Beats in Beantown

BY KEVIN DIFFILY // FEB. 17, 2012 //

The Boston music scene is always very lively. And with quite a few notable bands scheduled to play shows in the area, the next several weeks are no exception. There are many different venues in the Boston area, and the events listed here are just a fraction of everything that is going on in the near future.

Boston’s flagship club/concert venue is probably the House of Blues, located across the street from Fenway Park (and formerly known as the Avalon, which, in my humble opinion, is a way cooler name than the current overused, corporate-sounding “House of Blues” moniker). It attracts some of the industry’s most famous artists. Here are just a few of the upcoming shows at the House of Blues:

Feb. 21: Flogging Molly, with Black Joe Lewis and The Devil Makes Three.

Tickets are $29.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30.

The legendary celtic punk band is back in town!

Feb. 29: August Burns Red, with Silverstein and I the Breather.

Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:15.

If you’re into hardcore music, this show is for you; August Burns Red has some of the most brutal breakdowns out there, and Silverstein isn’t exactly soft rock either.

March 6: Kaiser Chiefs, with Walk the Moon.

Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8.

Calling all British indie rock fans!

While the House of Blues is the biggest and most prestigious venue in Boston, there are quite a few other places to see a great show. The Middle East in Cambridge, for example, has seen many aspiring artists wow crowds in its cramped basement. Upcoming shows include:

Feb. 19: Less Than Jake, with Samiam, A Wilhelm Scream, and Flatfoot 56.

Tickets: $20.50 advance, $22 day of show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This is the 20th Anniversary Tour for Less Than Jake, the ska-punk legend that has long been one of the primary influences in alternative music.

The Royale is another great club in Boston, located in the Theatre District. Due to a crowd-related incident at the Middle East during the A Loss For Words, Hit the Lights, and The Story So Far show on Nov. 30, a show originally scheduled for the Middle East has been moved to the Royale:

March 12: The Wonder Years, with Polar Bear Club, Transit, The Story So Far, and Into It. Over It.

Tickets: $13 advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Wonder Years are an up-and-coming pop-punk sextet from Philadelphia, and their descent upon Boston has been long awaited by their rapidly growing fan base.

In addition to these clubs, there are plenty of smaller bars and other such venues for concerts. Paradise Rock Club and Brighton Music Hall are two of them, and the later is hosting a well-known punk band in March.

March 9: Anti-Flag, with the Flatliners and Have Nots.

Tickets: $16. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7.

Long-time punk rockers Anti-Flag are in town, to the delight of the Boston punk and hardcore scene. In terms of venues, it doesn’t get much more punk rock than Brighton Music Hall. The musicians enter the stage by walking out a door that leads through the crowd, and it’s by far the smallest venue I’ve ever been to.

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