U2 last month in California. The Irish icons’ tour moves in mysterious ways to downtown D.C. this Sunday and Monday. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
Lisa Fischer

As a solo artist, Lisa Fischer is a one-hit wonder, best known for her 1991 quiet storm ballad “How Can I Ease the Pain.” But as a working musician, Fischer has had a rich, varied career, singing backup for everyone from Tina Turner and Luther Vandross to the Rolling Stones and Nine Inch Nails. It’s that life — on the margins of fame — that was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” a film that put Fischer back in the spotlight. She now tours with global fusion trio Grand Baton, rearranging pop, rock and jazz classics with the vocal prowess of a headliner. June 15, 16 and 17 at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley. $65-$70.

Cold Cave

After coming of age in the Boston punk scene as the frontman for American Nightmare, Wesley Eisold traded hardcore for darkwave, re-christening himself as Cold Cave. True to its name, Cold Cave makes chilly, gothic synth-pop, with Eisold’s hollow howl reminiscent of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and Bauhaus’s Peter Murphy. Since his 2011 breakthrough, “Cherish the Light Years,” Cold Cave’s output had been limited to singles and one-offs, including a collaboration with industrial icon Genesis P-Orridge. But this year, Eisold returned with “You & Me & Infinity,” a four-tracker full of the drum-machine dirges for which he’s best known. June 16 at 8 p.m. (doors) at the Black Cat. $15-$18.


U2 is one of the few stadium-rock bands left, so it’s a treat when the band plays the comparatively intimate confines of an arena. The Irish icons return for their first non-stadium show in the Washington area in more than a decade in support of last year’s “Songs of Experience,” an album of letters to the people and places closest to Bono’s heart. U2’s recent set lists have featured most of that album, but fans can expect to hear favorites from their nearly four-decades-deep discography, from 1980’s “I Will Follow” to the present. June 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena. $41-$413.73.

Steven Tyler

Speaking of arena rockers performing in relatively intimate venues, Steven Tyler has ditched his Aerosmith bandmates in favor of a short tour with Nashville’s Loving Mary Band. The concert will no doubt show off the country-fried songs of Tyler’s 2016 solo album, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere,” but the wide-mouthed wailer will mix in Aerosmith hits, rock-and-roll favorites and a little story time, too. With Aerosmith planning a 50th-anniversary tour — no matter how improbable that seems — this is a good opportunity to see what Tyler’s semiretirement might look like . . . if Aerosmith ever hangs it up for good. June 21 at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. $45-$125.