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The week ahead: Pop & rock

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Pop & Rock

ALANNA ROYALE If you had a voice like frontwoman Alanna Quinn-Broadus’s, you’d probably just stay home and sing to yourself. It’s something else, a full throttle bray that anchors Alanna Royale’s rumbling, horn-stoked R&B and funk. The six-piece Nashville party band is touring behind last year’s “Achilles,” and a live setting is where it really shines. With opening sets from Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion! and the New Review. Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com

LOU BARLOW On his first solo album since 2009, Barlow reminds you that his mellowest moments are usually his most harrowing, too. Set for release on Friday, “Brace the Wave” is a mostly stripped-down, ruminative collection of songs about the wisdom and power of hindsight. That’s been a theme in his recent work, with Barlow reigniting his relationships with Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh (including 2013’s underrated “Defend Yourself”). Sept. 8, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

GIN WIGMORE That name alone is a clue about the sass and brass this New Zealand singer brings to her songs. Touring behind her terrific new album, “Blood to Bone,” Wigmore moves easily between spirited kiss-offs, soulful ballads, and arena-size pop, sure to remind some listeners of Elle King, another rising spitfire. Sept. 8, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com



Folk & World


A rare visit to these parts from a man for whom the catch-all character of the “Americana” tag is a perfect fit (along with the word “prolific”), given the forays he’s made over the years through stone country, bluegrass, and other varieties of roots music. He plays solo Thursday evening. Sept. 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com STUART MUNRO

DAVID NAIL/ASHLEY MONROE There are two good reasons to go to Friday’s Little Big Town show: One of them is named David Nail, and the other is named Ashley Monroe. He puts a little bit of soul in his country, and she puts a little bit of classic in hers. Sept. 4, 7 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com


RHYTHM & ROOTS FESTIVAL This annual Labor Day festival has its usual lineup of big-name acts (the Mavericks, Los Lobos, Eilen Jewell, to name a few), but here’s a couple of lesser knowns that are well worth your attention: Canadian Del Barber, playing his prairie roots music in solo mode, and the “Pennsyltucky-fried sister harmonies” of the Hello Strangers. Sept. 4, 4 p.m., 5, and 6, noon. Tickets: $175 three-day pass, single-day available. Ninigret Park, Charles, R.I. 888-855-6940. www.rhythmandroots.com


Jazz & Blues

OPIUS BLISSMaking its Boston debut, this powerhouse NYC-based quintet was formed by smoky-voiced jazz singer Michelle Walker and bassist Michael O'Brien to explore their rootsier sides, merging blues and soul with touches of jazz and funk. Sept. 4, 10 p.m. No cover. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069, www.beehiveboston.com

GREG ABATE QUARTET The sensational, bebop-influenced reedman served stints in the orchestras of Ray Charles and Artie Shaw, and plays with both the soul and precision that those two associations may suggest. Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

JUSTIN KAUFLIN TRIO The rising piano star is perhaps best known for appearing with his mentor, late trumpet legend Clark Terry, in the documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On.” His other mentors include jazz piano greats Harold Mabern, James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller, as well as jazz and pop producer Quincy Jones. Kauflin’s unshowy playing and composing are marked by poise, clarity, intelligence, and warmth. Sept. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers Jazz Club. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com




SOUTH MOUNTAIN CONCERTS Even older than Tanglewood, the venerable South Mountain Concerts take place in late summer, offering a wealth of chamber music options after many other Berkshires venues have fallen silent. First up this year will be the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio performing works by Beethoven and Brahms. Sept. 6, 3 p.m. Tickets: $40. South Mountain Concert Hall, Pittsfield. 413-442-2106, www.southmountainconcerts.org

CLAREMONT TRIO The Claremont returns to open the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Sunday concert series with works by Brahms, Smetana, and Judd Greenstein. With guest artist Chad Yarbrough (horn). Sept. 13, 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $12-$27. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org

LUDOVICO ENSEMBLE This versatile new music group opens the new season of the Equilibrium Concert Series with works by Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Vinko Globokar, and Fritz Hauser. Sept. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Davis Square Theater, Somerville. www.equilibriumconcertseries.org JEREMY EICHLER