8 live shows worth leaving home for this week

From punk rockers to Grammy winners.

Paula Cole
Paula Cole at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival in 2012. –Kelly Davidson

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.

Street Dogs
These Boston punks are celebrating 10 years of their annual Wreck The Halls holiday shows. This year, they’ll be wrecking the halls in Cambridge with a handful of local favorites opening. (Thursday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $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)


The White Buffalo
The White Buffalo is singer-songwriter Jake Smith. You might know him from his performance of the song “Come Join the Murder,” which was featured in season 7 of Sons of Anarchy. (Friday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.; The Paradise, Boston; $18; tickets available here)

These local rockers are teaming up with two other local acts for an ABCD Holiday Toy Drive and Benefit at Club Bohemia in Cambridge. (Friday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m.; Cantab Lounge, Cambridge; $8; 21+; with The Naticks, Boketto The Wolf; tickets available here)

Thirty pushups and a shot of tequila each — that’s how Julio Mejia and Matt Toth warm up before a set. See the DJ/producer duo as part of Royale’s Sofa King Fridays. (Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $20; 21+; tickets available here)

Bent Shapes
After close to a decade on the Boston indie scene, Bent Shapes is calling it quits. Farewell shows like this are usually a blast, so wish them well this weekend in Allston. (Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $10; 21+; with Laika’s Orbit, Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!; tickets available here)

Paula Cole
It’s not often you get to see a Grammy-winning artist play in the suburbs of Boston. The singer-songwriter will perform an intimate set in Natick on Saturday night. (Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.; Center for the Arts, Natick; $40; tickets available here)


Bebel Gilberto
Two Grammy nominees in town on the same weekend? We’re spoiled. This Brazilian/American songstress will play the recently opened City Winery on Sunday night. (Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.; City Winery, Boston; $32; tickets available here)

These New York City noise-rockers are probably best known for the video for their 1995 single “Scrape,” which features a whole lot of skateboarding fails. Kickstart your week with them in Allston. (Monday, Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $15; 18+; with Big Brave, Child Bite, Hepatagua; tickets available here)

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