It’s been another year of growth for the Hotelier (pictured), the Worcester punk-rock outfit that thrives on introspection and catharsis, brought to a more matured, optimistic and post-emo palette (poetry, acoustic asides) on last year’s acclaimed Goodness. So expect plenty of impassioned sing-alongs when singer/bassist Christian Holden and his gang mark the end of 2017 at the Sinclair on Friday. The same night just down the street, electric violist Mat Maneri and Consider the Source bassist John Ferrara join Mike Rivard’s experimental dub/Moroccan/groove collective Club d’elf at the Lizard Lounge.
But it’s also holiday time — and speaking of dub, that includes the return of once-orthodox, now more jam-conscious rapper Matisyahu for a second night at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday. Then reggae-rockers Roots of Creation bring their “Jingle Bell RoC!” Holiday Bash to the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday on a bill with the Organically Good Trio of John Brown’s Body/Dub Apocalypse drummer Tommy Benedetti, guitarist Van Martin and Slightly Stoopid keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft (Strangers Helping Strangers will be collecting Toys for Tots).
In yet another musical sphere, the rising young local string band Twisted Pine plays a general-admission holiday show at City Winery on Saturday with a long lineup of guests that include the blues duo of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Nemes’ Josh Knowles and drumming scion Sean Trischka.