Music: the week ahead

‘Beauty’ treatment INDIGO GIRLS Hot on the heels of the release of their 14th studio album, “Beauty Queen Sister,’’ Amy Ray (left) and Emily Saliers return to share new songs, classics, and their undeniable harmonies which have only deepened with time. Oct. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $35. Paradise. 800-745-3000, ‘Beauty’ treatment INDIGO GIRLS Hot on the heels of the release of their 14th studio album, “Beauty Queen Sister,’’ Amy Ray (left) and Emily Saliers return to share new songs, classics, and their undeniable harmonies which have only deepened with time. Oct. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $35. Paradise. 800-745-3000,
October 13, 2011

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SPIN DOCTORS Hopefully Superman won’t be in the vicinity of Allston tomorrow night because the ’90s rockers are performing their 20-year-old album, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,’’ - spawner of once ubiquitous hits “Two Princes’’ and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’’ - in its entirety. Oct. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,

MINUS THE BEAR Speaking of anniversaries and playing albums in their entirety, these adventurous Seattle indie rockers will be celebrating 10 years of bandhood with a stem-to-stern performance of “Highly Refined Pirates.’’ Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25. Royale. 800-745-3000,



GOOD LOVELIES A chirp here, a coo there, and lots of dulcet harmonies throughout make it clear how this folk-pop trio has charmed audiences well beyond its native Canada. Good Lovelies are touring behind a whimsical new album, “Let the Rain Fall.’’ Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004,

GABY MORENO Born and raised in Guatemala, Moreno nonetheless was inspired by American jazz and blues when she was growing up. Her latest release, “Illustrated Songs,’’ hints at an even broader interest in everything from folk and bossa nova to R&B and country. Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., 617-747-6038.

THOSE DARLINS “Screws Get Loose,’’ this spunky quartet’s new album, suggests Those Darlins are pursuing a harder, garage-rock vibe. But the group’s twangy origins are never entirely removed from its approach. Oct. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $14, $12 in advance. Middle East Downstairs. 617-864-3278,

SARAH SISKIND This evening puts the Nashville singer-songwriter in the spotlight she deserves. Siskind has been covered by Alison Krauss and Bon Iver, but her new album, “Novel,’’ proves she’s still the best interpreter of her work. Oct. 16, 9 p.m. No cover. Toad. 617-497-4950.



DARIUS JONES TRIO The visceral young alto saxophonist and composer has garnered acclaim for his earthy, Southern-rooted take on avant-garde jazz and for his impressive debut disc, “Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing).’’ His last appearance here, almost a year ago, received rave reviews. Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-0860,

SARA SERPA Born in Lisbon, the exceptional vocalist writes mostly songs without words and utilizes her crystal-clear soprano voice as just another essential instrument in the spare, chamber-jazz mix. This gig celebrates her new, literature-inspired disc, “Mobile,’’ a tribute to John Steinbeck, Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, and European graphic novelist Hugo Pratt’s iconic adventurer, Corto Maltese, among others. Oct, 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

JIM HOBBS AND THE SIX’NESS The adventurous, locally based alto saxophone eminence is joined by a roster of some of Boston’s most intrepid improvisers, including trombonist Jeff Galindo, trumpeter Forbes Graham, cellist Junko Fujiwara, bassist Jacob William, and drummer Luther Gray. Oct. 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330,

BRIAN CARPENTER’S GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA Trumpeter/composer Carpenter applies his jazz smarts to reimaginations of the arrangements of lesser-known, pre-swing big bands like Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Orchestra, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, and Tiny Parham and His Musicians. All adding up to roots enlivened by the advances the branches have made in the meantime. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Yo-Yo Ma returns to the BSO as soloist in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena, who also leads the orchestra in Bartok’s “The Wooden Prince.’’ Oct 13-18, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander leads Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable’’ Symphony No. 4, alongside Sibelius’s “Swan of Tuonela’’ and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Russian soloist Ilya Kaler. Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Oct 16 at 3 p.m. in Sanders Theatre. 617-236-0999,

BLUE HERON The excellent locally based vocal ensemble under the direction of Scott Metcalfe teams up with Ensemble Plus Ultra from the UK for a performance of Renaissance English and Spanish music, with selections by Victoria, Richard Pygott, John Browne, and others. 8 p.m., Oct. 15, First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956,

NEW MUSIC Firebird Ensemble opens its 10th season enticingly with works by Eric Guinivan, Andrew Norman, Fred Lerdahl and others on Saturday night at Longy’s Pickman Concert Hall (617-480-5112,; Boston University’s Fringe Festival presents Jake Heggie’s one-act opera “Three Decembers’’ (Oct 14-16, 617-933-8600,; the Brentano Quartet unveils its “Fragments’’ project on Sunday at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center (978-546-7391,

CHAMBER MUSIC Boston Chamber Music Society offers works by Mozart, Schumann, Loeffler, and Gubaidulina on Sunday evening at Sanders Theatre (617-349-0086,; Triple Helix plays piano trios by Shostakovich and Arensky at Wellesley College Saturday night (781-283-2176,; the Boston Symphony Chamber Players go all-Czech Sunday in Jordan Hall (617-266-1200 or; and violinist Sarah Chang plays a Celebrity Series recital on Sunday in Symphony Hall (617-482-6661,


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