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Holiday pop music picks

India Arie will celebrate her new Christmas album when she comes to the Wilbur.
Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe
India Arie will celebrate her new Christmas album when she comes to the Wilbur.

THE AIMEE MANN & TED LEO CHRISTMAS SHOW Among those who are along for the yuletide ride with the duo this year are singer-songwriters Jonathan Coulton and Liz Phair. Mann has been doing these holiday shows for some time and they are always a fun mix of seasonal and original songs, comedy, and good cheer. 8 p.m. Dec. 9. Wilbur Theatre. Tickets: $35-$45. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com (SARAH RODMAN)

THE 11TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHRISTMAS CAVALCADE FOR THE HOMELESS WITH THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC This yearly benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition features, true to its name, a parade of Bay State favorites making a joyful noise including organizers the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Jenny Dee, Patty Larkin, Vance Gilbert, Sarah Borges, and many more. 8 p.m., Dec. 10. Johnny D’s. Tickets: $25. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com. (SR)

SWEETBACK SISTERS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG SPECTACULAR Emily Miller and Zara Bode aren’t actual siblings but endeavor to conjure that family feel in a set of seasonal favorites that encourages hearty audience participation. 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Club Passim. Tickets: $20. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim.org (SR)

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DARLENE LOVE Who better than the woman who sang the definitive version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” to help celebrate the holidays? The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend and “20 Feet From Stardom” star — who has performed on hundreds of recordings — has pipes worth heading up to Beverly to hear. 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The Cabot, Beverly. Tickets: $35-$55. 978-927-3100. www.thecabot.org (SR)

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INDIA ARIE The earthy R&B songstress celebrates her new album, “Christmas With Friends,” which finds her collaborating with buddies like Joe Sample, Brandy, Michael McDonald, and Tori Kelly. We aren’t sure if any of those folks will pop up, but Arie will bring the spirit. 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Wilbur Theatre. Tickets: $40-50. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com (SR)

BOSTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS HO HO HO Following its historic tour of the Middle East in June, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus leavens the mood with its annual holiday show. Under the direction of Reuben Reynolds, the group will present a program that includes the world premiere of “Forbidden Holiday,” from the writer of the off-Broadway hit “Forbidden Broadway.” Dec. 13: 3 p.m. Dec. 19-21: 8 p.m. New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Tickets: $20-$75. 617-542-7464, www.bgmc.org (JAMES REED)

WINTERY SONGS IN ELEVENTY PART HARMONY Jennifer Kimball’s gathering of local singer-songwriters and string players has become a holiday tradition of uncommon grace and warmth. Comprising Kimball, Laura Cortese, Rose Polenzani, Rose Cousins, Valerie Thompson, Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, and Jenna Moynihan, the group will be performing songs from its new debut album, “Hark,’’ which Kimball is funding through a Kickstarter campaign. Dec. 17, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com (JR)

THE DEPUE BROTHERS This all-star collaboration of pickers — which finds the classically minded brothers collaborating with world-class bluegrass and jazz players — hope to spice up the season with a mash-up they are dubbing “A Magical Grassical Christmas.” 8 p.m. Dec. 19. The Cabot, Beverly. Tickets: $29-$49. 978-927-3100. www.thecabot.org (SR)

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YULE BALL XI Straight outta Norwood, Harry and the Potters anchor this annual salute to J. K. Rowling’s most famous creation. Purveyors of what’s been called “wizard rock,” the local band shares the bill with Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Jason Anderson, and Blue Milk Run. Dec. 20, 4 p.m. Tickets: $20. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com (JR)

JEWMONGOUS Described as “the colicky, uncircumcised brain child of Sean Altman,” Jewmongous is part concert, part comedy routine. Altman, formerly of Rockapella, riffs on the holidays with screwball songs such as “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat)” and “Jews for Jesus.” Dec. 24, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com (JR)