8 live shows you need to check out this week

Including pop from Down Under and a pair of '90s throwbacks.

Kimbra performing at Metros Perth
Kimbra performing at Metros Perth. –Photo courtesy of Jordan Shields

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.

Howie Day
Since putting himself on the musical map with 2004’s “Collide,” this Maine-born singer-songwriter has steadily built a legion of fans with his electric live performances. (Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.; City Winery, Boston; $20-$26; 21+; with Brian Jarvis; tickets available here)

J. Roddy Walston and the Business
This Richmond, Virginia, outfit is known not only for its blues-infused rock riffs, but for its sometimes silly sense of humor. (Friday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $20-$22; 18+; with Post Animal; tickets available here)


Blues Traveler
Frontman John Popper and company don’t want to give you “the runaround.” They just want you to come out and celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band. (Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $41-$45; 18+; with Los Colognes; tickets available here)

Greylock describes itself on its Bandcamp page as a “2 piece sludge outfit from Boston.” So prepare yourself for a night of loud, local rock. (Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s, Allston; $8; 21+; with Wrought Iron Hex, Silver Screams, Red Mantis; tickets available here)

This New Zealand artist’s strong vocals, eye-popping costumes, and ability to blend pop, R&B, jazz, and more is something to experience. And you can enter to win tickets to do so here. (Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $20; 18+; with Arc Iris; tickets available here)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters
It’s been 25 years since Big Head Todd and the Monsters released the signature song “Bittersweet.” Expect to hear that and more on Sunday night at The Wilbur. (Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $30-$35; $18+; tickets available here)

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Known for putting a vintage spin on today’s hit music, the Postmodern Jukebox also introduced us to internet sensation Puddles Pity Party. (Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $50-$205; $21; tickets available here)


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
This San Francisco trio has tied a cause into its 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)