12 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this March

From K.Flay to k.d. lang.

Boston, MA -- 03/15/13 -- The Dropkick Murphys performed at TD Garden on March 15, 2013.  (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)


The Dropkick Murphys perform at TD Garden on March 15, 2013. –(Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

Sorting through concert listings can be confusing and time-consuming. So let us take care of it for you. Every month, we’ll list out the shows that are worthy of your attention. All you have to do is decide just how much fun you want to have.

Heavy hitters

Bobby & Phil – Duo Tour
The Grateful Dead has lived on in many forms since Jerry Garcia’s passing in 1995. For the first time ever, two the the Dead’s original surviving members, guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh, are hitting the road with no backing band. The two will appear for a rare two-night run that will feature both acoustic and electric sets. (Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m.; Wang Theatre, Boston; $69; all ages; tickets available here)


Dropkick Murphys
Boston bagpipe punks Dropkick Murphys have long since solidified their legacy in this town. Part of their tradition includes an annual run for St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s shows will take place over four nights and will include a boxing tournament and a rare acoustic show on the 17th. (Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $35-$75; all ages; with Hatebreed (3/15), Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim (3/16-18); tickets available here)  


Grant-Lee Phillips
Phillips started his music journey fronting alt-country outfit Grant Lee Buffalo in the 1990s. After the group disbanded, he embarked on a solo career that has seen him release a string of folksy albums and land a recurring role as a troubadour on the popular 2000s TV series “Gilmore Girls.” (Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m.; ONCE, Somerville; $20-$25; 18+; tickets available here)

k.d. lang
Canadian songwriter k.d. lang has had an extraordinary career, from the releases of her seven studio albums to her four Grammy awards to her collaborations with the likes of Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, and Anne Murray. The singer will appear at The Orpheum to celebrate the 25th anniversary of award-winning album “Ingenue.” (Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $43-$73; all ages; with Slava & Leonard Grigoryan; tickets available here)

Alt essentials


Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark is best known by fans of a certain age for its song “If You Leave,” from the legendary ’80s teen flick “Pretty In Pink.” The English synth-pop act is embarking on its first U.S. tour in quite a few years, so it might be time to break out your leg warmers — or, at the very least, something neon. (Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $25; with Ggoolldd; tickets available here)

Wesleyan-bred psychedelic electro-pop duo MGMT has evolved greatly since the release of their extremely popular debut, “Oracular Spectacular,” just over a decade ago. Touring behind the release of their fourth studio album, “Little Dark Age,” the band will make a stop at The Orpheum. (Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $38-$48; all ages; tickets available here)  

Local favorites

Air Traffic Controller
The Boston-based quartet released a brand new EP last year, “Echo Papa.” They’ll play the Paradise as part of this year’s Reykjavik Calling concert, which combines local acts with up-and-coming acts from Iceland — in this case, electronic folk act JFDR and hip-hop artist Sturla Atlas. (Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; free; 18+; tickets available here)

Local songwriter Ellen Kempner and her band Palehound found immense success with the release of their 2017 sophomore album, “A Place I’ll Always Go.” Wrapping up a national tour, the trio will play a homecoming show at The Sinclair along with Roxbury rhymer Oompa and a performance from New York-based poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva. (Friday, March 16 at 8:15 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $13-$15; all ages; with Oompa, Melissa Lozada-Oliva; tickets available here)

Hip-hop and R&B


Los Angeles R&B king Miguel has had a prolific career, releasing four albums since 2010 and collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, and J. Cole. Touring behind his latest record, “War & Leisure,” the singer will find his way to the House of Blues. (Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $38.50-$48.50; all ages; with SiR, Nonchalant Savant; tickets available here)

Fresh off of two Grammy nominations at this year’s awards, K.Flay is bringing her uniquely edgy and danceable blend of hip-hop to Royale. Feel free to pop-and-lock, if you feel moved to do so. (Wednesday, March 21 at 9 p.m.; Royale, Boston; 18+; $20; with Yungblud; tickets available here)

Indie darlings

Dan Auerbach
One half of the blues-rock duo The Black Keys, Auerbach has come a long way from his days working as a landscaper in Akron, Ohio. His latest solo tour is being billed as the Easy Eye Sound Revue, and will showcase acts signed to his Nashville-based record label, Easy Eye Sound. (Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; 21+; $35; with Robert Finley, Shannon Shaw; tickets available here)

Dashboard Confessional
This Chris Carrabba-fronted staple of 2000s emo rock has returned with “Crooked Shadows,” its first new album in almost 10 years. The album is full of the same types of anthemic choruses that have helped put Dashboard and Carrabba on the map, so be prepared to sing along nice and loud with the rest of the emo kids in the crowd. (Friday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $33-$53; with Beach Slang, Kississippi; tickets available here)


Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the date of the Air Traffic Controller show. Boston.com regrets the error.