Critic’s picks: Pop music

Liz Linder

COMMON  He hasn’t released an album since 2011’s “The Dreamer/The Believer,” but the hip-hop artist from Chicago has kept busy in recent years with films and a recurring role on the TV show “Hell on Wheels.” He’ll have 20 years of music to draw upon for this new string of tour dates. Dec. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $36-$49.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

DAVID WAX MUSEUM  You haven’t fully experienced them until you’ve seen a live show by David Wax and Suz Slezak, who anchor David Wax Museum. Blending American roots music with Mexican influences, they cut loose with everything from a donkey jawbone to the jarana guitar Wax plays with abandon. Dec. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22, $20 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES  A beloved staple of the holiday season continues. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, led by the mighty mighty Dicky Barrett, host the 16th edition of the Hometown Throwdown, which features the local ska-punk legends in a three-night stand with special guests Mephiskapheles, Youth Brigade, and Sam Black Church, among others. Dec. 27-29, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25-$39.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,