Looking for some great live summer music? Take it inside

Recently, we held the all-outdoor, all-awesome summer music preview. It was packed with must-see shows, from local festivals to stadium shows. But what about the shows for you club vampires? No problem. Go haunt a dank basement or dark room with top local artists and international stars in our all-indoor, extra-awesome and even more summery musical preview.

Greg Hawkes with Eddie Japan performing the Cars: June 3, City Winery

Greg Hawkes is the keyboard genius behind those revolutionary synthesizer beeps, blips, whirls and hisses in “Magic”, “Moving in Stereo” and all the other Cars songs. Eddie Japan is Boston’s top live band (according to the Boston Music Awards and Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble). Together, the rock legend and local new wave/new romantic/glam rock/indie pop band make your favorite Cars classics. (citywinery.com)

Cliff Note (Photo courtesy of Artist Management)

Cliff Note presents the Sketchbook with Tori Tori: June 3, Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge

Waaaay in 2019, Cliff Note released a genre masterpiece in “Why the Wild Things Are” – the LP went from the cheerful, catchy, Hot 100-ready hip-hop of “Happy” to the mournful guitar and almost broken ballad “Losing Crowns II” in an instant. This season he returned to Atwoods for another series of shows where he will experiment with new material in front of an intimate audience. (atwoodstavern.com)

Bent knee: June 9, The Sinclair, Cambridge

The wonderful Boston crackpots kick off their first headlining tour in years here at home. If you only like pop, don’t go. If you only like edgy stuff, don’t go here. But… if you love both pop and avant-garde, welcome to your new favorite band. (sinclaircambridge.com)

MARCH 25, 2021 - Lake Street Diving.  Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of Artist Management
Lake Street Diving. Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of Artist Management

Lake Street Diving: June 11 & 12, Roadrunner

The Boston-born band do slick and dirty disco grooves. The group also makes songs about adult concerns, from dangerous politics to climate change to the continued brutality of patriarchy. Lake Street Dive can be a soundtrack of sex, tears, soul-searching, marathon dance sessions and so much more. (roadrunnerboston.com)

Language of birds: June 17, O’Brien’s

Dream rock! That’s it! I finally understood the Bird Language sound. It’s singer-songwriter-centric rock ‘n’ roll filtered through a little Radiohead quirkiness for badass fever dreams. I’m glad I figured that out in time for Bird Language’s launch party for debut album 625 Days. (obrienspubboston.com)

Ambar Lucid: June 24, Brighton Music Hall

Tender, jazzy, folky and daring, this singer-songwriter started sharing chamber jams as a teenager five years ago. During the pandemic, bilingual English-Spanish indie soul artists (indie pop? electro folk pop?) have gained a well-deserved cult following. Start with 2020 LP “Garden of Lucid”. (crossroadspresents.com)

Darlingside with the poet Francis Daulerio: July 12 and 13, Passim, Cambridge

Darlingside is exactly the kind of outfit one would expect to share with a poet. Filled with sweet souls, the band harmonizes to mist-in-the-trees music that finds paths between ancient folk traditions and modern indie rock. (passim.org)

Billy Wylder: July 13, The Burren Backroom, Somerville

For half a decade, Billy Wylder has been bubbling with a stew of daring songwriting and wild influences. Avi Salloway writes the tracks, sings lead vocals, and plays mean, global guitar. But Rob Flax’s violin and keyboards, Krista Speroni’s bass and Zamar Odongo’s drums (and the harmony vocals of all four) light up each gem. (burren.com)

Nice, a party: July 28-30, Davis Square, Somerville

Boston Calling too mainstream? Too obvious? Too expensive? Buy a three-day pass to Nice and bounce between Crystal Ballroom and Rockwell all weekend for a bill that includes Western mass-noise masters Speedy Ortiz, electro-dub-dream-pulse-boogie-artist bounce Haasan Barclay, indie rock champions Lady Pills, Rat Tally and Weakened Friends. (niceafest.com)

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