12 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this January

From The Killers to Kimbra.

Guster headlines the Real Cape Music Festival.
Guster headlines the Real Cape Music Festival. –Robert E. Klein 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.

Heavy hitters

The Killers
The Vegas rockers have quietly stayed atop the alt-rock heap for the better part of the last decade, evolving from club headliners into bona fide arena rock heavyweights. Their Wonderful Wonderful tour will find them headlining TD Garden. (Sunday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $40-$90; all ages; tickets available here)


Lana Del Rey
New York songwriter Lana Del Rey wrapped a successful year, releasing “Lust For Life,” her fifth album in seven years. The Grammy nominee will hit TD Garden and play her biggest Boston show to date. (Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $35-$130; all ages; with Jhene Aiko; tickets available here)

Hip-hop heads

DJ Lucas
Western Mass. rapper and Dark World Records founder DJ Lucas will head a giant bill at ONCE Somerville along with Cambridge Soundcloud hero Rothstein, local MC Jymmy Kafka, and others. The show is curated by Somerville-bred collective BLNC and is the third installment of the ONE local music and art series. (Thursday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.; ONCE, Somerville; $15-$20; 18+; with Rothstein, Jymmy Kafka, Peter James, TeaMarr, Olivia Doh; tickets available here)

Dead Prez
It’s been a few years since New York hip-hop vets Dead Prez released a new album, but the politically-charged duo still tours on occasion. M-1 and stic.man will play Brighton Music Hall, bringing more than two decades of material to town. (Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; $20; 18+; tickets available here)

Alt essentials

The Wombats
The Liverpudlians will release “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life” next month, so expect them to road-test some new material when they take the stage at the Paradise. Before the show, RadioBDC will have the band at The Black Rose for an intimate acoustic set. The session is free; you just need to RSVP here. (Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $20; 18+; with The Courtship, Blaenavon; tickets available here)


Bay Area quartet Deerhoof has put out 14 studio albums over the course of two decades, melding art-punk, funk, and experimental noise music styles for a truly unique sound. Touring behind their latest LP, September’s “Mountain Moves,” the band will play Brighton Music Hall along with Maine avant-garde rockers Family Planning and Philly-based experimental multi-instrumentalist Olivia Neutron-John. (Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; $16; 18+; with Family Planning, Olivia Neutron-John; tickets available here)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
This San Francisco trio is touring on their brand new album, “Wrong Creatures,” and they’ve tied a cause into their tour, partnering with PLUS1. One dollar from every ticket goes to War Child, supporting children and families in communities affected by war. (Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $26-$29; 18+; with Night Beats; tickets available here)

Indie darlings

Husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley started making music together in 2010 as undergrads at the University of Colorado. Eight years and four albums in, they’re seeing their greatest success to date. Enter to win tickets to their show via RadioBDC. (Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $20-$22; 18+; with Overcoats; tickets available here)

Danish electropop songwriter MØ will hit House of Blues with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat as part of what the duo is calling the Meøw Tour. MØ had a busy 2017, releasing her second EP and featuring on tracks by the likes of Charli XCX and tour mate Cashmere Cat. (Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $29.50-$35; all ages; with Cashmere Cat, Darrius; tickets available here)


This New Zealand artist is so much more than her cameo on Gotye’s 2011 smash “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Her strong vocals, eye-popping costumes, and ability to blend pop, R&B, jazz, and more are something to experience. And hers is another show that RadioBDC can get you into for free. Enter to win here. (Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $20; 18+; with Arc Iris; tickets available here)

Listen local

Anytime Tufts-bred quartet Guster plays a hometown show, it’s a celebratory one. Mayor Walsh even declared Guster Day in Boston in 2016. Now at work on the band’s eighth studio album, Guster will launch into the new year with a show at House of Blues. (Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40-$60; all ages; with Mates of State; tickets available here)

Horse Jumper of Love
Yes, Baltimore indie rockers Wildhoney are the headlining act, but Boston trio Horse Jumper of Love will make it worth arriving early. They’ve been relatively quiet since the release of their self-titled full-length in 2016, and this is the only Boston-area date currently on their calendar. (Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $12; 21+; with Wildhoney, Mini Dresses, Strange Passages; tickets available here)

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