Dirty Beaches, Heathered Pearls, X-Ray Eyeballs: Mercury Lounge, June 26, $13
Alex Zhang Hungtai makes rockabilly-indebted lo-fi as Dirty Beaches. Ranging from Suicide-influenced pop to crackling ambient, his music is as beautiful as it is uncompromising. If you'd rather catch Hungtai in Brooklyn, he'll also be playing Friday at Glasslands for a "dreampop collaboration set" with Heathered Pearls and Eola.
Wednesday, June 26, 9:30 pm, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street (between Essex and Ludlow streets); 212-260-4700.
Courtney Love, Starred: Capitol Theatre, June 27, $35
Ever-controversial rock-star queen Courtney Love is embarking on a huge solo tour. Along for the ride is Starred, whose burnt-out sound and California-glam style has made them one of our favorite new acts. If you can't make it Thursday, both acts are also playing The Paramount on Sunday.
Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Avenue (between North Pearl and Broad Street), Port Chester, New York; 914-937-4126.
4Knots Music Festival: Kurt Vile, Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts, The Men, Hunters, White Lung, The Babies, Reigning Sound, Fat Tony, Heliotropes: Prospect Park, June 29, FREE
The Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival returns to the South Street Seaport with a lineup that includes some of the best guitar bands in the business. Headlining is the always-great Kurt Vile, along with guitar-savant Marnie Stern, NY punks Parquet Courts, Refinery29 favorites Hunters, and more. Best of all, it's FREE!
June 29, 1 p.m., South Street Seaport.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
June 24: Peaches plays Brooklyn Academy of Music.
June 25: Wise Blood, The-Drum, and Pegasus Warning play Glasslands.
June 25: Action Bronson plays Santos Party House.
June 25: Sinkane, Kitty, and Silent Drape Runners play a FREE show at The DL.
June 26: The Neighbourhood plays Music Hall of Williamsburg.
June 27: Prefuse 73 plays Output.
June 27: Q-Tip OFFLINE plays Stage 48.
June 28: Dirty Beaches dream pop collaboration set w/ Heathered Pearls & Eola at Glasslands.
June 28: Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), TEEN, and Cassandra Jenkins play Music Hall of Williamsburg.
June 28: Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bass Drum of Death play South Street Seaport.
June 29: Cold Cave plays 285 Kent.
June 29: A.C. Newman, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Ted Leo, Doug Gillard, Charles Bissell of the Wrens, and more play a tribute to Scott Miller at Cake Shop.
June 29: Lil B, Clams Casino, and Keyboard Kid Music Hall of Williamsburg.
June 29: Os Mutantes, Javelin, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang play a FREE show at Prospect Park Bandshell.
June 29: David Byrne and St. Vincent play Capitol Theatre.
June 30: Small Black and Heavenly Beat play Music Hall of Wiliamsburg.
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