Monday, May 27
Round off Memorial Day weekend with some trippy jams at this week’s Night of the Living Deadhead. Fume Hood’s shoegaze/surf-rock is a great match for The Freeways, who have already rocked the past few installments of the biannual Somerville psychfest Deep Heaven Now. You may have seen Skyjelly and his one-man band of psychedelic, experimental sounds around town. If not, what better excuse to check it out than a free show?
474 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 10 pm | 21+ | Free
Tuesday, May 28
Local music blog Allston Pudding is hosting a night of Boston bands at Brighton Music Hall’s art and music series Twisted Tuesdays. Don’t miss high-voltage rock from Bear Language and The Shills, rhythmically driven post-punk from Vending Machetes (pictured above), and chill, worldly tunes from Friendly People.
158 Brighton Ave, Allston | 8 pm doors | 18+ | $10
Wednesday, May 29
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 8:30 pm | 18+ | $10
Thursday, May 30
Allston three-piece Chandeliers’ Monday EP is smart, musically complex punk rock with elements of prog thrown in. They play Great Scott tonight with punk/emo band Settler and The Vegans, whose Tesla EP is full of fuzzed-out, sardonically named songs like “Rivers Chrono Trigger Warning” and “Mail Privilege.”
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 9 pm | 18+ | $8
Friday, May 31
In case you’ve lost track of all the bands that Kristen Ford plays in, here’s another: The Groove’s Moons. It’s the rock project of singer-songwriter Shelby Francis (Ford plays drums, with her former Tilt-A-Whirl bandmate Augie Creighton on bass). Their first show of the year is tonight at Johnny D’s with Molly Zenobia, the George Woods Band, and Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys.
17 Holland St, Somerville | 8:30 pm | 21+ | $12
Saturday, June 1
Don’t tell me that you’re not at least a little bit intrigued by the Boston League of Women Wrestlers (BLOWW) and their bouts-turned-concerts-turned-burlesque shows. You’ve got all three tonight: smackdowns, “dictator themed burlesque,” and performances by Oilhead (the hardcore/prog band’s last show before they go on hiatus), The Evil Streaks, and Harris Hawk. Girls!
69 Kilmarnock St, Boston | 8 pm doors | 21+ | $10
Sunday, June 2
Ah, summer. That wonderful season where every weekend is a street festival. East Somerville’s Carnaval @ Somerstreets includes two stages of entertainment (main stage is at 115 Broadway), local ethnic foods, and a farmer’s market. Walk around, dance, and join the parade at noon led by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone!
Broadway from McGrath to Pennsylvania St, Somerville | 12-4 pm | All ages | Free