Holiday critic’s picks: Pop music

Matisyahu performs at House of Blues on Dec. 7.
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Matisyahu performs at House of Blues on Dec. 7.

MATISYAHU’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHT The hybrid artist who performs reggae, rock, and hip-hop and mixes in traditional Jewish themes returns with his seventh tour, celebrating both Hannukah and his latest album, “Spark Seeker.” Warming things up will be rapper Kosha Dillz. Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,


The Boston country outlet puts a little twang in the nog with this concert of up-and-coming country stars including Cole Swindell — performing his seasonally appropriate “Chillin’ It” — and Jon Pardi. Dec. 12. 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

STRAIGHT NO CHASER  The acclaimed a cappella group is touring behind the holiday edition of its latest album, “Under the Influence,” so expect plenty of seasonal songs sans music.

Dec. 10. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.75-$59.75. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-447-7400,


KISS 108 JINGLE BALL  Twerk it out this holiday season with this cross-section of Top 40 favorites including Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Fall Out Boy, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Fifth Harmony, and Flo Rida. Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Tickets: $31-$251. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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JIM BRICKMAN: THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS  The adult contemporary pianist has been performing Christmas shows for 17 years now and is a big fan of the season from the decorations to the sweaters to the songs.

Dec. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39-$74. Berklee Performance Center. 617 747-2261,

5th ANNUAL ROCK ’N’ SOUL HOLIDAY CONCERT  A galaxy of local stars gather once again to celebrate the season to benefit Music Drives Us. Names on the stacked bill include soul shouter Barrence Whitfield, rocker Charlie Farren, Greg Hawkes of the Cars, and Danny Klein’s Full House. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$30. Regent Theatre. 781-646-4849.

JENNIFER KIMBALL’S WINTERY SONGS IN ELEVENTY PART HARMONY Kimball gets into the seasonal spirit by rounding up some of her musical besties — including Rose Polenzani, Rose Cousins, Laura Cortese, Brittany Haas, and Valerie Thompson — to raise their voices in song for the holidays. Dec. 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

JOHN TESH’S BIG BAND CHRISTMAS Get into the swing of the season with the sounds of Tesh and his 14-piece band as they work their way through holiday favorites, tunes from the Great American Songbook and Tesh originals. Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $43-
$65. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000,


THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES HOMETOWN THROWDOWN The tradition continues as the ska punk brethren reunite to celebrate their Boston roots and the fans that fill the club every year to hear favorites like “Where’d You Go?” Dec. 27-29, 6 p.m. Tickets: $25-$39.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000.

A VERY AWESOME YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! HOLIDAY SHOW  Don’t let the spirit fade for you or the kids just yet as DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Plex, Toodee and Muno — plus friend Biz Markie — hit the Hub for two shows to help you dance off all of the calories you just consumed. Dec. 28, 2 and 5 p.m. Tickets: $23.50-$43.50. Orphe-um Theatre. 800-745-3000.