Weekend Music Ideas: December 7, 2018

Dave Matthews, Esperanza Spalding, Mumford and Sons, Kimbra and more.


A fruitful weekend for music as the holidays begin to kick in. Dave Matthews Band’s usually a summertime visitor but brings its crisp, welcoming grooves and communal optimism to TD Garden on Friday behind its new album Come Tomorrow. DMB’s grown more than it’s shrunk of late, the violin replaced with more horns. Or you can check the alt-rocky ruminations of Soccer Mommy at Brighton Music Hall the same night.

Vocalist/bassist Esperanza Spalding’s always brimming with fresh ambition and boosts the staging for a tour behind Twelve Little Spells (her dreamy ode to parts of the body) at her alma mater in the Berklee Performance Center on Saturday, while the smoother, spunkier Chris Botti blows his horn at the Wilbur Theatre. Indie-rock fans might gravitate to the sonic landscapes of Phosphorescent at Royale the same night or settle into the ethereal darkness of Marissa Nadler, who’ll explore the wrinkles of her new album For My Crimes at Great Scott.

Sunday brings the emotive push and pull of Mumford and Sons’ folk-rock to a central stage at TD Garden in the wake of the English band’s new album Delta, while the eclectic Denver combo DeVotchKa invades Once in Somerville. New Zealand songbird Kimbra, though still best known for her 2011 Gotye duet “Somebody That I Used to Know,” possesses a startling voice and experimental spirit that she’ll tap for an “intimate, reimagined evening” at Boston’s ICA on Sunday. Or celebrate the season with Darlene Love at the Cabot in Beverly, where the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame singer’s sure to reprise her annual David Letterman favorite “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” in addition to Phil Spector-era hits like “He’s a Rebel.”

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