Folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott performs at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on May 9. (Courtesy Anti- Records)

There are also a bunch of worthwhile shows at Red Palace, including Amor de Dias, Gruff Rhys and Tune-Yards, which is already sold out. It took me a few months to check out H Street’s newest venue, but after seeing a pair of shows there recently (Sharon Van Etten and Fresh & Onlys/Crocodiles) I can give it a seal of approval. It’s one of the few venues in town with a horizontal layout — it’s short and squat instead of long and narrow, so everyone can get closer to the stage. The bar stays tucked away in a corner.

Here’s the full list of May’s best concerts.