Hot tunes for hot months. Here are the top tours coming to Austin in June.
June 4: Paul Simon at Erwin Center. Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this is his last go-round. He’s definitely in a looking-back phase, with journalist Robert Hilburn’s new biography “Paul Simon: The Life” hitting shelves this month. Judging from performances at Bass Concert Hall and on “Austin City Limits” two years ago, it’s still worth hearing one of the greatest living American songwriters, even if there does turn out to be a next time. $49.50-$149.50. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.
June 9: Ray LaMontagne, Neko Case at Austin360 Amphitheater. This is an auspicious double bill, featuring two top-selling indie artists known for their distinctive talents as vocalists. Both have new records, too. LaMontagne’s self-produced “Part of the Light,” his seventh album, follows 2016’s “Ouroboros” project with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Case’s “Hell-On,” due June 1, is her first solo record in five years, though 2016’s collaboration with K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs was a fascinating detour. $29.50-$89.50. 7:30 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.
June 10: Jake Shimabukuro at One World Theatre. A big reason for the resurgence of ukuleles since the turn of the century is this guy, a Hawaiian wunderkind who takes the instrument far beyond the presumed limitations of four strings. You may have seen his viral YouTube videos of Beatles tunes and other classics, but he’s also well-known for his own music, with more than a dozen albums to his credit. $25-$98. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
Shakey Graves performs for a small crowd of fans, friends, and contest winners at Geraldines on Rainey St. during SXSW Thurs., March 15, 2018 JAMES GREGG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
June 16: Shakey Graves at Stubb’s outdoor. After shaping his early sound around an obsession with roots music of the ‘30s, the Austin artist also known as Alejandro Rose-Garcia moves to the ‘60s on “Can’t Wake Up,” a new collection of dreamy pop songs that drift through a psychedelic haze. Rose-Garcia says he’s upping his stagecraft for this tour, which is swiftly selling out large venues across the country, so expect a more polished production from one of our city’s most charismatic exports. $28-$30. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — D.S.S.
INTERVIEW: Shakey Graves on new album”Can’t Wake Up”
June 20: Guided By Voices at Mohawk outdoor. By now the lore of elementary school teacher turned rock ’n’ roller Robert Pollard is long entrenched, and adding up Ohio band Guided By Voices’ complete discography might break a calculator. But there’s still some interesting turns here, as the band tours behind its new album “Space Gun,” not the least of which is the presence in the current lineup of Bobby Bare Jr., son of the country music legend and an accomplished indie-rocker in his own right. $25. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — P.B.
June 22: Kesha, Macklemore at Austin360 Amphitheater. The power of Kesha’s 2017 comeback album “Rainbow” was underlined at the Grammy Awards, when she was joined on stage by an all star cast of female singers for a breathtaking performance of the single “Praying.” Though her contract still ties her to longtime producer Dr. Luke, whom she sued in 2014, claiming years of psychological, physical and sexual abuse (allegations he denies), the album is a beautiful expression of freedom, a triumph over dark times. Macklemore is the perfect partner for this tour. Though he’s best known as a “Thrift Shop” popster, his most powerful work is the redemption rap centered on his struggles with addiction. There’s no way this show doesn’t unfold as a love letter to everyone searching for a brighter day. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — D.S.S.
June 23: Snow tha Product at Emo’s. After SOS Fest was canceled last year, the Chicana rapper hosted an insanely hype makeup show marked by hysterical screaming, delirious dancing and vibes turned up to 11. She mixes ample cumbia rhythms into her beats, raps in English and Spanish and slips sly political messaging into her party tracks. As a performer, she’s humble and down to earth, searching for a real connection with her fans. Her shows are an intoxicating mess of sweaty exhilaration, and she will probably be on a bigger stage next time round..$25-$28. 7 p.m. 2015 East Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com — D.S.S.
