15 can’t miss concerts in Boston this April

From Rihanna to the Rock & Roll Rumble.

Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe

Now that it’s April, the clocks are turned forward and the nights have become shorter. Make the most of them by catching some of the great shows that Boston is hosting this month.

From the turn-up jams of a modern day pop queen, to the basement punk of one of Brooklyn’s finest, to one of Boston’s oldest rock ‘n’ roll traditions, here’s some of the best live music in the city this month:

Pop’s finest

Charlie Puth

Berklee grad and three-time Grammy nominee Charlie Puth plays the very intimate quarters of Brighton Music Hall in support of January’s LP, Nine Track Mind.

(Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $10.50; all ages; with Phoebe Ryan, Sophie Beem; tickets available here)


From “Umbrella” to “Work,” Rihanna brings a decade worth of hits to Boston as her ANTI World Tour hits the TD Garden. She’ll be joined by hip-hop up-and-comer Travis Scott.

(Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden; $35-$155; all ages; with Travis Scott; tickets available here)

Magic Man

Local pop heroes Magic Man have long since taken their act from the Tufts campus to clubs and theaters all over the U.S. This time, they return to headline a night at Royale with The Griswolds and Panama Wedding.

(Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.; Royale; $20; all ages; with The Griswolds, Panama Wedding; tickets available here)

DIY from Boston and beyond

Boston 2-Piece Fest

Two days, two venues, and two people in every band. This festival celebrates some of the best rock duos from Boston and beyond, organized by two independent show promoters with a taste for Boston talent.


(Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8; Out of the Blue Too; $7-$10; all ages; tickets available here)

Parquet Courts

From Brooklyn’s DIY punk scene to the talk of the music blogosphere, Parquet Courts have come a long way in just a few albums. They’ll headline the Paradise in support of their upcoming record Human Performance.

(Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m.; The Paradise; $16; 18+; with Soda; tickets available here)

Rama Lama Ding Dong

Local record label and promoter Kids Like You & Me book a three day rock fest featuring some of the best in basement punk, from Kal Marks to The Monsieurs to former Bostonians Guerilla Toss.

(Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30; Club Bohemia and Middle East Upstairs; $8-$20; 21+/18+; tickets available here)

Rock ‘n’ roll veterans

Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair

No, they aren’t quite classic rock, but both Chicago indie rock pioneers have established quite the following over more than two decades. They’ll now share the stage at one of Boston’s legendary music theaters.

(Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre; $43.50-$73.50; all ages; tickets available here)

Iggy Pop

The Detroit punk godfather is still shirtlessly taking over stages as he pushes 70. Fresh off of the release of his new album, Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop makes a stop in Boston.

(Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre; $58-$98; all ages; with Noveller; tickets available here)

John Prine

Folk legend and revered songwriter John Prine will take the stage at Shubert Theatre with help from fellow folkateer Iris DeMent.

(Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.; Shubert Theatre; $60; all ages; w/ Iris DeMent; tickets available here)


MCs and beatmakers

Anna Wise

Berklee-bred singer Anna Wise has seen some limelight thanks to her work on Kendrick Lamar’s albums. Now, she returns to Boston to perform with her band Sonnymoon and to play tracks from her upcoming debut solo EP.

(Tuesday, April 12 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott; $9; 18+; with Jake Sherman; tickets available here)

Mobb Deep

Prodigy, one half of legendary hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, was most recently in town giving a lecture at MIT. Now, both rappers are headed to The Middle East for a stop on their Hell On Earth tour.

(Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs; $30; 18+; tickets available here)

Freddie Gibbs

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs released his latest album, Shadow of a Doubt, back in November. No he’s hitting the road for a tour under the same name, which will stop in Cambridge on the 28th.

(Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs; $25; 18+; tickets available here)

Rockers, jammers, and storytellers


Berklee-bred jam band Dopapod has spent the greater part of the past five years on the road, but when they return to Boston, they make it count. Check them out for one of three nights at The Sinclair, or all three if you really dig it.

(Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30; The Sinclair; $18; 18+; with Aqueaous, Haley Jane and the Primates, Strange Machines; tickets available here)

Father John Misty

Modern man of folk, Father John Misty, plays his biggest Boston show yet, headlining House of Blues with openers Tess & Dave.

(Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $30-$39.50; all ages; with Tess & Dave; tickets available here)


Rock & Roll Rumble

Rock & Roll Rumble is a Boston music tradition that dates back to the ‘70s. The field is set for this year’s battle, which features 24 local bands and takes place over nine nights between April 3 and 22.

(Sunday, April 3 to Friday, April 22; ONCE Somerville; $15 per show; all ages; tickets available here)


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