Concerts Preview | Boston looks forward to an exciting lineup of concerts in April

The Boston concert scene will be hopping this spring. Though many bigger names mean bigger ticket prices, there is a plethora of bands playing the smaller clubs — often for $20 or $30. Coming up in April, these concerts would all constitute a good study break before finals, and luckily, there’s something for everyone.

Dashboard Confessional: Starting as lead singer Chris Carrabba’s side project, this band has reached a prominent position in the alt−rock world over the past 10 years. Playing the House of Blues, Boston, tomorrow night, the emotional songwriter and his band are sure to rock the house.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: This Friday, the enigmatic band — their style ranges from pop to ska, from punk to soul — takes on the small yet popular Paradise Rock Club. The group is touring with its brand new album, “The Brutalist Bricks.”

The Carbon Leaf: This band is probably the least−known on this list, but it makes up for its lack of popular acclaim with stellar music. Coming to the Paradise Rock Club next Wednesday, April 14, these Celtic/bluegrass rockers got their start at Randolph−Macon College, representing a success story for millions of college students hoping to break into the mainstream music business.

Elvis Costello: On April 20, this oldie−but−goodie will head to Boston to play at the Orpheum Theatre. While the tickets will probably be a little more expensive, for those who love Costello’s classic songs, this concert is a dream come true.