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Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets

An offbeat pairing that began offhandedly — the booking agent shared by Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets threw out the idea — apparently has worked so well that the principals continue to take it on the road, including this return date in Natick. The Bottle Rox open, and then back Crenshaw. Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. The Center For Arts, Natick. 508-647-0097. www.natickarts.org

STUART MUNRO

POP & ROCK

THE BESNARD LAKES

Through the gauze and distortion that cloak the melodies, a dream-like beauty emerges in the Besnard Lake’s songs, particularly on its latest album, 2013’s “Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO.” The band anchors a bill that includes rising experimental rockers USA Out of Vietnam and the Boston-based Sand Reckoner. Jan. 22, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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JADAKISS

A respected rapper going back to his 2001 debut, “Kiss Tha Game Goodbye,” Jadakiss has kept a low profile in recent years. He’s been getting back in the game through a series of solid mixtapes, including 2012’s “Consignment.” Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 ($75 VIP tickets include early entry and a meet-and-greet). Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,
www.ticketweb.com

WINTER ROCK & ROLL WEEKEND

Programmed by Ryan Walsh (Hallelujah the Hills) and Kieran Fallon (the Nightlights), ArtsEmerson’s inaugural Rock & Roll Weekend is a doozy. With a focus on homegrown talent, the two-day event pairs spectral indie-rockers Faces on Film with Americana annihilators Tigerman WOAH on Friday, and then psychedelic folkies Quilt with ambient songstress Julia Easterlin on Saturday. Jan. 23-24, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at Emerson/Paramount Center (559 Washington St.). 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

LONDON GRAMMAR From England, this young electro-pop trio emerged fully formed on its excellent 2013 debut, “If You Wait.” Blending soft ambient textures with Hannah Reid’s supple vocals, the band hits the sweet spot between Portishead and Florence + the Machine. Yes, please. Jan. 26, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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JAMES REED

FOLK & WORLD

GARTH BROOKS The Garthman cometh: He retired for most of the 2000s, eased back in with a five-year Vegas residency, and is now making a comeback with a bang, on a world tour that's booking multi-night stops in cities across the US. The Missus, Trisha Yearwood, will open. Jan. 22 and 25, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 23 and 24, 7, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $57. TD Garden. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

JOHN MCEUEN He was present at the creation of the country-rock hybrid as a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and then had the idea of bringing together those upstart young'uns and Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle, and other country-bluegrass royalty for the landmark “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album. He's still active with the Dirt Band, and with his own solo career. Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $24. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190. www.bullrunrestaurant.com

THE IGUANAS Another one of those bands that falls into the “deserves to be better known” category, Louisiana's the Iguanas have nonetheless managed to remain a viable concern for 20 years now, playing a distinctive, freewheeling mix that cycles through various Latin strains, Cajun and zydeco, Tex-Mex and swamp, and soul and blues. Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Johnny D's, Somerville. 617-776- 2004. www.johnnyds.com STUART MUNRO

JAZZ & BLUES

LASZLO GARDONY QUARTET

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The lyrical pianist is a composer and improviser of great soul and subtlety. His quartet consists of his longtime rhythm section of bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, plus Stan Strickland on reeds and vocals. Jan 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,
www.regattabarjazz.com

JULIEN KASPER

Best known for touring and recording with pianist and Hammond B-3 organist Bruce Katz, the guitarist with the jazz chops and blues heart plays with clarity and fire. Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. No cover. Beat Hotel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-499-0001, www.beathotel.com

THE BAD PLUS

Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer David King are known for their provocative interpretations of rock, electronica, and modern classical pieces. For this concert, they will address Ornette Coleman’s 1972 album “Science Fiction” song for song, aided by a high-powered horn section including trumpeter Ron Miles, alto saxophonist Tim Berne, and soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome. Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$42. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

DANIEL LEVIN/JOE MCPHEE/CHRIS CORSANO

This adventurous trio, led by creative cellist and NEC alum Levin, makes its area debut for “A Concert of Jazz beyond Jazz,” with dynamic, up-and-coming drummer Corsano and featuring avant-garde saxophone eminence McPhee. Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Tickets: $20. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. www.outpost186.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL

EMERSON STRING QUARTET

The veteran ensemble, in its newest configuration, returns to Boston with a program featuring music by Purcell alongside a new work by Lowell Liebermann and Beethoven’s towering A-minor Quartet Op. 132. Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

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ANGELA HEWITT + ANNE-SOFIE VON OTTER

These two high-profile artists share the recital stage, with works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Hahn, Fauré, and others. Jan. 23, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT

Next up is a Hungarian-themed program, or as BMOP calls it: “Magyar Madness.” Gil Rose leads premieres by Bálint Karosi and Kati Agócs alongside Bartok’s “Three Village Scenes” and Ligeti’s extraordinary Violin Concerto, with soloist Gabriela Diaz. Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall.
781-324-0396, www.bmop.org

CANTATA SINGERS

Under David Hoose’s direction, the Cantata Singers offer two performances of Rachmaninoff’s sublime Vespers. Jan. 24, 8 p.m., St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge; and Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College. 617–868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org

JEREMY EICHLER

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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BSO assistant conductor Ken-David Masur makes his subscription debut, stepping in to replace an indisposed Tugan Sokhiev, with a program that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto No. 1, with soloist Johannes Moser. Jan. 22-24, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org JEREMY EICHLER