Wednesday, June 4
For your weekly fill of French melodrama with the occasional ’80s teenage cinematic flourish see M83 at the Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $15 [SOLD OUT].
Thursday, June 5
If you’re hankering for the opportunity to piss off your significant other and spazz out to a distastefully named band in a tiny venue, check out The Jonbenet with Wet Nurse at the Charleston, 174 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; TBA.
Friday, June 6
For a super expensive, super cool show—that a just God is sure to destroy with a whisper of inclement weather—tempt fate and check out M.I.A. with Holy Fuck at the McCarren Park Pool, Lorimer St. & Bedford Ave., B’klyn, 212-639-9675; 5, $37.50.
Saturday, June 7
If you like bright clothing, MySpace, EPMD and flows that make you wanna buy cool stuff and move to Chicago, check out Cool Kids at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. B’way & Church St.), 212-219-3132; 7, $17/$20.
Monday, June 9
To see a one-man soul machine mount an unprecedented full-band assault, check out Jamie Liddell tonight (since Sunday’s show is sold out) at the Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $22/$25.
Wednesday, June 4
For some dirty punk infected with a terminal case of garage rock nostalgia, go see Love or
Perish and The Old Haunts at Cake Shop
152 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-253-0036; 8, $7.
If you need a quasi-Bjork fix, then there’s always Bell, and with a song called “Echinacea,” it’ll be a cure for all your it’s time for summer blues.
Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 9:30, $12.
For semi-acoustic catharsis, dudes with beards crying and a little bit of comedy, make your way to see The Mountain Goats with John Oliver (of The Daily Show) and Rock Plaza Central at this AIDS Walk NY benefit.
The Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Ave. (at Lafayette Ave.), B’klyn; 7:30, $25.
For three days of unabashed earhole abrasion and a screeching clanging crash course in noise music, visit No Fun Fest on May 16, 17, and 18 at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. B’way & Church St.), 212-219-3132; 7, $18 Fri. & Sun. day pass, Sat. $20.
If your ears crave the sound of 30 different instruments playing gypsy tinged ditties in a rock ‘n’ roll airplane hanger, see Devotchka with Basia Bulat.
Terminal 5, 610 W 56th St. (at 11th St.), 212-260-4700; 6:30, $22.50.
Thursday, May 8
If you want to take the creepiest Texas acid trip since the Butthole Surfers, check out Indian Jewelry tonight.
Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-253-0036; 8, $6.
Saturday, May 10
If you want to go to a hip-hop show with big words, indecipherable accents and virtuosic flows, you’ll be in the crowd with the rest of the kids listening to El-P, Dizzee Rascal and Busdriver.
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 6, $20.
Monday, May 12
If you like Canadian twins and boys screaming like schoolgirls, then the sounds of Tegan & Sara are not to be missed.
Terminal 5, 610 W 56th St. (at 11th St.), 212-260-4700; 7, $32.50.
Tuesday, May 13
If you’re quads are feeling tight from not having jumped on a bandwagon in some time (and you like the Cure), check out Black Kids with Cut Copy.
Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 8, $17
Wednesday, May 14
If you like your indie upbeat and embellished by adorable U.K. accents and superfluous grammatical marks, check out Los Campesinos!
Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8:30, $15.
Feist (Wednesday, 4/30)
In order to shorten the distance between your waking life and a breathy-voiced, chanteuse-fronted iPod commercial.
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. (at 8th Ave.), 212-307-7171; 7, $31.
The Kills (Thursday, 5/1)
If you like your garage rock plated with hearty sides of dissonance and sexual tension (with The Child Ballads & Telepathe).
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 7, $20.
I’m From Barcelona (Thursday, 5/1)
If you like your music Swedish and tooth disintegration sweet, then catch I’m From Barcelona at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (with Thao Nguyen, Get Down Stay Down).
Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Ave. (at Lafayette), no phone; 7:30, $10.
Abe Vigoda (Friday, 5/2)
Visiting from beautiful Chino east of Los Angeles, Abe Vigoda (the band, not the actor/UES resident) is here to compensate for New York’s lack of echoing, tropical weirdness spliced to head-bobbing hooks.
Silent Barn, 915 Wyckoff Ave. (at Hancock St.), Qns/B’klyn, no phone; 8, $TBA.
Pelican, Austerity Program (Sunday, 5/4)
If you’ve been labeled instrumental deficient, then take in a gigantic sludgy dose with Pelican and the Austerity Program
The Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Aves.), B’Klyn, 212-260-4700; 8, $15.