Monday, April 8
Spiritualized Jason Pierce’s long-running project remains surprisingly creative, especially for a group with such a considerable debt to classic rock; last year’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light contains wide-open rockers (“Hey Jane”), sweeping symphonic pop songs (“Too Late”), and smart-guy blues-rock (Dr. John collab “I Am What I Am”). Neptune Theatre. 9 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
Tuesday, April 9
Jessie Ware After getting her start as a guest vocalist on tracks by British electronic musicians like SBTRKT and Joker, Ware made her full-length debut last year with the R&B-influenced Devotion. The Crocodile. 9 p.m. $15. All ages.
Wednesday, April 10
Aaron Carter In the realm of late-’90s/early-’00s teen heartthrobs, Carter’s career reads like a Twilight Zone version of Justin Timberlake’s. Carter hasn’t released an album since 2002’s Another Earthquake; in the meantime, he’s competed on Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cookoff and cultivated a Twitter persona that makes Ryan Lochte look like Noam Chomsky. Why he’s embarking now on an 83-show tour—his first in nine years—is anyone’s guess, but fans of schadenfreude should be sure to scoop up tickets. With Chrystian, Truth Under Attack, Dylan Jakobsen, Matt Bacnis, The Ninth Step. El Corazon. 7 p.m. $17 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Thursday, April 11
Kung Foo Grip Both members of this local hip-hop group—Eff Is H and Greg Cypher—are talented MCs, and their latest album Growing Up in the Future showcases production work from Keyboard Kid and Giorgio Momurda. With Fresh Espresso, Nissim, Stewart Villain, DJ Swervewon. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
Friday, April 12
Colin Hay experienced a mid-career renaissance when Zach Braff started using his music on Scrubs and on the infamous Garden State soundtrack, but the former Men at Work singer has been steadily releasing solo work since the late ’80s. His most recent work is 2011’s Gathering Mercury. Neptune Theatre. 7 p.m. $32.50 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
Saturday, April 13
Kladruby Gold Perhaps the most distinctive trait of this rock quartet is Ryan Cline’s vocals, which diverge between a slightly nasally tenor befitting his band’s country proclivities and a deep baritone that wants very badly to sound like The National’s Matt Berninger. With Empire of Sleep, Lund Bros. Slim’s Last Chance. 9 p.m. $7.
Sunday, April 14
American Aquarium This hard-touring Asheville, N.C., band writes somber country-rock songs about tried-and-true themes: dive bars, strange women, and the grind of being a working musician. With Henry At War, Angel DelSenno and the Empty Sky. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $8.