The Greater Boston area rarely disappoints when it comes to offering up can’t-miss musical performances seven days a week. With so many amazing opportunities to watch artists both local and national take to the stage, how do you even begin to choose? Don’t fret because our team is once again offering up concert suggestions for the beginning of May! This installment of Selected Sounds features popular touring artists like Santigold and BABYMETAL, along with Boston natives like folky female collective The Ladles.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Santigold at House of Blues Boston – Selected by Knar

Santigold’s latest release was a genre buffet, with everything from R&B to synth-pop to alt-rock. The album art reads “99¢,” a bright yellow sticker slapped on a package of shrink-wrapped goods – an assortment of trinkets as varied as the music the album contains. But the album is anything but a collection of cheap toys. Expect to embark on an electropop parade, delivered with an in-your-face punk-ish attitude similar to that of fellow artist M.I.A.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Ought with Priests & Ursula at The Sinclair – Selected by Anna

If you want to have a night filled with great punk music, amazing energy, and thoughtful lyricism, then this is the perfect show for your Wednesday night. Hailing from Montreal, Ought brings a fresh sound to the post-punk scene.

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

BABYMETAL at House of Blues Boston – Selected by Courtney

Japanese metal outfit, BABYMETAL, have balanced world tours, school, and everything in between. On Thursday, the viral sensations will grace the House of Blues with their unique brand of “kawaii” metal, as well as fierce choreography, courtesy of the band’s younger members, Yuimetal, and Moametal. Prepare for the ultimate display of adorable head-banging rock stars.

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Christoper Paul Stelling with Jonah Tolchin at Thunder Road – Selected by Amie

Fresh off a month-long tour opening for Ben Harper, rising folk star Christopher Paul Stelling is heading straight back out on tour for a slew of headlining gigs. The fingerpicking phenomenon is touring in support of his latest album Labor Against Waste, which is a mesmerizing listen of rich lyrics and distinctive acoustic guitar work from start to finish. This show sure to be a joy to see live, particularly with local singer-songwriter Jonah Tolchin, who just finished a residency at Atwood’s, on the bill.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The Ladles at Gallery 263 Cambridge – Selected by Samantha

If ladles are meant for mixing, then The Ladles’ brew of integrated genres seasoned with delicate harmonies epitomizes their title. This Friday evening, folk trio The Ladles promise a dazzling array of warblings at Gallery 263 in celebration of their first EP release. Carefully crafted album art and mindfully ordered tracks contribute to a sense of intention and creativity in this release that you won’t want to miss. Join Katie, Caroline, Lucia, and their instruments and melodies for an intimate show of sound, solemnization, and soul.

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