Some of you may take this weekend to watch hockey, or basketball, or Football drafts, or soccer, and to that we say, quit being such a dweeb jock and go see some shows. Sports are so high school, bro.
Thursday, May 8
Plenty of musical choices to kick off the week from all corners of the musicsphere. Los Angeles Latin-inspired rock act Ozomatli will be at Royale with local roots reggae collective Eight Feet Tall (7 p.m., $25, 18+). Our friend Keytar Bear suffered a blow from a reckless listener, so there will be a fundraiser tonight at Middle East Downstairs featuring Freezepop (with Chris Ewen; 7 p.m., $10, 18+). Local folk trio The Ballroom Thieves headline a lovely acoustic bill at The Sinclair (with The Ghost of Paul Revere and Tigerman WHOA!; 8 p.m., $12, 18+). Across town, another folky local, Kris Delmhorst, will play at Brighton Music Hall (with Anders Parker; 8 p.m., $16, 18+). For a more rockin’ option, check out locals The Sun Lions who will be releasing a new single (which was just featured on our new mixtape) at Middle East Upstairs (with Waylon Speed, The Pilgrims, and New Legs; 8 p.m., $10, 18+).
Friday, May 9
Baltimore duo Wye Oak released its new album “Shriek” just last week and will roll through these parts to play The Paradise (8 p.m., $15, 18+). Foster the People‘s latest album may not be getting the wildest reviews, but the band is still one of the most eclectic products of recent pop music and will play at House of Blues (with St. Lucia; 7 p.m., $39.50, all ages). Israeli electronic group Balkan Beat Box will bring its dancey blend of styles to Royale (with Light Bright; 6 p.m., $20, 18+). Local rocker and drummer for Bent Shapes, Andy Sadoway, is celebrating the release of his excellent debut EP, “Str8 Sh00ter” at The Somerville Armory (with ABADABAD and Beach Toys; 8 p.m., $7, all ages). Boston circus pop collective Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys will play an immense local show at Middle East Downstairs (with Planetoid, The Yer Moms, Dave Crespo’s Afterparty, and The Daley Grimes; 7 p.m., $10, 18+).
Saturday, May 10
Weren’t able to get tickets to The 1975? No sweat, they’ll be back for Boston Calling in the fall, and there are plenty of other shows to check out tonight. Instrumental rockers Mogwai released another stellar album this winter and will tour through House of Blues (with Majeure; 6 p.m., $22, all ages). Drone rocker EMA will be at Great Scott with energetic Providence punks Downtown Boys (9 p.m., $12, 21+). Electronic pop vets Liars will be at Brighton Music Hall (with Jana Hunter; 6 p.m., $15, 18+). For something different, check out Joey Pizza Slice’s project Son of Salami at Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain (with Tsons of Tsunami, A.K. and Frank Hurricane; 9 p.m., donation based, all ages).
Sunday, May 11
Sunday’s best bet is at good old O’Brien’s where JP studs Krill will be joined by Chicago’s Geronimo!, who just released a new album and are on tour (with Kal Marks and Spouse; 8 p.m., $8, 21+). Former Get Up Kids and The New Amsterdams guitarist Matt Pryor will be at TTs (with Blue of Colors, Bob Nanna, and Mark Rose; 8:30 p.m., $13, 18+). Brooklyn stoner rock duo White Hills will also make the trip to play Great Scott (9 p.m., $9, 18+)
[Photo Credit: Poached Mag]