If you like your bands in cool costumes, it's hard to do better than Ghost, the Swedish hard rock band featuring Papa Emeritus II, in his pope get-up, and his hooded Nameless Ghouls.
The band's last Satanic mass was at Mr. Smalls in May 2013. Now they return to Stage AE, where they opened for Opeth and Mastodon, on April 18, with King Dude. Tickets -- $23 advance; $25 day of show -- go on sale Jan. 31 at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Ghost, which uses clean vocals and often rocks about as hard as Blue Oyster Cult or Pink Floyd, released a new EP in November, "If You Have Ghost," produced by Dave Grohl (who has secretly performed with the band) and featuring covers of ABBA, Roky Erickson and Depeche Mode songs.