From Ukrainian folk-punk to Latin pop, with a lot in between

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Chicano Batman, featuring Bardo Martinez, will play the Paradise Rock Club on Oct. 7.

By Siddhartha Mitter Globe Correspondent 

JUANA MOLINA The daughter of a tango singer, Molina has followed her own path between Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, cinema and music, acoustic and electronic energies, punk edge and electronic soundscapes. She’s an earnest, quirky visionary. Sept. 12. Brighton Music Hall, Boston. 617-779-0140,

MHD The French hip-hop scene keeps regenerating; MHD, one of its latest stars and a gifted MC, works from a particularly rich palette that mixes house-like electronic grooves, West African instrumentals (he comes from Guinea), and the gruff textures of UK grime. Sept. 13. Brighton Music Hall, Boston. 617-876-4275,


ANTIBALAS Formed in 1998, after Fela Kuti’s death, New York’s Antibalas is one of the best bands to carry the Afrobeat torch. They’ve played with Fela’s sons, backed the “Fela!” musical, but evolved their own sound along the way, with lots of Latin and New York hybrid influences. Sept. 13. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800,

J. BALVIN A megastar from Medellín, Colombia who’s put in plenty of work on the US Latin pop scene, J. Balvin offers a crowd-pleasing and poppy but highly-crafted take on reggaeton, and counts his YouTube video views in the tens, even hundreds of millions. Sept. 15. Boch Center Wang Theatre, 617-532-1116,

THE HIGH KINGS The Irish foursome, including two Riverdance alums, was founded in Dublin in 2008; they consistently top the local charts with their energetic traditional tunes, melancholy ballads, and finely-honed four-part vocal harmonies. Sept. 30. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 617-876-4275,

CAFE TACUBA With a new album this year, the freewheeling band from Mexico City, now well into its third decade, is as committed as ever to its sound — jagged, energetic, lyrical — behind the distinct sinewy voice of lead singer Rubén Albarrán. Always a great live act. Oct. 3. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseof

CHICANO BATMAN The Los Angeles Latin-alternative scene is an evolved world with plural inspirations; the tropical soul sound of four-member Chicano Batman, with lyrics in English, puts a mestisaje spin on Southern California’s classic dialectic of louche corners and bright sun. Oct. 7. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800,


VIGNESH ISHWAR An electrical engineer by day, Ishwar is also a highly trained Carnatic (South Indian) vocalist, who has emerged on the rigorous Chennai music scene guided by his teacher, virtuoso singer T.M. Krishna, a progressive innovator in the music and its culture. Oct. 15. Wong Auditorium, MIT, Cambridge. 617-258-7971,

GONDWANA Roots reggae in Spanish? Gondwana, from Chile, has been a leader on the scene for 20 years, with a massive Latin American following, and, recording on the classic RAS label, the imprimatur of the Jamaican reggae elite. Oct. 20. Middle East, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

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MASHROU’LEILA The indie group from Beirut has visited America a lot lately, and that’s great. Their story has become known — free-spirited, transgressive, gender-queer; their music, which has evolved toward a textured club sound, is enthralling, and their live set sublime. Oct. 22. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-876-4275,

HENRIQUE E JULIANO Sertajeno is, in a nutshell, country music from Brazil’s vast inland; over decades it has spawned myriad variants, often performed by duos. Henrique e Juliano offer a big, pop approach with arena-rock tendencies that has found a vast audience in Brazil. Oct. 22. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583,

APRATIM MAJUMDAR A virtuoso of the sarod, the string instrument made known in the West by the late Ali Akbar Khan, the Calcutta-based Majumdar is a fine ambassador for a younger generation on the instrument, and in North Indian classical music in general. Nov. 4. Wong Auditorium, MIT, Cambridge. 617-258-7971,

YASMIN LEVY The Israeli chanteuse works in grand Mediterranean style — bold, dramatic, emotional, sometimes imperious. An exponent of Ladino music — the Sephardic tradition of Spain — she deftly weaves in flamenco and contemporary Middle Eastern influences. Nov. 5. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-876-4275,

Habib Koite


HABIB KOITE Based in Bamako, Koite is a beacon of Malian music, with his intimate but firm voice and exceptional guitar work. Just as important is his band Bamada, which at any moment gathers some of West Africa’s finest musicians, mixing traditional and Western instruments. Nov. 11. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 617-876-4275,

DAKHABRAKHA This Kyiv band’s Ukrainian folk-punk is just that: at once baroque and rustic, full of tense drones and interesting vocal harmonies, delivered by a group of hip city characters in tall wool hats who’ve studied the region’s folk styles like demented anthropologists. Nov. 18. Brighton Music Hall, Boston. 617-876-4275,

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