Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.
Fresh off their European tour with Islands, Brooklyn band TEEN takes over Brooklyn Night Bazaar this week. The female four-piece is headed up by Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (hence the band’s name), formerly of Here We Go Magic. TEEN calls their music “psychedelic gospel”; it’s part glittering pop, part soulful rock. If you can’t make the Bazaar tonight, you can catch em on September 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m., tickets free
Irish rock and blues band The Strypes aren’t even 18 yet, but they’re making a name for themselves on the international scene. They stick to the basics—guitar, drums, bass, harmonica—and have come out vocally against mainstream pop music (but who didn’t when they were 18?). They’ve been compared to the Yardbirds and the Stones; check them out and judge for yourself. Music Hall of Williamsburg, Saturday, August 23 at 9 p.m., tickets $15
On the other end of the spectrum are The Polyphonic Spree, who’ve been churning out fantastically weird music since 2000. The orchestral 20-plus-piece band (they’re currently at 22 active members, though it seems to change every day) have a cult following, and also happen to look a lot like a cult. You don’t have to drink the Kool-Aid to enjoy Polyphonic Spree, but it’s highly recommended. Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, Tuesday, August 26 at 8 p.m., $15
Brooklyn-based Rubblebucket have been on the scene since 2008, though at first they were Rubblebucket Orchestra (and that’s kind of a mouth-full). The seven-piece band breaks out saxophones, trombones and plenty of synths for an onstage orchestral experience. They’re big with the festival circuit because of their high-energy, no-holds-barred shows. Rubblebucket plays two shows this week. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m., tickets $20; Rough Trade, Williamsburg, Wednesday, August 27 at 8 p.m., tickets $20
Listening to jazzy R&B soul-singer Nick Hakim is like taking sips of smooth bourbon in the dark, smoky shadows of a speakeasy. Hakim is flying under the radar, having debuted his first EP just over a month ago, but will release a follow-up EP in mid-September. Simply put, he’s ready to emerge as a star. Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg, Wednesday, August 27 at 8 p.m., $10
Alt-pop duo THUMPERS hail from London but signed to Sub Pop. It’s hard not to compare every alt band out of Britain to Alt-J, so I won’t fight the urge. THUMPERS are definitely brighter than their moody fellow Londoners, but the vocal phrasing is very familiar, and (on another British alt-band note) singer Marcus Pepperel sounds an awful lot like Damon Albarn. THUMPERS play two shows this week. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Wednesday, August 27 at 9:30 p.m., tickets $13; Rough Trade, Williamsburg, Thursday, August 28 at 9 p.m., tickets $13