15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this November

From Pentatonix to Jonathan Richman.

04/05/2014  BOSTON, MA    Pentatonix (cq) performs on stage at the House of Blues (cq) in Boston.  (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Pentatonix performs on stage at the House of Blues in Boston. –Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

From local punk festivals to a set of bittersweet Brazilian Bowie covers, here are some of the best live acts in the city this month.

Acoustic storytellers

Seu Jorge
Smoky-voiced Brazilian Seu Jorge is perhaps most notable for his album of acoustic Portuguese David Bowie covers that he compiled for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in 2004. He’s performing these renditions at Symphony Hall for a special Bowie tribute. (Wednesday, November 9 at 8 p.m.; Symphony Hall; $62-$152; all ages; tickets available here)

Jim James
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is hitting the road in support of his latest solo album, Eternally Even. The Southern-bred songwriter will kick off his trek with two nights at Royale. (Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16 at 9 p.m.; Royale; $34; 18+; with Twin Limb; tickets available here)

Rock classics


Stevie Nicks
The pipes behind Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks has also won eight Grammy Awards for her solo work over the course of her iconic career. She’ll be joined by fellow hitmakers The Pretenders at TD Garden. (Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden; $44.50-$145.50; all ages; with The Pretenders; tickets available here)

Jonathan Richman
Natick native and cult hero Jonathan Richman opted for four straight nights on the modest-sized Middle East stage over one night at any big, fancy club. He’ll be joined by original Modern Lovers drummer Tommy Larkins for a string of shows that will span decades of material. (Wednesday, November 23 through Saturday, November 26 at 7 p.m.; Middle East Upstairs; $20; 18+; tickets available here)  

Golden voices

Texas a cappella quintet Pentatonix rose to fame upon winning NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011.  Just a few short years later, the band will headline the TD Garden. Catch the crooners on the big stage along with Us The Duo and Abi. (Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden; $29.50-$85; all ages; with Us The Duo, Abi; tickets available here)

Ingrid Michaelson
Prolific New York songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ingrid Michaelson has released seven albums since 2005, most recently April’s It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense. She’ll appear at House of Blues for two straight nights for her Hell No Tour equipped with new songs and old. (Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $35-$50; all ages; with AJR; tickets available here)


Andra Day
West Coast songstress/voice-to-be-reckoned-with Andra Day serves up R&B hits like “Rise Up” and “Forever Mine.” The Stevie Wonder protege will stop by Royale as part of her Cheers to the Fall Tour. (Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m.; Royale; $29.50; 18+; with Chloe x Halle; tickets available here)

Locals of different eras

North Shore post-rocker band Caspian is so niche, it’s hard to remember that the group has been making music out of Beverly, Massachusetts, for more than a decade. The band recently released a short film accompanied by a new tune and will play Royale as part of its biggest headlining tour to date. (Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m.; Royale; $20; 18+; with The Appleseed Cast; tickets available here)

Letters to Cleo
Nineties rockers and 10 Things I Hate About You house band Letters to Cleo is reuniting for a string of gigs and an upcoming EP. The Boston band will play two gigs, one at The Paradise and one at The Sinclair. (Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m.; The Paradise and The Sinclair, respectively; $30; 18+; with Weakened Friends; more information here)

Dinosaur Jr.
Western Mass. alternative rock trio Dinosaur Jr. has released 11 albums over the course of more than 30 years, most recently August’s Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not. The band will play with its original lineup at House of Blues along with fellow local group Buffalo Tom. (Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $29.50-$39.50; all ages; with Buffalo Tom; tickets available here)

Vermont group Twiddle is making waves with its adventurous soloing and extended compositions, similar to how Vermont legends Phish gathered a following 30 years ago. If you’re looking for a way to work off that turkey, two nights of the reggae-jammers at The Paradise should be the cure. (Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.; The Paradise; $20; 18+; with the Jauntee, Lespecial; tickets available here)

Fall festivals


Hassle Fest 8
Local arts organization Boston Hassle is bringing back its annual exhibition of DIY and experimental music, hosting more than 25 bands over two days. This year’s festival is as huge as ever, featuring the likes of Los Angeles sister duo Girlpool, Detroit noise rock band Wolf Eyes, Chicago lo-fi artist Willis Earl Beal, and former local group Guerilla Toss. (Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $25; all ages before 11:30 p.m. each night, 18+ after 11:30 p.m.; with Silver Apples, Pharmakon, and many more; tickets available at the door)

Coach Fest 2
Coach & Sons Olde Time Family Booking presents the second annual Coach Fest, a day-long, all-ages festival featuring 18 bands and two stages. This year’s pack includes Holliston quintet Save Ends, Connecticut rock band The Most, and Boston’s own Halfsour. (Saturday, November 19 at 3 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs; $15; all ages; with Save Ends, Queen Moo, Bat House, more; tickets available here)

Veteran lyricists

Digable Planets
Influential ‘90s jazz hip-hop group Digable Planets reunited in 2016 after more than a decade off from touring. They’ll stop by The Paradise, along with their smooth rhymes and cool vibes. (Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m.; The Paradise; $25; 18+; with DJ Earl; tickets available here)

Veteran Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere has already had a huge 2016, releasing Fishing Blues in August. Now the group is headed out on one of its biggest tours ever, bringing along Brother Ali, Dem Atlas, and more. (Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $25-$35; all ages; with Brother Ali, Dem Atlas, Ole Bill, Last Word; tickets available here)

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