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    The week ahead: Music

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    Not the same Drake

    DRAKE Soft and seductive, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is all over the radio, but it’s hardly the best track from “Nothing Was the Same.” Drake’s new album puts the rapper’s lyrical flow against a heavy backdrop of throbbing bass and industrial beats. R&B singer Miguel and rising rapper Future are in the opening slots. Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Tickets: $47.25-$97.25. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


    Pop & Rock

    DIEGO GARCIA The words “sunnier,” “heart,” “warm,” and “darling” crop up in the song titles of Garcia’s new album, and they serve as a guidepost for its lush and lustrous sound. Born to Argentine parents, Garcia once fronted an indie-rock band called Elefant; on his own, however, his sound has skewed decidedly romantic and wistful. Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Church. 617-236-7600,


    OF MONTREAL Syd Barrett’s legacy is alive and well on “Lousy With Sylvianbriar,” the new Of Montreal album that’s a disorienting blend of pastoral and psychedelic influences. After the haphazard jumble of last year’s “Paralytic Stalks,” the new album puts a greater focus on song structures and melodies. It’s a welcome return to form for Kevin Barnes and company. Oct. 26, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticket

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    SUPERGROUP FOR RIGHT TURN An unlikely but star-studded mix of performers is on tap for this benefit concert for Right Turn, an Arlington facility that offers outpatient treatment and housing options for those struggling with addiction. Joan Osborne, Trombone Shorty, Paula Cole, Evan Dando, and Glen David Andrews anchor a lineup that also includes G.E. Smith, Simon Kirke (Bad Company) Chris Trapper (the Push Stars), Shea Rose, and James Montgomery, among others. Comedian Steve Sweeney will host. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Tickets: $40-$100. Royale. 800-745-3000,


    Folk, World & Country

    MONDO ZOMBIE BOOGALOO You’ll never see Los Straitjackets onstage without their luchador masks, which sort of makes Halloween just another day at the office for them. Regardless, along with greasy, rockin’ twangsters Southern Culture on the Skids and garage classicists the Fleshtones, this Halloween triple bill should be enough to wake you up even if you’re one of the undead. Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

    KELLIE PICKLER Something happened to Kellie Pickler on the way to pop divadom (besides winning “Dancing With the Stars”); she decided to make actual country music instead of warmed-over ’70s pop. Her last release, “100 Proof,” dialed up some fine contemporary traditionalism with songs such as “Where’s Tammy Wynette” and the jawdropping “Stop Cheatin’ on Me,” and there’s more of the same on her upcoming album, “The Woman I Am.” Oct 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $41-$68. Chevalier Theatre, Medford. 877-840-0457, www.ticket


    SAM BUSH & HIS BAND He began pushing at the boundaries of traditional bluegrass forty years ago, injecting rock, funk, jazz, and reggae into the music as a member of iconic band New Grass Revival, and this pioneering mandolin (and fiddle, and guitar) master hasn’t stopped since, a path that brought him a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association in 2009. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$40. The Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000,

    TEV STEVIG The first in a planned series of recordings featuring his fretless clawhammer guitar playing, Tev Stevig’s album, “Jeni Jol,” (which translates as “the new path”), initiates something genuinely new by connecting and combining seemingly disparate musical cultures. Stevig uses his instrument to bring together and explore folk, jazz, and music of the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey. Oct. 26, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lilypad, Cambridge.


    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    MEHLIANA Acclaimed pianist/composer Brad Mehldau trades acoustic ivories for Fender Rhodes and an array of old school synthesizers, joining forces with innovative drummer Mark Guiliana for an evening of fully-improvised, electro-funk fusion. Oct. 26, 9 p.m. Tickets: $28-$30. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275,

    BADAL ROY Bangladeshi tabla master Roy was roped into jazz by no less than Miles Davis, and he played a prominent role in the master’s classic ‘70s sound. Since then, he’s performed with the likes of Ornette Coleman, John McLaughlin, and Pat Metheny. Cambridge-based keyboardist Dave Bryant, a fellow Coleman alum, accompanies Roy in this rare area appearance, along with bassist Jacob William and saxophonists Tom Hall and Neil Leonard. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Outpost186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.


    MADELEINE PEYROUX The jazz-oriented singer-songwriter’s voice splits the difference between Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee. And whether she’s singing W. C. Handy or Leonard Cohen, there’s a timeless, bluesy tinge to her interpretations. With her band plus string section, she’ll perform material from her latest album, “The Blue Room,” and more. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$65. Berklee Performance Center. 617 747-2261,

    JULIA & THE ZEROUNIAN ENSEMBLE Armenian vocalist and actress Julia Zerounian is a true mistress of multi-national cabaret, fully inhabiting songs in English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, and even Yiddish. Her pianist husband Sarkis accompanies her with his flexible quintet, which includes violin, accordion, bass, and percussion. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $23. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabar



    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA For his BSO debut, British conductor Daniel Harding leads the US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Speranza” and Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with vocal soloists Christianne Stotijn and Michael Schade. Oct. 24-26. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

    BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Chinese pianist Jue Wang is the soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Benjamin Zander, who also leads the orchestra in works by Glinka and Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 5). Oct. 24, 27, Sanders Theatre; Oct. 25, Jordan Hall. 617-236-0999,

    BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Steven Lipsitt leads Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (with soloist Sharon Roffman) alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and a new work by Thomas Oboe Lee. Oct. 26, 27. Faneuil Hall. 617-423-3883,

    CHAMBER MUSIC The Chiara Quartet’s free concert on Friday night at Harvard’s Paine Hall includes rarely encountered music by Theodor Adorno; Saturday night the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts presents a chamber program called “Light and Shadow”; on Sunday afternoon the Gardner Museum hosts the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and, coincidentally enough, CMS’s own artistic directors — David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) — drop by the Celebrity Series with Beethoven’s complete Cello Sonatas at Jordan Hall; and Sunday night, Michael Norsworthy (clarinet) and David Gompper (piano) offer a modern-tilted recital program called “The American Clarinet” at Boston Conservatory, while the Boston Chamber Music Society opens its season with music by Schubert, Mozart, and Walton. www.chiara,,, www.celebrity,,