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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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Missed Nirvana Last Night? See Two More Bands Cover ‘Em Tonight

290199-250If you missed 285 Kent’s Halloween show last night, then you missed Butter the Children doing the Pixies and Dead Stars covering Nirvana — but don’t hate yourself and want to die, tonight some other bands are taking a stab. Cake Shop has just announced its Halloween Partyshow lineup, and it’ll feature Butter the Children as the Pixies (again!) and Low Getting High as Nirvana. Plus, Palehound as Pavement, Flagland as Weezer, and Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit (a Green Day cover band, we’re assuming?). The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes till midnight, and there’s a $8 cover.

Update: Silent Barn is also doing a covers show tonight, and yet another band, Whoarfrost, will attempt to channel Kurt, Chris and Dave. In addition, Celestial Shore and Steve Marion of Delicate Steve will do Led Zeppelin and You will do Interpol.

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Jay Stolar Got Beat Up For Liking Stevie Wonder and Can’t Stand Creed

PromoImageOn a recent afternoon, we met Jay Stolar at The Meatball Shop on Bedford Avenue, near his home in Williamsburg, to talk about More Than You Think, his first album since leaving Julius C, the five-man band that piqued the interest of New York’s indie circuit in 2010 with a 30-day, 30-show tour. Stolar’s new album, which lands on October 8, consists of supremely smooth, radio-ready pop songs, and the single “Like You Do” was picked up for an episode of the CW’s 90210 (the video for “Leading Me Down,” released today, is below). In August, Stolar launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the album and ended up raising $50,000, more than three times the initial goal. With CMJ shows coming up at The Delancey on Oct. 16 and Rockwood Music Hall on Oct. 19, Stolar talked about recording the album, being inspired by Amanda Palmer, and covering Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
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Watch Vensaire Play “See I’m You” in a Bushwick Menagerie

Vensaire has already garnered impressive buzz in the Bushwick scene, though their debut LP, Perdix, has yet to be released. The “cinematic concept album,” which follows last year’s The Vensaire EPwas produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Prince Rama) and should be out soon.

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You’re About to Catch ‘Feelings’ For Bad Girlfriend, Playing Glasslands Tomorrow

(Photo: Candice Lawler Roth)

(Photo: Candice Lawler Roth)

We’re calling it here and now: Bad Girlfriend, an all-girl group based in and around Williamsburg, is next-big-thing material. On the verge of breaking their debut full-length, due out this winter and produced by Chairlift co-founder Aaron Pfenning and School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis, this chic quartet offers an edgier, New York Citified answer to stylistic cousins Vivian Girls and Best Coast.

Bad Girlfriend is made up of singer/guitarist Christian Owens, bassist Savannah King, drummer/singer Lyla Vander, and singer/guitarist Brianna Lance. We spoke to Lance, who’s also head designer at local It Girl fashion favorite Reformation, ahead of tomorrow night’s show at Glasslands Gallery, where Bad Girlfriend will open for fellow North Brooklynite Luke Rathborne. Read the B+B Q+A — and listen to their eponymous EP and their new single, “Feelings” — below.
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It’s John Zorn Month, So Just Go Ahead and Clear Your Calendar

Cancel all plans for the rest of the month if you’re a fan/worshipper of avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn: you may have missed his 60th birthday jam at his East Village venue, The Stone (see above video for 30 seconds of him performing with Fred Frith), but worry not: a cavalcade of events will celebrate the pillar of the downtown music scene, starting with a week and a half of movies he curated for Anthology Film Archives.
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Here’s Your Chance to Mingle With Lovers of the Cassingle

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Tapes are back! Well, at least for some established acts like Animal Collective and the Flaming Lips that are re-releasing material this Saturday to celebrate the first annual Cassette Store Day (a la Record Store Day). The truth is, tape culture never really died out for underground and experimental music — its cheap magnetic swathe has always been the most accessible medium for skuzzy punk bands and noise acts alike to lay down their tunes and distribute to audiences that tolerate their presence.
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Minks Returns, But Not to ‘Kill Everyone Now’

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By the Hedge, the 2011 debut by Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Minks, was one of that year’s quietly underrated records: a languid, sumptuous guitar-rock record that cribbed sounds and textures from the U.K. bands who’d called Creation Records home two decades prior. We haven’t heard much from Minks since then. Turns out, that’s because lead singer/songwriter Sean Kilfoyle wanted to move away from that dense, shoegazer approach, toward something more musically direct.
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Dark-Pop Duo Weeknight Will Take You into the Weekend

WeeknightsSince October of 2011, Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon have been making dark, beautiful pop rock together as Weeknight. After a busy summer of finishing up a forthcoming debut album and touring the U.S. with Montreal shoegaze-pop outfit Valleys, the burgeoning Bushwick duo spoke to us ahead of their show at 285 Kent tonight, where they’ll be sharing the bill with another Montreal-based act, Blue Hawaii.
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Watch Swaai Boys Turn Their Practice Space into an African Beach Hut

It’s Tropical Thursday here on Bedford + Bowery — now that we’ve introduced you to “castaway rock,” how bout some “turf rock”? Swaai Boys take their inspiration from the idea of adventure, manifesting in a hybrid genre they also call “tropical pop.”
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Your Favorite Subway Musicians Are Going to Be Living the High Life

Dan Pierson was in awe of Robert Leslie when he heard him playing in the Second Avenue F station for quarters. But instead of dropping a bill in the British-born performer’s guitar case and moving along, he took his card and invited him to perform at the apartment-warming party he was throwing on his Brooklyn Heights roof.
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