Critic's picks: Music

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Daniele Gatti leads the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Verdi’s monumental Requiem.

Raising the baton

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Daniele Gatti leads the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Verdi’s monumental Requiem. With vocal soloists Fiorenza Cedolins, Ekaterina Gubanova, Fabio Sartori, and Carlo Colombara. Jan. 17-19. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

Jeremy Eichler

Pop & Rock

LOVE IN STOCKHOLM Rollicking vocals, spirited horns, and barroom choruses have made this power-pop band beloved around these parts. Love in Stockholm anchors a strong bill that includes other local favorites: Darlingside, Laura Cortese, and Annie and the Beekeepers (who are now based in New York).

Jan. 17, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 617-566-9014.

BLONDE REDHEAD Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of its formation, this indie-rock trio is touring behind 2010’s “Penny Sparkle,” which found Blonde Redhead delving deep into electronic textures.

Jan. 19, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


ALLEN STONE He may look like a ’70s rocker (“a hippie with soul,” as the bio on his website reads), but this singer from Washington state has been making inroads in indie R&B and soul. After a recent tour with Daryl Hall and Sharon Jones, Stone is striking out with his own headlining tour.

Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $17.50, $15.50 in advance. Royale.

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ELLIE GOULDING If her last Boston appearance was any indication, Goulding knows how to throw a serious dance party. The English singer-songwriter has plenty of pop chops, but she also knows her way around a tender ballad (including a cover of Elton John’s “Your Song”). She’s back on the road for her sophomore album, last year’s “Halcyon.”

Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

DIRK POWELL AND RILEY BAUGUS This is a fine combination of two phenomenal players. Powell has his finger in a multitude of pies — trad Appalachian music, Cajun, fiddle music, Americana, to name a few. He’s joined by Baugus, an old-time singer and multi-instrumentalist whose career as a full-time musician was launched when Powell
recruited him to work on the film “Cold Mountain.”

Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

SHELBY LYNNE Lynne has become known for the lack of confines displayed by her music — it’s country, it’s blues, it’s pop, it’s soul — even if her last couple of albums have been more consistently rootsy, acoustic affairs. One thing never changes, though — the sultry thing of wonder that is her singing voice.

Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $38. Scullers Jazz Club. 617-562-4111,

DEREK HOKE/DENNEY AND THE JETS Nashville resident Hoke plays country music that he sometime infuses with rock ’n’ roll. Fellow Nashvillians Denney and the Jets play rock ’n’ roll that they periodically bend toward twang, in a manner reminiscent of the country Stones. With Hoke and the Jets (in a stripped-down duo version) appearing on the same bill Friday, you get both sides of the coin.

Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s. 888-777-8932,


THE WAILERS This variant of the band that played with the man who remains reggae most iconic figure will perform Bob Marley’s seminal, polemical album “Survival” in its entirety Tuesday evening. The music will be preceded by a presentation on the album, and Marley and the Wailers’ tour in support of it, by reggae historian Roger Steffen.

Jan. 22, 9 p.m. Tickets: $22.50. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745- 3000.

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues, & Cabaret

IDEAL BREAD Idiosyncratic soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004) began playing dixieland, fell under the spell of Thelonious Monk, and became a free jazz innovator. Near the end of his life, he taught at NEC. Now one of his students, baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton (’03), returns to the area with the acclaimed band he formed in 2006 to play and record Lacy’s compositions. Lecture/demonstration: 3 p.m. Jan 17. Free. NEC’s Pierce Hall.

concerts-events; Performance: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

JAMES MONTGOMERY, CHARLIE FARREN, JON BUTCHER & DAVID HULL A bluesy acoustic evening featuring Boston music fixtures Montgomery on harmonica and vocals, guitarists/singers Farren and Butcher, and bassist Hull.
8 p.m. Jan. 18. $20-$35. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

MATTHEW SHIPP & MICHAEL BISIO Intrepid pianist Shipp and innovative bassist Bisio join forces for what is sure to be a night of impressive and involving improvisation. 8 pm. Jan. 19. $10. Outpost 186, 186 ½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.

THE AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s progressive big band continues its landmark 40th season with an all-ages concert celebrating the rich history of its art form. Titled “Jazz Panorama: Basie, Ellington, Mingus and more,” the program will include Ellington and Basie classics and arrangements of Mingus’s “Pork Pie Hat” and Coltrane's “Miles Mode,” plus compositions by Aardvark’s director, Mark Harvey. 2 p.m. Jan. 20. $10-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,

Kevin Lowenthal



CANTATA SINGERS: “DIVINING THE INCANDESCENT” David Hoose conducts works by Bruckner, Herbert Howells, and Frank Martin. 8 p.m., Jan. 18. First Church in Cambridge. 617–868-5885,

BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: “MUSICAL HELIOS” BCMS’s Winter Forum (Jan. 19) focuses on musical images of the sun, with works by Haydn, Debussy, and Stephen Hartke performed at 4 p.m., and a panel discussion at 1 p.m. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. 617-349-0086,

PRO-ARTE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Kevin Rhodes leads works by Dvorak and Schubert. 7:30, Jan. 19. First Church in Cambridge. 617-779-0900,

Jeremy Eichler