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Music: the week ahead

JAMES FARM Kicking off the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, this collaborative group - saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland - employs traditional acoustic instrumentation and jazz-rooted improvisation to engage the beats, sounds, and textures of today, from rock to ambient to electronica. From left: Penman, Redman, Parks, and Harland. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$42. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org JAMES FARM Kicking off the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, this collaborative group - saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland - employs traditional acoustic instrumentation and jazz-rooted improvisation to engage the beats, sounds, and textures of today, from rock to ambient to electronica. From left: Penman, Redman, Parks, and Harland. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$42. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org (Jimmy Katz)
September 22, 2011

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POP & ROCK

THE HUMAN LEAGUE It’s, like, totally ’80s night at the House of Blues, as the coed synth-pop pioneers bring to town their passel of hits - including “Don’t You Want Me,’’ “Human,’’ and “(Keep Feeling) Fascination’’ - along with tunes from their new album, “Credo.’’ Safety dancing buddies Men Without Hats open. Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS Bilingual pop star Iglesias has had a good year, scoring several hits off of his 2010 album, “Euphoria.’’ Expect to hear those as well as previous hits including “Hero,’’ “Bailamos,’’ and “Don’t Turn Off the Lights.’’ “I Like It’’ costar Pitbull warms up the crowd. Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $17-$97. TD Garden. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

MASON JENNINGS Singer-songwriter Jennings is touring in support of his latest album, “Minnesota.’’ The title is a tip of the cap to his adopted home, and the album is filled with bright ruminations on the nature and complexities of love and growing up. Sept. 23, 9 p.m. Tickets: $18. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

[EXPLETIVE] UP Its name is unprintable and its sound often uncategorizable, but the intriguing Toronto hardcore-and-more band, touring behind its new rock opera, “David Comes to Life,’’ is never boring. Buzzy indie rockers Wavves wash up to play tracks from their latest EP, “Life Sux,’’ including “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl.’’ Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Royale. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

SARAH RODMAN

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY

SOUTHEAST ENGINE Southeast Engine comes to Boston on the heels of releasing its fine new record, “Canary,’’ an audacious concept album that relates the story of one Appalachian family living through the deprivations and depredations of the Great Depression. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St. 617-747-2261. www.cafe939.com

ANDA UNION Taking their name from a term (“AnDa’’) meaning, roughly, “blood brothers,’’ the 14 members of AnDa Union play music from Inner Mongolia, a semi-autonomous region of China. They say that their music draws from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified,’’ and they’re inspired by and use those traditional sources to come up with something new. Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28. Somerville Theatre. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

BUSKIN & BATTEAU They’re actually billed as a trio for this gig, with pianist David Buskin and violinist Robin Batteau being joined by the percussionist Marshall Rosenberg for an evening of B&B’s folk-pop and humor. Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787. www.amazingthings.org

DEKE DICKERSON Happily looking backward, Dickerson immerses himself - playing, recording, producing, writing about, collecting - in classic western swing, hillbilly, and rockabilly. He’s also a guitar player extraordinaire and a man with the flair to play a double-neck Mosrite. Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038. www.midwaycafe.com

STUART MUNRO

JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET

KEB’ MO’ A direct, expressive singer who’s equally adept on acoustic, electric, and slide guitar, the multiple Grammy winner is renowned for his contemporary take on Mississippi Delta-rooted blues. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-5700. www.somervilletheatreonline.com

REGINA CARTER The most prominent jazz violinist of our day, Carter possesses a gorgeous dark tone and can swing like mad or interpret a ballad as soulfully as any singer. Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Tickets: $28-$46 (complimentary tickets available for ages 18 and under). Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rcmf.org

EVIDENCE: A JAZZ CREATION Though his name may be unfamiliar, you’ve certainly heard trumpet virtuoso Lew Soloff on numerous film soundtracks and with the band Blood, Sweat & Tears. For decades, he has also played in just about every Manhattan-based big band, with leaders from Gil Evans to Carla Bley. His trio, Evidence, plays standards and original compositions and includes two astonishing French musicians: bassist François Moutin and 21-year-old vocalist and cellist Anne Sila. For this performance, they collaborate with LA-based dancer-choreographer Courtney Giannone. Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$20. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500. www.coolidge.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Harry Christophers opens the new H&H season with a program of mostly Haydn and Mozart, including the latter’s Piano Concerto No. 22, with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout. Sept. 23 and 25. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

A FAR CRY The self-conducted chamber orchestra takes on Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres,’’ Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet, Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia, Bach’s Contrapunctus XIV, and Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge.’’ Sept. 23. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu

BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Steven Lipsitt’s ensemble starts off with Rossini, Saint-Saens (Cello Concerto with Allison Eldredge), and Beethoven (“Eroica’’ Symphony). Sept. 24 and 25. Faneuil Hall. 617-423-3883, www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org

EMMANUEL MUSIC To open Emmanuel’s season, Ryan Turner leads its collected musical forces in Bach’s great Mass in B Minor. 8 p.m., Sept. 24, preconcert talk with Robin A. Leaver at 7 p.m. Emmanuel Church. 617-536-3356, www.emmanuelmusic.org

JEREMY EICHLER


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