15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this April

From Cher to Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac to Maren Morris.

Cher performs at the "Dance on the Pier" as part of Pride events on Jun. 30, 2012 in New York. –Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP Images

A popular Wilco frontman and a rare appearance from punk’s poet laureate are just two of this city’s April music events.

Pop across generations

Fleetwood Mac
While legendary British rock group Fleetwood Mac recently parted ways with longtime lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, the band also recently re-welcomed vocalist Christine McVie to the lineup. Responsible for countless hits and more than 100 million records sold, Fleetwood Mac will take the stage at TD Garden for the first time with its new cast. (Tuesday, April 2 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $65-$225; all ages; tickets available here)

Japanese Breakfast
Eugene, Ore.’s Michelle Zauner brings songwriter sensibility to her distinct brand of bedroom pop, performing under the name Japanese Breakfast. Making a quick leap to the big stage, Japanese Breakfast has put out two albums to critical acclaim and will play two nights at Royale due to high demand. (Monday, April 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $25; all ages; with Long Beard; tickets available here)


Maren Morris
A country songwriter at heart, talented Texan Maren Morris’s most successful performance to date was last year’s hit collaboration “The Middle,” which garnered three Grammy nominations and launched the singer into pop stardom. Embarking on a world tour behind March’s sophomore album “Girl,” the singer will play House of Blues with the help of “The Voice” contestant RaeLynn. (Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40-$60; all ages; with RaeLynn; tickets available here)

Singer, actress, and icon Cher will perform in Boston for the first time since 2014 as part of her Here We Go Again Tour. As a nod to her role in the “Mamma Mia!” film, Cher’s set will include hits from Abba as well as other covers and her own originals. (Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $129-$745; all ages; tickets available here)

Storytelling songwriters

Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy is one of indie rock’s most celebrated songwriters of the past 30 years, fronting the cult-favorite behemoth Wilco, forming a duo with his son Spencer on drums, penning a successful memoir, and now releasing his third solo record in three years, “Warmer,” Doing a solo trek around the album, the guitarist will play an intimate show at Berklee Performance Center. (Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $37-$57; all ages; tickets available here)


The Cactus Blossoms
Given The Cactus Blossoms’ lock-tight vocal harmonies, it comes as no surprise that the folk duo is actually made up of two brothers. The Minneapolis-based singers have released two records and landed roles in the latest reboot of “Twin Peaks.” Touring behind the release of March’s “Easy Way,” the band will find its way to The Sinclair with fellow Minnesotan Jack Klatt. (Friday, April 12 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15; 18+; with Jack Klatt; tickets available here)

Patti Smith
The multitalented Patti Smith has had an enormous impact spanning generations as a songwriter and bandleader, distinguished poet, artist, and activist. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, four-time Grammy nominee, and punk pioneer will kick off a spring tour with a date at The Orpheum. (Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $43-$54; all ages; tickets available here)

Punk rockers

DC punks Priests have made a gradual rise from the DIY scene since their first release in 2012, putting out their newest album, “The Seduction of Kansas,” this month. Touring their biggest stages to date, the band will headline The Sinclair, along with German garage duo Gurr. (Thursday, April 18 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15-$17; 18+; with Gurr; tickets available here)

Detroit born and Vermont bred, pioneering punk family band Death initially broke up in 1977 and was largely lost in the fold for decades before a major label rereleased in 2009. Now sporadically gigging to a newfound audience, the power trio will play a show at ONCE Ballroom, along with Providence trio Minibeast and local rockers Duck & Cover. (Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m.; ONCE Ballroom, Somerville; $25; 18+; with Minibeast, Duck & Cover; tickets available here)


Laura Jane Grace
Against Me! songwriter Laura Jane Grace is one of the definitive voices of modern punk, putting out seven records with her band and now a new album, “Bought to Rot,” under the name Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. Hitting the road with the new project, Grace will be joined by New Jersey quartet Mercy Union and Philly noise rock trio Control Top. (Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20-$25; all ages; tickets available here)

Hip-hop heavy hitters

It’s been 20 years since New York rapper DMX released his signature third album, “…And Then There Was X”. The record spurred singles like “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “What’s My Name?,” was certified Platinum five times, and was nominated for Rap Album of the Year at the Grammys. While the rapper has not since replicated the success of the record, he has remained relevant both in hip-hop and in film, and will play House of Blues to commemorate the anniversary. (Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $33-$48; all ages; with DJ Frank White; tickets available here)

Earl Sweatshirt
Prolific lyricist and Odd Future affiliate Earl Sweatshirt has put out five solo albums since 2010, on top of ample feature work and countless collaborations. Heralded as one of today’s most creative lyricists, the LA-based performer will stop at the Paradise as part of his Fire It Up! Tour with some special, secret guests. (Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $30, $35 day of show; all ages; tickets available here)

Earl Sweatshirt performs at the Paradise Rock Club. —Rich Fury / Invision / Associated Press

Jam on

Ghosts of the Forest
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is considered royalty among the band’s cult-like audience, and has a particularly strong fandom in the northeast. On top of his signature band, his solo band, and several other collaborative projects, the jam band stalwart is now launching another side project with Phish drummer Jon Fishman called Ghosts of the Forest. The band will make its Boston debut at The Orpheum. (Wednesday, April 10 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $45-$75; all ages; secondary market)

Live funk collective Turkuaz need to been seen live in order to truly be experienced. Marked by an air-tight rhythm section, horns, and backup singers, the Brooklyn-based crew supplies a mix of covers and originals that truly ignite the dance floor. Powered by the release of September’s “Life In the City,” the band will bring the party to The Paradise. (Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $22; 18+; tickets available here)  

Ryan Montbleau Band
Those who follow locally-bred singer Ryan Montbleau are familiar with his rambling ways, hitting the road either solo or with his band for several months out of the year. Fueled by seven studio releases and a collection of some of the area’s finest players in his band, he’ll play what’s become a familiar second home in the Paradise. (Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $25; 18+; with Will Evans; tickets available here)