Watching and waiting
USHER While fans wait for a new album, which he has said is “on the horizon” and features Nicki Minaj and other guests, Usher has kept busy as a coach on “The Voice.” With no new music to plug, the R&B smooth operator will likely have free rein to survey his catalog. Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$175. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
POP & ROCK
Like a rolling stone, Dylan shows no signs of slowing down. He and his band return for a more intimate show at the Orpheum, which bodes well for the sound quality. This tour coincides with the recent release of “The Basement Tapes Complete,” along with word of a new album coming next year.
Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $53.50-$138. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
His new self-titled album plumbs his favorite topic: Where did it all go wrong? But man, it sure feels
right as Adams dims the lights and
turns up the country-tinged heartache. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55.
Citi Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787, www.citicenter.org
RANDY NEWMAN He’s been many things in 40-plus years, from writer of bracing pop songs loaded with social commentary to composer of numerous film scores. Ahead of a new album he expects to release next year, Newman will cherry-pick from his long career, which means you’re likely to hear “Sail Away” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (from “Toy Story”). Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $50-$75. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
PARKER MILLSAP The most amazing thing about this Oklahoma singer-songwriter might not be his Saturday night and Sunday morning stories and sounds, but the fact that they’re coming from a man who’s barely 20 years old. Strike while the iron is hot; he won’t be playing rooms this size for long. Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2262. www.cafe939.com
TRACE ADKINS Perhaps you’re not yet in the mood, but the department stores have had their Christmas stuff on the floor for weeks and the seasonal musical offerings are starting to roll out. This year’s prize for first one out of the gate goes to the tall man with the low-down voice, who’s doing two area shows.
Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $43-$63. The Hanover Theatre, Worcester. 877-571-7469. www.thehanovertheatre.org;
Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Tickets: $56-$78.50. The Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com
GIULIA MILLANTA/SUSAN CATTANEO Giulia Millanta was born and raised in Florence, Italy, and now lives in Austin, Texas, a bicontinentalism reflected in her latest record, “The Funambulist,” or tightrope walker — one who, says Millanta, connects two places that are far away. From a lot closer, Susan Cattaneo has turned toward a capacious Americana that encompasses country, blues, and folk. Nov. 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $7. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge.
NELL ROBINSON Robinson engages in musical genealogy with her project “The Rose of No Man’s Land,” which tells the story of ancestors who have been involved in every major American war since the country’s birth via songs from the Revolutionary War forward and stories, letters, and poetry from her Alabama family. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot will be on hand to help her out, and Tom Rush will serve as narrator. Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STARS This tribute to the late, great trumpet virtuoso and bebop fountainhead is authorized by his widow, Lorraine Gillespie, and led by his long-time bassist, John Lee. Featuring powerhouse trumpeter Freddy Hendrix, alto saxophonist Mark Gross, pianist
Jeb Patton, guitarist Dave Stryker, and drummer Tommy Campbell. Nov. 14, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com
DEBBY LARKIN/JEFF STOUT QUINTET
Vocalist Larkin and trumpeter Stout, husband and wife, pay tribute to their recently departed friend Lenny Sogoloff, owner of the lamented Lenny's on the Turnpike jazz club, which featured the legendary likes of Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and Phil Woods. The couple will perform selections from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by pianist Tim Ray, ubiquitous bassist John Lockwood, and Boston Pops percussionist Jim Gwin on drums. Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge,617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com
SEMENYA MCCORD SINGS THE BLUES The beloved vocalist, composer, and educator, a specialist in many shades of African-American song, highlights the blue side of things for this rare area appearance. Nov. 14,
8 p.m. Tickets: $17-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org
THE FLAMETET Six of the fieriest musicians around turn up the heat on free jazz originals. Featuring drummer Mike Conner, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase, bass clarinetist Todd Brunel, guitarist Jeff Platz, and bassist Kit Demos. Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. www.outpost186.com
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons conducts Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Tchaikovsky’s “Hamlet,” as well as the American premiere of Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto “Dramatis Personae,” with soloist Hakan Hardenberger. Nov. 13-18, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Under its forward-thinking music director Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony returns to town for the first time in a decade. On the program will be works by Liszt, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Samuel Carl Adams. The ubiquitous Gil Shaham joins as violin soloist. Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
EARLY MUSIC Martin Pearlman leads off Boston Baroque’s 40th-anniversary season with one of the cornerstones of its repertoire, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, with Yulia Van Doren, Teresa Wakim, Thomas Cooley, and Aaron Sheehan as vocal soloists (Nov. 14-15, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall). And the singers of Blue Heron team up with Harvard’s Thomas Forrest Kelly for a two-part demonstration event linked to the publication of Kelly’s new book, “Capturing Music: The Story of Notation” (Nov 15, 3 and 8 p.m., First Church in Cambridge). www.boston
IRVING FINE AT 100 Brandeis University picks up the baton for the centennial celebrations of the distinguished American composer. A symposium Saturday afternoon will feature remarks from Ramon Gilbert, Richard Wernick, and Yehudi Wyner (moderated by Eric Chasalow). And Saturday evening, Music from Copland House offers an all-Fine program. Nov. 15 at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Free, Brandeis’s Slosberg Music Center. www.brandeis.edu, www.irvingfinesoc.org