The best New Jersey concerts for April 2017

The snow has melted, and the sun is shining bright. Spring is here, and it's time to put away the winter coats and take out the umbrellas. You can't win them all, but you can find a great concert or two heading to New Jersey for the month of April. A beloved punk rock cover band make their return to The Stone Pony, a popular K-pop act head back to Newark, and a plethora of hardcore bands pay tribute to a fallen friend. You can take a look at the best shows set to rock the Garden State in the next few weeks below.

Saturday, April 1

Periphery, The Contortionist @ Starland Ballroom
Progressive metal outfit Periphery return to Starland Ballroom on the second leg of their Sonic Unrest Tour. The band are touring in support of their latest studio album Periphery III: Select Difficulty, which peaked at number two on both Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. They will be joined by The Contortionist, Norma Jean, and Infinity Shred.

Sunday, April 2

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders @ Prudential Center
Stevie Nicks brings her Rocking 24 Karat Tour to the Prudential Center with special guests The Pretenders. Nicks gained her sixth Top 10 album with 2014's 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, which features the singles "The Dealer" and "Lady". The Pretenders are plugging their latest studio album Alone, which is their first album in eight years.

H20, Killing Time @ Asbury Park Convention Hall
H20, Killing Time, and Burn are among those set to perform at a benefit concert for Vision frontman Dave Franklin, who passed away back in January.

Tuesday, April 4

Art of Anarchy @ The Stone Pony
Hard rock supergroup Art of Anarchy hit up The Stone Pony to promote their new studio album The Madness, which was released on Century Media. The album's title track peaked at number 26 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. 

Saturday, April 8

Steel Panther, Citizen Zero @ Starland Ballroom
Glam metal outfit Steel Panther released their brand new album Lower the Bar, and they're bringing their 2017 Girls In A Row Tour to the Garden State. The 11 track release was produced by Jay Ruston, who worked with bands such as Anthrax, Pop Evil, and Bowling For Soup. Detroit outfit Citizen Zero, who are promoting their debut album State of Mind, will open.

Wednesday, April 12

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness @ Starland Ballroom
Back in February, Andrew McMahon released his sophomore album Zombies on Broadway, and the Something Corporate frontman has been selling out shows on his current Zombies In America headlining trek. A handful of tickets remain for his New Jersey performance. Atlas Genius and Night Riots will also perform.

Friday, April 14

Dan + Shay @ Starland Ballroom
Tickets for Dan + Shay's performance inside the Sayreville venue are running low, so don't hesitate to pick them up today. The country duo are plugging their sophomore album Obsessed, which features the Platinum single "From the Ground Up". Earlier this year, they outfit released the single "When I Pray for You" from the soundtrack for The Shack. They will be joined by rising country star Jackie Lee, who has been taking over the country charts with the singles "Getting Over You", "She Does", and "Headphones".

Saturday, April 15

Gogol Bordello, In The Whale @ The Stone Pony
New York City gypsy punk outfit Gogol Bordello make a special appearance in Asbury Park at the end of their East Coast trek. The band's last studio album was 2013's Pura Vida Conspiracy. Colorado alternative rock duo In The Whale, who have been touring nonstop in support of their 2015 EPs Full Nelson and Neighbor, will be the opening act.

Thursday, April 20

Testament, Sepultura @ Starland Ballroom
Although iconic thrash metal band Testament released their latest studio album Brotherhood of the Snake back in October, they have been working on new material that is slated to be released in 2018. The outfit are bringing their first proper headlining tour for the album to Starland Ballroom. Joining them on the trek are Sepultura, who released their new studio album Machine Messiah in January, and Prong, who are promoting their latest album X (No Absolutes).

Friday, April 21

Jake Owen, LANco @ Starland Ballroom
Country star Jake Owen makes his way to New Jersey in the midst of several festival appearances this spring. The Florida native is plugging his latest studio album American Love, which includes the Gold single "American Country Love Song". Joining him for this show are LANco, who are working on the follow up to their 2016 EP titled Extended Play.

Ben Folds @ The Music Box

Ben Folds heads to The Music Box in Atlantic City with only a piano for his solo show. His last record was 2015's So There, which was a collaboration with the yMusic Ensemble. Singer songwriter Ryan Lerman will join him as support.

Saturday, April 22

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Masked Intruder @ The Stone Pony
Everyone's favorite cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes return to Asbury Park to promote their upcoming greatest hits album titled Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits. Masked Intruder and PEARS will help kick things off.

Sunday, April 23

Balance and Composure, From Indian Lakes @ Monty Hall
Tickets for Balance and Composure's second performance at Monty Hall are still on sale. The Pennsylvania alternative rock act are touring in support of their recent album Light We Made. They will be joined by From Indian Lakes and Queen Of Jeans.

Tuesday, April 25

EXO @ Prudential Center
K-Pop outfit EXO return to the Prudential Center for their second North American tour. Their last time in the area resulted in a sold out performance, and their upcoming gig is looking to repeat. The band are promoting their latest record Lotto.

Friday, April 28

Aaron Lewis @ Starland Ballroom
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis heads to Starland Ballroom to plug his latest studio album Sinner, which peaked at number four on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The record was produced by Buddy Cannon, who has worked with acts such as Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, and Lionel Richie.