Looks like we may be experiencing some inclement weather this weekend, so rather than going forth with that really long bike ride you were planning, change your entire schedule around to be at one of these concerts. Don’t try and play like indoor concerts are only a winter thing, okay? Some of the best punk sweat comes out in the spring and summer, don’t deprive yourself of that.
Thursday, May 15
Start your weekend off the right way: with a massive emo bill at Middle East Upstairs! Cali rockers Seahaven will make the trip to Cambridge to front a fine crew of youngsters (with Adventures, Foxing, and Little Big League; 7 p.m., $12, all ages). Together 5 continues with Soul Clap and a live set from San Francisco’s Pillow Talk at The Sinclair (with Tanner Ross; 9 p.m., $15, 18+). For something a bit punkier, check out The Young Leaves at O’Brien’s on top of a fine bill of locals (with Old Flings, Hold Tight!, Aspiga, and The Fake Boys; 7 p.m., $10, 21+).
Friday, May 16
Afghan Whigs are unfortunately all sold out at The Paradise, but there’s plenty more to choose from this Friday. Arizona house music maestro Table Manners will keep the Together 5 beat alive Great Scott (with Rob Swift; 10 p.m., $10, 21+). For a different kind of DJ set, don’t miss a special appearance of Bob Mould on the wheels of steel at The Sinclair (with Group Hug; 10 p.m., $20, 18+). New York experimental quartet Conveyor pays a visit to town to play TT’s with local collective Friendly People (with HAP and Skinny Bones; 8:30 p.m., $10, 18+).
Saturday, May 17
Legendary experimental rockers Swans dropped a stunning new album, “To Be Kind,” this week and will come through Boston to play Royale (with Jenny Hval; 7 p.m., $22, 18+). Another experimenter of sorts, Owen Pallett, will take his talents to Allston for a set at Brighton Music Hall with Arbutus Records sweeties Doldrums (7 p.m., $18, 18+) Tokyo Police Club recently put out a new album, “Forcefield,” and will tour through The Sinclair (with Geographer and Said The Whale; 8 p.m., $20, 18+) British new wave art-poppers Metronomy arrive in the States to play a set at The Paradise (with Cloud Control; 8 p.m., $20, 18+). For something a bit more laid back, hit up Store 54 in Allston and catch local pop rockers Slowdim (with Incinerator; 8 p.m., donation based, all ages)
Sunday, May 18
Black Flag may be a mess and a half, but Keith Morris’ latest project OFF! continues to go strong. Don’t miss them, playing an all ages show at The Middle East Downstairs (with Cerebral Ballzy and NASA Space Universe; 7 p.m., $15, all ages). British house legend Julio Bashmore plays the Together 5 closing party at The Sinclair (8 p.m., $18, 18+). Matt Robidoux recently took an indefinite hiatus as guitarist of Speedy Ortiz, but will be shredding with his two-piece project, Pony Bones, at Great Scott (with Greys, The Beverlys, and Trespasser; 9 p.m., $8, 18+). If that doesn’t shred hard enough for you, head to O’Brien’s and check out Ohio indie punks Annabel with local trio Ladybones (with Notches and Bravehands; 8 p.m., $8, 18+)
[Photo Credit: Michael Dent]