Mighty Mighty raucous
MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES Presented by RadioBDC, a beloved local tradition continues with the Bosstones’ annual Hometown Throwdown shows. Over a three-night stand, some of this year’s special guests include Big D and the Kids Table, Dogmatics, and Bouncing Souls. Get ready to rumble. Dec. 29-30: 7 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. Dec. 31: 9 p.m. Tickets: $35-$50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
POP & ROCK
JOCIE ADAMS On last year’s “Bed of Notions,” a haunting and unexpectedly brash set of chamber folk, Adams struck out from her regular band, the Low Anthem. She’ll keep good company on this bill, which also includes Poor Old Shine, a rising Americana outfit from Connecticut. Dec. 27, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com
MARSHALL CRENSHAW This underrated rocker and songwriter comes to town in advance of a new series of vinyl EPs that he’ll release exclusively through a subscription service. (More details at his website: www.marshallcrenshaw.com.) The first EP in the series, “I Don’t See You Laughing Now,” is due next month. Dec. 29, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com
ANIMAL HOSPITAL ENSEMBLE
As part of the First Night festivities, this sprawling supergroup conjures unearthly sounds built on drones and the power of repetition. With nearly 30 musicians in the mix — most of them guitarists, but also two drummers and a handful of string players — the ensemble is a mutant formation of Kevin Micka’s usual solo project, Animal Hospital. Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Free admission with $18 First Night button. Hynes Convention Center, Room 302, 900 Boylston St. www.first
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE Even though they go drumless, it’s all about the rhythm according to the Devil Makes Three, who play an overtly punk-rooted mélange of country, blues, bluegrass, ragtime, and kitchen sink. And where there’s rhythm, there’s dancing, of a sort indicated by the title of their last record, the live “Stomp and Smash.” Brown Bird opens. Dec. 28, 9 p.m. Tickets: $17.50. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com
KIMON KIRK The ex-Session Americana man released his first full-length solo record not so long ago, an album that hearkens back to an older sense of pop music, to “an age when rock ’n’ roll, country, jazz and r&b weren't quite so far apart,” as he (more precisely, his website) puts it. He’ll play with his trio Sunday evening. Dec. 30, 9 p.m. Tickets: no cover. Toad. 617-497-4950. www.toad
LUCERO / THE HOLD STEADY To find the common nexus to the bands paired here, all you need to do is think one word: “Springsteen.” Lucero will provide the rootsy yin to the Hold Steady’s rocking yang for this eve of New Year’s Eve
double bill. Dec. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Royale Boston. 800-745-3000.
GIRLS, GUNS AND GLORY TRIBUTE TO HANK WILLIAMS The third iteration of this annual tribute to the Drifting Cowboy will again be one part faithful evocation (complete with sartorial homage and replica WSM mike stand), and one part Hank run through a Girls, Guns and Glory turbocharger. Miss Tess opens with her Talkbacks; maybe she'll also supply some Audrey to GGG frontman Ward Hayden's Hank. Dec. 31, Jan. 1,
9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Lizard Lounge.
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
CONSTRUCTION PARTY An avant-improv summit, as Windy City saxophonist Dave Rempis — a longtime member of the Vandermark 5 as well as a fine bandleader in his own right — joins forces with Hub-based collaborators Forbes Graham (trumpet), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), and Luther Gray (drums) to celebrate their new CD, “Instruments of Change.” Dec. 28, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lily-pad.net
REGINA CARTER & REVERSE THREAD The rich-toned jazz violinist and Mac-Arthur Fellow supports her latest album, “Reverse Thread,” which features African folk melodies played to the accompaniment of bass, drums, accordion, and kora (West African harp).Dec. 28-29, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $38. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
DUKE ROBILLARD BAND Named
best blues guitarist by the Blues Music Awards no less than four times in a five-year span, the Woonsocket native has been a force in the music since the late-1960s founding of Roomful of Blues. Dec. 29, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Chan’s. 267 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 401-765-1900, www.chanseggrollsand
JOHN SCOFIELD’S ÜBERJAM First Night hosts the reunion of the jazz guitar master and Berklee alum’s career-defining band fusing of jazz, funk, and electronica, kicking off a 2013 studio stint and road tour. With guitarist/computer manipulator Avi Bortnick, bassist Andy Hess, and drummer Adam Deitch. To be broadcast live on Boston’s WGBH-FM (89.7) and stations nationwide as part of NPR’s New Year’s Eve “Toast of the Nation.” Dec. 31, 8:45 p.m. First Night Button ($15); Premium Seating, $35. Berklee Performance Center. www.berklee
BOSTON BAROQUE: ‘LA SERVA PADRONA’ Martin Perlman leads Pergolesi’s comic opera, with baritone David
Kravitz, alongside music by Telemann,
Corelli, and Marcello. Dec. 31 at 8 p.m., Jan. 1 at 3 p.m. Sanders Theatre.
HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY CHORUS As part of the First Night festivities, the H&H Chorus will perform at the Museum of African American History, with a program that includes selections from H&H’s performance at the Emancipation Proclamation celebration in Boston – in 1863. Dec. 31 at 2 and 3 p.m.
46 Joy St. www.firstnight.org.