The week ahead: Music

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Sky’s the limit

SKY FERREIRA Befitting an album named “Night Time, My Time,” this aspiring pop singer’s new album pulses with a nocturnal vibe that’s every shade of neon. Ferreira, who got a taste of infamy recently when she and her boyfriend got busted for drug possession, paints herself as an electro-pop rocker who wears her heart on her sleeve. The Smith Westerns open. Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 in advance. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


Pop & Rock

MY BLOODY VALENTINE Bigger tours have passed through town this year, but few have generated such fervent anticipation as My Bloody Valentine’s show this week, which is nearly sold out. Building on the buzz of this year’s “MBV,” their first album in 22 years (and only the Irish band’s third studio album overall), these seminal alt-rockers are on the road after sporadic reunion tours in recent years. Word on the street is that the band is as brutally loud as ever. Nov. 7, 8 p.m. Tickets: $37-$49.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS One of the more heartwarming story lines in pop music this year was the long-overdue success of Macklemore, a Seattle-based rapper (born Ben Haggerty) with a heart of gold and a clutch of catchy beats helmed by his producer, Ryan Lewis. “Thrift Shop,” their first big hit, caught fire as a hybrid of old-school hip-hop and soul, but the duo’s music has also championed social causes such as same-sex marriage (“Same Love”). Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$59.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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ELTON JOHN A back-to-basics formula – mostly just his voice with piano, bass, and drums layered into dialed-down arrangements – worked wonders for John on his acclaimed new album, “The Diving Board.” After years of Disney-fied pop songs, it’s a pleasure to hear John return to form with rootsy story songs written by his longtime collaborator, Bernie Taupin. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39-$149.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


Folk, World & Country

LUCKY TUBB AND THE MODERN DAY HAWAIIANS Usually, the band behind this grand-nephew of country legend Ernest Tubb reflects that lineage with the epithet “Modern Day Troubadours.” But to play the latest of the ongoing “Polynesian Pounce” series of shows, they’ll be Hawaiians for a day and will play at least some of their cowboy tunes island-style. Nov. 9, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Midway Café, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038,

OFFIONG BASSEY She is the first generation of her Nigerian family to be born in America, and Offiong Bassey’s music reflects that bi-fold background, rooted in West African traditions and pulling in jazz, soul and funk, gospel and Latin elements. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers Jazz Club. 888-777-8932,


PAUL BURCH & THE WPA BALLCLUB Over the course of eight solo albums (as well as a collaboration with the Waco Brothers), Nashvillian Paul Burch has consistently made music that incorporates variegated shades of country and much else besides and simultaneously sounds as old as the ages and like nothing else. His new record, “Fevers,” is no different. Nov. 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $8. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792,

HE’S MY BROTHER SHE’S MY SISTER The “he” is Rob Kolar, the “she” is Rachel Kolar, and as the band- and last name indicate, they are siblings. Together with their unrelated bandmates, they play a variety of muscular Americana that’s swampy and bluesy, theatrical, and psychedelic. Nov. 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

NATRAJ The acclaimed world-jazz ensemble’s East-meets-West fusion braids jazz with Indian classical and West African music, weaving an exotic tapestry of exhilarating rhythms, electric interplay, and expansive melody. Nov. 7, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Ryles. 617-876-9330,

JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET The renowned saxophonist/composer and his band will perform material from his recent recording, “Walking Shadows,” as well as new pieces written for this particular personnel: pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Nov. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center. Center. 617 747-2261,


BLUES CHALLENGE 2013 The Boston Blues Society’s annual competition will feature solo and duo contestants Le Fever, Robin Oherin, Max Sullivan, Carolyn Waters & Satoru, and Diane Blue; the band battle includes Throwdown Blues, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band, Easy Baby, and Blue Cat Groove. Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. South Shore Music Hall, 1515 Hancock St., Quincy. 617-471-7625,

THE GARY BURTON QUINTET The legendary vibraphone innovator performs in celebration of his recently released autobiography, “Learning to Listen; The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton.” Jazz writer Bob Blumenthal will conduct a Q&A with the artist, and each member of the audience will receive a copy of the book. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28. Berklee Performance Center. Center. 617 747-2261,



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA In honor of the Britten centenary, Charles Dutoit leads the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the American Boy Choir in three performances of the composer’s eloquent “War Requiem.” With vocal soloists Tatiana Pavlovskaya, tenor John Mark Ainsley, baritone Matthias Goerne. Nov. 7-9. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

BOSTON BAROQUE The period instrument ensemble opens its 40th anniversary season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of music director Martin Pearlman. With vocal soloists Leah Partridge, Ann McMahon Quintero, William Burden, and Kevin Deas. Nov. 8, 9, Jordan Hall; Nov. 10, free performance, Strand Theatre, Dorchester. 617-987-8600,

ENSEMBLE PLUS ULTRA Specializing in the music of the Spanish Renaissance, this estimable vocal ensemble makes its Boston Early Music Festival debut with a program of works by Victoria, Morales, Ribera, and Guerrero. Nov. 9, 8 p.m., St. Paul Church in Cambridge. 617-661-1812,