To all my fellow music lovers: I have some good and bad news. A number of incredible acts will be playing our favorite Boston venues throughout the semester, but the constant influx of talent will surely leave our wallets dry. Check out this preview of some of the spring’s must-see shows.
1/31 - Dr. Dog @ House of Blues
With seven full-length albums under their belt, the Philadelphia-based indie rock favorite will bring their neo-psychedelic rock sound back to Boston this Saturday. Speaking from experience, this performance should not disappoint. If you need further convincing, check out the band’s new live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel. Boston’s own Chadwick Stokes (Dispatch, State Radio) will open the show.
Doors: 6:00 p.m. Show: 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $30.
2/6 - Damien Jurado @ Brighton Music Hall
Seattle’s singer-songwriter will share some of his idiosyncratic folk repertoire at one of Boston’s more intimate venues next month.
Doors: 6:00 p.m. Show: 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $13.
3/5 - Jukebox The Ghost @ Paradise Rock Club
Following the release of their self-titled, fourth studio effort, the indie pop trio has hit the road to deploy its signature brand of piano-driven power pop, joined by Little Daylight and Secret Someones. Trust me—Ben Thornewill’s strong, soaring vocals sound even better live.
Doors: 7:00 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $20.
3/10 - of Montreal @ Paradise Rock Club
Psychedelic punk band Yonatan Gat and punk rock group Deerhoof will join this indie pop success story, a product of the Elephant 6 collective, for its Boston show.
Doors: 7:00 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $20
3/28 - Shakey Graves @ Royale Boston
Shakey Graves is the stage name of Austin’s folk singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia, whom you might recognize as “The Swede” from Season 2 of Friday Night Lights. His gritty folk-rock earned positive attention after his 2011 debut, Roll and Bones, but the praise has multiplied since his release of And the War Came this past October. Edgy country songstress Nikki Lane will kick off the show.
Doors: 6:00 p.m. Show: 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $18
3/30 - Belle & Sebastian @ House of Blues
Scotland’s famous indie pop band returns to Boston this spring with Glaswegian pop duo, Honeyblood.
Doors: 7:00 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $36.50
4/12 - Matt & Kim @ House of Blues
Partners in music and in life, Matt and Kim always incorporate their eccentric charm and flip humor into their live performances, reminding fans what makes them such a widely beloved dance duo.
Doors: 7:00 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $25
4/15 - Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique @ Paradise Rock Club
Hip hop lovers rejoice as these two artists join forces to embark on the nationwide “People’s Champion Tour” this spring.
Doors: 8:00 p.m. Show: 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $20
4/30 Eric Church @ TD Garden
The country superstar will ignite TD Garden as part of his "Outsiders World Tour." Country fans, keep your eyes out for announcements of on-sale dates and times.
Doors: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: TBA.
5/10 The Kooks @ House of Blues
Having waited three years to release a fourth LP, Listen, the British pop-rock band has scheduled a slew of North American tour dates for this spring, ending in Boston. Young Rising Sons—sprightly up-and-comers from Red Bank, New Jersey—will open the show.
Doors: 7:00 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35.