It was no small feat when Kaki King became the first woman to make Rolling Stone‘s “Guitar God” list in 2006 — so don’t pass up a chance to bask in her fret-tapping, slap-bass glory at the Bowery Ballroom. Then, Webster Hall wards off pervs and creeps with Jesse Murphy in the Woods, a trio of virgin-voiced music teachers premiering their whimsical chamber-pop album. And since we can’t let the ladies have all the fun, Jersey-boy quartet Real Estate even the score with sauntering, lo-fi beach beats at Monster Island Basement.
If you’re feeling crummy on Saturday after being denied entrance TWICE to the Hold Steady’s sold-out shows, well, we can’t help you, but maybe these other lineups can. Telepathe comes to the rescue with unrestrained drums, spectral vocals, and gutsy harmonies at Brooklyn Bowl. And while you might not readily associate sports cars and ’80s video games, Maryland trio Trans Am does — and they’re playing their heavy-duty electronica at Santos’ Party House like there’s no game over.
It’s Sunday, and you have been warned: Liars could quite possible set your pants on fire with their infectious, swarthy outcast vocals and pulverizing dance beats at MHOW. Elsewhere, at the Cake Shop, Ho-Ag (a Boston quartet with an indecipherable name) fuse blistered ’70s rock and sci-fi soundtracks. And while we can’t say much for their singing prowess, Reverend Billy & the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir fill the Highline Ballroom with chants of “Earth-a-lujah!” as they celebrate Earth Day and protest dirty coal. Go on, give ’em hell, Billy.