Weekend Music Ideas: June 22, 2018

Ruby Rose Fox, U2, DMB, Ray LaMontagne, Joan Armatrading and more.


Big weekend. Boston’s Ruby Rose Fox has long been sophisticated, topical and theatrical in her delivery, so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that she’s staging an album release show for Salt (which touches on the dangers of fascism and media among other subjects) as a one-woman show at Oberon in Harvard Square on Friday. Irish mega-rockers U2 cap a two-night stand at TD Garden on Friday as well, mixing anthemic nostalgia with heady technology via a floor-splitting wall that serves as rising catwalk, cage and interactive screen. And the Dave Matthews Band, capably moving ahead without longtime violinist Boyd Tinsley in the wake of his sexual misconduct allegations, hits the Xfinity Center the same night.

Saturday brings dynamic funk-jammers Lettuce to Lowell’s Boarding House Park while alt-roots rockers Ray LaMontagne and Neko Case team up for one of the summer’s best package shows at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion both Saturday and Sunday behind strong respective new albums. And British singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading undertakes a rare U.S. visit for a six-city tour of City Winery venues that includes Boston shows on Saturday and Sunday (and concludes on Tuesday and Wednesday), likely to showcase her new album Not Too Far Away as well as nuggets from her late ’70s/early ’80s heyday.

Sunday brings Boston-launched, LA-based singer/songwriter Aimee Mann to Tupelo Music Hall in Derry., N.H., and the funky Motet to the Cabot in Beverly while locally bred rockers Kingsley Flood kick off a Rooftop Sessions series at Fenway Park that precedes (and includes a ticket to) that afternoon’s Red Sox game against the Seattle Mariners.

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