THE COUP This hip-hop band doesn’t shy away from politics and social issues in their highly danceable music. They’re on the road to promote their latest recording, “Sorry to Bother You.” Brooklyn punk rockers Japanther, Somerville duo Ruby Ridge, and Kev Choice are also on the bill. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. doors. $18, $15 advance. 18+. Middle East Downstairs, 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com
Clubs & Dance Nights
LOUNGE ACT If you like the sultry, classy vibe of lounge, you’ll like Anngelle Wood’s new series. The debut event features performances by SPF 5000, Goddamn Glenn and the Parlour Bells Players, Ruby Rose Fox, and DJ sets by Anngelle Wood. Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $7. 21+. Radio, Union Square, Somerville. www.radiobarunion.com
MUSIC AND MOVEMBER The Movember movement invites men to spend November growing a stache to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. This Movember celebration features music by indie rockers Paranoid Social Club and country jam band Comanchero, and a best moustache contest for all genders. Nov. 30, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS If you’re a young professional in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s, here’s a chance to network, nosh, sip cocktails, and do a good deed by attending the annual fund-raiser of the Home for Little Wanderers Young Professionals Group. Dec. 5, 6-11 p.m. Tickets: $60, $50 advance. Julep Bar, 200 High St., Boston. 617-927-0680, www.thehome.org
ARTIE JANUARIO AND ROBBIE PRINTZ An up-and-comer in his 50s, Januario had a high-profile spot in Comics Come Home 18 at Agganis Arena. He coheadlines with Giggles regular Printz. Jack Walsh opens. Nov. 30,
8:30 p.m. $20. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com
MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAMPPOST ImprovBoston celebrates the season with an improvised version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” showing a different audience member each week what life would have been like if he or she had never been born. Fridays through Dec. 28, 10 p.m. $18, $14 students. ImprovBoston,
40 Prospect St., Cambridge.
GEEK COMEDY NIGHT Ringmaster Kevin Harrington hosts this monthly show devoted to all things nerd, in the back room of a comic book shop in Davis Square. This month’s edition, “Apocalypse DROW!,” is devoted to fantasy and the apocalypse. Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $5. Comicazi,
407 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-666-2664, www.comic
STEVEN WRIGHT An absolute master of the absurd: No one twists logic into perfect nuggets of hilarity like Wright. He’s a Boston classic, and has said he developed his deadpan style back in the Ding Ho days because he was afraid of forgetting the words. Dec. 1-2, 7 p.m. $30-$40. Wilbur Theatre.