From Blur and Four Tet to Sufjan Stevens and Eleanor Friedberger, here are the 20 concerts you should be seeing around the country this week.
Thursday, April 30
The ever-innovative guitarist Dave Harrington provides a live score to the Hitchcock classic film The Birds tonight at Cameo Gallery. 8pm, 63 N 6th St, Brooklyn, New York.
Mind-melting British producer/DJ Four Tet hits Output in Brooklyn alongside Floating Points. They’ll also be at Sugarhill Disco tomorrow night. 10pm, 74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Bay Area rapper Kool AD heads to Santos Party House tonight with pals Lakutis, TECLA, and Kassa. Since the demise of Das Racist, he’s released a number of solo mixtapes as well as embarking on a prolific visual art career. 7pm, 96 Lafayette St, New York, NY.
Artful synth-pop act Empress Of continues her residency at Elvis Guesthouse in NYC. Pals including Dev Hynes, Ezra Koenig, Dave Harrington, and a / jus / ted will be joining in with DJ sets over the next few days. 8pm, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY.
French folkie Keren Ann heads to the Skirball Cultural Center in LA tonight. Her 2011 album 101 is well worth revisiting. 8pm, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
Get into some soaring pop at Bowery Ballroom tonight, with the help of Coasts and Zella Day, who was recently featured on the Insurgent soundtrack. 8pm, 6 Delancey St, New York, NY.
Friday, May 1
Watch N. 6th Street turn into some kind of Hunger Games situation as Britpop legends Blur play a rare, intimate show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg. The quartet released new album The Magic Whip this week. 5pm, 66 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY.
Over the past decade, Sufjan Stevens has established himself as one of American indie rock’s foremost weirdos. On latest album Carrie & Lowell, his sound is folk-forward, but his intimate lyrics deliver a direct shock. Tonight and tomorrow, he’s at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. 8pm, 1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Hard-hitting and humorous rapper Heems is the main attraction at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar‘s free show this evening. His debut solo album Eat Pray Thug is one of the most compelling, crucial listens of the year for anyone who’s concerned about the state of America. 8pm, 96 Banker St, Brooklyn, NY.
South Carolina-bred Toro Y Moi brings his nostalgia-laced sound to Terminal 5. The inventive artist recently released the new album What For? on Carpark Records. Chillwave is dead, long live chillwave. 8pm, 610 W 56th St, New York, NY.
Local boys Life Size Maps have been on the road in support of their self-titled debut album, and they’re back in Brooklyn tonight to celebrate its release. The synth-rock quartet will be joined by ongoing tourmates Gothic Tropic. 8pm, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York.
Saturday, May 2
Get lost at this year’s installment of the Desert Daze festival. Taking place at the Sunset Ranch Oasis, the lineup boasts acts including Warpaint, White Lung, Bass Drum Of Death, DIIV, Deap Vally, Dan Deacon, and many more. 67998 Lincoln St., Mecca, CA.
Red Bull Music Academy takes over the Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight. The stacked lineup of party-friendly faves includes GHE20G0TH1K, Sissy Nobby, and Venus X. 8pm, 96 Banker St, Brooklyn, NY.
Get rowdy with young punks Twin Peaks at Music Hall Of Williamsburg tonight. The Chicago band released the acclaimed album Wild Onion last year. 8pm, 66 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY.
Sunday, May 3
Singer and songwriter Eleanor Friedberger, who first gained acclaim as half of the Fiery Furnaces, headlines Rough Trade in Brooklyn tonight. Her second solo album Personal Record was released in 2013. 8pm, 64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY.
London-based electro oddball Micachu takes over MoMA PS1 as part of the Sunday Sessions at the museum. 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY.
Monday, May 4
Nashville’s Natalie Prass has been making waves with her self-titled album, released earlier this year. The singer/songwriter headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight. 8pm, 6 Delancey St, New York, NY.
Tuesday, May 5
Nashville’s Kopecky stop by Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn before releasing their new album Drug For The Modern Age in a couple of weeks. It’ll be the second LP from the folk-rock band. 8pm, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.
The anticipation keeps ramping up for MS MR‘s forthcoming second LP, following 2013’s Secondhand Rapture. The dark synth-pop duo will offer hints of what’s to come tonight at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 7pm, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.
Wednesday, May 6
Pop sensation MIKA is gearing up for the release of fourth album, No Place In Heaven. Get a preview tonight at The Belasco. 8pm, 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA.