From Neko Case and Best Coast at the Northside Festival to Charli XCX and Tove Lo at BLI Summer Jam, check out 19 concerts to see in NY and LA this week.
Friday, June 12
Nashville shred kings JEFF the Brotherhood‘s latest album Wasted On The Dream has been on repeat for the better part of this year. Their songwriting is as tight as ever, and the riffs stack up the way we all wish we could be stacking cash at the bank. If you haven’t heard it already, then tonight at the Wick is as good a time as any to check it out. Weird Womb and Ice Balloons also appear. 8pm, 260 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY.
Malawian-Swedish band the Very Best strike out against Monsanto and team up with members of Vampire Weekend and the Horrors on their new album Makes A King. Check it out as they headline a free outdoor show this evening. New York native rapper Heems, whose record Eat Pray Thug is an essential listen, opens up the show. 5:30pm, McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Find yourself on a few different levels of emotion, thanks to the solid bill of Neko Case, Rhye, and Majical Cloudz. The notable New Pornographers member is one of Northside Festival‘s headlining acts. 6pm, 50 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Make it a late night with Ryan Hemsworth. The Canadian producer and DJ is on the road with his Just Rap tour, which hits Palisades in Brooklyn tonight with Tommy Kruise and Jubilee. You can also catch him at Santos Party House tomorrow. 11:59pm, 906 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.
Soothe yourself with the sounds of Ducktails, aka Matt Mondanile of Real Estate. Catch a free show at Elvis Guesthouse tonight and get a preview of his upcoming fifth album St. Catherine, out in July. 9pm, 85 Ave A, New York, NY.
Saturday, June 13
Few things are more punk than the stacked lineup of Against Me!, Mitski, and Cayetana that’s part of Northside Festival this afternoon. Head to McCarren after brunch for the free show. 2:30pm, McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Self-appointed California ambassadors Best Coast just released their dreamy new album titled–what else–California Nights. Possibly more importantly, they’re on the road with Nashville rockers Bully, who are already well on their way to being one of 2015’s top breakout acts. (You can also catch them earlier this afternoon at 2pm for free at Bedford and N 5th.) They’re joined on the bill at 50 Kent today by Built To Spill and Alvvays as part of the Northside Festival. 5pm, 50 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Northside Festival puts a strong emphasis on Brooklyn bands, and a whole bunch of our local faves hit Alphaville tonight. Bright indie-pop trio Little Racer headline the night, previewing their upcoming Foreign Tongues EP, and they’re joined by other scene staples including Dances and Slonk Donkerson. 7pm, 140 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Driving UK quartet PINS fête the release of their new album Wild Nights at Rough Trade in Brooklyn tonight. Toronto goth experimentalists Doomsquad open up the show. 10:30pm, 64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY.
If you can’t resist top 40 pop, head out to Jones Beach for the BLI Summer Jam. Nick Jonas, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Flo Rida, and more appear. 5pm, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY.
Sunday, June 14
If you like things loud, fast, and bombastic, Run The Jewels and Sleigh Bells are a match made in heaven at one of Northside Festival’s headlining shows. Blow out your eardrums in a safe and healthy way at 50 Kent, where Vince Staples is also on the bill. 6pm, 50 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Dream of the 90s and early 00s with the Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional tour, which hits Jones Beach tonight. 7pm, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY.
Hip-hop provocateur Le1f takes the stage at Brooklyn Bowl tonight as part of Northside. His long-in-the-works debut album is still highly anticipated. 8pm, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Getting sentimental and getting weird are frequently one and the same. Ricky Eat Acid, Foxes In Fiction, and Emily Reo prove it tonight at Baby’s All Right. 8pm, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.
Monday, June 15
Nashville quartet Bully‘s upcoming debut album Feels Like is already one of our favorites of the year and will probably be yours, too. If you didn’t already catch the fiercely devastating band this weekend, they’re playing a free show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn today. 6:30pm, 64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY.
Tuesday, June 16
Danish punks Iceage have already sold out their show at 315 Ten Eyck St, so stay out past your bedtime for a late show at the Acheron. It’s no surprise, following the release of Plowing Into The Field Of Love last year, and they’re known for their gripping live performances. 11pm, 57 Waterbury St., Brooklyn, NY.
Indie pop’s top harpist Active Child is releasing his new album Mercy today. He’s celebrating at Music Hall Of Williamsburg tonight and tomorrow at Bowery Ballroom with Low Roar. 8pm, 66 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY.
Beyoncé and Run The Jewels collaborator Boots brings his emotionally-driven dark pop vision to the Echo tonight. 8:30pm, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA.
Wednesday, June 17
Heat things up as alternative R&B star Rhye heads to the Observatory tonight, accompanied by Lo-Fang. His debut album Woman is out now. 8pm, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA.