15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this February

From Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt to Anderson.Paak, Vince Staples to Sharon Van Etten.

Jacob Banks performs onstage at The 7th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards at The Theater at Ace Hotel.
Jacob Banks performs onstage at The 7th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards at The Theater at Ace Hotel. –Rachel Murray / Getty Images for Guild of Music Supervisors

An annual celebration of music styles from across the globe and a pair of veteran songwriters sharing the stage are just two of this city’s February music events.

Celebrated songwriters

Sharon Van Etten
New Jersey-bred songwriter Sharon Van Etten is one of the more prolific solo acts of today, having put out upward of 10 releases since emerging on the music scene in 2005. Her latest record, “Remind Me Tomorrow,” dropped in mid-January and will bring her to Royale with the help of soulful Brit Nilüfer Yanya. (Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $30-$35; 18+; with Nilüfer Yanya; tickets available here)

Julia Holter
LA-based art popper Julia Holter looks at rock through a different lens, incorporating baroque and compositional elements to create indie music that sticks out from the pack. She released her eighth full-length record, “Aviary,” this past fall to critical acclaim, and will hit the road with Canadian violinist Jessica Moss, stopping at Brighton Music Hall. (Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; 8 p.m.; $17; 18+; with Jessica Moss; tickets available here)


Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Two of music’s celebrated veteran songwriters are teaming up for an acoustic duo tour. Lovett, bringing a little bit of country, and Hiatt, mixing in a bit of rock ‘n’ roll, have embarked on tours together before, and collectively have garnered 26 Grammy nominations over the years. The two will appear at Shubert Theatre. (Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $40-$125; all ages; tickets available here)

Acoustic pickers

The Ghost of Paul Revere
Portland, Maine folk trio The Ghost of Paul Revere has the local mentality to match its local name. Regulars of clubs around New England for years, the band has seen its success spread to the national level — including through an appearance on “Conan” last year — over the course of four albums since 2012. Headlining their biggest Boston show to date, the band will play The Paradise, along with local songwriter Aubrey Haddard. (Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $30; 18+; with Aubrey Haddard; tickets available here)

Railroad Earth
Improvisational bluegrassers Railroad Earth had a bittersweet 2018, touring big venues and festivals fueled by a 2017 EP, but also mourning the loss of founding member Andy Goessling. Making their way to Boston for the first time this year, the rootsy jammers will make their debut at The Wilbur. (Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $27-$35; all ages; tickets available here)


Amy Helm
New York-based mandolinist and daughter of The Band’s Levon Helm, Amy Helm now carries the family torch, creating a signature rootsy sound of her own. Traveling behind her 2018 album “This Too Shall Light,” Helm will meet up with Boston-based folkateers Brothers McCann for a show at Sonia. (Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.; Sonia, Cambridge; $20; all ages; with Brothers McCann; tickets available here)

Something soulful

It took a lot of funk to get there, but Boston’s seven-piece soul collective Ripe has begun making waves outside of New England, and even will be featured on the bill of this year’s Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. Catch the Berklee-bred band on the way up as they play their biggest local headlining show to date at House of Blues. (Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $62-$103; all ages; with Magic Giant, Harsh Armadillo; tickets available here)

Jacob Banks
Deep-voiced Brit Jacob Banks has had most of his exposure to date through placement in video games and TV shows. The songwriter, who blends forms of soul and R&B, has seen this success for more than five years now, but just recently put out his debut album, “Village.” Touring in support, the singer will play Royale for his largest Boston show to date. (Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $22-$25; 18+; all ages; tickets available here)  

West Coast producer and musician Anderson.Paak has had a bountiful decade, putting out six albums since 2012 and collaborating with the likes of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Christina Aguilera. Powered by the steam of last fall’s “Oxnard,” the songwriter will bring his full band, The Free Nationals, to the Orpheum. (Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $114-$783; all ages; with Tayla Parx; tickets available here)


Boston’s annual global music festival Crashfest will return with its biggest lineup to date. This year’s event will feature 14 artists spread across genres, including Beninese songwriter Angelique Kidjo performing the Talking Heads’ iconic album “Remain In Light” in full, and a set from Bhangra party band Red Baraat. (Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $48; all ages; with Angelique Kidjo, Red Baraat, Tribu Baharú, more; tickets available here)

Rock of ages

Gang of Four
British dance-punk pioneers Gang of Four have toured and released records on and off since the mid-’70s. More than 40 years after forming, the band is as active as ever, having released EP “Complici” last year and putting out their ninth studio album, “Happy Now,” in 2019. They’ll make a stop at ONCE Somerville as part of a world tour. (Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.; ONCE Somerville, Somerville; $27-$30; all ages; tickets available here)

Hands and Knees
Local vets Hands and Knees have been concocting quirky Americana-tinged indie rock albums over the course of more than a decade. While the band has been busy in the studio in recent years, headlining live shows has become a rarer occurrence. The band will hit the stage at Atwood’s in support of October’s 21-song album, “Children Levitate.” (Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9:15 p.m.; Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge; $10; 21+; with Glockabelle; tickets available here)

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat has been touring clubs and the DIY circuit for the better part of a decade, putting out three records in the process, including 2018’s “Riddles.” Mixing elements of noise rock, punk, and dance music, the band will bring their live show to Boston for a headlining spot at Great Scott. (Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9 :15 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $12; 18+; tickets available here)  

Hip-hop heavy hitters

Veteran Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious hasn’t put out any new music since 2015’s “Imani Vol. I”; as a result, visits to the East Coast have become less and less common. The group, known for rapper Gift of Gab’s rapid-fire delivery, will do a short East Coast trek, hitting a handful of smaller-sized rooms, including Cambridge’s Sonia. (Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.; Sonia, Cambridge; $20; all ages; tickets available here)

Vince Staples
West Coast lyricist Vince Staples had an enormous 2018, releasing his third album, “FM!”, to widespread critical acclaim, collaborating with legendary composer Hans Zimmer, and even considering retirement. The entertainer is hitting the road for his Smile, You’re on Camera Tour, which will make a stop at House of Blues and feature fellow Compton-based rapper Buddy. (Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $32.50-$132.50; all ages; with Buddy; tickets available here)