10 pop music concerts to warm up the winter

Al Barr and the Dropkick Murphys, shown at the House of Blues in 2018, plan shows at three different venues this year for their annual Boston Blowout.
Al Barr and the Dropkick Murphys, shown at the House of Blues in 2018, plan shows at three different venues this year for their annual Boston Blowout.Ben Stas for The Boston Globe

POPPY “I Disagree,” the latest album from this YouTube phenomenon turned cult-pop sensation, set the benchmark for 2020 releases pretty high; it’s a hyperactive collision of baroque pop, bludgeoning riffs that recall the better moments of nu-metal, and candy-coated choruses, led by Poppy’s just-unnerving-enough coo. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. $40. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.com

LITTLE BIG TOWN The country-pop foursome comes to town for two nights in celebration of its thoughtful ninth album, “Nightfall.” Feb. 7-8, 8 p.m. $29 and up. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787, www.bochcenter.org

JULIANA HATFIELD The locally grown indie-rock legend had one of rock’s highest-octane outputs in 2019 with the prickly “Weird” and the careening covers album “Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police.” Feb. 12, 7 p.m. $12. ONCE Somerville, Somerville. 617-285-0167, www.oncesomerville.com


RAPHAEL SAADIQ The R&B singer-songwriter comes to town in support of the genre-exploding, politically charged “Jimmy Lee,” one of 2019′s most stunning full-lengths. With Jamila Woods, whose 2019 album “LEGACY! LEGACY!” is a nervy salute to women of color whose work changed the artistic landscape. Feb. 15, 6 p.m. $37.50 and up. Big Night Live. 617-896-5222, www.bignightlive.com

BILAL The Philly neo-soul singer, most recently heard on the star-studded album by the pseudonymous musician Slingbaum, has an exploratory spirit and a towering voice. Feb. 22, 8 p.m. $35 and up. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

AVENTURA This Bronx quartet — including the smooth-voiced Romeo Santos, who’s carved out an impressive solo career over the last 10 years — fused the syncopation-heavy Dominican music bachata with elements of modern hip-hop and R&B, selling boatloads of records and presaging the 21st-century Latin pop explosion. They come to town on their first US tour in more than a decade. March 1-2, 8 p.m. $49.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1050, www.tdgarden.com


WYE OAK Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner look back on their creative partnership, which has resulted in increasingly ambitious albums (most recently, 2018′s sparkling and swooning “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”) and space-bending live shows, on this tour, called “JOIN.” March 3, 8 p.m. $22 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

STEALING SHEEP “Big Wows,” the latest album from this British psych-pop outfit, is spaced-out and sing-songgy, full of insistent hooks and percolating rhythms. March 10, 8:30 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com

DROPKICK MURPHYS This year’s Boston Blowout spans six shows and three venues, including a gig at Encore with the pugilistic punks dropped into the middle of the crowd, a concert at the TD Garden-adjacent Big Night Live that will double as the de facto afterparty for that night’s Bruins game, and a St. Patrick’s Day party at House of Blues. March 13, Encore Boston Harbor, Everett; March 14 (two shows), March 15, and March 17, House of Blues; March 16, Big Night Live. Info on tickets and times at www.dropkickmurphys.com

BILLIE EILISH Last year, this dayglo-clad teen had one of the city’s hottest tickets, and her show at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion went above and beyond on both the high-energy and high-weirdness quotients. She’s still one of pop’s most refreshing young stars, and her first arena tour should result in a rafter-rattler. March 19, 7:30 p.m. $39.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1050, www.tdgarden.com