Every generation needs a great songwriter, and there’s a fine argument to be made that Rufus Wainwright is ours. The son of folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus, along with his sisters Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, was born with storytelling capabilities and exquisite musicianship in his blood. Sixteen years after releasing his self-titled debut, Rufus looks back on his heavily lauded and still young career with a best-of compilation titled Vibrate and an upcoming U.S. tour kicking off at Town Hall, the home to many tribute shows Rufus and his sisters have hosted in honor of their late mother. With Lucy opening the show, “The Best of Rufus Wainwright” is another kind of family affair, and like the ones the Wainwright family tend to host, it’s as much a celebration as it is an ode to great artistry.

Tue., April 15, 8 p.m., 2014