Looking for a last-minute gift idea? There are plenty of good shows coming through Boston in the new year. But if you want tickets to any of the following shows, you better act fast. These ones are close to selling out.
Dec. 21 – Christian McNeill and Sea Monsters at Lizard Lounge
The local R&B collective gathers a rather tasty and well-rounded bill this Saturday, featuring some of Boston’s best players for an informal, yet always engaging jam session (with Quill, Danielle Miraglia, and ZAP featuring Johnny Trama, Timo Shanko, and Benny Benson; 9:30 p.m., $15, 21+).
Dec. 21 – Br1ght Pr1mate at TT’s
Boston’s 8-bit duo plays an early show at TT’s. If you’re into video games, you may find some pals at this one (with Control Group, The Demographic, and The World Is Square; 5 p.m., $10, 18+).
Dec. 22 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra at TD Garden
Both shows this Sunday are close to capacity. If your holidays aren’t complete without a shredfest from TSO, get your tickets quick (3 p.m. and 7 p.m., $30-70, all ages).
Jan. 6 – John Newman at Brighton Music Hall
The latest British R&B sensation is causing a stir worldwide. Count on his next visit to Boston being at a much larger venue (8 p.m., $14, all ages).
Jan. 17 – Johnny Flynn at Brighton Music Hall
The British folk-rocker at the helm of The Sussex Wit makes a trip across the pond to to play a fast-filling show in Allston (8 p.m., $12, 18+).
Jan. 21 – St. Lucia at Royale
The Brooklyn-based electro-pop musician was originally scheduled to play The Sinclair, but due to overwhelming demand, the show is now on the verge of selling out Royale (with Sir Sly; 8 p.m., $15, all ages)
Feb. 6 – Arctic Monkeys at Agganis Arena
The British quartet’s latest record was recently named the best of the year by NME, and now they come to Boston with awesome openers Deerhunter, who also released a terrific album in 2013 (with Deerhunter; 7:30 p.m., $33-40, all ages).
Mar. 6 – Josh Ritter at Somerville Theatre
One of modern folk’s poster-children does two nights at the intimate Somerville Theatre. March 5 is sold out, so get tickets for the March 6 show ASAP (with Gregory Alan Isakov; 7:30 p.m., $36.50, all ages).