Monday, June 10
What does “surf doom” sound like? Only one way to find out…come to the Sleep Crimes (pictured above) show tonight at ZuZu. They’re opening for Today Junior, who are releasing their new album at the show, and The Shones, a surf-punk band.
474 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 10 pm | 21+ | free
Tuesday, June 11
The punk band Departures are on tour from Winnipeg and ready to rock your face off with guitar-driven post-punk from the Young Adults (pictured above), CT grunge band Ovlov, and Allston’s Chandeliers.
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 9 pm | 21+ | $9
Wednesday, June 12
Boston three-piece Eksi Ekso has just released their new album, Archfiend. The punchy rock record is a concept album based on the life of the 19th century serial killer H.H. Holmes (check out the album art above, based on his mug shot), who lured victims to his “murder castle” and sold their skeletons to medical schools. Sounds pretty awful… but the album sounds great! Come hear cuts from Archfiend as well as sets from Neptune, Hex Map, and Harris Hawk.
10 Brookline St, Cambridge | 8 pm doors | 18+ | $8
Thursday, June 13
After a year and a half-long hiatus, Vary Lumar is back with their EP Capture. At first listen, it’s clear that the band has taken a more electronic direction (think Thom Yorke on The Eraser), which will be exciting to hear live. They’re playing with Doom Lover (pictured above), a supergroup of sorts (the band includes members of Big East, Stereo Telescope, De Osas, and We Met Aliens), and Secret Lover, a Worchester psych rock band. Who would’ve thought that all these guys would be sharing a bill with a country band, Three Day Threshold?
379 Somerville Ave, Somerville | 8 pm doors | 21+ | $7
Friday, June 14
Singer Mali of Jaggery (pictured above) has put together another Org show, where musicians, poets, dancers, and artists present short pieces based around a common theme. Dig out your formal wear, because this time the theme is prom. Performers include Nuda Veritas, who loops guitars and vocals to create rich soundscapes, live artist Kristilyn Stevenson, dancer Sara June, Johnny Blazes & the Pretty Boys, storyteller Katie Liesener, and spoken word artist Ben Cunningham.
2 Arrow St, Cambridge | 7:30 pm doors | 18+ | $15 standing room, $20 seated
Saturday, June 15
This Saturday in the parking lot of Union Square’s Starlab Recording Studio is the 4th annual Starlabfest. All these sick bands are playing! The lineup includes Mean Creek, Slowdim, The Shills, Thunderbloods, The New Lights, Nonpareils, Fagettes, Dan Webb & The Spiders, St. Ripper, Phantom Glue, Ex-Magicians and Fixed Bayonets. If that’s not enough to entice you, this should be: free burgers and ‘Gansetts.
32 Prospect St, Somerville | 12 pm-9 pm | all ages | $10 suggested donation
Sunday, June 16
It’s amazing how a band can explode after releasing two songs (oh hey, interwebz!). Glasgow’s CHVRCHES broke big time last fall with “Lies” and “The Mother We Share,” scoring buzz band status and a few gigs opening for Depeche Mode on their Delta Machine tour. I think the hype is understandable—CHVRCHES’ sound is familiar and accessible, but there’s something truly mesmerizing about Lauren Mayberry’s fresh-faced vocals floating above layers of shimmering, intricate synths. Catch them at Paradise tonight with UK dreampop band Still Corners.
967 Commonwealth Ave, Boston | 8 pm | 18+ | $15