One of the most glamorous, badass singers to grace this world comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts this week. She'll stun us with Supremes medleys and powerhouse performances of songs that are ultra-fitting (like her gowns) to this goddess' pop endurance, like "Endless Love."
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, $46-$126
When Day Joy released Go to Sleep, Mess in 2013, we listened and in a rush of reverb and enchanting pop melodies, immediately felt the loom of trees overhead and were transported to an isolated mind-state, as if the album were written specifically for an introverted adventurer on a walk alone in the woods. Now we’re excited to learn that wooded daydream will be brought to reality at the Space. Read more.
10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Space, $5
George Porter Jr.
Funk legend George Porter Jr. has notably backed up big names like Dr. John and Robert Palmer, but this Big Easy bassist carries a show on his own and will definitely be taking Backbooth on a joyride.
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Backbooth, $15
Hank and Cupcakes
If you are foolish enough not to check into Hank & Cupcakes’ insanely special riot before their show this week at Will’s Pub, then you deserve to miss out on this abrasively unique pop duo. Bassist Hank drives the show with furious pedal work while drummer-vocalist Cupcakes stands at her kit, banging out songs from their self-driven (they produced, mixed and recorded it themselves) sophomore record, Ca$h 4 Gold. Read more.
9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 13, at Will's Pub, $6-$8
Chicago rapper Lil Durk made the leap to Def Jam after guesting on Chief Keef tracks (and vice versa, notably resulting in a recently ended feud), dropping "Dis Ain't What U Want" in 2013 and defying trendy rappers who front with foppish claims.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Venue 578, $15-$25
Their beautiful 2014 sophomore effort, I’ll Be the Tornado, is critically acclaimed, but won’t overshadow past favorites like “Boat Rich” when these guys grace the stage. - Kaitlyn Pleasants Read more.
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Backbooth, $12
While Boston's Guster is the headliner on this Valentine's Day show, if you really love your sweetie, show up early to catch Kishi Bashi, whose experimental whirlwind of jazz, classical and grunge is life-affirming live.
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at House of Blues, $25
With the music lineup curated by Joseph Martens – including Eugene Snowden, Paleface, Thomas and Olivia Wynn, and JUNOSmile (Martens and his wife, Jessy Lynn) – this picnic party is sure to delight. - Thaddeus McCollum Read more.
2-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Mennello Museum, free
Southern Fried Sunday After-Folk Fest
After Joseph Martens wins hearts at Indie-FolkFest (Feb. 14, Mennello Museum of Art), catch him at SFS festivities that also feature Paleface and Hannah Wynn with a full band.
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Will's Pub, $8
Attached Hands' Henry sparked the new In-Between concert series at Gallery at Avalon Island, and now's your chance to see why.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the Gallery at Avalon Island, free
Justin Townes Earle
"I'm not one of those people that's going to tell somebody a candy-coated fairy tale," Earle says. "I find the truth is much more devastating, and I think we react better to devastation than we do anything. That song is just, you know, just baring your chest." Read our interview with Justin Townes Earle now.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, $28.75-$38.75
Alice Cooper's the Godfather of Shock Rock for good reason, and you're welcome to his nightmare this week at Hard Rock.
9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Hard Rock Live, $26.50-$64