12 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this December

From Jake Bugg to the Bosstones, Converge to Cam'ron.

Dicky Barrett of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed during the Outside the Box Performing Arts Festival held on the Boston Common.
Dicky Barrett of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performs during the Outside the Box Performing Arts Festival held on the Boston Common. –Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Sorting through concert listings can be confusing and time-consuming. So let us take care of it for you. Every month, we’ll list out the shows that are worthy of your attention. All you have to do is decide just how much fun you want to have.

Sonic songwriters

Angel Olsen
St. Louis songwriter Angel Olsen has had a prolific recent few years, rising quickly over the course of three full-length albums and countless collaborations. The southern rocker will headline her biggest Boston show to date at House of Blues. (Monday, December 4 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues; $25; all ages; tickets available here)


Jake Bugg
This English singer-songwriter released his self-titled debut in 2012 at just 18. Five years and four albums later, he’s evolved past simple strumming to incorporate country sounds and even some hip-hop into his sonic palate. (Tuesday, December 5 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $29.50; 18+; tickets available here)

Heavy hitters

Gary Numan
The new wave legend is best know for his 1979 hit “Cars,” but don’t mistake him for a nostalgia act. Numan has continued to make compelling electronic music, and with his appearance coming up soon and selling fast, we added it to our list of shows that might sell out soon. (Monday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Paradise; with Me Not You; tickets available here)

We try to steer clear of sold-out shows on this list, but it’s not often The Moz comes to town. Touring in support of his first album in three years, he’s headlining the Orpheum this time around. Didn’t get your tickets in time? Enter to win a pair from RadioBDC. (Thursday, December 7 at 8:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre)

LCD Soundsystem
In September, Brooklyn dance-rock heroes LCD Soundsystem released American Dream, their first album since reuniting in 2016. Now, the band will headline its first post-breakup show in Boston, bringing the party to Agganis Arena. (Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m.; Agganis Arena; $70; all ages; tickets available here)

Listen local


Boston Music Awards
The annual celebration of local noisemakers will take to House of Blues, doling out honors to some of the finest local musicians of their genre. The night will feature performances by buzz-rock trio Weakened Friends, acoustic duo Tall Heights, quirky indie pop newcomer Sidney Gish, and more. (Thursday, December 7 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues; $30; all ages; with Bad Rabbits, Carissa Johnson, Avenue, more; tickets available here)

Hometown hardcore legends Converge have been one of the biggest names of their genre for more than two decades, most recently releasing their ninth album, The Dusk In Us, in November. They’ll welcome fellow Boston favorites Pile and D.C. punks Give for a night at Brighton Music Hall. (Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $20; all ages; with Pile, Give; tickets available here)

Bent Shapes
Jangly local quartet Bent Shapes is hanging it up after eight years of being one of Boston’s mainstay indie-pop acts. But the band won’t go out without a proper last waltz, which will take place at its home court of Great Scott along with Western Mass. punks Laika’s Orbit and Somerville surf rock squad Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion! (Saturday, December 16 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott; $10; 21+; with Laika’s Orbit, Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!; tickets available here)

Festive punk

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
It sure wouldn’t feel like Christmastime if the Bosstones weren’t throwing down on Lansdowne. Hometown Throwdown 20 will head to the House of Blues at the end of the month, wrapping up a year spent celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album Let’s Face It. (Thursday, December 28-Saturday, December 30 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $27; 18+; with Piebald, Doped Up Dollies, Rude Bones, Vic Ruggiero, The Pietasters, Kicked In The Head; tickets available here)


Street Dogs
They haven’t been at it as long as the Bosstones, but these born-in-Boston punks have their own holiday tradition. Their annual Wreck The Halls trio of shows comes to The Sinclair this year, with proceeds from the show benefiting Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. (Thursday, December 16-Saturday, December 18 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $19; 18+; with The New Darkbuster, Taxi Driver, The Pinkerton Thugs, The Abductors, A Wilhelm Scream, Michael Kane and the Morning Afters; tickets available here)

Holiday hip-hop

Harlem hip-hop master and Diplomats kingpin Cam’ron is coming through town touring behind his first album in four years, The Program. The rhymer, actor, and entrepreneur will find his way to Middle East Downstairs for a holiday season throw-down. (Thursday, December 21 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs; $25; 18+; tickets available here)

Lil Uzi Vert
Philly-based cloud rapper Lil Uzi Vert has had a monstrous 2017, from featuring on Migos’s viral hit “Bad and Boujee” to releasing his debut album, Luv Is Rage 2. He’ll hit House of Blues for two consecutive nights, along with “Magnolia” rhymer Playboi Carti, Chicago lyricist G Herbo, and Cali collective SOBxRBE. (Wednesday, December 20 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $65; all ages; with Playboi Cart, G Herbo, SOBxRBE; tickets available here)