The Bad Plus do smart addition with Joshua Redman at Berklee.
If you want to see a live Beatle these days, you can either see Sir Paul ply the hits in a stadium setting or watch Ringo Starr take a more modest, fun approach at a more intimate hall like the Citi Wang Theatre, where the drummer/singer plays Friday. Besides his Beatles favorites, you’ll get a complementary catalog sampling from his All-Starr Band members, including the wondrous Todd Rundgren, Toto’s Steve Lukather and early Santana’s Gregg Rolie. Also on Friday, Beverly-born post-rock heroes Caspian pack in the faithful at the Sinclair, while sexually frank electro-clash performer Peaches brings her latest show to the Paradise Rock Club.
The next-big-thing at age 21, (she just announced a headlining date at Madison Square Garden for next year), electro-pop singer Halsey strikes a balance between the spunk of Miley Cyrus and the brooding of Sinead O’Connor for a loving horde at House of Blues on Saturday. The same night, the David Wax Museum gives its Mexican-inspired folk more of an indie-pop snap at the Sinclair, Canadian singer/harpist Loreena McKennitt’s trio shares her Celtic folk at the Citi Shubert Theatre, and the 38th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents “Ornette ’n ’Trane” at the Northeastern Center for the Arts, featuring an all-star local cast that adds pianist Laszlo Gardony and his steady cohorts Stan Strickland, John Lockwood and Yoron Israel.
But Saturday’s most electrifying option looms in Vintage Trouble, the California R&B-rockers who hit the Brighton Music Hall after opening for AC/DC in stadiums. Vintage frontman Ty Taylor crosses James Brown moves with a dash of Bruce Springsteen’s savvy for crowd contact. Then on Sunday, World Music/CRASHarts offers a totally cool jazz supergroup at the Berklee Performance Center with slyly subversive piano trio the Bad Plus and Joshua Redman lending a rich fourth voice on saxophone, while John Doe (co-singer of X) steps out on his own that night at cozy Atwood’s Tavern.