Halloween has come and gone, but the autumnal leaves and apple cider drinks are only just beginning. And while you may not be able to dress as your favorite superhero or pun, you can still dress as a concert goer — especially with these new picks ready for your pursuing.

Thursday, November 1

Mom Jeans. at Once Theatre – Selected by Alexis

Mom Jeans., the odd-humored and poignant indie punk rock group hailing from Berkeley, California, is taking the stage at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville on Nov. 1 with support from Just Friends, Awakebutstillinbed and Retirement Party. Mom Jeans. will promote their new material by performing songs off their new EP, puppy love, a 32-minute record filled with quirky, cleverly comedic titles, strong punk-influenced riffs, and haunting, confessional songwriting. Known for their lazy—but punky—aesthetic juxtaposed with deep storytelling in their lyricism, seeing Mom Jeans. perform live is an experience you won’t want to miss out on.

Saturday, November 3

Coffin Salesman at O’Brien’s Pub – Selected by Meaghan

When you need some good, hardcore punk, look no further than Coffin Salesman. Coffin Salesman feels like the darker maturation of lead singer Aria Rad’s previous band The Radicals—punk party and Midway Cafe staple. As someone who spent a lot of time sweating it out to The Radicals in church halls and Rad’s basement, I can tell you Rad is the right gentlemen entertainer to make you dance and feel things. This concert, and vibe, is not one to miss.

Monday & Tuesday, November 5-6

Maggie Rogers at Royale – Selected by Knar

If you haven’t heard about Maggie Rogers yet, you probably missed the viral video of Pharrell Williams’ New York University visit in 2016. (He was so blown away by her song, “Alaska,” that he exclaimed: “I’ve never heard anyone like you before, and I’ve never heard anyone that sounds like that.” Clearly Pharrell never listened to Sylvan Esso — whose members’ folk background and brand of electronic pop closely mirrors Rogers.) Since her discovery, “Alaska” has been remixed by SOHN, Tycho, Sofi Tukker, and she’s taken on a less organic, poppier direction; there are echoes of sister trio HAIM in the harmonies of “Give A Little,” and “Fallingwater” is powered by production from Rostam of Vampire Weekend. I think we should all see what the hype is about.

Wednesday, November 7

Ghostland Observatory at Paradise Rock Club – Selected by Jared

Austin-born frontman and Freddie Mercury-incarnate, Aaron Behrins, joins forces with caped crusader, Thomas Ross Turner on drums and synths, to create Ghostland Observatory. The band — with their signature brand of electro-dance soul rock—are set to take The Paradise stage, performing what has become the stuff of legends, at festivals like SXSW and Austin City Limits. Coming off a hiatus of “bathing and relaxing in the cosmos,” Ghostland has decided to bring the party to Boston to promote their new album, “See You Later Stimulator.” Expect to see cult following of show obsessors (including me), and an out of this universe laser show to compliment the electric energy that Behrins and Turner send out to the crowd.

Thursday, November 8

Boygenius at the Orpheum Theatre – Selected by Arielle

Indie songwriting powerhouses Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus have recently joined forces to create supergroup “boygenius,” and this November, they’re hitting the road together. Their self-titled EP of cowritten material highlights all three writer’s strengths. Described by Pitchfork, Bridgers’ “intimate voice and shy guitar with a folkier bedroom softness, Baker’s enormous minor tones and voice that could blow down a building, Dacus’ clear and confrontational vocals and a guitar shrouded in fuzz,” come together to create the sound of Boygenius. 

Friday, November 9

Toro Y Moi at Royale – Selected by Mario

The chillwave giant Toro Y Moi is coming to Boston, having just announced a January release date for his sixth LP, Outer Peace. With a tendency to experiment and deviate from the genre he is most known for, this new record will certainly keep longterm fans on their toes. Odds are that you’ll get a chance to check out some of those new songs played live, so if you’re into some relaxed electronic sounds and what Toro Y Moi describes as “music for the creative mind,” then this is not a show you’ll want to miss.

Friday, November 23

Jessie Reyez at The Sinclair – Selected by David

Often rocking a messy bun, Daisy Dukes, and your alma mater’s sweatshirt onstage, Jessie Reyez looks more like she’s taking a trip to the bodega than belting her heart out to sold-out crowds. However, her casual style mirrors her bedroom session, matter-of-fact, approach to songwriting. While Reyez’s concerns are familiar—heartbreak, abuse in the music industry, and indecisive lovers—her vernacular and emotive singing radiate authenticity. Whether on Fallon or at the Juno Awards—where she sang a duet with Daniel Caesar and won Breakthrough artist—Reyez’s simplicity breaks any sense of contrivance. Her upcoming performance at the Sinclair will be truly special. 

Saturday, November 24

Kurt Vile & The Violators at the House of Blues – Selected by Mary

Bottle It In is Kurt Vile’s seventh solo LP and a sprawling 80-minute album full of wayward riffs, quirky humor, and psychedelic folk elements with guest collaborators such as Kim Gordon, Cass McCombs, and harpist Mary Lattimore. Vile is known for embodying a laze-rock attitude, and on Bottle It In, indie rock has never been chiller. On tracks such as “Bassackwards” and “Skinny Mini,” Vile’s long, patient guitar playing is comprised of delicate layering that make the listener drift away from their own head space. Whether you’re a long-time Vile fan or more familiar with the rocker’s collaboration with Australian counterpart Courtney Barnett for LottaSea Lice, the musician’s live set is sure to be a mind-wandering, imaginative experience.


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