8 live shows you need to check out this week

From The Isley Brothers to Henry Rollins.

Guitarist Martin Earley of The Ballroom Thieves performs onstage during Boston Calling Music Festival Day 3 at Boston City Hall Plaza on May 24, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Guitarist Martin Earley of The Ballroom Thieves performs onstage during the Boston Calling music festival at Boston City Hall Plaza on May 24, 2015. –Mike Lawrie/FilmMagic

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.

The Isley Brothers
It’s not often you’re able to see an iconic American R&B and soul outfit headline a room like The Wilbur, so take advantage. (Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $32-$125; tickets available here)

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Deerhoof
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. (Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; $16; 18+; with Family Planning, Olivia Neutron-John; tickets available here)

Dead Prez
It’s been a few years since New York hip-hop vets Dead Prez released a new album. Nonetheless, the politically-charged duo will perform live in Brighton this weekend. (Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; $20; 18+; tickets available here)

The Ballroom Thieves
This Boston folk trio is best known for their haunting three-part harmonies. They’re playing in support of their new album, Deadeye, on Saturday. (Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.; Old South Meeting House, Boston; $25; all ages; 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. (Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $29.50-$35; all ages; with Cashmere Cat, Darrius; tickets available here)

Tennis
You’ll think it’s the 1970s again when husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley bring their smooth, retro vibes to Royale Sunday night. (Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $20-$22; 18+; with Overcoats; tickets available here)

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Milky Chance
This German folk duo broke through stateside in 2013 with “Stolen Dance.” Their Blossom Tour will come to Boston on Tuesday night. (Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $49-$115; with Lewis Capaldi; tickets available here)

Henry Rollins
This punk legend won’t be fronting a band this time around. Instead, he’ll bring his Travel Slideshow to town, with photographs and stories from his travels around the world. (Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $40-$165; tickets available here)

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October 19, 2018 | 6:14 AM