This week’s shows (5/2/2011-5/8/2011)

JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream, The Clap, Chandu’s – Tuesday, 5/3/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream (both from Nashville) are easily two of my favorite touring bands at the moment.  JEFF fuses thick stoner rock riffs with krauty rhythmic fluidity, while Heavy Cream plays catchy, aggressive punk, with a frontwoman who completely owns the stage.  Both are totally can’t-miss bands.  Locals The Clap and Chandu’s open.

Dead Rabbits

Dead Rabbits (EP release show), Mountain Lion, The Grenadines – Friday, 5/6/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

I’ve been a fan of Dead Rabbits for a little while now, but they have always been the kind of band that required a “they’re better live” qualification.  That’s no longer the case after their new A Record to Break EP, six great songs that find them settling into a sound and finally capturing the energy of their live shows.  Help them celebrate its release on Friday along with Mountain Lion and The Grenadines, and look for a proper review in the next few days.

Qurious (credit: Moe Castro)

Little Advances House Party, with Qurious and New Animal – Saturday, 5/7/2011 – 1268 Portland Ave

Come party with us.  There’s no cover, and we’ll have live music in the backyard from two of the city’s best young bands, Qurious and New Animal.  Plus, the music starts early, so you can come hang out, catch both bands, then still have time to make it to The Earl for Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun or 529 for Coliseum.  Feel free to wander back over after those shows wrap up, too.  I’ll remind you again later in the week.  RSVP here.

Del the Funky Homosapien

Del the Funky Homosapien, Clan Destined, The Nice Guise, Ethereal – 5/8/2011 – The Five Spot

Underground hip hop stalwart Del the Funky Homosapien is playing an inexplicably free show at The Five Spot on Sunday.  Show up early to make sure you get in, because this one should be incredible.  Locals Clan Destined, The Nice Guise, and Ethereal get things started.

500 Songs for Kids (various bands, check schedule) – 5/2/2011 through 5/6/2011 – Smith’s Olde Bar

The Songs for Kids Foundation is a non-profit that brings music to kids in need.  500 Songs for Kids is their annual benefit that features 500 bands playing 500 songs over the course of 10 days.  It wraps up this week, and there are a bunch of great locals contributing songs.  There’s bound to be someone you like playing on any give night,  so check the nightly schedule here and go support a good cause.

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