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Music: the week ahead

UNCLE EARL This decade-old “all g’Earl’’ string band doesn’t fool around when it comes to precise picking and having fun. The group’s first New England show in three years will give fans a chance to get acquainted with newer members, fiddler-vocalist Stephanie Coleman and banjo-uke player and singer Paula Bradley. Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lizard Lounge. 617-547-0759, www.lizardloungeclub.com UNCLE EARL This decade-old “all g’Earl’’ string band doesn’t fool around when it comes to precise picking and having fun. The group’s first New England show in three years will give fans a chance to get acquainted with newer members, fiddler-vocalist Stephanie Coleman and banjo-uke player and singer Paula Bradley. Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lizard Lounge. 617-547-0759, www.lizardloungeclub.com
October 7, 2010

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POP & ROCK
WANDA JACKSON When Rosanne Cash inducted this rockabilly pioneer into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, she deemed her an inspiration and said that many female musicians she knew worshipped Jackson “as the prototype, the first female rock star.’’ At 72, Jackson is still kicking out the jams and will be releasing a Jack White-produced new album in early 2011. Come get a sneak peek. Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE Much like “Stacy’s Mom,’’ the members of Fountains of Wayne have got it going on, and they’re bringing “it’’ to Boston on Friday. Expect a smattering of tunes from their forthcoming fifth album. And if you’re already in the FOW camp, check out guitarist Jody Porter’s recent solo album, “Close to the Sun.’’ Oct. 8, 9 p.m. Tickets: $26.50. Paradise. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

MIIKE SNOW Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg earned their pop music bona fides concocting delectable ear candy for the likes of Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, and Madonna under the moniker of Bloodshy & Avant. For Miike Snow, the Swedish pair teams up with American Andrew Wyatt for slightly edgier yet no less danceable fare. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Tickets: $32.70. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

MIKE POSNER The Duke University grad heads out on his first headlining tour with a full band thanks to his ubiquitous Top 40 summer hit, the pervasive sing-song jam “Cooler Than Me.’’ Oct. 11, 7 p.m. Tickets: $32.70-$43.25. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

SARAH RODMAN

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
JUANITO PASCUAL The Boston-by-way-of-Minneapolis guitarist is passionate about flamenco music and the rainforest. He combines both with this show which he hopes will be part of an ongoing effort to help restore “our oneness with nature through the arts and ecology.’’ Among those helping out with the restoration project will be flutist-saxophonist-vocalist Stan Strickland and singer and flamenco dancer Jose Moreno. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $31. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-5700, www.somervilletheatreonline.com

MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL This cross-continental acoustic duo— fiddler Hayes is Irish, guitarist Cahill American— fuses traditional Irish music with elements of jazz, classical, and world music that has been winning them accolades and awards across the pond for 15 years. Oct. 9, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.25. David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Music. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

“IMAGINED: THE JOHN LENNON SONG PROJECT’’ Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare have teamed up to pay tribute to the Beatle who would’ve turned 70 on Saturday. The revered folk singers tenderly and harmoniously re-interpret classics from the Fab Four and Lennon’s solo career in a new disc, for which this celebration serves as release party. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regent Theatre. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com SARAH RODMAN

JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
SHIRIM KLEZMER ORCHESTRA The spirited klezmer outfit, a Boston area treasure for a quarter century, has performed internationally and collaborated with Maurice Sendak and Woody Allen, among others. Clarinetist Glenn Dickson, trumpeter Gary Bohan, accordionist Michael McLaughlin, tubist Jim Gray, and drummer Eric Rosenthal will be joined by amazing young singer Claire Dickson, a recent Downbeat magazine Student Jazz Award winner, who will sing several classic Jewish jazz tunes. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Tickers: $15-$18. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St, Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

JAZZ COMPOSERS ALLIANCE ORCHESTRA The 19-piece JCA Orchestra celebrates its 25th year and the release of its new CD, “A Wallflower in the Amazon,’’ featuring compositions and arrangements by JCA director Darrell Katz. The new disc ranges from cerebral cool jazz to hard-charging blues with numerous stops in between, including recastings of music by Duke Ellington and Willie Dixon. The band’s roster includes many of the area’s most accomplished and creative musicians as well as the remarkable vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $14. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

DOUG WAMBLE WITH CHARLIE HUNTER The unclassifiable acoustic and electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter’s music combines blues, country, folk, soul, gospel, and jazz influences. A Memphis native, he’s played and recorded with a panoply of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Merchant, Cassandra Wilson, and Madeleine Peyroux. For this performance, his core band will be joined by acclaimed seven-string guitarist Hunter. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA James Levine, newly back in action, leads the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and vocal soloists Layla Claire and Karen Cargill in Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.’’ Oct. 7-12, with open rehearsal Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. $29-$118. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

‘A HOUSE IN BALI’ Boston-based composer Evan Ziporyn has written an opera about the composer Colin McPhee’s travels to Bali in the 1930s, with a dazzlingly inventive score that brings together Western instruments with Balinese gamelan. Directed by Jay Scheib. 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8-9. $30-$50. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8000, www.houseinbali.org

CHAMBER MUSIC for FOOD BANK Violist Kim Kashkashian has organized a series of one-hour benefit chamber concerts, with each program featuring a Mozart Viola Quintet paired with a Bach Cello Suite performed by students, alumni, and faculty of New England Conservatory. Attendees are asked to bring cans of food, or a donation by check to the Greater Boston Food Bank. 6 p.m., Oct. 8. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu

THE BOSTONIANS Artistic director Richard Conrad gives his final Boston song recital, with works by Sullivan, Gershwin, Rossini, Donizetti, and Ravel, partnered by pianist William Merrill. Oct. 9. Killian Hall at MIT. 617-242-4015, www.thebostonians.org

JEREMY EICHLER