Majical Cloudz, Gobby: Glasslands, May 21, $10
Majical Cloudz may have first been recognized for their work with fellow Canadian musician Grimes, but the band is a far cry from Claire Boucher's ethereal sound. Instead, Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto make quietly somber synth-pop that captures struggling relationships and existential dread. One of our favorite new acts.
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 p.m., Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave (between South 1st and South 2nd Streets); Brooklyn; 718-599-1450.
XXL Freshmen Tour: Schoolboy Q, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze: Best Buy Theater, May 21, $28
Featuring a lineup of just about every up-and-coming MC in the rap game, the XXL Freshmen Tour is a excellent chance to catch a ton of great hip-hop artists in one night. From Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, to Refinery29 musical muse Angel Haze, this bill is seriously stacked.
Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway (at W 44th Street); 212-930-1950.
DFA Records 12th Anniversary: James Murphy, Shit Robot, The Juan Maclean, The Crystal Ark, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang (The Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem), Tim Sweeney, Yacht, The Rapture (Gabe & Vito DJ Set), Prinzhorn Dance School, Planningtorock, Larry Gus, Dan Bodan, Black Dice, Still Going, Marcus Marr: Grand Prospect Hall, May 25, $30
To celebrate 12 years of new-disco hits, famed Williamsburg-based label DFA is throwing a huge bash in conjunction with Red Bull Music Academy. The show will feature virtually every current act on the label's roster, including hipster-godhead/label-impresario/former LCD-Soundsystem-mastermind James Murphy. This is going to be a good one.
Saturday, May 25, 9 p.m., Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn (between 5th and 6th Avenues); Brooklyn; 718-788-0777.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
May 20: Majical Cloudz plays a FREE show at Other Music.
May 20: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fitz and the Tantrums, and DJ Cassidy play a FREE show at Roseland Ballroom.
May 21: Majical Cloudz and Gobby play Glasslands.
May 21: Brenmar, Nick Hook, Sinjin Hawke, Julien Love, Carrot Green, André Laos, Pleasure Cruiser play Tammany Hall.
May 22: Total Control, Pop. 1280, Night Sins, and Sleepies play Mercury Lounge.
May 22: Of Montreal plays Music Hall of Williamsburg.
May 22: Chain and the Gang, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, Calvin Johnson, Erin Earthling play Ran Tea House.
May 23, 25, 26: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play Beacon Theater.
May 23: oOoOO, Selebrities, and Dark Sister play Glasslands.
May 24: Yacht plays Shea Stadium.
May 25: Benoit and Sergio plays Cameo Gallery.
May 25: Vår, Pharmakon, DJ Anthony Naples play The Rink.
May 26: Crystal Stilts, The So So Glos, Heaven's Gate, Dinowalrus, Trabajo play Brooklyn Knitting Factory.
26: The Shins, Man Man play Williamsburg Park.
Photos: Via The Bowery Presents