatles to Sticks McGhee to Little Junior Parker. They’re playing with likeminded (Raging Teens) and other bands as part of a benefit show. Jan. 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com
BAP KENNEDY has been producing a singular mating of country and Americana with his Irish roots and sensibilities for over a decade now. The veteran singer- songwriter doesn’t make it to these shores that often, so this attractively priced afternoon show is worth a mark on your calendar. Jan. 6, 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. Club Passim. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org
LANCE MARTIN BAND Boston’s own jazz-funk flutist celebrates 29 years of bringing great grooves and sinuous solos to this Inman Square venue with the likes of the Herman Johnson Band, the Billy Thompson Band, the Black Sea Salsa Band, and his own bands, small and large. Jan. 4, 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com
LUTHER “GUITAR JUNIOR” JOHNSON & THE MAGIC ROCKERS The Mississippi-born, Chicago-raised bluesman now resides in New Hampshire. But wherever and whenever he and his rocking band perform, it sounds just like a windy city south side Saturday night. Jan. 5
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s,
17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
THE JOHN FUNKHOUSER QUARTET WITH PHIL SARGENT The addition of incisive guitarist/composer Sargent to versatile pianist/composer Funkhouser’s Trio results in an even more astonishing palette of musical colors than either achieves alone. Their music draws on a broad range of progressive jazz and rock artists, from Brubeck to Zappa and beyond. Jan. 6, 6 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lily-pad.net
THE OLSEN PINGREY QUARTET The brainchild of baritone saxophonist Kathy Olsen and trombonist Randy Pingrey, who both supply compositions and arrangements, this engaging band began as a tribute to the idiosyncratic chamber jazz of the Gerry Mulligan/Bob Brookmeyer quartet and continues to mine that vein. With bassist Mark Zaleski and drummer Austin McMahon.
Jan. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Outpost 186,
186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. www.outpost186.com
A FAR CRY: ‘LONG GAZE’ The conductorless chamber orchestra plays works by Weill, Webern, Britten, and McDonald. Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall, www.nec
PAUL LEWIS The eloquent British pianist makes a rare local appearance with a Celebrity Series recital program devoted to Schubert’s last three Piano Sonatas.
Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
COREY CEROVSEK + PAAVALI JUMPPANEN The violinist and pianist embark on a multi-part survey of Beethoven’s
Violin Sonatas, starting with the early
Op. 12, Nos. 1-3. Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.