Thursday, August 1
Did you know that professional snowboarder/skateboarder Shaun White is in a band? It’s called Bad Things, and this is the first single from their debut album coming out this fall. They’re swinging through Boston to play with The Daily Pravda and The Deep North, ‘cuz why stop after two Olympic gold medals when you can score a sweet record deal?! (Not jealous. Nope.)
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston | 9 pm | 21+ | $10 adv./$12 day of show
Friday, August 2
Working together since 2011, visual artist Steven Bogart and singer/musician Mali Sastri (of the band Jaggery) have teamed up to create a unique exhibit of ten paintings and songs that complement each other. They describe the exhibit as “an ethereal amalgamation of bio forms, bio-space, and expressive utterances with acoustic and electronic resonance.” Whoa. If you can’t make the opening reception, don’t fret—the art and “sound boxes” containing recordings of the songs will be on display at the Bromfield Gallery through August 24th.
450 Harrison Ave, Boston | 6-8:30 pm | all ages | free
Saturday, August 3
It’s a show of epic milestones: Cocked N Loaded is celebrating their 10 year anniversary, Motherboar is saying farewell, and Wild Zero is reuniting. Don’t forget Mellow Bravo (pictured above- love at first listen), Bearstronaut and I Am Become Death, who are also playing what looks to be the most rocking bill of the summer. They’re going to have to rebuild Middle East Downstairs, ‘cuz this lineup is blowing the place down.
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 7 pm doors | 18+ | $10 adv./$12 day of show
Sunday, August 4
Boston Bloghead, a punk/”unconventional rock” podcast, is just getting off the ground as a record label, too. Come out and support at their first annual Punk ‘N’ Roll BBQ, which features a slew of local punk and rock acts: The Darker Hues, Horse Mode, A Minor Revolution, Cult 45, Acro-brats, the Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Tired Old Bones, Dead Cats Dead Rats, and last but not least, The Old Edison.
3 Harvard Ave, Allston | 4 pm | 21+ | $12
Monday, August 5
The Fagettes + Scarecrow Sonic Boombox + Skinny Bones @ ZuZu
I’m digging Skinny Bones’ new EP Skinni Dip, which sounds like Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens roasting marshmallows around a campfire with a Macbook apiece. New Orleans three-piece Scarecrow Sonic Boombox has got a hold on the noise rock, and let’s not forget the mighty Fagettes, for whom my big ol’ music crush supersizes itself with each new release. This is one of the best ZuZu lineups I’ve seen in a while, and like always, it’s free.
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge | 10 pm | 21+ | free
Tuesday, August 6
The rap/noise group Death Grips wires together raw, electronically fused sonic explosions that are unsettling in a good way. You may have heard about the cover of their latest album, which features drummer/beatmaster Zach Hill’s dick. Hill is noticeably absent from the current tour (he’s working on a movie), but the gruesome twosome of Stefan Burnett and Andy Morin have apparently been rocking it hard without him. Catch them tonight with Pictureplane.
279 Tremont St, Boston | 7 pm doors | 18+ | $15
Wednesday, August 7
Emily Peal and the Band of Skinny Men (not unlike fellow Boston bands Schooltree and Bent Knee) is a theatrical, keyboard-driven group led by a frontwoman with a powerhouse voice. The band name doesn’t lie; her men are indeed skinny. More importantly, they make gorgeous music, as do Badknight and Licious, whose soulful folky goodness makes for a very goodknight of songs.
10 Brookline St, Cambridge | 8:30 pm doors | 18+ | $8