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

From local rock to a holiday orchestra.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs live. Jason McEachern

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.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The holiday season is officially here because the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is back. They bring their bombastic takes on holiday favorites to Worcester for two shows the day after Thanksgiving. (Friday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; DCU Center; $45.50; tickets available here)


Work off the calories from your big Thanksgiving meal in the pit when these metalcore legends bring their 20 Years of Desire & 15 Years of Perseverance tour to Worcester. (Friday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.; The Palladium; $25; with Code Orange, Twitching Tongues and more; tickets available here)

The Fake Boys

Don’t feel like schlepping west after traveling for the holiday? Stay in the city and head to Allston for a solid lineup of local rock acts. (Friday, Nov. 24 at 10 p.m.; Great Scott; $10; with The Young Leaves, Bloom; tickets available here)



Liam Gallagher’s solo show at the House of Blues is sold out, but RadioBDC has Oasis tribute band NOasis for free next door, so you can still get your Britpop fix. (Saturday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.; The Lansdowne Pub; free; RSVP here)

Cut Copy

It’s not often the Aussie electronic duo makes it stateside, so take advantage of this opportunity to see them. Take advantage of the fact that RadioBDC is giving away free tickets, too. (Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8:30 p.m.; Royale; $25; with Palmbomen II; tickets available here)


If you’re an emo kid from the early 2000s, you probably already have your tickets to this one. If you don’t, dust off your copy of The Artist In The Ambulance and we’ll see you at the show. (Sunday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.; House of Blues; $34.50; with Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Chon; tickets available here)


Biffy Clyro

This band fills stadiums and headlines festivals in the U.K. To see them in a room this size is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up. (Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.; Paradise; $22.50; with Spirit Animal; tickets available here)

The Barr Brothers

Grab your tickets to see these Montreal folksters ASAP, as their show made our list of shows that will likely sell out soon. (Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $20; with Shannon Lay; tickets available here)