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
No, that’s not Ron Jeremy or Gallagher; it’s Har Mar Superstar, aka Sean Tillmann, aka Sean Na Na (hilarious). Last April, Julian Casablancas, after seeing him perform at Mercury Lounge, asked Har Mar to join Cult Records. He’s full of confidence (and a little shit), and his shows are legendary. This one’s part of Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series. Union Pool, Williamsburg, Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m., tickets free
The Kickdrums is writer/producer Alex Fitts, based in Brooklyn but Ohio-bred. He bends electro-indie-rock music just as much as he bends gender (see above). He’s been compared to Moby, but we’d rather compare him to Bowie (if only because Moby is a traitor). Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Monday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m., tickets $10
Outernational is a New York-based rock band with Spanish influences and a revolutionary spirit. Tom Morello produced two of the band’s EPs after hearing their song, “Todos Somos Ilegales/We Are All Illegals,” released a day after Arizona passed its anti-immigration reform back in June 2012. They’re releasing a new music video at tonight’s performance, with no explanation but the hashtag “futurerock.” Bowery Electric, East Village, Wednesday, August 13 at 8 p.m., $8-$10
The Twin Peaks Facebook page’s “About” section sums up the band well: “Four doods, gnarly ‘tudes, total hunks, play to drunks.” The Chicago rock band released their sophomore album, Wild Onion, on August 6, and they’re on the road to promote. The barely-20-somethings play two shows in New York this week. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m., tickets $12; Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg, Thursday, August 14 at 8:30 p.m., $12
Brooklyn band LODRO calls their music “neo-noir punk”: raw guitars, ghostly vocals, and slow, driving drums? Sounds about right. The three-piece band is led by singer Lesley Hann, who was the bassist for Brooklyn-based band Friends. Go down the rabbit hole with LODRO… Death by Audio, Williamsburg, Thursday, August 14 at 9 p.m., tickets $8