By Robbie Ritacco
Destroyer w/ Sophia Knapp
In 2011, Destroyer (aka Daniel Bejar) released his ninth album. The understated Kaputt was a crowning achievement for Bejar, melding jazz and pop style with mournful lyrics and a rock ‘n’ roll ethos. Paired with Sophia Knapp’s eerie dream pop, (le) poisson rouge seems an appropriate locale to showcase Destroyer’s shift in style. June 19, doors at 10 p.m., show starts at 10:30; 18+; $25 advance, $30 day of. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com.
The Mynabirds w/ Sean Bones
If you’ve ever wondered what Saddle Creek has to offer since the dimming of stars like Bright Eyes and Cursive, the answer is The Mynabirds. Their 2010 debut What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood filled a void left in the alt-country scene by the evolution and exodus of Rilo Kiley. Got $10 lying around? A night with The Mynabirds’ quirky pseudo-country pop songs is well worth the price. June 22, doors at 10:30 p.m. show starts at 11:30; 21+; $10 advance, $12 day of. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., mercuryloungenyc.com.
Ecstatic Summer Festival
The first-ever Ecstatic Summer festival, presented by Arts Brookfield and curated by New Amsterdam Presents, features an amalgamation of musicians across the contemporary classical and indie rock worlds. Headlining the festival are A Roomful of Teeth with Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs (June 30), A Far Cry Orchestra with Oneohtrix Point Never and David Lang (July 14) and Escort with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Aug. 25). June 30, July 14, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.; all ages; free. World Financial Center Plaza, 200 Vesey St., rivertorivernyc.com.
Moonface w/ La Big Vic
By now, most Spencer Krug fans are probably up to speed with his latest project, Moonface. Over the past decade, Krug has been at the forefront of huge indie rock acts such as Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and several other powerhouse groups. Moonface pulls rank on most of his projects (well, maybe not Wolf Parade), and $15 is as reasonable a cover as you’re going to get for a Krug band. June 30, doors at 8 p.m., show starts at 9; 18+; $15. The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., boweryballroom.com.
Dan Deacon w/ John Maus
This might be the highlight of the season: off-kilter indie-tronica producer Dan Deacon paired with gloom-pop composer John Maus. Deacon is known for the assault on the senses caused by fast, loud, trippy electronica and his audience participation live shows. Then there’s the addition of Maus, whose 2011 album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves received heavy praise for its similarities to Joy Division. Not a combo I would have expected, but certainly one I’m excited to see. July 12, time TBA; all ages; free. Pier 84, 12th Ave. & 44th St., riverrocksnyc.com.
Deerhunter can do no wrong—and that extends to their side projects, as well. Lockett Pundt, Deerhunter’s guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, released his first album as Lotus Plaza back in 2009. In April, he released his second album, Spooky Action at a Distance, which has landed itself on a slew of “best new music” lists. Get it while it’s hip. July 18, doors at 9:30 p.m., show starts at 10:30; 21+; $12 advance, $14 at the door. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., mercuryloungenyc.com.
Bloc Party w/ The Drums
Bloc Party’s 2012 U.S. tour, their first after a three-year hiatus, will feature a three-night engagement at Terminal 5. That alone is a big draw, but The Drums will be there to boot. These are two bands that know how to write a good hook and have no reservations about driving it home again and again. It promises to be an unabashed catchy evening of shout-alongs and fist pumps. Aug. 7-9, doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8; all ages; $35. Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., terminal5nyc.com.
!!! w/ Lenny Williams
Self-proclaimed funk punkers !!! (pronounced “chik-chik-chik”) are playing a free show at the Damrosch Bandshell with none other than the legendary R&B singer Lenny Williams (Tower of Power). While one can only begin to fathom how this double bill came to be, it is certainly not one to be missed. Aug. 9. 7:30 p.m.; all ages; free. Damrosch Bandshell, Columbus Ave. & W. 62nd St., lcoutofdoors.org.
Wild Nothings w/ Grimes & DIIV
This perfect storm of hot-button indie artists colliding at Pier 84. Featuring the tremendously topical Wild Nothings, Grimes and DIIV (formerly DIVE), this promises to be a pretty amazing show, assuming you can handle that much hip in one place (the open air should dilute it). Aug. 9, time TBA; all ages; free. Pier 84, 12th Ave. & 44th St., riverrocksnyc.com.
REM-influenced Real Estate are playing Webster Hall for a mere $20. Real Estate’s most recent album, 2011’s Days, was immaculately produced but maintained a reverb-heavy glaze that presumes a lo-fi sound. In light of this, a larger performance space like Webster Hall will be a great suit for them. Beware of bouncing sound waves. Aug. 11, doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8; 18+; $20. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., websterhall.com.
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