15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this June

From Kiss Concert to Dead & Company, Hall & Oates to Megadeth.

11/10/15: Worcester, MA: The overall stage is pictured during the Dead & Company show at the DCU Center in Worcester.  (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:living topic:12dead
The Dead & Company show at the DCU Center in Worcester on Nov. 10, 2015. –Jim Davis/Globe staff

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An annual summer pop staple and pioneering jam band at Fenway are just two great music events hitting Boston in June.

Guitar gods

Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Flamenco guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela is celebrating 10 years of performing together with a U.S. tour that will stop in Boston. The Mexico City natives are acoustic guitar virtuosos, and bring intricate soloing and and an unrivaled dynamic to a genre that’s not often given the spotlight. The two have collaborated with many famous composers and have even performed at the White House for President Barack Obama. (Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues; $39.50-$59.50; all ages; tickets available here)

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Mary Timony plays Helium
For more than 25 years, Mary Timony has riffed at the helm of such bands as Ex Hex, Wild Flag, and Autoclave. But for a while in the ‘90s, she led an alt-rock band called Helium. Matador Records is reissuing the band’s original studio material along with previously unreleased work, and Timony will play a handful of gigs to bring new life to Helium’s tunes. (Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m.; The Sinclair; $20; 18+; with Noveller; tickets available here)

Dead & Company
Most Deadheads would call Jerry Garcia the true “guitar god.” Relative youngster John Mayer has taken on the responsibility of playing Garcia’s role in the latest Grateful Dead iteration, and after a successful two-night run at Fenway last summer, the band—which also features Dead originals Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart—will return to Boston’s favorite ballpark. (Saturday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.; Fenway Park; $55-$130; all ages; tickets available here)

Megadeth
Thrash metal legends Megadeth have been shredding from more than three decades now, releasing 15 studio albums, most recently 2016’s Dystopia. The quartet, led by guitarist Dave Mustaine, continues to pave the way for metal bands, and has left an indelible legacy on the genre. (Sunday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.; House of Blues; $55-$75; all ages; with Meshuggah, TesseracT; tickets available here)

Pop royalty

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Kiss Concert
Kiss108 typically pulls out all the stops for its annual summer pop festival. This year’s lineup is no different, featuring sets from Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, and more, all loaded into one day. (Saturday, June 11 at 3 p.m.; Xfinity Center; $26-$206; all ages; with Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Noah Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, James Arthur, Hey Violet, Jon Bellion, Sabrina Carpenter, MØ; tickets available here)

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears
Prolific ‘80s pop kings Hall & Oates are hitting the road with fellow duo Tears For Fears for a co-headlining tour. Both bands are proven hitmakers, having sold more that 70 million records worldwide between the two of them. Join in the fun for what will likely be something of an ‘80s sing-along. (Saturday, June 24 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden; $30-$250; all ages; with Allen Stone; tickets available here)

Local love

Nice Guys and Black Beach
These two groups have several things in common: They both make loud, raucous punk rock; they hail from the same block in Lower Allston; and they’re releasing a new split 7” vinyl in June. They will celebrate the release of the record with a show at Great Scott along with Ovlov and The Cavemen. (Thursday, June 15 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott; $12; 18+; with Ovlov, The Cavemen; tickets available here)

Palehound
The brainchild of local songwriter Ellen Kempner, Palehound received much acclaim for its 2015 debut, Dry Food. Since then, the indie rock trio has signed to Polyvinyl Records, toured extensively, and will release its highly-anticipated sophomore album, A Place I’ll Always Go, on June 16. The band will celebrate with an all-ages show at Sonia with other local favorites. (Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m.; Sonia; $15; all ages; with Stove, Halfsour; tickets available here)

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No Hope/No Harm
Boston’s No Hope/No Harm (stylized as “no hope/no harm”) formed just last year, pulling a group of musicians together from several corners of the local music community for something of an emo supergroup. While still quite new on the scene, the band has already competed in the prestigious Rock and Roll Rumble and will now headline a show at Great Scott. (Saturday, June 24 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott; $12; 21+; with Animal Talk, Atomic Spectra; tickets available here)

Hip-hop heavy hitters

Jurassic 5
West Coast hip-hop collective Jurassic 5 hasn’t toured the States extensively since before its hiatus in 2007, but the band’s influence has remained important to the rap community. The group will swing through Boston for a rare headlining show at Royale. (Friday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m.; Royale; $35-$38; 18+; with Shaheed, DJ Supreme; tickets available here)

Lizzo
In just a few short years, Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist Lizzo has put out two full-length albums, collaborated with the likes of Prince, Bastille, and Boston’s own Speedy Ortiz, and founded several rap collectives. The lyricist will stop at The Paradise to headline her biggest local stage yet. (Saturday, June 17 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $18; 18+; with Brooke Candy; tickets available here)

DJ Premier and The Badder Band
In the vast history of hip-hop, few have the beat-making clout to rival that of DJ Premier. The producer was one half of rap crew Gang Starr and has collaborated with everyone from Notorious B.I.G. to Nas to Kanye West to Jay Z. Recently, Premier put together a live band for the first time. The crew will play Brighton Music Hall as part of its Catalogue Bash Tour. (Thursday, June 22 at 8 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $30; 18+; with Left Hook, DJ Frank White, Brady Watt; tickets available here)

A mix of everything

Feist
Canadian songwriter Feist jumped back on the scene this year with a new album, Pleasure, her first since 2011. The singer pulls in an eclectic mix of indie rock from her roots as a former member of Broken Social Scene, while maintaining a dreamy acoustic sensibility. The multiple-Grammy nominee will perform back-to-back shows at Harvard’s Sanders Theater. (Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Sanders Theater; $15-$55; all ages; tickets available here)

Ween
Oddball Philly duo Ween recently reunited after a brief hiatus and will perform their second Boston show since getting back together. The band is known for its blend of genres, its use of humor, and its raucous, marathon-like performances. A Ween show is a strange experience, but one that you cannot find in any other corner of the music world. (Sunday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion; $39.50-$59.50; all ages; tickets available here)

Haasan Barclay
Former Bostonian Haasan Barclay is a bit of a genre-bender, and he brings all of his influences into his live performances. When he’s not producing beats or collaborating with the likes of Michael Christmas and OG Swaggerdick, he’s blending hip-hop, R&B, electropop, and indie rock for his own brand of soul. He’ll return to town to headline a show at Great Scott. (Thursday, June 29 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott; $8; 18+; with Kyle Bent, Ed Balloon; tickets available here)

 

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