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A Brass Band, a Wunderkind, and the Son of Simon

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


While Williamsburg outfit Beverly was recording its debut album Careers in 2013, the band was comprised of Frankie Rose (Vivan Girls, Crystal Stilts) and Drew Citron (Avan Lava). The album was released in early July, at which point Rose left and Citron took the reins, adding Scott Rosenthal and Jamie Ingalls. With Rose gone, the vocal harmonies are missing, but Rosenthal on bass adds a punk-rock element to Beverly’s noise-pop songs. Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg, Friday, August 15 at 9 p.m., tickets $10
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Hop Along With Bad Bunnies, Go Down the Rabbit Hole with LODRO, and More

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.
Bad Rabbits are a Boston-based rock/R&B outfit who’ve been around since ’07. The five-piece band serves up infectious, funky beats and driving vocal harmonies that manage to remain nimble. It’s impossible not to hop when Bad Rabbits play. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m., tickets free

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An Outdoor Music-and-Film Fest in LIC, a ‘Mad Cow’ Marching Band, and More

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The LOT LIC Music & Film Series, an eight-week summer party, makes its debut in Long Island City this weekend. It’s a free event, with music on Saturdays and film on Thursdays. We know what you’re thinking: no G train service will make it impossible to go. Not true! You can take the 7 to Court Sq. or the N to Queensboro Plaza and it’s a quick jaunt from there. This week’s performers are Sinkane, Takuya Kuroda and DJ D-Felic43-29 Crescent St, Long Island City, Saturday, August 2 from 3-9 p.m., tickets free
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Clayton Patterson Will Be at the Pyramid, Not in the Alps

Back when The Times triggered laments of “RIP LES” by reporting that Clayton Patterson was leaving the neighborhood for the Austrian Alps, we knew we wouldn’t be seeing the last of the legendary documentarian — and he told us as much. So it’s no surprise to hear that Patterson is teaming up with DAMEHT — the band that put on his farewell exhibit, “The $16 Dollar Burger Show” — for a show at Pyramid Club this Friday.
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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

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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

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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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