15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this October

From Bob Seger to Sleater-Kinney, Steely Dan to Post Malone.

Post Malone backed by Sublime With Rome headlines Bud Light's Dive Bar Tour in New York City. –Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Bud Light

Catch a Detroit rock and soul staple make his final Boston appearance or watch one of punk’s biggest acts play four of their seminal albums over two nights to make the most of live music here in Boston this October.

Hall of famers 

Bob Seger

Motor City hitmaker Bob Seger is taking one final trip across the States with his Silver Bullet Band. Making a last stop in Boston, Seger will bring timeless hits like “Night Moves,” “Against The Wind”, and “Old Time Rock and Roll” to TD Garden. (Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $104.50-$130.50; all ages; with Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos; tickets available here)  


Steely Dan

Innovative radio rockers Steely Dan are no strangers to the Billboard charts. Selling more than 40 million records worldwide, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are revisiting some of their signature records, performing five of them in their entirety over the course of five shows at The Orpheum. (Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct.26 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m, Wednesday, Oct.30 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $48-$240; all ages; with Pat Bianchi; tickets available here)

Indie rockers

Big Thief

Brooklyn folk rockers Big Thief have been one of the most prolific and consistent new acts of recent years, putting out four albums since 2016, including this month’s “Two Hands.” Fueled by the new record, the band will play The Wilbur along with buzzy Boston trio Palehound. (Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $28-$38; all ages; with Palehoud; tickets available here)

Bon Iver

Wisconsin folkateer Justin Vernon made an enormous first splash with his band Bon Iver in 2008 with the acclaimed “For Emma, Forever Ago.” The songwriter hasn’t slowed in the years since, collaborating with Kanye West, scooping up a Grammy for Best New Artist, and most recently putting out Bon Iver’s fourth record, “i,i” in August. Headlining their biggest show to date in Boston, the indie collective will play TD Garden. (Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $29-$150; all ages; with Feist; tickets available here)


Vivian Girls

Brooklyn dream pop trio Vivian Girls were leaders of a burgeoning DIY scene in New York around the turn of the last decade. After three records, the band parted ways in 2014, but have reunited for a new record called “Memory” and an accompanying tour that will bring them to ONCE Ballroom. (Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; ONCE Ballroom, Somerville; $20; all ages; with Empath, Young Guv; tickets available here)  


One of the many great bands to come out of the Pacific Northwest in the ‘90s, indie rock trio Sleater-Kinney continued its dominance well into the aughts before calling it quits. Reunited for a new record and accompanying tour, the power trio find its way to House of Blues. (Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $37.50-$57.50; all ages; with Shamir; tickets available here)

Hip-hop heavy hitters

Post Malone

Hip-hop hit machine Post Malone has been on top of the charts almost consistently for the past three years. The four-time Grammy nominee released his third album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding” in September, and with it, will be playing two shows at TD Garden as part of his Runaway Tour. (Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $95-$503; all ages; with Swae Lee, Tyla Yaweh; tickets available here)

Chief Keef

Chicago mixtape king Chief Keef is responsible for the drill rap wave that rippled out of the Windy City earlier this decade, bringing similar artists like Lil Durk and Fredo Santana along for the ride. Launching his own label imprint and collaborating with the likes of Kanye West, Keef got so big so quickly that he announced his retirement in 2016, but is back now, having released three mixtapes in 2019 as well as a tour that will bring him to The Paradise for two nights. (Tuesday October 28 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, October 29 at 9 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $25; 18+; tickets available here)  

Something soulful


Steve Lacy

Songwriter Steve Lacy got his start almost a decade ago as a member of the West Coast trip-hop collective The Internet. Lacy has since launched a successful solo career and established himself as one of music’s most in-demand collaborators, most notably playing a big role in Vampire Weekend’s latest record, “Father of the Bride.” Lacy will bring his show to Boston for one night to play House of Blues. (Thursday, Oct. 3 a 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $30; all ages; tickets available here)

Tank and the Bangas

New Orleans funk, soul, and hip-hop collective Tank and the Bangas rose to prominence upon winning the NPR Tiny Desk Contest in 2017. Two short years later, the band has released a new album and is touring the U.S., hitting Boston for a night at Royale. (Sunday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $25; 18+; with Pell; tickets available here)


Forming in 2016 as students at Tufts University, psych-pop quartet Crumb have since relocated to Brooklyn, and with it, recently put out their debut full-length, June’s “Jinx”. Mixing elements of vintage psychedelic rock and modern Soundcloud neo-soul, the band will return to town to headline its biggest show to date at The Sinclair. (Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20; 18+; with Divino Niño, Shormey; tickets available here)  

Heavy sounds

Agnostic Front

New York thrash punks Agnostic Front have been at it since the early ‘80s, shaping the hardcore sound and gathering a loyal cult following along the way. Touring ahead of the release of their 12th album, “Get Loud!” in November, the band will make a stop at Brighton Music Hall along with fellow New Yorkers Prong and local punks Pummel. (Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $18; 18+; with Prong, Pummel; tickets available here)  


Thrash metal heroes GWAR are as much a live spectacle as they are a rock band. With shows that involve elaborate monster-like costumes, copious amounts of fake blood, and other theatrics, a GWAR show will likely both rock you and slightly frighten you. The band will play the Paradise to make your October a bit gorier. (Sunday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $25; 18+; with Sacred Reich, Toxic Holocaust, and Against the Grain; tickets available here)  

Cave In

North Shore post-hardcore vets Cave In have been a Massachusetts hardcore staple for close to 25 years, putting out six records since coming on the local scene in the mid-’90s. Supporting their latest record, June’s “Final Transmission,” the quartet will play three nights in Boston as part of their fall U.S. tour. (Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $39-$120; Monday, Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $21-$26; 18+; tickets available here)  

Against Me!

Gaineseville’s Against Me! has been one of punk’s definitive bands for more than two decades, putting out seven albums since 2002, on top of several solo endeavors by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. Hitting Boston for a special two-night run, the band will play four of its most beloved records in their entirety over back-to-back shows at Royale. (Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $29-$35; all ages; with Cursive, Dilly Dally; tickets available here)