tUnE-YaRdS doesn’t need the alternated caps to snag your attention — triumphant one-woman show Merrill Garbus, the recent Dirty Projectors opening act and Voice interview subject, headlines the Bell House with her sweet & spicy ukulele, ferocious growling vocals, and rumbling jungle drums that she loops herself. Elsewhere, Ra Ra Riot, who temper their giddiness with angsty violins and urgent cellos, spread some cheer at BAM with tunes so damn catchy you’ll reconsider any post-work-week pouting. And BAM’s Sounds Like Brooklyn fest keeps on marching as the MetroSonics deliver rapid-fire raps and mesmerizing scratching.
On to Saturday: When he’s not making frighteningly high wailing noises, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear likes to unwind by DJing, which explains why Glasslands is hosting him alongside the Morning Benders, Blood Orange, Acrylics, and Twin Shadow. Meanwhile, to celebrate the memory of producer J Dilla, the fourth-annual “Donuts Are Forever” event will take place at the Bell House, fully equipped with beats by Questlove and other assorted DJs. Affirming the day’s turntable agenda, the Brooklyn Bowl is hosting Hot Chip’s after-party with a DJ set by the band themselves. to sate fans shut out of the band’s earlier, savagely sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show. Fortunately, Anamanaguchi, the eight-bit-worshiping tune-chip band, will ease your woes at Shea Stadium.
Understandably, you may have forsaken the Super Bowl ever since Nipplegate struck. Sunday’s night of hillbilly banjo twang with Frontier Ruckus at Southpaw provides a suitable alternative, as does the frantic eight-bit punk of Graffiti Monsters at Death by Audio. Who knows, maybe their anthem “pizza party/dead dog” will give the night some unexpected closure.