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.
You may not have heard of alt-rock Aussies The Jezabels, but they’re kind of a big deal down under. They’ve toured with Imagine Dragons, Garbage, and Depeche Mode, and play the festival circuit with aplomb. They label their music “intensindie,” whatever that means; they’re mostly your basic pop-rock group who also happen to have a pretty kick-ass front woman in Hayley Mary. (Note: This show was moved from April 15 to June 21.)
Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, Saturday, June 21 @ 9 p.m., tickets $16-$18
Black Flag is on their Victimology Tour, and they’re currently recording material for a forthcoming album. The band’s been around since 1976, and for those who don’t know, they’re arguably the most well-known hardcore punk band. While it’s true that Greg Ginn is the only remaining original member, they still kick major ass at live shows.
Club Europa, Greenpoint, Sunday, June 22 @ 7 p.m., $25
Merrill Garbus heads up tUnE-yArDs, a four-piece project that defies genre: it’s pop, it’s rock, it’s funk, it’s jazz. Garbus, a former puppeteer, uses foot pedals to loop her voice and percussion during shows. The group’s latest album, “Nikki Nack,” made a big splash when it landed this spring, though the band’s been making records since ’09.
Webster Hall, East Village, Sunday, June 22 & Monday, June 23 @ 9 p.m., tickets $31
You might not recognize the name Bernhoft, but if you’ve been, well, almost anywhere on the Internet, you’ve probably seen his video for “C’mon Talk.” Bernhoft is a Norwegian soul musician who uses loop pedals to create a one-man band. It’s awesome to witness the way he creates the sound of an entire band with just his mouth and a guitar. This is a don’t-miss show. (Note: This show was moved from April 28 to June 24.)
Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, Tuesday, June 24 @ 9 p.m., tickets $20
Feminist punk is having a moment, and White Lung is right in the mix. This show doubles as a release party for the Canadian band’s third album, Deep Fantasy, which has been getting lots of positive press. Lead singer Mish Way has a thing for Courtney Love, and it’s obvious that Hole is a big influence on the latest album.
Saint Vitus, Greenpoint, Wednesday, June 25 @ 8 p.m., tickets $10