The holidays are hectic. It's hard to find time for a well-deserved respite from the storm. Never fear: Boston Public Radio's three music critics waded through the season's musical offerings to find the choicest and weirdest shows in Boston, to raise your spirits and bolster you against the vagaries of the holiday hustle.

Rob Hochschild from the Berklee College of Music, WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick III and WCRB's Brian McCreath told hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about their can't-miss choices for the holiday season and beyond.

Rob's picks:

Edgar's picks:

Brian's picks: