Thursday, July 25
Full disclosure: the above link will send you to a Facebook event called “Should I go to this?” Humble words from a band like Left Hand Does, who has been putting out solid recordings since 2005. They are joined by School For Robots (pictured above) and Jane Park (whose band, Bitch Trifecta, is an awesome slice of folk heaven). Don’t forget the PA’s brews!
345 Somerville Ave, Somerville | 9 pm | 21+ | $8
Friday, July 26
Wait, what? Lead singer/bassist David Ladon of The Doctors Fox is packing his bags and moving to Chicago. Witness his band play Boston one last time- at least for a little while- at the Middle East Upstairs. Ryan Jackson Troika, OTP, Philip Cohen and Sun People are also performing. Music starts at 8.
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm | 18+ | $12 day of show
Saturday, July 27
Girls Rock Campaign Boston is a non-profit that seeks to “end rocklessness in Boston’s girls forever.” Run entirely by volunteers (the friendliest crop of lady rockers I’ve ever encountered, many of whom are Ladies Rock Camp alumni), their weeklong summer sessions give girls ages 7-16 the chance to learn an instrument, write a song, and rock out in a band. You’ll witness magic hearing what these chicas can accomplish in a week. Also, proceeds from the show go to the worthy cause of keeping Girls Rock Camp affordable. These showcases sell out fast, so get there early!
158 Brighton Ave, Allston | 1 pm | all ages | $15
Sunday, July 28
Natalie Flanagan + Asa Brebner & Friends + Trusty Sidekick @ Sally O’Brien’s
Dude. I saw a similar line-up at Plough and Stars a few months back, and was completely blown away by Natalie Flanagan and her band. She has such an incredible voice, I was amazed that it had taken me so long to see her play out and about Boston. Tonight she opens for Asa Brebner and the rockin’ barflies of Trusty Sidekick. Awesome music, no cover!
335 Somerville Ave, Somerville | 8 pm | 21+ | free
Monday, July 29
Beer? Check. Burgers? Fo sho. Punk math rock?! Yep, Reptilian Shape Shifters are on tour from Oakland, CA and bringing it. Join this noisy two-piece, Pile, Kal Marks and Lady Bones for some burgers and curly fries. You want ketchup with that?
10 Eliot St, Cambridge | 8 pm | 21+ | $5
Tuesday, July 30
The first Allston Oddity Fair promises to celebrate “the strange, the weird, and borderline obscene.” These are some of my favorite Boston acts! Big brasstravaganza bands like Strange Changes and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band are sharing the stage with indie rockers Streight Angular and [really, I don’t know how to categorize them] Mr. Gavin’s Meat Farm (that’s Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth of Bent Knee’s side project). Music geeks forever!
158 Brighton Ave, Allston | 8 pm | 18+ | $10 day of show
Wednesday, July 31
It’s a garage-rockin party at the Middle East Upstairs tonight. Check out NH’s The Migs (pictured above is the awesome artwork from their last EP, Whatever Forever), coming down to play with Boston locals Earthquake Party, The Images and The Fagettes. I think I *still* have the Fagettes’ song “On Drugs” stuck in my head from when they played at Starlabfest.
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm | 18+ | $10