Monday, July 1
Kick off your week with ZuZu’s Night of the Living Deadhead, where Spirit Kid (pictured above) and NYC’s Lapland will serenade you with their fun indie pop. Mondays at ZuZu are always free, so what are you waiting for?
474 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 10 pm | 21+ | free
Tuesday, July 2
Boston’s own Fat Creeps are on tour with Philly shoegaze breakouts Bleeding Rainbow, who changed their name from Reading Rainbow in 2011 for a number of reasons (most notably, “Carrie Brownstein didn’t like the name Reading Rainbow”). Their hometown stop at Great Scott is sure to rock, so come on down for some girly grunge and swayworthy surf rock.
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 9 pm | 18+ | $10
Wednesday, July 3
Insect Ark is Dana Schechter, whose one-woman band uses bass, keyboard, lapsteel and a sampler to create ambient instrumental music. She’s on tour from NY, and playing at O’Brien’s tonight with post-punk rockers Faux Ox, Courage in Collapse, and KID. You can sleep late tomorrow!
3 Harvard Ave, Allston | 8 pm doors | 21+ | $8
Thursday, July 4
Happy 4th of July! Here’s a survival guide if you’re planning to spend it on the Esplanade.
Friday, July 5
Check out NH’s Red Sky Mary, a quartet of dudes with luscious locks and Hendrix hands. Their virtuosic vocals and balls-out guitar wizardry will transport you back to the era of ‘70s rock n’ roll. They’re playing TT’s tonight with Doom Lover, The Organ Beats, and Gnarlemagne.
10 Brookline St, Cambridge | 9 pm | 18+ | $10
Saturday, July 6
Shoney Lamar doesn’t just write lyrics; he takes the deepest, darkest vitriol of his soul and sets it to music. It’s impossible to match or even categorize the brutal honesty of songs like “Follow That Taxi” and “Beer and Loathing in the Financial District,” two unsettlingly raw tracks from the Equal Rights’ last album, “Adult Entertainment.” The band is playing one last show with Blackbutton, Vending Machetes and DOZE before they call it quits, but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from Shoney Lamar again soon.
69 Kilmarnock St, Boston | 8 pm doors | 21+ | $10
Sunday, July 7
Want to try your hand at busking? Come to this month’s open stage at Palmer St., organized by Faulke Yue (aka Kevin O’Neil) and the Pocketbuskers. Show up early or sign up in advance; it’s like a big friendly outdoor open mic. Guitars and PA’s will be provided if you don’t feel like schlepping your ax.
Palmer St (the alley between the two divisions of the Harvard Coop, near Club Passim | 11 am-4 pm | all ages | free
Monday, July 8
La MiniTK Del Miedo (which roughly translates as “The Mini Disco of Fear”) from Bogota, Columbia is paying Boston a stop on their self-proclaimed Yankee Tour 2013. According to one critic, they sound like “David Bowie selling his soul to the devil on a dark night in coastal Colombia.” I’m sold! Local electronic mixmaster Bathaus is also performing, with numerous guest DJs rounding out the night.
315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm | 21+ | $5
Tuesday, July 9
It’s a match made in indie pop heaven: Glasgow darlings Belle and Sebastian are playing with NJ’s adorable, Hanukkah-loving Yo La Tengo. How remarkable and encouraging it is to see these groups alive, well, and making albums—especially Yo La Tengo, who formed in 1984!
290 Northern Ave, Boston | 8 pm | all ages | $30-45
Wednesday, July 10
Astral Gunk is on tour from New Brunswick, Canada and hitting Allston Rock City head first with their face-melting garage rock. Opening the show are local bands The Monsieurs (fun-loving rock n’ rollers), Guilty Party (fuzzed out punks) and Headband (garage rock wizards who aren’t afraid to get nerdy).
3 Harvard Ave, Allston | 8 pm doors | 21+ | $7