Wednesday, June 20
On their sixth album "WIXIW," Liars have headed into a more ambient and electronic zone than on any previous releases. Recorded in an unused office block in Los Angeles, the album is being released via classic UK electronic label Mute. At Webster Hall.
Also tonight: For a slice of funky post-punk check out The Rapture, and Brooklyn duo Tanlines at Vans House Parties, 25 Franklin St, Brooklyn. Free and all ages. Don't forget to RSVP online though.
Thursday, June 21
Blues singer and slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt struggled for years in the underground. Although she was often a critical favorite, it wasn't until her 10th album (1989's "Nick Of Time") and 20 years of of gigging that she enjoyed commercial and critical success. "Nick Of Time" also picked up a Grammy for Album Of The Year. Raitt is currently touring behind her first album in seven years, "Slipstream." At the Beacon Theatre.
Friday, June 22
Swedish five-piece The Hives play dirty garage rock with a snarling energy that brought them international fame after their 2004 album "Tyrannosaurus Hives." Compatriots of rock revivalists like The Strokes, The White Stripes and Franz Ferdinand, The Hives' new album (their fifth) "Lex Hives" recalls their rough and ready early sound. Check out the video for their first single from the record, "Go Right Ahead." It's theband's first independently produced album since their 1997 debut "Barely Legal." The band chose not to renew their record deal with Universal's Interscope label. At Terminal 5.
Saturday, June 23
It's Governor's Ball this weekend, and a host of big-name artists will be entertaining the masses on Randall's Island (in the East River, between East Harlem, the South Bronx and Astoria, Queens).
Today's bill features Kid Cudi, Passion Pit, super DJ pair Armand Van Helden and A-Trak in Duck Sauce, electro-funk duo Chromeo, melodic Minneapolis rappers Atmosphere and Santigold.
Sunday, June 24
Influenced by master bluesman John Fahey, Steve Gunn plays intricate fingerpicking blues and slide guitar. His breakthrough album, 2009's "Boerum Palace," melds American folk songs with a tinge of Indian raga influence. Fahey continues his June residency on Monday nights at Zebulon in Brooklyn tonight.
Tuesday, June 26
Actor, comedian and writer Donald Glover is best known for being a writer for "30 Rock," and his role as college student Troy Barnes on the NBC comedy series "Community." But as Childish Gambino — a name he found from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator — Glover released his first studio album "Camp" in late 2011, debuting at 11 in the Billboard 200 chart. At the Prospect Park Bandshell.
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