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Joan Osborne will take the stage at The Heights Theater on Oct. 21.

Image: Jeff Fasano

Vanessa da Mata

Fitzgerald’s

Brazilian music fans rejoice! Not only is the beautiful and supremely talented Latin Grammy Award–winning singer bringing her unique blend of samba, pop and R&B to Houston; the opening act is local singer and guitarist Lois Albez, from Brazil, performing with percussionist Charlie Perez. Sept. 15

Depeche Mode

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Pioneering in every sense of the word, DM features not just one, but two of the most distinctive vocalists in electronic music: smooth, seductive Dave Gahan and beautiful-boy-next-door Martin Gore. Fans will no doubt be in full voice too when the band brings its Global Spirit tour to Houston. Sept. 24

Father John Misty

White Oak Music Hall

Love him or loathe him, the former Fleet Foxes drummer continues to regale millennial listeners with his earnest yet inscrutable lyrics, subversive stoner persona, and truly gorgeous set of pipes. Opener Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) conjures up a psychedelic wormhole for those born too late to appreciate Joan Baez. Oct. 1 

Kinetic

MATCH

Founded by 28-year-old violinist Natalie Lin, Houston’s own conductor-less string ensemble kicks off its fall season with “Duos, Dances & Divertimenti,” a concert of folk-inspired music from Finland, Scandinavia and Romania that should be perfectly suited to the group’s luminous, transparent sound. Oct. 15

Joan Osborne: Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan

The Heights Theater

Kentucky-born Osborne, who sang Dylan’s “The Man in the Long Black Coat” on her Grammy-nominated debut Relish, returns to the Nobel winner’s oeuvre for new album Songs of Bob Dylan. Fans won’t want to miss the chance to hear her take on such classics as “Highway 61 Revisited” live. Oct. 21

Lady Gaga

Toyota Center

Admit it. You probably don’t remember who won the 2017 Super Bowl, but you do remember Gaga diving off the edge of the NRG Stadium singing, “I wanna hold ’em like they do in Texas, please!” Houston’s little monsters will rejoice when she brings her highly successful Joanne World Tour through town. Dec. 3

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody

Jones Hall

Violinist Niccolò Paganini, whose musical virtuosity led people to believe he was in league with the devil, inspired Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini, and Blacher’s Orchestral Variations on a Theme by (you guessed it!) Paganini. All three are on this program by the Houston Symphony. Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts. Nov. 17–19