April has brought showers, unwanted snow, and the first signs that Spring has officially sprung. It has also been a great month for concerts and music festivals. Here are a few of the best concerts to send April off with.
04/27 M.I.A. at Echostage
Matangi was one of the best albums of 2013, but seemed to get lost in the crowd; especially after Beyonce surprised the world. "Bad Girls" was a hit, featured in commercials, movies, and television shows, but the album showcases some of M.I.A's best work. You will dance to you drop at her live shows, and you will love every minute of it.
04/28 Raul Midon at The Howard Theatre
Raul Midon is a talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He just happens to be blind. His blindness, like Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder, really does not have any effect on his abilities. You focus solely on his talent. Midon has a connection to music and the guitar that allows him to fill the room as if he was an entire band. Watch him astounding you at The Howard Theatre on Monday, April 28.
04/25 & 04/26 at the 9:30 Club
"Hold On" is one of those songs that you've heard, but might not know the name of the artist who sings it. That song and the rest of The Alabama Shakes debut album Boys & Girls, got the band three 2013 Grammy Award nominations, including Best New Artist. Lead singer, Brittany Howard, has a power house voice, that pulls you down south. Take a trip to Athens, Alabama by way of the 9:30 Club this Friday and Saturday.
04/29 David Gray at The Lincoln Theatre
David Gray can make anything sound like it's life changing. White Ladder is still an album you can play from start to finish and relate to, despite being released nearly sixteen years ago. His most commercially successful album, selling millions of records world wide, it catapulted Gray into stardom. Now on his tenth studio album, Gray continues to connect with audiences through his music. His latest album, Mutineers, will be released on June 17.
04/29 & 04/30 Chvrches
The British music scene has some of the most creative and talented artists putting out music right now. Chvrches is one of those bands, making electronic music that isn't just about a decent dance beat. Their covers of Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" and Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right But It's Okay," are unexpected and a good representation of the band. Hopefully you got tickets for either of their two sold out shows at the end of the month.