8 live shows worth leaving home for this week

Vundabar plays the 2015 Boston Music Awards. —Justin Saglio/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.

Mogwai
Few acts feature more dynamic shifts live than these Glasgow post-rockers. Prepare for things to start quietly, then get terrifically loud on Thursday night. (Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.; Royale; $25; with Xander Harris; tickets available here)

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Boston Music Awards
Weakened Friends, Tall Heights, and Sidney Gish are among the local performers slotted for this annual celebration of the Boston music scene. (Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues; $30; with Bad Rabbits, Carissa Johnson, Avenue, more; tickets available here)

Converge
Fresh off last month’s release of their latest album, The Dusk In Us, this Boston metalcore outfit will bring the volume to Brighton to launch us into the weekend. (Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $20; with Pile, Give; tickets available here)

The Dazies
Local drummer M. Holland has come out from behind the kit for his first album as a frontman of new act The Dazies. Celebrate the release in Allston on Saturday night. (Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s Pub; $10; with Courters, Grim Streaker, Dirty Bangs; tickets available here)

The Reverend Horton Heat & Junior Brown
The beloved rockabilly act has teamed up with the legendary guitar man for a co-headlining tour that will roll into Cambridge on Sunday night. (Sunday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; $28; with The Blasters, Big Sandy; tickets available here)

Shamir
A Monday night dance party? Sure, why not! Dancing is inevitable when Shamir flies into Great Scott in his homemade UFO. OK, the UFO is only in the video. But there will still be dancing. (Monday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott; $18; with Partner; tickets available here)

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ODESZA
This Seattle-based electronic duo will kick off a two-night stand at House of Blues on Monday. If you’d like to try your luck at winning tickets, RadioBDC has some for you. (Monday, Dec. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $30; with Sofi Tukker, Chet Porter; tickets available here)

Pentatonix
The holiday season is upon us so, naturally, this a cappella sensation is touring. They’ll bring four nights of cheer to the Wang starting Tuesday. (Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 15; Boch Center Wang Theatre; $69; tickets available here)