8 live concerts you need to check out this week

Including the Dropkick Murphys’ St. Patrick’s Day appearances, of course.

Boston, MA 3/12/10 Al Barr (cq) the lead singer for the Dropkick Murphys performing at the sold out House of Blues on Friday March, 12 2010. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Slug: 15murphys Section: living Reporter: Sarah Rodman Library Tag Magazine 08082010 /Boston/Content/Arts/Galleries/BDC-fenway-concerts.gallery.xml
Al Barr, lead singer for the Dropkick Murphys, performing at the sold out House of Blues on March 12, 2010. –Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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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.


Dropkick Murphys
The Murphys continue their annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition. This year’s shows will take place over four nights and will include a boxing tournament and a rare acoustic show on the 17th. (Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $35-$75; all ages; with Hatebreed (3/15), Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim (3/16-18); tickets available here)

Beth Ditto
Ditto started her musical career as the frontwoman of indie rock outfit Gossip. Now solo, her powerful voice is inspiring a growing legion of fans. (Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; all ages; $20; with SSION; tickets available here)

Senses Fail
If you spent the early 2000s full of angst, then this show is for you. Post-hardcore emo vets Senses Fail will headline, with electro-emo goofball Reggie & The Full Effect backing them up. (Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $19; all ages; with Reggie & The Full Effect, Have Mercy, Household; tickets available here)

Wrapping up a national tour, this local trio will play a homecoming show at The Sinclair along with Roxbury rhymer Oompa and a performance from New York-based poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva. (Friday, March 16 at 8:15 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $13-$15; all ages; with Oompa, Melissa Lozada-Oliva; tickets available here)


Roots Of Creation
Believe it or not, not every band playing on St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish band. This New Hampshire-based group blends electronic dance music, jam, reggae, rock, ska, and world sounds. (Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m.; Thunder Road, Somerville; $15; 21+; with The Elovators; tickets available here)

Future Teens
This self-described bummer-pop band from Boston is anything but. The group released its first full-length, “Hard Feelings,” late last year and is fast becoming a favorite on the local scene. (Sunday, March 18 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $10; 18+; with Lost Film, Me In Capris; tickets available here)

Los Angeles R&B king Miguel has had a prolific career, releasing four albums since 2010 and collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, and J. Cole. (Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $38.50-$48.50; all ages; with SiR, Nonchalant Savant; tickets available here)

Fresh off of two Grammy nominations at this year’s awards, K.Flay will bring her uniquely edgy and danceable blend of hip-hop to Royale. Feel free to pop-and-lock, if you feel moved to do so. (Wednesday, March 21 at 9 p.m.; Royale, Boston; 18+; $20; with Yungblud; tickets available here)