Thursday, July 11
How’s this for a rock n’ roll love story? Bangor, ME rock duo When Particles Collide met at a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and eventually got married in the middle of their East Coast summer tour— at a show, no less, dubbed “A Vow to Rock.” If that doesn’t win you over, their hard rock and solid songwriting will. They play the Cantab tonight with acoustic/Americana trio Slant of Light, Personal Finance, and Viva Gina.
738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm | 21+ | $7
Friday, July 12
It’s hard not to dig The Sour Doo-Dahs’ instantly catchy garage/desert/stoner rock. They put on a great live show with a memorable take-home product: an album and EP recorded and mixed entirely on analog tape, a rare breath of fresh air in the era of bedroom recordings and overproduced rock. Catch them at Radio Downstairs with Detroit Rebellion, Thrust Club, and The Easy Reasons.
379 Somerville Ave, Somerville | 9 pm | 21+ | $5
Saturday, July 13
“What if I were born again?” sings Michael J. Epstein on The Motion Sick’s most famous song, “30 Lives” (which has been featured in the video game Dance Dance Revolution). For one night, we’ll find out when the band reunites to play a reunion show. All of the opening bands feature former members of The Motion Sick: Wash Pool (w/ Patrick Mussari), This Blue Heaven (w/ Travis Richter), The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (guess who’s in that band!) and Parks (w/ Matthew Girard).
158 Brighton Ave, Allston | 8 pm | 18+ | $12
Sunday, July 14
You could say that Kirsten Opstad and Steve Subrizi pulled a reverse Fleetwood Mac: after deciding that they were never, ever, ever, ever getting back together, they started a band called The Crazy Exes from Hell. This time they’re really breaking up, though, as Kirsten is moving away. Witness their last show, which also features performances by Bitch Trifecta and Kristina Blanchflower.
70 Union Square, Somerville | 8 pm | 21+ | $7
Monday, July 15
Are they garage rock with a country vibe? Or are they country with a garage rock vibe? Whatever you dub them, there’s no shying away from the sexy Banditas and their girl-on-girl harmonies. Tonight they play Middle East Upstairs with Luau, The Hounds Below and Boytoy.
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm doors | 18+ | $10
Tuesday, July 16
All Asia is closing on July 17, with the prospect (!) of a new venue named Prospect that will be opening this fall under the same ownership. Celebrate the end of an era with a two-night party. The 16th will be an open mic showcase featuring Streight Angular, Eva Walsh and Bryan Murphy of The Shills, and the 17th will be a dance night with DJ Knife, Leah V and Drunken Doja Monkey.
334 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 6 pm | all ages | free
Wednesday, July 17
I wouldn’t call NYC’s Skaters angsty, but they do make doom and gloom sound pretty damn good. On first pass, their music seems fun and happy, yet the videos for “Armed” and their new single “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)” reveal more sinister underpinnings. Catch them tonight at Middlesex with Streight Angular—it’s also a DJ night, so bring your dancing shoes.
315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 9:30 pm | 21+ | $5 after 10 pm