fb-pixel Skip to main content

The week ahead: Music

Kid Cudi. Chad Batka for The New York Times/\20120623\10127723A

Kid play

KID CUDI “Guess I’m just a star of my movie,” Kid Cudi sing-raps on “Mad Solar,” from his latest album, and that’s the most succinct way of looking at “Indicud.” It’s another example of Cudi blazing his own crooked path in hip-hop. As usual, the beats are futuristic, bass-heavy, and his lyrics are just as portentous. Tyler, the Creator and Logic will open. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$54.50. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

James Reed

POP AND ROCK

SUPERCHUNK “I Hate Music” is the name of the new album by these beloved indie rockers from North Carolina who have consistently turned out ferocious power pop. The title is tongue in cheek, of course, as laid out in the song “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”: “I hate music/ What is it worth?/ Can’t bring anyone back to this earth/ Or fill in the space between all of the notes/ But I got nothing else/ So I guess here we go.” Sept. 26, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

MICHAEL BUBLÉ Already on the road after the August arrival of his newborn son, this irrepressible Canadian singer exudes an effortless charm on songs both old and new. His new album, “To Be Loved,” is his usual mix of originals and chestnuts (“To Love Somebody,” “You Make Me Feel So Young”). Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $59.50-$115. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Advertisement



THE FLAMING LIPS A shift toward darker themes and sonic explorations marks “The Terror,” the new album by the Flaming Lips. Discordant, sprawling, and fraught, the songs recall the work of both Radiohead and Suicide. From Australia, Tame Impala will handle the opening slot. Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JAMES REED

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY

NEWPOLI Newpoli is an eight-member ensemble that specializes in the folk music of southern Italy. Reaching back as far as the 16th century for some of its repertoire (now, that’s old-time!), the group's intent is to highlight the folk spirit of the music it recovers. Thursday’s show celebrates the release of a new CD, “Tempo Antico.” Sept. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertory theater.org

Advertisement



NEW ENGLAND AMERICANA FESTIVAL For its fourth edition, this Americana extravaganza invades Harvard Square again, with over 50 acts taking to outdoor stages and indoor venues to offer a display of the genre’s expansiveness (or, if you prefer, its amorphousness), from rocking to twanging to folking. Sept. 27, 28, 29, various starting times and venues, Harvard Square, Cambridge; see website for details. Tickets: $15/day, $28/2-day pass. www.newengland americana.com

THE BAND OF HEATHENS The Heathens made their new album, “Sunday Morning Record,” after experiencing major changes in personnel, but its contents show that the band’s potent mix of rootsy, soulful rock and roll has persevered, albeit in a quieter, more introspective form this time out. Sept. 28, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $12. The Sinclair, Cambridge.
800-745- 3000, www.ticketmaster.com

OUTSIDE THE LINES STUDIO BENEFIT Outside the Lines Studio is a Medford arts-based alternative day program for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Former Globe music staffer Steve Morse, whose son attends the studio, has put together this benefit, and he has lined up a full evening’s worth of local heavyweights for the event, including Jimmy Ryan, Sarah Borges, Dennis Brennan, and Tim Gearan. Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D's, Somerville. 888-7777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

Advertisement



STUART MUNRO

JAZZ

DIANE BLUE Winner of the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, Boston’s own powerhouse blues harmonica player is also a fine, soulful vocalist who has appeared with the likes of Ronnie Earl, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, and Irma Thomas. Sept. 27, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.ryles.com

GARY BURTON QUARTET Perhaps the paradigmatic jazz vibraphonist of the past half century, known for his virtuosic, four-mallet technique, Burton has won seven Grammys, one for each decade he’s been on the planet. This gig celebrates his 70th birthday, recent autobiography “Learning to Listen,” and new quartet album, “Guided Tour.” Sept. 27, 28, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullers jazz.com

THE BERKLEE BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL This free outdoor festival — honoring “Jazz: The Next Generation” — features three stages of live performances, foods and crafts from all over the world, and plenty of kid-friendly activities. Performers include singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, Will Calhoun Trio, Robin McKelle & the Flytones, Mike Tucker Trio with vibraphonist Warren Wolf, the Matt Savage Quartet , and many more. Sept. 28, 12 to 6 p.m. Free. Columbus Ave. (between Mass. Ave. and Burke St.), Boston. www.beantownjazz.org/schedule.html

SHEPLEY METCALF & RON ROY Canny cabaret/jazz chanteuse Metcalf and her accomplished piano accompanist Roy are invaluable tour guides to some of the lesser-travelled yet highly rewarding byways of the Great American Songbook. Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12.50. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-236-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com

Advertisement



KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Christoph von Dohnanyi leads the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 , with Camilla Tilling and Sarah Connolly as vocal soloists. Sept. 26-Oct. 1. Symphony Hall, 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Harry Christophers kicks off H&H’s 199th season by leading the period instrument orchestra and chorus in Bach’s remarkable B-minor Mass. Sept. 27, 29. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handeland haydn.org

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander leads his orchestra and the Chorus Pro Musica in performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, postponed from last season due to the Marathon lock-down. Vocal soloists will be: Michele Johnson, Sarah Heltzel, Yeghishe Manucharyan, and Robert Honeysucker. Sept. 30 and Oct. 4 in Symphony Hall; Oct. 3 in Mechanics Hall, Worcester. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org

RUSSELL SHERMAN The eloquent pianist offers a recital program exploring piano miniatures across two centuries, with works by Schoenberg, Debussy, Scriabin, and Chopin. Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Free, Jordan Hall. 617- 585-1260, www.necmusic.edu/russell-sherman

JEREMY EICHLER