12 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this February

A month full of High Flying Birds and Special Sauce.

G. Love & Special Sauce
G. Love & Special Sauce perform in Lincoln Park on Sept. 15, 2012 in Chicago. –Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Chipotle

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

Robert Plant
One of the legendary voices in rock history is coming to one of Boston’s most storied venues. Robert Plant, the pipes behind Led Zeppelin, will make a stop at the Orpheum Theatre with his band the Sensational Space Shifters to perform hits from throughout his illustrious career. (Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $175; all ages with Seth Lakeman; tickets available here)


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
As one half of seminal ’90s group Oasis, Noel Gallagher has remained in the headlines over the years thanks to his ruthless candor and his solo endeavors, such as High Flying Birds. Now at work on his upcoming record, “Who Built The Moon?,” Gallagher will bring his solo band to the Boston Opera House. (Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Boston Opera House, Boston; $48; all ages; tickets available here)

Alt essentials

G. Love & Special Sauce
G. Love started his blues-soaked musical career over two decades ago in the City of Brotherly Love. In recent years, he’s called Boston his home. So it’s fitting, in a way, that he’s playing a gig in Boston on the weekend the Patriots are playing the Eagles in the Super Bowl. Wonder if he’ll shout out one of the two teams from the stage? (Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $29-$39; with The Ries Brothers, The Silks; tickets available here)

First Aid Kit
This sister act from Sweden has evolved from a quiet folk duo to a band deserving of a bigger stage. This time around, that stage is at the House of Blues. Next time around, the stage will likely be larger. What that means: See them this month so you can tell all your friends that you saw them when. Oh, and RadioBDC has free tickets, to boot. (Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $35; with Van William; tickets available here)


X Ambassadors
After breaking through in 2015 with crossover hits “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” this band opened for Muse during the alt-rock stalwarts’ 2016 tour, playing TD Garden. Now the X Ambassadors will headline the House of Blues, and you’ll want to grab your tickets soon, as the show made our recent list of shows that could sell out quickly. (Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $35; with Now, Now; tickets available here)

Indie darlings

Los Angeles-based hip-hop and art collective Brockhampton just wrapped up a prolific 2017, releasing three mixtapes and launching into the national spotlight. Before diving into this summer’s festival circuit (including a slot at May’s Boston Calling), the group will headline the House of Blues as part of its Love Your Parents Tour. (Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $80; all ages; tickets available here)

Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, collectively the LA-based Girlpool, emerged in 2014 originally performing their inspired folk punk as just a duo. Now, after the success of 2017’s “Powerplant,” the band has expanded and will play its biggest Boston show to date at The Paradise. (Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $16; all ages; with Land of Talk, Forth Wanderers; tickets available here)

New York-based musician Aaron Maine is now three albums deep on his Porches project. “The House,” released last month, features contributions from multi-instrumentalist (Sandy) Alex G and writer/producer Dev Hynes, among others. It should be quite the experience watching Maine recreate these songs in the live environment. (Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; $35; 18+; with Girl Ray; tickets available here)

Rhythm and funk


Boston funk collective Ripe has yet to release its debut album but is already gearing up for two consecutive nights at one of Boston’s biggest venues, The Paradise. The band will be joined by fellow Bostonians Los Elk for a weekend filled with party jams. (Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $17; 18+; with Los Elk, Oak & Ash; tickets available here)

This LA-based R&B collective will release its second album, “Blood,” on Feb. 2, so by the time the group rolls into town on the 28th, their new songs should have some live polish. Tickets to the show are selling pretty quickly, so don’t wait until the end of the month to get yours. (Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; 18+; $25; with Boulevards; tickets available here)

Jam bands

Trey Anastasio
Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is seen by his followers as an electric guitar wizard, but for a short winter jaunt, Anastasio is trading in the axe for an acoustic. His tour will make a stop at the intimate Sanders Theatre, playing selections from Phish, the Trey Anastasio Band, and more. (Saturday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Sanders Theatre, Cambridge; $35-$75; all ages; tickets available here)

Two of the biggest up-and-coming names in jam rock will team up for two consecutive nights at The Sinclair. North Carolina electronic quintet Papadosio will play Cambridge as part of its spring tour along with groovy New Yorkers Aqueous. (Friday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20-$25; 18+; with Aqueous; tickets available here)