8 live shows worth leaving home for this weekend

Catch some live music before Christmas.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21:  Cam'ron and Jim Jones perform at Spotify's RapCaviar Live in New York at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 21, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Spotify)
Cam'ron and Jim Jones perform at Spotify's RapCaviar Live in New York at Hammerstein Ballroom on Nov. 21, 2017 in New York City. –Johnny Nunez/Getty Images

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 before everyone goes home for the holidays.

Lil Uzi Vert
This Philly rapper, who made a splash earlier this year when he featured on the Migos hit “Bad and Boujee,” kicked off a two-night stand at the House of Blues Wednesday night. (Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $65; with Playboi Carti, G Herbo, SOBxRBE; tickets available here)


Elizabeth and the Catapult
This Brooklyn indie project, spearheaded by singer-songwriter Elizabeth Ziman, released its fourth album in October. See the group in the intimate confines of Passim now, because they’ll likely play a bigger room the next time around. (Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.; Club Passim, Cambridge; $18; with Dinty Child, Zachariah Hickman; tickets available here)

Earlier this month, this Harlem hip-hop man laid down this pretty brutal Mase diss track. Here’s hoping he can put aside his beef long enough to bring some holiday spirit to Cambridge. (Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $25; tickets available here)

Tall Heights
Fresh off a 2017 Boston Music Awards nomination, this folk duo will bring their guitar, cello, and captivating vocal harmonies to Cambridge on Thursday night. (Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8:30 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20; with Yoke Lore; tickets available here)

This Orthodox Jewish rapper and beatboxer exploded onto the scene with 2005’s “King Without a Crown.” He’s playing two nights at the Paradise. (Thursday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $30; with Common Kings, The Orphan; tickets available here)

The Hotelier
These Western Massachusetts emo-rockers picked up a leg of the Jimmy Eat World tour in 2018. See them headline one of the last shows of the year at The Sinclair. (Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15; with Laura Stevenson, Pushflowers; tickets available here)


Start Making Sense
You can’t see Talking Heads live, because they’re not a band anymore. But you can see Talking Heads tribute Start Making Sense, and the group is eerily on-point at recreating the original band’s music. (Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $23; with SeepeopleS; tickets available here)

Roots Of Creation
You’ll get a little of everything from this New Hampshire-based group that blends electronic dance music, jam, reggae, rock, ska, and world sounds. (Saturday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $15; with Bake Joynton, Organically Good Trio, Aldous Collins, Over The Bridge; tickets available here)