15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this November

From Dead & Company to Jay Z, Tori Amos to Cousin Stizz.

epa06209321 US musician Tori Amos performs on stage during the first concert of her tour 'Native Invader Tour' in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 16 September 2017. 'Native Invader Tour' will have five concerts in Germany.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI
Tori Amos performs in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on Sept. 16, 2017. –Armando Babani/EPA

Two seminal Boston rock bands of the ’90s and New England’s newest jam band sensation are just a few music events hitting Boston in November.

Boston’s ’90s revival

The Breeders
Kim Deal’s post-Pixies supergroup put out two influential records in the early ’90s and recently got back together to release a new single, “Wait in the Car.” The Last Splash rockers have announced plans for a new record, but in the meantime will play a hometown show as part of a U.S. and Europe tour. (Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $30; 18+; with Flasher; tickets available here)

Letters to Cleo
Power pop collective Letters to Cleo rose from the Boston club scene to become a national sensation with the release of a standout debut, Aurora Gory Alice, in 1994. The band has appeared on-screen, as well, playing the house band in 10 Things I Hate About You and performing as themselves in Parks and Recreation. They’re reuniting once again to play three nights at the Paradise with fellow Boston vets Blake Babies. (Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m., Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 18 at 7 p.m.; $35; 18+; with Blake Babies; tickets available here)

Jam band sensations


Vermont jam sensations Twiddle have amassed a ravenous following in the Northeast, similar to their Green Mountain State predecessors, Phish. The quartet will headline three consecutive nights at the Paradise, and as with any good jam band, you can make a safe bet that they won’t play the same song twice. (Thursday, November 9 at 8 p.m., Friday, November 10 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 11 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $25; 18+; with Broccoli Samurai (Nov. 9), Mister F (Nov. 10), and Annie in the Water (Nov. 11); tickets available here)

Dead & Company
The spirit of jam pioneers Grateful Dead lives on in the latest post-Jerry incarnation, Dead & Company, featuring John Mayer on guitar. Due to popular demand, the collective added a second show to its stop in Boston at TD Garden. (Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 19 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden; $70; all ages; tickets available here)

Soul of sorts

British modern soul collective Jungle released a strong self-titled debut in 2013 that was heard in a number of different soundtracks and commercials, quickly earning them recognition as one of the great new live funk bands, complete with electronic elements and eclectic percussion. The band will tour through the States, making a stop at the Paradise. (Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $22; 18+; tickets available here)


Kamasi Washington
Los Angeles tenor saxophonist and jazz composer Kamasi Washington has not only collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Adams, and John Legend, he has put out several critically acclaimed releases, most recently the exploratory Harmony of Difference EP. He’ll headline Royale as part of a national tour behind the record. (Monday, November 20 at 8 p.m.; Royale; $30; all ages; tickets available here)

Tedeschi Trucks Band
South Shore native Susan Tedeschi has become one of the defining voices and guitar players in modern blues. A few years ago, she decided to join forces on stage with husband and fellow slide guitar wizard Derek Trucks to create a soulful supergroup. The family band will play two nights at the Orpheum. (Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre; $33; all ages; with North Mississippi Allstars; tickets available here)

Punk of ages

Nashville punk quartet Bully emerged in 2015 with the outstanding debut, Feels Like. Now, upon signing with Brooklyn label Startime International for a new album, Losing, the band will play Great Scott along with New York rockers Aye Nako. (Sunday, November 12 at 8 p.m.; Great Scott; $20; 18+; with Aye Nako; tickets available here)

The Frights
West coast surf punk trio The Frights has had a productive past few years, putting out three EPs and two full-length studio albums since its 2013 debut. The band makes it a habit to visit Boston frequently, each time stepping up to a bigger stage. This time it will headline The Sinclair, joined by local youngsters Vundabar and Australian duo Hockey Dad. (Monday, November 20 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $15; all ages; with Vundabar, Hockey Dad; tickets available here)


Hot Snakes
Post-hardcore vets Hot Snakes are reuniting for the band’s first comprehensive U.S. tour since its breakup in 2005. The San Diego punks will make a stop at Middle East Downstairs for its first Boston gig in more than a decade. (Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs; $25; 18+; with Savak; tickets available here)

Hip-hop heavy hitters

The North Shore’s Ben Goldberg, known to most as Token, has had a prolific few years. He’s earned the respect of many hip-hop veterans, including radio host Sway and Boston’s own rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg, who likes the youngster so much that he cast him in his 2016 film Patriots Day. Embarking on his first national headlining tour, Token will play Brighton Music Hall. (Saturday, November 11 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $13; all ages; with Justin Clancy, Du-Karan; tickets available here)

Cousin Stizz
Few Boston artists have had such an explosive rise to hip-hop prominence as Dorchester’s Cousin Stizz. His latest, July’s One Night Only, features collaborations with the likes of Migos’s Offset and Oakland rapper G-Eazy. Stizz will make his headlining debut on the grand stage of House of Blues. (Friday, November 24 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $20-$35; all ages; with Swoosh, Big Leano; tickets available here)

Jay Z
Brooklyn hip-hop king Jay Z has amassed 21 Grammy Awards and put out 13 studio albums, the latest being June’s 4:44. In support of the new record, the legendary MC will appear at arenas across the country, including TD Garden. (Saturday, November 25 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden; $52; all ages; with Vic Mensa; tickets available here)

Seasoned songwriters

Tori Amos
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos has released 15 studio records over 25 years, scooping up eight Grammy nominations and an Echo Award along the way. She released a new record, Native Invader, in September, and will headline the Orpheum this month. (Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre; $45-$65; all ages; with Scars on 45; tickets available here)

The Barr Brothers
Cutting their teeth in the Boston music scene as The Slip in the ’90s, siblings Brad and Andrew Barr transitioned from improvisational jazz rock to a more acoustically-influenced outfit, The Barr Brothers, in the mid-2000s. Three releases later and the band is headlining big rooms across the country in support of its newest record, Queens of the Breakers. (Wednesday, November 29 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $20; 18+; tickets available here)