She does what she wants: pop superstar Lady Gaga heads out on tour this spring in support of her latest album, “ARTPOP,” and she’ll stop in at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on May 10.
Members of her club, Littlemonsters.com, will get first pick of Mohegan tickets ($59-$195) between Tuesday, December 10 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, December 12 at 5 p.m.; the rest of us will have to wait until Monday, December 16 at 10 a.m. Visit Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
It won’t quite be summer in April, but the Beach Boys ($48.50-$103.50), fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, might make the season feel a little closer when they head to Torrington’s Warner Theatre on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m. Purchase online at warnertheatre.org or call 860-489-7180.
With his album, “Muchacho,” topping a number of year-end lists, Phosphorescent ($18-$20) will head to the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden on Wednesday, February 5 at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors). Ohio alt-rockers Two Cow Garage ($8) play Cafe Nine in New Haven on Thursday, February 20 at 8:30 p.m. (8 p.m. doors). Head to manicproductions.org for tickets to either show.
BAR None: Melbourne transplants Free Time play a free show at BAR in New Haven on Wednesday, January 8 at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. doors), followed by Portland, Ore.-based chamber pop outfit White Hinterland on Wednesday, February 5 at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. doors). Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain head to BAR on Wednesday, February 12 at 10 p.m.; so do Tennessee lo-fi rockers Cheap Time on Wednesday, February 19 at 10 p.m. Go to manicproductions.org for more info. Former The Academy Is… frontman William Beckett announced a co-headlining tour with orchestral alt-rockers Set It Off, which includes a stop at the Space in Hamden on Tuesday, April 1 (no ticket info yet).
New Haven nu-funk quintet Kung Fu hosts their third annual Toys for Tots Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, December 21 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, with Bridgeport’s Stepkids and Vermont jam-rockers Twiddle also scheduled to appear. Tickets are $15-$20, although guests bearing new, unwrapped gifts will be allowed in for only $10. Visit toadsplace.com for tickets.
Two up-and-coming Connecticut bands, Atlas Grey and ex-McLovins guitarist Jeff Howard’s Suitcase Rodeo ($20, $35), head to Infinity Hall in Norfolk on Sunday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. Malaysian-born singer-songwriter Yuna ($24-$40) serenades the Infinity crowd on Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m. Deer Tick ($29, $44) returns to Norfolk on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. The Cast of Beatlemania ($40, $55) does their Fab Four thing at Infinity on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Get tickets to all four shows by calling 866-666-6306 or shop online at infinityhall.com.
Canadian guitar phenom Jesse Cook recently announced a 25-show U.S. spring tour, which includes a stop at the Bushnell’s Belding Theater in Hartford on April 17. Tickets ($35-$100) are on sale now at bushnell.org or by calling 860-987-5900.
A handful of area artists, including Winterpills, Mark Mulcahy, the Lonesome Brothers and many others, pay tribute to the late Lou Reed at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets ($10-$13) are available now at iheg.com. Progressive jam-rock band moe. ($26) plays the Calvin Theater in Northampton on Sunday, February 9 at 8 p.m. Kathleen Madigan ($23.50-$38.50) follows on Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. A cappella ensemble Straight No Chaser ($28.50-$48.50) visits the Calvin on Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets for all three shows go on sale this Friday, December 6 at the Northampton box office, by calling 413-586-8686 or online at iheg.com.