Spring Music Preview: The Teenagers and the Porn/Pop Split

The Teenagers have dirty mouths and an accent

Ikue Mori
March 21-22

Thirty years ago, when she was invited to join DNA, Ikue Mori was new to New York and even newer to the nuances of a drum kit; half a No New York B-side later, she was an honorary local for life. Mori still works in the city—on her own, or with frequent collaborator Zeena Parkins, who will be on hand the second evening—and this two-night, John Zorn–curated celebration of her work has been a long time coming. Japan Society, 7:30 p.m., japansociety.org

The Boredoms
March 30

The Japanese quartet the Boredoms terrorized hundreds of East River Boat Tours last year when they masterminded 77BOADRUM in Brooklyn's Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park: Tourists gazed in horror at a 77-man drum spiral you could hear from miles away and see from the air. Whatever scheme the Boredoms plan to unveil as their encore, they can't possibly top what was one of the bigger New York spectacles of the new century. But who can doubt that the band knows how to put on a show? Terminal 5, doors 7 p.m., terminal5nyc.com

Saul Williams
April 9

Presumably, Williams is still reeling from all the money he lost on last year's Radiohead-inspired decision to release his newest album as a payment-optional digital download. But as the man who was once famous for starring in the Drumline of competitive poetry, Slam, he likely has every bit of faith in his ability to come back, and to recoup—starting with the $18 you owe him at the Irving Plaza door. Fillmore at Irving Plaza, 8 p.m., irvingplaza.com

'Gigantour'
April 22

Megadeth headline, but the real draws are High on Fire, Children of Bodom, and In Flames, three bands as important to their genre as Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica once were to theirs. And yes, Messrs. Hetfield, Hammett, and Ulrich are undoubtedly off counting money somewhere right now, but with tours like this one still happening for their former peers, it seems fair to wonder who's having more fun. Hammerstein Ballroom, doors 5 p.m.

Feist
April 29-30

Starbucks chanteuse and avatar of what one critic dubbed the "Age of Accessible Hotness," Leslie Feist caught an iPod commercial–fueled backlash last year that did nothing to derail her omnipresence, maybe because The Reminder was a record only a critic could dislike. Let the gnashing of teeth continue: Feist will be toting her brand-new Shortlist Music Prize (though no Grammys!) to this long-sold-out pair of shows. Hammerstein Ballroom, doors 7 p.m.

'The Bamboozle Festival 2008'
May 3-4

Emo—once the province of city folk getting over hardcore and bad relationships in damp basements—continues its journey out to the ever-more-distant suburbs with Bamboozle, a two-day, 100-plus-act festival in the Meadowlands. Fitting that a generation of bands born in the shopping mall will play in the historic land of the shopping mall. Stalwarts Saves the Day and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones anchor a lineup otherwise more or less indecipherable to anyone but a 16-year-old boy. Meadowlands, doors 11:30 a.m., meadowlands.com

'No Fun Fest'
May 16-18

It's impossible to state what a miracle it is that Carlos Giffoni's uncompromising noise festival is about to hit its fifth year. For half a decade, Giffoni has pulled legends out of retirement and aging Japanoise curmudgeons out of the East in order to entertain the kind of sizable audiences commonly associated with the Shins, not Borbetomagus. Grizzled first-wave noise vets the Haters are this year's coup. Knitting Factory, 7 p.m., knittingfactory.com

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