REVIEW: Snow Tha Product brings down the house at Empire
June 30: John Prine at Bass Concert Hall. Prine was a great songwriter from the start, when his 1971 debut album delivered songs destined to be classics such as “Angel From Montgomery “and “Hello in There.” But the towering shadow he casts seems to grow taller with each passing decade, as each new generation of young songwriters pays respects and learns from him. It helps that he keeps making great new music, too: This year’s “The Tree of Forgiveness” is his highest-charting album ever, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard 200. He’ll tape “Austin City Limits” on June 5, but for those not lucky enough to nab free tickets to that show, there’s this full concert appearance as well, with Amanda Shires opening. $70-$110. 8 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.
More tours coming to Austin in June
1: Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx, Night Ranger at ACL Live
1: Buckethead at Emo’s
1: Aaron Lewis at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
1: Minus the Bear, New Trust at Mohawk outdoor
1: Roosevelts at Parish
1: Cory Morrow at Antone’s
2: Speedy Ortiz at Barracuda
2: Joe Ely & Terry Allen at Hogg Auditorium
2: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Antone’s.
2: Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Simo at Stubb’s outdoor
2: Posies at Parish
3: George Strait, Asleep at the Wheel at Erwin Center (sold out)
3: Polyphonic Spree, Calliope Musicals at Barracuda
3: Superfruit at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)
3: Making Movies, Las Cafeteras, Migrant Kids at Parish
4: Night Riots, Courtship, Silent Rival at Antone’s
5: Royal Blood, Turbowolf at Stubb’s outdoor
5: Justin Townes Earle, Lydia Loveless at 3Ten
6: D.O.A., M.D.C., Ese at Barracuda
7: Flatbush Zombies at Emo’s
7: Shania Twain at Erwin Center
7: Power Trip, Sheer Mag, Red Death at Mohawk outdoor
7: Monte Montgomery at One World Theatre
7: The Coathangers at Barracuda
8: Ugly God at Emo’s
8: Farruko at Coliseo
8. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre
9: Broncho, Sunflower Bean at Scoot Inn
9: Erika Wennerstrom at Barracuda
9: Lincoln Durham at Stubb’s indoor
10: Har Mar Superstar Sings Sam Cooke, Maxx Cherry at 3Ten
11: Delta Rae at One World Theatre
12: Brian Setzer at Stubb’s outdoor
12: Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G at ACL Live
13: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at Stubb’s
13: Maps & Atlases at Scoot Inn
13: Sir Sly at Parish
14: Jeremy Enigk at North Door
15: Glitch Mob at Emo’s
15: Easton Corbin at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
15: Wreckless Eric at 3Ten
16: Post Malone, 21 Savage at Austin360 Amphitheater
16: Belle & Sebastian, Men I Trust at ACL Live
16: Jerry Douglas Band at 3Ten
16: Tanya Tucker at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
16: Get Up Kids, Casket Lottery at Mohawk outdoor
17: Sea and Cake, LA Takedown at 3Ten
19: Smoke Dza at Stubb’s indoor
20: Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, more at Austin360 Amphitheater
20: Diana Krall at ACL Live
20: Gregory Porter at Long Center
21: New Found Glory at Emo’s
21: Liz Love & the Due Rights at Antone’s
21: Caroline Rose at Stubb’s indoor
22: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & the Sniffers at Stubb’s outdoor
22: John Michael Montgomery, Rick Trevino at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
22: Middle Kids, Duncan Fellows at Antone’s
22: Rippingtons at One World Theatre
22: Blue Oyster Cult at Empire
23: Regrettes, Destroy Boys at Stubb’s indoor
25: JoJo at Antone’s
27: Brit Floyd at ACL Live
27: Geoff Tate, Til Death Do Us Part at Antone’s
28: Ray Wylie Hubbard at Shady Grove
29: Chris Brown, H.E.R., 6Lack, Rich the Kid at Austin360 Amphitheater
29: Trixie Mattel at Emo’s (two shows, early show sold out)
29: Shreya Ghoshal at HEB Center
29: Sounding Clay at One World Theatre
29: Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights at Sam’s Town Point
30: Weezer, Pixies, Wombats at Austin360 Amphitheater
30: Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)
30: Shane Smith & the Saints at Scoot Inn
30: David Ramirez at Parish
30: Rhymin’ N Stealin’, Dr. Dugger at 3Ten