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15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this February



Local bands headlining big local stages and a hip-hop newcomer playing back-to-back nights are just a few of the best live music options here in Boston this February.

Something soulful

Raphael Saadiq
Neo-soul stalwart Raphael Saadiq has had an illustrious career, beginning as the bassist and vocalist for R&B trio Tony! Toni! Toné! and working as both a solo artist and producer in the years since the group’s disbandment. In August, Saadiq released “Jimmy Lee,” his first studio album since 2011, and he’ll hit the road to promote it, stopping at Big Night Live with Chicago songwriter Jamila Woods. (Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $37.50; 21+; tickets available here)

Kamasi Washington
Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington is one of the most exciting names in modern jazz, melding his classically trained chops with funk, electronic, and other styles. Releasing four albums since 2007 and collaborating with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Thundercat, Washington’s exploratory soloing will land at Big Night Live later this month. (Monday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $37.50; 21+; tickets available here)

Listen local

Jesse Dee
Local soulster Jesse Dee has been a mainstay at Boston clubs for more than a decade, providing a signature spin on golden era R&B. The songwriter, who has shared the stage with Al Green and Etta James, will play an intimate Valentine’s Day show at Lizard Lounge. (Friday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.; Lizard Lounge, Cambridge; $15; 21+; tickets available here)

Alexander
Local bedroom rocker Alexander is celebrating the release of his new album “Wonderland” by heading up a massive local bill at O’Brien’s that also features Providence dream popper Nova One, Allston DIY titan Bad History Month, and Boston punks Squitch. (Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s Pub, Boston; $10; 21+; with Nova One, Bad History Month, Squitch; tickets available here)

Ripe
Berklee-bred funk collective Ripe have amassed quite the hometown following — so much so that they’re headlining two straight nights at House of Blues. Their horn-powered soul experience will be supported by sets from Minneapolis soul singer Caleb Hawley on night one and Nashville rockers The New Respects on night two. (Friday, Feb 14 at 7 p.m. to Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $27.50; all ages; with Caleb Hawley (2/14), The New Respects (2/15); tickets available here)

Juice
Coming together as undergrads at Boston College in 2013, Juice’s infectious brand of pop rock has come a long way since taking the cake at BC’s Battle of the Bands early on. With a steady output of EPs and singles racking up plays on streaming services, the band has accrued a hefty fanbase in recent years and will now headline their biggest hometown stage to date at The Paradise. (Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $18; 18+; tickets available here)

Bearstronaut
Boston synthpop quartet Bearstronaut has had an illustrious run since forming in 2007 — from playing “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to being featured at Boston Calling to releasing one of the decade’s strongest local albums in 2016’s “Telecoast.” After more than a decade, however, the band is deciding to part ways with one final show at Great Scott. (Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $12; 21+; tickets available here)

Sweet songwriters

Michael Kiwanuka
British songwriter Michael Kiwanuka just capped off an impressive decade, putting out three hit albums, providing the popular theme to “Big Little Lies,” and even acting in the Beatles-influenced film “Yesterday.” Hitting the road in support of November’s “Kiwanuka,” the soulful rocker will play Royale with twangy rocker Sammy Brue. (Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $28; 18+; with Sammy Brue; tickets available here)

Caroline Polachek
Electropop songwriter Caroline Polachek got her start as a member of the Brooklyn-based duo Chairlift in the late 2000s. The singer has had a number of solo projects under different names, and has even penned songs for Beyoncé, but has gathered the most attention with her debut album under her own name, 2019’s “Pang.” Polachek will come to Boston to play The Paradise along with local drag artist Queen Kirlia. (Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $18; all ages; with Queen Kirlia; tickets available here)

Drive-By Truckers
Southern rock revivalists Drive-By Truckers have gone through some identity changes in recent years, but their signature guitar-fueled Americana remains strong. Touring behind their 12th studio album, January’s “The Unraveling,” the band will play a rare show at the cozy Somerville Theatre. (Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $32; all ages; tickets available here)

Shakey Graves
Austin-based neo-folk champion Shakey Graves is no stranger to the Northeast, passing through Boston with regularity and finding a home — like many in his genre — on the Newport Folk Fest stage. Touring a bit differently this time around, the songwriter is playing multiple-night runs in smaller rooms, which will bring him to The Sinclair for two shows. (Monday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. to Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $35; 18+; tickets available here)

Hip-hop heavy hitters

Trippie Redd
Ohio-born cloud rapper Trippie Redd emerged in a big way with his 2018 debut, “Life’s a Trip,” and followed up with another album and mixtape last year. Continuing the momentum that’s brought collaborations with Travis Scott, DaBaby, Juice Wrld, Trippie Redd is kicking off 2020 by touring the U.S., playing two nights at House of Blues. (Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. to Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $42-$62.50; all ages; with Kodie Shane, BlocBoy JB; tickets available here)

Maliibu Miitch
South Bronx rapper Maliibu Miitch broke out in 2017 with the release of her mixtape “Maliibu Miitch Top 5,” having spent the years prior sharpening her sting as a battle rapper in New York neighborhoods. The emcee has since signed with Atlantic, put out a handful of successful singles, and gotten nods from the likes of Nicki Minaj and Charli X.C.X. She’ll play ONCE Ballroom with Baltimore rhymer Deetranada and Boston’s own Brandie Blaze. (Thursday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.; ONCE Ballroom, Somerville; $15; all ages; with Deetranada, Brandie Blaze; tickets available here)

Jam on

Everyone Orchestra
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Butler has conducted Everyone Orchestra since 2001, providing a unique live experience. Featuring a rotating cast of top musicians, the band plays a completely different improvisational show each night. The collective’s show at The Sinclair will feature Zero guitarist Steve Kimock, The String Cheese Incident drummer Michael Travis, local folkster Ryan Montbleau, Gov’t Mule multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis, Turkuaz guitarist Craig Broadhead, and Cabinet bassist Dylan Skursky. (Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; Cambridge; $28; 18+; tickets available here)

Railroad Earth
New Jersey jamgrass collective Railroad Earth have been road warriors for the better part of two decades, regulating festivals and bringing their improvisation-heavy picking to big stages across the U.S. Powering on after the sudden death of founding member Andy Goessling in 2018, the band is back on tour and will make a stop at The Paradise. (Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $25; 18+; tickets available here)



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