8 live concerts you need to check out this week

From Plant to Porches.

Aaron Bruno of Awolnation performs at Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Aaron Bruno of Awolnation performs at Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Oct. 7, 2016, in Austin, Texas. –Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Few experiences are more satisfying than seeing great live music. And we’re lucky to be in Boston, where shows play in and around the city every night of the week. Truth be told, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. That’s where we come in, with a weekly list of performances that are worthy of your attention. So get out there and take in some live music — just don’t forget your ear plugs.

Robert Plant
One of the legendary voices in rock history is coming to one of Boston’s most storied venues. Robert Plant will perform at the Orpheum Theatre this Friday with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. (Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; all ages; $175; with Seth Lakeman; tickets available here)


This North Carolina electronic quintet will play Cambridge as part of its spring tour, along with groovy New York jam band Aqueous. (Friday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; 18+; $20-$25; with Aqueous; tickets available here)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
As one half of seminal ’90s group Oasis, Noel Gallagher has remained in the headlines over the years thanks to his ruthless candor. He’ll bring his solo band to the Boston Opera House. (Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Boston Opera House, Boston; all ages; $48; tickets available here)

New York-based musician Aaron Maine is now three albums deep on his Porches project. It should be quite the experience watching Maine recreate these songs in a live environment. (Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; 18+; $35; with Girl Ray; tickets available here)

X Ambassadors
After breaking through in 2015 with crossover hits “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” this band opened for Muse during the alt-rock stalwarts’ 2016 tour, playing TD Garden. (Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $35; with Now, Now; tickets available here)

American Nightmare
These Boston hardcore legends surprised fans earlier this year with their first new music in over a decade. They’ll headline Brighton Music Hall on a Sunday night. Bring a helmet. (Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; all ages; $20; with Spiritual Cramp, Pissed Jeans, Protester; tickets available here)


This synth-pop act from Minnesota has slowly and steadily built up a following with their soft, yet edgy sound and stark, heartfelt lyrics. (Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; 18+; $22.50; tickets available here)

Awolnation is the brainchild of Aaron Bruno, who fronts the band. He’ll roll into town with the No. 1 single on the alternative chart, which you can watch below. (Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; 18+; $31; with Nothing But Thieves, Irontom; tickets available here)


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