15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this March

From Billie Eilish to Dropkick Murphys, Thundercat to The Zulus.

Billie Eilish performs onstage at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci at LACMA on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for LACMA

A heralded pop sensation headlining her first TD Garden show and a staple Boston punk band celebrating St. Patty’s Day are just a few of the best live music options here in Boston this March.

Pop royalty

Billie Eilish

No artist had a more successful 2019 than Los Angeles songwriter Billie Eilish. The singer’s distinctive vocal style and electronic production done with the help of brother Finneas earned her five Grammy Awards at this year’s ceremony. Fueled by the success of her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, Eilish will bring her tour to TD Garden. (Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $39.50-$149.50; all ages; tickets available here

Mandy Moore

After achieving pop stardom at age thirteen, Mandy Moore released a handful of hits and then transitioned primarily to acting, starring in shows like “This Is Us.” Returning with her first album since 2009, Moore will release “Silver Landings” this month and will play the Orpheum with members of folk-rockers Dawes as her backing band. (Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $29.50-$97; all ages; tickets available here) 

Listen local

Squirrel Flower

Local Ella O’Connor Williams was singing in the Boston Children’s Chorus and performing in the city’s DIY scene long before recording music under the alias Squirrel Flower. Now, to celebrate the release of her new album, “I Was Born Swimming,” the indie folk songwriter will headline Great Scott along with Montreal singer Cedric Noel and fellow locals Lady Pills and Houndsteeth. (Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $12-$14; 21+; with Cedric Noel, Lady Pills, Houndsteeth; tickets available here


One of the most visible talents in Boston, local rapper Slaine has put out nine releases in the past fifteen years, been a member of supergroups La Coka Nostra and Special Teamz, and has had significant roles in Boston-centric films like “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town.” He’ll stop by Brighton Music Hall for a show. (Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $20; 18+; tickets available here


The Ballroom Thieves

Boston neo-folk trio The Ballroom Thieves have come a long way since their early jam sessions in a Stonehill College dorm room a decade ago. In the years since, the band has released three albums, including February’s “Unlovely.” To celebrate its release, the group will play The Sinclair with Vermont songwriter Francesca Blanchard joining for the evening. (Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $25; 18+; with Francesca Blanchard; tickets available here) 

The Zulus

When ‘70s new wave heroes Human Sexual Response dissolved in the early ‘80s, many of the members went on to form The Zulus, who became one of Boston’s seminal indie rock bands of the decade. The band called it quits in 1992, but are regathering for a rare reunion gig at The Paradise. (Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $25; 18+; tickets available here

The New Motif

As regulars of the festival and club circuit in the northeast, Cape Cod jam rockers The New Motif have accrued quite the live following with their improvisational prowess. The band will headline its biggest Boston club show to date with a set at Brighton Music Hall joined by New Hampshire funkateers Harsh Armadillo. (Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $10; 18+; with Harsh Armadillo; tickets available here

Smooth sounds

Blood Orange

British-born Dev Hynes has become a staple of New York City’s music scene, both as a collaborator with acts from Solange Knowles to Mac Miller to Mariah Carey, and as solo performer under the electro-R&B moniker Blood Orange. Touring behind his latest mixtape, July’s “Angel’s Pulse,” Blood Orange will play Royale with the help of Columbian-Canadian indie pop artist Tei Shi. (Thursday, March 19 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $32.50-$35; 18+; with Tei Shi; tickets available here



Los Angeles-based songwriter, producer, and bassist Thundercat carved out a niche by working closely with Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar early on. His solo output has yielded three albums and an EP since 2011. Ahead of the release of his fourth record, “It Is What It Is,” due out in April, the artist will play House of Blues with assistance from Detroit rapper Teejayx6. (Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $27.50-$40; all ages; with Teejayx6; tickets available here

Hip-hop heavy hitters


Harlem hip-hop legend and Dipset founding member Cam’ron has released seven albums throughout his career, and was arguably at the peak of his powers upon the release of 2004’s “Purple Haze.” Returning with his first solo album in ten years with 2019’s “Purple Haze 2” the lyricist will make his way to Middle East Downstairs with a collection of new material. (Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $20; 18+; tickets available here


Brooklyn rapper Fabolous found the bulk of his success in the early ‘00s with hits like “Can’t Deny It” and “Young’n (Holla Back)” as well as collaborations with Lil Wayne, T-Pain, and Pharrell. Touring behind his first album in five years, November’s “Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever,” Fabolous will make a stop at Big Night Live. (Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $34.50; 18+; tickets available here

Rock of ages

Dead Kennedys

West Coast hardcore pioneers Dead Kennedys put out four monumental punk albums throughout the ‘80s, influencing countless bands along the way. While they’ve since parted ways with lead singer Jello Biafra, the band continues to tour and will make a stop at Big Night Live. (Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $27.50; 21+; with D.O.A., Art Thieves; tickets available here


Dropkick Murphys 

Cue the bagpipes and ship up to Boston! It wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s Day in Boston without the help of homegrown punk rockers Dropkick Murphys. This year’s Boston Blowout  includes three shows at House of Blues, a show at Big Night Live, a show at Encore Boston Harbor, and an acoustic set accompanied by a pro boxing event. (Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.; Picasso Ballroom at Encore Boston Harbor, Everett; $39.50; 18+; Saturday, March 14 at 12 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $39.50-$75; all ages; with The Old Firm Casuals; Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $39.50-$250; 18+; Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m.; $39.50-$75; all ages; with The Old Firm Casuals, Kneecap; Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $39.50; 18+; with The Old Firm Casuals, Lenny Lashley; Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $39.50-$75; all ages; with Darkbuster; tickets and more information available here

Dashboard Confessional 

Few bands soundtracked the ‘00s emo wave quite like Dashboard Confessional. The Florida five-piece put out six albums in that decade, and have only grown their devoted following in the years since. Hitting the road in celebration of their 20th year as a band, Dashboard will play three nights at The Paradise. (Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday, March 22 at 6 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $35; 18+; with The Get Up Kids; tickets available here) 

Pussy Riot

Russian feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot are as well known for their activism as they are for their guitar-driven protest songs. Joined by techno-punk duo Deli Girls, the band will tour through The Sinclair. (Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $26-$31; all ages; with Deli Girls; tickets available here

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