8 live shows worth leaving home for this week


Courtesy photo of Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett
Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. –Courtesy

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.

Ariel Pink
This multi-instrumentalist is so much more than chillwave. You could even say seeing him live feels like heaven. (Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $27.75; with Gary War and DJ Nina Tarr; tickets available here)


The Dears
Led by husband-and-wife duo Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yankchack, this Montreal-based band will join me on on RadioBDC Thursday at 5 p.m. before playing in Allston later that night. (Thursday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott; $15; with Lou Cannon; tickets available here)

Hamilton Leithauser
It’s been a busy year for this former Walkmen front man, who spent it collaborating with Rostam Batmanlij and Angel Olsen. (Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.; Royale; $25; with Courtney Marie Andrews; tickets available here)

Human Sexual Response
This seminal Boston new wave act has reunited again, and every time they play live it’s a spectacle. (Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $30; with Unnatural Axe; tickets available here)

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
These indie singer-songwriters hung out, jammed out, cut an album, and now they’re taking it on the road. (Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre; with Jen Cloher; tickets available here)

Flogging Molly
Hop on the Pike and head west for a good, old-fashioned punk rock show. And feel free to sing along. (Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.; The Palladium; $26; with Anti-Flag and Jon Snodgrass; tickets available here)

The English Beat
I confess, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen The Beat in Boston. Step out and see them Monday night. (Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $35; with Pressure Cooker; tickets available here)


David Bazan
From Pedro The Lion to Lo Tom to all the projects in between, Bazan has quite the musical resume to draw from when he plays. (Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $15; with Michael Nau; tickets available here)