It’s spring! Boston bands Pretty & Nice, Tallahassee, Gozu, and Kingsley Flood (just to name a few) are playing album release shows this week. Enjoy the sun and some awesome local music!
Monday, April 29
Adrian Emberley (of Adrian Emberley and the Revolving Band) and Lance Riley (of Baby Made Rebel and Shoney Lamar and the Equal Rights) pay tribute to the glitz and the glam with a night of David Bowie and Elton John covers. Female-fronted NY punk band InCircles is also playing a set.
474 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 10 pm | 21+ | Free
Tuesday, April 30
The new single “Knives” from Toronto’s The Box Tiger is pretty, angry, and probably the catchiest song I’ve heard in a long time. Local bands The Susan Constant and Sinnet are opening for the Boston stop of their Canada/East Coast tour.
10 Brookline St, Cambridge | 9 pm | 18+ | $8
Wednesday, May 1
Pretty & Nice are returning home for their album release show at Great Scott. If the first single off Golden Rules for Golden People, “Q_Q,” is any indication, it should be a toe-tapping good time. Philadelphia two-piece Pattern is Movement, who has toured with St. Vincent and Wye Oak, open the show along with Allston’s Kal Marks.
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 9 pm | 18+ | $9
Thursday, May 2
The eight-piece rock/jazz/experimental maelstrom that is Strange Changes is kicking off their May residency at Precinct with Froggy & The Friendship and Dukes County Love Affair. Expect loud noises, brass instruments, and lots of onstage antics and dancing.
70 Union Square, Somerville | 9 pm | 21+ | $8
Friday, May 3
Sometimes, the show planets collide and all you want is Hermione Granger’s Time-Turner so that you can be in four different places at once. Tonight is one of these nights.
158 Brighton Ave, Allston | 8 pm | 18+ | $13
Saturday, May 4
The last time that I saw Sidewalk Driver, lead singer Tad Mckitterick made a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, took a bite out of it, and threw it into the audience during one of Jared Egan’s ball-busting guitar solos. They are playing with NY’s glam-inspired Spacehog and Boston’s own The Shills. There will be glitterbombs. There will be rock.
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 9 pm | 21+ | $10 advance/$12 door
Sunday, May 5
The Pocket Buskers (a motley crew of buskers and open mic regulars, spearheaded by Kevin O’Neil and Shawn Deirdre) rallied with the Cambridge Arts Council to bring you the first of several open stage events, where anyone can busk in Harvard Square without a permit. They’ll provide amps and the PA, just bring your instrument. The event operates like an outdoor open mic, with signups at 10 am or in advance on the Facebook event page.
Palmer St, Harvard Square (the alley between the Harvard Coop and Club Passim) | 11 am-4 pm | All ages | Free