15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this July

From the Eagles to Taylor Swift, David Byrne to Lauryn Hill.

Taylor Swift performs onstage during the Reputation Stadium Tour at the Rose Bowl on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the Reputation Stadium Tour at the Rose Bowl on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Pasadena, California. –Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

A hip-hop staple commemorating two decades since her seminal album debuted and a pop queen performing three nights at the area’s biggest venue are just two of the music events hitting Boston in July.

Summertime pop

Clairo
Carlisle-born 19-year-old bedroom popper Clairo has achieved viral success in the past year for her minimalist but infectious melodies. Touring behind her first EP, “diary 001,” the songwriter will return to Boston to make her debut at The Sinclair. (Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15-$18; all ages; with Garren Sean; tickets available here)

Taylor Swift
Pop chart-topper Taylor Swift typically uses her summers productively, and this year, she’s hitting Gillette Stadium for three nights for her Reputation Stadium Tour. The songwriter will be joined by “Havana” singer Camila Cabello and British electropopper Charli XCX. (Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m., Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m.; Gillette Stadium, Foxborough; $49-$499; all ages; with Camila Cabello, Charli XCX; tickets available here)

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Janelle Monae
Atlanta-based performer Janelle Monae has had a busy 2018, releasing her third record, “Dirty Computer,” in April, along with an accompanying sci-fi film under the same name. Touring behind the concept album, Monae will play Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, along with art pop duo St. Beauty. (Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; $60-$105; all ages; with St. Beauty; tickets available here)

Femi Kuti
Nigerian afrobeat musician Femi Kuti not only carries on the strong tradition of his father, Fela Kuti, but has expanded upon the funky sound that has become a signature of his family. The singer and saxophonist will appear at Brighton Music Hall, along with his band, The Positive Force, and opener Kotoko Brass Band. (Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $22; 18+; with Kotoko Brass Band; tickets available here)

Raphael Saadiq
R&B vet and former Tony! Toni! Toné! vocalist Raphael Saadiq has been involved in a number of soulful projects over the years. Although it’s been more than five since his last album, the singer has remained busy and was even nominated for an Academy Award this year for his work on “Mighty River” with Mary J. Blige. He’ll appear at Royale with A Tribe Called Quest lyricist Ali Shaheed Muhammad. (Thursday, July 26 at 9 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $35-$38; 18+; with Ali Shaheed Muhammad; tickets available here)

Rock royalty

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Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers
Prolific ’70s jazz-rock wizards Steely Dan may have lost co-founding member Walter Becker this past year, but the band is continuing on. The group is traveling with The Doobie Brothers for The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour, and both bands will play the Xfinity Center. (Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $18-$199; all ages; tickets available here)

Eagles
California hitmakers the Eagles lost co-founding member Glenn Frey in 2016, and despite plans to never tour again, the band is back on the road with Frey’s son Deacon on guitar. The band will pick from its massive catalog for two nights at TD Garden. (Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $99-$395; all ages; tickets available here)

David Byrne
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has always been known for his theatrical and highly choreographed live performances. With a new record out called “American Utopia,” Byrne is amid a summer tour that will land him at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for two nights. (Tuesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; $40-$175; with Benjamin Clementine; tickets available here)

’90s to now

Beck
Stylistically ever-changing songwriter Beck has only continued to grow in both popularity and inventiveness over his decades-long career. Touring behind his 13th album, “Colors,” the West Coast singer will play Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, along with Boston indie trio Vundabar. (Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; $49-$89; all ages; with Vundabar; tickets available here)

Weezer and Pixies
Two of the most influential rock bands to spawn from the early ’90s are joining forces for one big tour this summer. Los Angeles riff rockers Weezer and Boston-bred alt-rock champions Pixies will co-headline a night at Xfinity Center, along with Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells. (Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $25-$94; with Sleigh Bells; tickets available here)

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Radiohead
UK alt-rock heroes Radiohead haven’t played Boston since 2012, so this time around, they’re doubling up at their biggest local venue to date: TD Garden. Twenty-five years after their first record, the band will bring nine albums’ worth of material to the arena for two nights. (Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $89; all ages; tickets available here)

Hip-hop heavy hitters

Lauryn Hill
One of the defining voices of both hip-hop and R&B, singer and rapper Lauryn Hill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her iconic 1998 solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” with a national tour. Her Boston stop at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will also feature British rapper M.I.A., furious Brooklyn emcee Busta Rhymes, and reggae artist Jo Mersa Marley. (Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; $51-$201; all ages; with M.I.A., Busta Rhymes, Jo Mersa Marley; tickets available here)

Ferg
Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg is embarking on his Mad Man Tour simply under the name Ferg in support of his second mixtape, “Still Striving.” He’ll play House of Blues, along with Maryland trap artist IDK and Compton youngster Buddy. (Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40-$45; all ages; with IDK, Buddy; tickets available here)

Modern shredders

Greta Van Fleet
Amassing Led Zeppelin comparisons from seemingly every corner of the music blogosphere, Michigan-based family band Greta Van Fleet has had an enormous 2018 so far. After putting out two records last year, the riff-heavy quartet is hitting the road and headlining two nights at House of Blues. (Monday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $37-$55; all ages; with Cloves; tickets available here)

Arctic Monkeys
British garage rockers Arctic Monkeys recently released their sixth album, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” which is being regarded as their most different-sounding record to date. Its success has earned the band its biggest Boston show to date at TD Garden. (Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $35-$65; all ages; tickets available here)

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