Down-under country star Keith Urban performs at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge. Tickets ($29.75-$59.75) go on sale starting this Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Visit livenation.com or ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
Although Neutral Milk Hotel’s second album, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” is widely regarded as a classic, the band — led by reclusive singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum — was never really able to capitalize on its success.
That was 1998, and this is now: Mangum is bringing the lineup that played on the record (Scott Spillane, Jeremy Barnes and Julian Koster) on the road for a series of shows, including a stop at the Klein in Bridgeport on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($35-$40) go on sale this Friday, May 16 at noon through premierconcerts.com and manicproductions.org.
The latest incarnation of Jersey thrash-metal band Overkill heads to the Webster Theater in Hartford on Friday, Sept. 26 (6:30 p.m. doors), with Prong opening. Tickets ($25-$28) are on sale now through the Webster box office, at tickets.com or by calling 800-477-6849.
Human Nature: The Motown Show, which is presented by Smokey Robinson (he doesn’t actually perform with them), heads to the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($36-$56) are on sale now through palacetheaterct.org or by calling 203-346-2000.
Sarasota-cum-Vietnam songwriting sisters Brooke and Brit Graeff, who perform as Good Graeff (pronounced “grayf”), head to BAR in New Haven for a free show on Wednesday, July 9 at 9:30 p.m. CT’s own Wess Meets West follows on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:30 p.m., with special guests Shy Low and Breakthrough Frequencies. Indie-rock quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars head to BAR on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 9:30 p.m., with Dead Gaze. Visit manicproductions.org for more information.
Singer-songwriter and Greenwich Village vet Eric Andersen ($27-$37) performs at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m., when he’ll share a double-bill with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Lubbock, Texas musician Joe Ely ($25-$35) follows on Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Visit 41bridgestreet.com or call 860-693-9762 for tickets.
Infinity Hall in Norfolk hosts San Francisco psych-rockers Moonalice ($25-$35) on Thursday, July 31 at 8 p.m., followed by mandolin legend Ricky Skaggs ($69-$94) on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. Mary Fahl ($30-$45), the former lead singer of October Project, heads to Norfolk on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. British blues stalwart John Mayall ($70-$90) plays Infinity Hall on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Visit infinityhall.com for tickets and information.
Rising star Dan Croll ($12.50-$15) performs at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. on Friday, June 20 at 10 p.m., followed by Mutual Benefit ($10-$13) on Saturday, June 21 at 10 p.m. Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata ($17.50-$20) returns to the Iron Horse on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., followed by Darlingside ($12.50-$15) on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and Preston Reed ($15-$20) on Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Band of Horses ($31) performs at the Calvin Theater in Northampton on Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m., with Midlake opening. Head to iheg.com for tickets and more information.