Ten shows to look out for this February, when you're depressed because of the inevitable six more weeks of winter.
Jackie Evancho -- Wang Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, Friday, Feb. 1 ($40)
- Twelve-year-old singing sensation Jackie Evancho will kick off February in Boston with a performance at the Wang Theatre. When you're a sweet, preteen classical singer, what are you asking the venues to provide in your dressing room? She could totally pull the "I murdered America's Got Talent, bring me two strippers, a bottle of Grey Goose and 100 Twinkies" act if she wanted. Maybe in a few years.
fun. -- Orpheum Theatre, Friday, Feb. 1 (sold out)
- The possibilities for hilariously corny jokes at a fun. concert are endless. When you tell people you're going, you can say, "Yeah, well I heard this concert sounded like fun., so I couldn't miss it." Friday would officially become "fun.-day." And when the band plays "Some Nights," you can nudge the person beside you and say, "This song is so fun."
Mumford & Sons -- TD Garden,
- Mumford & Sons's live recordings have always sounded better than the studio versions because the band's blasts of energy overwhelm its repetitive sonic limitations. It'll be interesting to see if Marcus Mumford eclipses Kevin Garnett as the sweatiest person to ever step on the TD Garden floor.
Passion Pit -- Agganis Arena, Saturday, Feb. 9 ($49.05)
- Michael Angelakos isn't an amazing live singer, but he makes it work. Passion Pit is a band that feeds off the energy of the crowd, and in touring in support of its successful new album Gossamer, Passion Pit will make this show better than ever.
Bruce in the USA -- Paradise Rock Club, Saturday, Feb. 9 ($18)
AeroChix -- Bull Run Restaurant, Friday, Feb. 22 ($15)
- Two legends of rock are returning to Boston this month ... well, sort of. Bruce in the U.S.A. has great reviews online that highlight his apparently eerie imitation of The Boss. And they're supposed to be good, but AeroChix doesn't have to blow me away. Because they call themselves AeroChix. And that is awesome.
Little Big Town -- Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Saturday, Feb. 16 ($31.50)
- Listen to "Boondocks" and try to tell me Little Big Town isn't a countrified Fleetwood Mac.
Maroon 5 with Neon Trees and Owl City -- Verizon Wireless Arena, Sunday, Feb. 17 ($29.50)
- It took me so long to realize that Owl City was one guy, and it's taken me even longer to figure out why he called himself that. Yeah, Adam Young is a pretty boring name, but why are you creating this fictional, bird-infested municipality to name yourself after? Anyway, he'll appear with Maroon 5 and Neon Trees, and half the proceeds will go to the company responsible for Auto-Tune.
The Who -- Verizon Wireless Arena, Sunday, Feb. 24 ($59.50)
- It's arguable what's worse for wear: Roger Daltrey's voice, or Pete Townshend's ears. But somehow The Who always manages to put on a rocking show -- and oh yeah, they're playing all of Quadrophenia.
Lady Gaga -- TD Garden, Wednesday, Feb 27 ($105.80)
- There's no way to expect what a Lady Gaga concert will bring, aside from the bizarre outfits, coordinated dances and general extravagance. What may surprise people: She's not too shabby at the piano.
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