The Boston area offers plenty of choices for music lovers to get in on the fun on New Year’s Eve. Here are some suggestions for ringing in 2018 with live music.
Speedy Ortiz, Great Scott, Allston. Hailing from Northampton, Speedy Ortiz are among Massachusetts’s finest modern indie exports. The opportunity to see them in a venue as tiny as Great Scott is not one to be missed. Make sure to get there early for the openers: scuzzy Connecticut rockers Ovlov and Wendy Eisenberg, who also plays in the local noise-rock band Birthing Hips. From $30, www.axs.com
Deer Tick, the Sinclair, Cambridge. The Providence roots-rockers seem to have a thing for pairs: They released two excellent albums simultaneously back in September, and now they’re playing back-to-back dates at the Sinclair Dec. 30-31. Both dates are sold out, sadly, but those lucky enough to have scored tickets are in for a treat.
Dopapod, Paradise Rock Club, Boston. This Berklee-birthed jam band has been known to go on some pretty wild musical excursions; at a 2015 Sinclair gig, they played a 55-minute version of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes.” If that sounds like your kind of thing, better see them while you can — the group plans to go on a touring hiatus in 2018. From $35, www.ticketmaster.com
Stick Figure, House of Blues, Boston. After a long, taxing holiday season, the chilled-out reggae of Stick Figure might be just what you need to de-stress. Plus, they have a dog named Cocoa who sometimes joins them onstage. How precious is that? From $35, www.houseofblues.com/boston
Peter Wolf, the Cabot, Beverly.
The former J. Geils Band frontman will be bringing his signature blues-rock stylings to the Beverly theater. Opening is the Andrea Gillis Band, a Boston-based group that features a classic R&B sound. From $42.50, www.thecabot.org