Weekend Music Ideas: October 12, 2018

Florence + the Machine, Tyler Childers, Lucero, Gorillaz and more.


Florence Welch (pictured) whirls and hops about the stage like a barefoot dervish, but the dramatic frontwoman for Florence + the Machine amazes most with her ability to belt out her tremulous vocals live at the same time — and summon audiences to join in communal warmth. The singer’s band hits TD Garden on Friday (with the worthy if more restrained opener Grizzly Bear) behind new album High as Hope, and Lord knows that hope has wings when Welch attends to her flock.

Friday offers other big shows at varied ends of the spectrum, with South African pop prodigy Troye Sivan at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, Kentucky trad-country upstart Tyler Childers at Royale and jazz pianist Jason Moran performing solo and with his Bandwagon trio at the ICA, where Moran also has an exhibit of sculpture and charcoal drawings. In addition, with the recent death of Marty Balin, only three members of ’60s supergroup the Jefferson Airplane remain – and two of them come to Beverly on Friday when guitarist/singer Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Cassidy perform acoustically in their bluesy incarnation Hot Tuna. And Saturday offers two sides of roots-rock blossom on Saturday when alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks settle into their craft at the Somerville Theatre while Lucero brings punk-fused Americana to its fans at the Paradise Rock Club.

Sunday’s a major night for music as well (in addition to the Patriots and Red Sox games) with the return of Damon Albarn’s animated, cross-stylistic conglomerate Gorillaz with Little Dragon at TD Garden and melancholy alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. But if you’re a guitar fan, consider the fingerstyle virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel at Lexington’s Cary Hall. Emmanuel has the likes of Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Ricky Scaggs and Jerry Douglas on collaborative new album Accomplice One, but he’s a one-man monster on his own.

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