Coming up: the gigs and albums not to miss in June

The Observer’s pop critic picks the month’s musical highlights, from the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith’s Horses album to Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour

Patti Smith tour
Horses, Smith’s landmark 1975 album, turns 40. Smith will be taking her wild steed to a smattering of festivals this summer and some select dates in cities.
Tour starts Dublin 1 June, ends Glasgow 9 June

Hotly tipped: Shura warms up for summer. Photograph: James Goulden

Shura warm-ups
Like everyone else, electronic popstress Shura is playing London’s Field Day. But you can see the hotly tipped Touch singer on three intimate summer warm-up dates in Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow.
Tour starts Brighton 2 June, ends London 6 June

Wu-Tang Clan tour starts 2 June.
Better tomorrow: Wu-Tang Clan return. Photograph: Jonathan Weiner/PR

Wu-Tang Clan tour
After a successful 20th anniversary tour last year, A Better Tomorrow, the Wu’s comeback album of last December, was pretty good. A quorum of clan members returns to drive the point home this month.
Tour starts Newcastle 2 June, ends Bournemouth 8 July

The Replacements
Semi-reunited: The Replacements come to the Roundhouse. Photograph: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

The Replacements come over
Having semi-reunited (with two original members) for Stateside dates, the cult Minneapolis band, a huge influence on artists as diverse as the Hold Steady and Green Day, make it over to the UK for a two-night stand.
London Roundhouse 2 and 3 June

Sharp R&B: Dornik warms up for Glastonbury. Photograph: LNP/Rex Shutterstock

Jessie Ware’s drummer, tipped for his sharp R&B as long ago as 2013, is finally hitting his stride. He warms up for Glastonbury in a tiny venue.
London Fields Brewery 11 June

Leon Bridges
Vintage loveliness: Leon Bridges pays homage to Sam Cooke. Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Leon Bridges album
With an unlikely helping hand in the form of Texas punks White Denim, who talent-spotted him, this Sam Cooke disciple unleashes his album of vintage loveliness just in time for porch weather.
Coming Home is out 23 June on Columbia

Wolf Alice
Twists and turns: Wolf Alice release debut album. Photograph: Jenn Five/PR

Wolf Alice debut album
Giant Peach, Wolf Alice’s recent single, bodes well for the London indie band’s long-awaited debut album: sassy, noisy, melodic and full of twists and turns.
My Love Is Cool is out 22 June on Dirty Hit

Meg Baird
Fingerpicking good: Meg Baird releases third album. Photograph: PR

Meg Baird album
Don’t Weigh Down the Light is the third accomplished solo album by fingerpicker Meg Baird, formerly of underground outfit Espers, a leading light of the leftfield US folk scene.
Out 22 June on Wichita

Taylor Swift
Hits and humour: Taylor Swift has them eating out of her hand. Photograph: David Fisher/Rex Shutterstock

Taylor Swift tour
Swift had the crowd at Radio 1’s recent Big Weekend eating out of the palm of her hand; her 1989 World Tour looks set to provide humour, hits and digs at her exes.
Tour starts Glasgow 23 June, ends London 27 June

Brian Johnson and Angus Young from AC/DC
Riff factory: Brian Johnson and Angus Young from AC/DC. Photograph: David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns/Getty Images

Australia’s premier riff factory could, conceivably, go on without retired bassist, Malcolm Young; his nephew is touring is in his place. Then again, this could be a good time to go and see them.
Tour starts 28 June, ends 4 July


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