Monday, May 13
Catch Big Girl‘s high-energy punk, Orca Orca and Fake Bastard‘s dreamy, foot-tapping pop, and Hard Shrugs’ live debut at O’Brien’s tonight. Orca Orca fans take note: they will be swinging back to O’Brien’s on May 25 after a mini-East coast tour with stops in NYC, CT and Philly.
3 Harvard Ave, Allston | 9 pm (8 doors) | 21+ | $5
Tuesday, May 14
Electronic masterminds Ricadro Donoso, Anthony Naples and Four Tet are playing at the Middle East Downstairs. The show is part of Cambridge’s annual Together Festival of art, music and technology, with demos, classes, meetups and live performances (including the Hooray For Earth show listed below, !!! and Gold Panda) taking place from May 12-19.
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm doors | 18+ | $20 day of show/$18 advance
Wednesday, May 15
From driving folk-rock (Mean Creek) to electronic (André Obin) to shoegaze (Guillermo Sexo), these excellent bands have one thing in common: they’re all from (or originally from— we’re looking at you, Hooray For Earth) Boston. You may just never see these four bands share a stage again, so why not check it out? This show is also part of the Together Festival going down May 12-19.
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm doors | 18+ | $12
Thursday, May 16
How’s this for a cool idea? Boston music blog Allston Pudding and Brooklyn-based magazine 1.21 Gigawatts are launching a new concert series: the Brooklyn Exchange Program, where two Boston bands (this time around it’s Speedy Ortiz and Idiot Genes) and two Brooklyn bands (Advaeta and Island Twins) play shows in both cities. This show, along with Friday’s performance at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn, kicks off the fun.
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 7:30 pm | 18+ | $10
Friday, May 17
3 Harvard Ave, Allston | 9 pm (8 doors) | 21+ | $8
Saturday, May 18
Take a walk around Somerville this afternoon, where musicians (participating acts range from singer-songwriters to brass bands to techno wizards to bluegrass strummers to indie rockers) will be playing on porches all around. The fun starts in East Somerville at noon, progressing from Union to Davis over the course of six hours. Plan your route with the Somerville Arts Council’s handy-dandy map.
Somerville | 12-6 pm (East of Central St. from 12-2; Central to Willow from 2-4; West of Willow from 4-6) | All ages | Free
Cambridge Open Studios will also be taking place from 12-6 pm on both May 18 and 19 around Inman/Central/Kendall Squares. Make it an afternoon with some great art and music north of the river!
Sunday, May 19
From the camp that brought you Thrust Club, Atomic Savants, and the unforgettable Slam Juice (pictured above) comes a new crop of lady rockers. Proceeds help fund future sessions of Girls Rock Camp Boston, where girls aged 8-17 learn how to play an instrument, be in a band, and perform an original song during a week-long summer session.
10 Brookline St, Cambridge | 9 pm (8:30 doors) | 18+ | $15