On Saturday, Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future will headline Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg’s second annual birthday concert, in Williamsburg Park. The prolific agitators have come a long way since the days of uploading dozens of mixtapes to their Tumblr. With the acclaim and sales that accompanied the April release of ringleader Tyler, the Creator’s second album, Wolf, and the hotly anticipated, long-awaited debut of Earl Sweatshirt dropping later this summer, Odd Future have stormed the castle walls of mainstream critical and commercial rap success and reshaped it, ever so slightly, in their image.
If the questionable misogyny and violence marking some of the group’s work was to get our attention, they’ve long since grabbed hold of it. The truth-telling Philly rapper Meek Mill will also perform, along with Schoolboy Q, a member of another West Coast hip-hop collective, South Central’s Black Hippy crew. , Saturday, July 20, $52.80.
The Copenhagen-based musician Søren Løkke Juul spent a decade in bands that went nowhere, before he began writing his own melodic, ghostly, genre-skipping pop, marked by atmospheric synths and his soaring vocals, and releasing it under the name Indians. The aching falsetto (and late career break) has garnered comparisons to Bon Iver; the watery, reverb-drenched electronics remind us of Youth Lagoon. Now a full band, Indians will perform Sunday at the Knitting Factory. Texas transplants Brazos, known for tropicalia-tinged folk rock, will serve as openers. Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Sunday July 21 at 8:30 p.m., $12.
The members of glam-rock and Brit-pop enthusiasts Smith Westerns were mere teenagers when they released their extremely lo-fi debut record in 2009, but bubblegum melodies that would’ve fit on a T-Rex or Oasis record shone through beneath all that GarageBand grit. There are rumors all over the internet that the band embraced the youthful decadent lifestyle of the road a little too hard, and on their third record, June’s Soft Will, Smith Westerns still sound like cocky kids who were in the coolest band at your high school. But they wear it better now, as if they belong. The lyrics turn outward but the hooks and choruses are just a big and crunchy as ever. Catch them Wednesday at Music Hall; questionably named Portland psych-rockers Wampire will open. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th Street, Wednesday July 24 at 9 p.m., $20.
–This one’s way out of our nabes, but the Lincoln Center is hosting a production of Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s Michaels Reise um die Erde (“Michael’s Journey Around the World”), part of the inestimably-influential German composer’s career-capping seven-opera cycle, Licht. Directed by Carlus Padrissa, attendees are encouraged to wear bright blue; Stockhausen, influenced by Goethe’s Theory of Colors, assigned a different primary color to each day of the weeklong opera cycle. Lincoln Center, 20 W. 65th Street, July 18-20 at 8 p.m.
—Spirit Plate, a self-described “fuzz-pop-fizzling-with-sunbreams” band, will play a cool all-ages show with Hippy, Lux Perpetua, and multifaceted prog-pop band Friend Roulette. Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, 89 Varet Street, Williamsburg, Sunday July 21 at 8 p.m., $7.