8 live shows you need to check out, according to RadioBDC

From Letters to Cleo to Squeeze.

Letters to Cleo in concert at the Paradise. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Arts, Creamer)
Letters to Cleo in concert at the Paradise. –Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

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.

Letters To Cleo
The beloved Boston alt-rockers returned home for three shows at The Paradise, starting Thursday. They’re focusing on a different album every night, and RadioBDC has tickets you can win. (Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.; Paradise; $35; with Blake Babies; tickets and details here)


Hot Snakes
These San Diego post-hardcore veterans are closing in on two decades together. Catch their first tour in six years when it rolls into Cambridge this weekend. (Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs; $25; with SAVAK; tickets available here)

When’s the last time you had a good, loud scream? Let it all out at the Cambridge Elks Lodge on Friday night for this all-ages hardcore show. (Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.; Hardcore Stadium; with Sparrows, Actor Observer; tickets at the door, more details here)

Kal Marks
Apparently it’s a weekend to get loud and local: Boston trio Kal Marks is back in Allston for a Saturday night headlining gig. (Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s; $8; with A Deer A Horse, Nice Guys, Zip-Tie Handcuffs; tickets at the door, more details here)

Jesse Dee
This singer-songwriter will headline an ACLU benefit in Cambridge on Sunday. Take in a show and contribute to a cause while you’re at it. (Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; The Sinclair; $20; with Giant Kings, Dwight & Nicole, The Revelations; tickets available here)

The Frights
Even if you don’t win your tickets through RadioBDC, be sure to pick up a pair, because these San Diego surf-punks are a riot. (Monday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $13; with Vundabar, hockey dad; tickets available here)


A chance to see this ’80s playlist staple play live should be enough to tempt you to leave your house on a Tuesday night. (Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur; $55; tickets available here)

American Football
Last year, this long-dormant emo band released its first album since 1999. Kind of a big deal, and another show RadioBDC wants you to see for free. (Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.; Royale; $27.50; with Land Of Talk, Pure Bathing Culture; tickets available here)