Bon Iver (The Joint, April 12) Justin Vernon’s folkish group brings with it haunting songs joyous in their melancholy. Also, two Grammys and Pitchfork’s best 2011 album award. Try not to call him Bonnie Bear.
Squeeze (House of Blues, April 13) Do the British vets have more studio albums or ex-members on their resume? Who cares? Go, dance, sing. “Tempted by the fruit of another ...”
The Shins (Cosmopolitan pool, April 13) Whether or not they’ve changed your life, James Mercer’s indie stalwarts are sure to play catchy tunes in bunches.
Madness (House of Blues, April 14) The ska godfathers are still at it, and still capable of getting you skanking, even if you forgot the words to “Our House” years ago.
James (Hard Rock Cafe, April 15) Best known as the “she only comes when she’s on top” band of 1993’s “Laid,” this Manchester outfit actually has an entire catalog worth picking through.
Justice with The Rapture (Cosmopolitan pool, April 19) Thumping French electro duo and fidgety New York dance-punk trio descend upon the Strip. Body moving shall ensue.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (The Pearl, April 20) Even if you haven’t heard last year’s debut album, you probably known some tunes by his old band.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Ovation, April 20) How many roots-rocking Vermonters have opened for Dave Matthews Band and had a song in Disney film Tangled? We’re guessing just these guys (and gal).
Plus, in the clubs: LA Riots at Tryst (April 12), R3hab at Surrender (April 14) and XS (April 22), Avicii at XS (April 13) and Marquee (April 21), Sebastian Ingrosso at XS (April 14), Calvin Harris at Tryst (April 16), Nero at Surrender (April 18), Martin Solveig at Tao (April 20), Porter Robinson at Surrender (April 21) and Madeon at Marquee (April 21).