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Lauryn Hill Killing Us Softly With Her Ticket Prices; Can’t Fight Veruca Salt

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.


Take a trip back to the ’90s with grunge-rock babes Veruca Salt. The band has reunited to tour for the first time since 1995, but just because they’ve been off the map doesn’t mean they’re out of energy. They’re still wrecking eardrums left and right. Music Hall of Williamsburg, Friday, July 25 at 9 p.m., tickets $25
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Crocodiles, Phoxes, and How Not To Get Beat Up by Brody Dalle

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

Southern rockers signed to Sub Pop? OK, then. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires have straight-forward southern appeal, with lots of Skynyrd-esque guitar work and a dash of swamp blues. Will the show be good? They once got kicked out of a club for being too rowdy. In Texas. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Friday, July 18 at 10:30 p.m., tickets $10
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Titus, Because, Who Else? Plus a Little Band Called De La Soul

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

There’s almost nothing left for us to say about Titus Andronicus. Except that the show is free. And also this wisdom, dear hipster children, via Droz in PCU: “You’re wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see? Don’t be that guy.” Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m., free 

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Stay Out of the Storms By Seeing Sky and A Bolt of Light — Indoors!

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

Fresh off a residency at Rockwood Music Hall, New York natives Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! are not, in fact, Cold War Kids, though they might as well be. These guys play indie rock that’s a little bit of everything—a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. You know the drill. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Monday, July 7 at 9:30 p.m., tickets $10
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The Trap Lord Cometh and More Upcoming Shows

Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

Sacred Bones has kind of been killing it lately, and Crystal Stilts is no exception. They’re on tour leading up to their new album to be released this September, which means it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll be hearing some new stuff. Oh goody. This is starry-eyed sway time music for sure, but at times they come through with a Doors-ish sing-along vibe which will definitely pull you out of your hazy half slumber. Bring a date and a stellar nod, you’ll need em.
Baby’s All Right. Friday, June 27, 8 p.m., tickets $10
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Good Shows: Feminist Punk, Norwegian Soul and, Um, ‘Intensindie’

Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

Leeds-based indie rock outfit Kaiser Chiefs have hopped the pond to promote their new album, Education, Education, Education & War. The band is famous for rocking festivals with big stage sets and light shows, pulling every stunt short of a miniature Stonehenge. Their most recognizable single is probably “Ruby,” released back in ’07. Bottom line, you will not be bored at this show.
Webster Hall, East Village, Friday, June 20 @ 8 p.m., tickets $30.
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Kelis, Biz Markie, and More Throwbacks in Our Live Music Round-Up

Welcome to Good Shows. Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

When you think of Kelis, chances are “Milkshake” (the video for which was shot at Relish diner — now La Esquina — in Williamsburg) is the first thing that comes to mind. (You’re welcome. That’ll be stuck in your head for weeks.) What you might not know is that the R&B singer’s latest album, Food, is straight up tasty-ass funk.
Webster Hall, East Village, Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m., tickets $25
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Make Music NY Returns With Block Parties, Ukulele Jams, Billy Joel Karaoke

Last year's block party at Joe's Pub. (Photo: Erica Martin)

Last year’s block party at Joe’s Pub. (Photo: Erica Martin)

If you’re a live music completist, the next few weeks are going to be simply overwhelming. Not only does the Northside Festival kick off today, but on June 21, the first day of summer, Make Music NY returns with a mind-boggling 1,000+ free shows in public spaces. Highlights include a 90+-band punk rock marathon on Staten Island, a hootenany on Governor’s Island, and (God help us all) Billy Joel karaoke from the back of a pickup truck.
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Teen, Tweens, and The Teen Age: How to Tell All Those Northside Bands Apart

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.52.43 PMNo doubt you’ve already got your Northside Festival favorites penciled in, but what about the hordes of sound artistes whom you’ve never heard of and whose band names are befuddlingly similar? Lest you plaster on the Goth face paint for what you think is a black-metal screamfest only to stumble into a cute indie-pop sing-along, here’s how to tell Whalebelly from Dinowalrus, and Pussywolf from the Perfect Pussy.
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You Won’t Have to Bang Your Head Against the Wall to See These Punishing Shows

Now here's a tape your mom would hate.

Now here’s a tape your mom would hate.

If you’re anything like me you’re sick to death of the overwhelming amount of washed out, bland electronic music coming out of the Brooklyn music scene, and have horrible luck when it comes to planning ahead for the moments when officially cool bands roll in to town. I don’t even want to tell you how much I paid for a ticket to see Parquet Courts and Protomartyr on June 11 at their sold out show.
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