8 live concerts you need to check out this week

Including an American Idol and two American rock legends.

Jon Bon Jovi gave another memorable high-energy performance during Bon Jovi’s Z100’s Zootopia 2002 concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Jon Bon Jovi performing during Bon Jovi’s Z100’s Zootopia 2002 concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. –JEFF ZELEVANSKY /associated Press

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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.


Lo Moon
This Los Angeles indie rock trio released its debut album — on major label Columbia — earlier this year. The group is poised to make it big, so see them now in the intimate confines of Sonia. (Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m.; Sonia, Cambridge; all ages; $12; with Kraus, Teenender; tickets available here)

Dashboard Confessional
This Chris Carrabba-fronted staple of 2000s emo rock is back, so be prepared to sing along nice and loud with the rest of the emo kids in the crowd. (Friday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $33-$53; with Beach Slang, Kississippi; tickets available here)

Crystal Bowersox
You remember the name, right? “American Idol” runner-up, 2010. Since then, she’s carved herself out a nice spot as an Americana artist based in Nashville. (Friday, March 30 at 6 p.m.; City Winery, Boston; 21+; $26-$32; with Ken Yates; tickets available here)

S. Carey
There’s nothing scary about S. Carey. The erstwhile Bon Iver drummer has stepped out from behind the kit and will flex his songwriting muscles in Allston. (Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; 21+; $16-$18; with Gordi; tickets available here)

Albert Hammond Jr.
He helped define the sound of early 2000s indie rock as the lead guitarist for The Strokes. Now, Hammond Jr. is touring on his latest solo release. (Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; all ages; $20; with The Marias; tickets available here)


It’s rare that the eight members of this indie group are in the same place — they write, record, and collaborate remotely and digitally. Take advantage of them coming together to play live. (Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Brighton; 18+; $12; tickets available here)

The Pretenders
Forty years on, Chrissie Hynde and company are still going strong. It’s not often you have the opportunity to see a band that’s been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Sunday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; 21+; $38; tickets available here)

Bon Jovi
Speaking of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, these legendary Jersey rockers will be inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. (Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; all ages; $15.75; tickets available here)