The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Friday, December 19 - Marquee Theatre
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones perform a lively set filled with a fun energy -- impressive for a band that's gotten up in years, if 50-year-old frontman Dicky Barrett is to be used as an age barometer. As such, the group doesn't miss a step or pull a punch in its performances. The Bosstones always seemed to come out on the better side of the punk-ska wave of the late '90s, owing to songs that seem less generally silly than a good portion of their counterparts from that era. Its members' deep roots in Boston hardcore and traditional ska -- two very reputable, honest genres of music -- probably lend to that as well. -- Jimmy Eberle
French Montana - Friday, December 19 - The Pressroom
Nah, French Montana ain't worried 'bout nothin', but that doesn't mean you should keep the New York-based rapper waiting. He's taking the country by storm with hit after hit, and now he's gonna give all the party animals that gather at The Pressroom on December 19 a taste of his second studio album, Mac & Cheese 4. -- Kat Bein
Fitz and the Tantrums - Saturday, December 20 - Wild Horse Pass
Formed in 2008 around music already written by bandleader Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums came together within a week, just in time to play their first show. The chemistry was perfect, and the group's brand of rhythm and blues with a shiny modern radio style was cemented. While there's an undeniable revivalist spirit in its soul-on-wax sound, the Los Angeles sextet incorporates a personal take on what Motown made famous: Fitzpatrick's voice stands out with an almost '80s-pop twist, but it's pulled back to its roots by a pristine rhythm section, plus horns, organs and the complementary backing of Noelle Scaggs's vocals. Having shared the stage with the likes of Maroon 5, Hepcat and Flogging Molly, Fitz & the Tantrums are a band with mass appeal, one that will no doubt follow the path of soul's rebirth set by contemporaries Raphael Saadiq, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Adele. -- Bree Davies
Mary X Mas - Thursday, December 25 - Location TBA
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but your Christmas probably has a few constants: watching bratty nieces and nephews throw fits over not getting the presents they wanted, that one weird uncle getting a little too drunk and friendly, and mom overcooking, uh, just about everything. Fortunately, most Christmas traditions take place during the day, leaving an evening open to other opportunities. The 15th annual Mary X mas is a haven for EDM fans looking to have some fun. The rave, which will take place at an undisclosed location, Christmas décor, girls in red and green go-go ostumes, a snow ball fight with real snow, bonfires, and dozens of spin sessions by local and special guest DJs.