FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Looking for inspiration for your next music project? Why not save up your pennies, buy a boat, and sail along the East Coast for eight months? It certainly worked for Denver’s husband-and-wife duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, who—after toiling away in a handful of lesser-known area bands—left their local scene behind them for the the tranquil waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Upon their return, Riley and Moore realized that—when it came to writing new music—their seafaring adventures made for a pretty good starting point. Thus, the lo-fi, ’60s-pop-inspired outfit Tennis was born, with the band releasing a three-song 7-inch on Underwater Peoples and reaching an unexpected critic’s darling status last year—all of which culminated in the debut full-length Cape Tory, released in January by Fat Possum Records. Tennis performs with Le Sera and Holiday Shores at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.
Also playing: Kurt Vile at AKA Music (7 p.m., all ages, free); Bobby Long + The Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $22-$39); The Get Up Kids + Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz at TLA (8 p.m., $25)
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
If you haven’t had your fill of low-fi, reverb-drenched, girl-fronted, garage-revival fuzz-pop, well, you probably already love L.A.’s Dum Dum Girls. The band is currently touring behind its brand-new four-song EP, He Gets Me High, the follow-up to last year’s full-length debut, I Will Be, on Sub Pop. The Dum Dum Girls performs with Minks, Party Photographers, and Dirty Beaches at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.
Also playing: The Get Up Kids + Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz at TLA (8 p.m., $25)
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
One of the legitimate knocks against indie-rock “super groups” is that the music usually takes a back seat to the names of the people who create it. So, when a new band like Wild Flag—which includes Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, The Minders’ Rebecca Cole, and Mary Timony—comes to town, you probably wouldn’t think twice before giving the music a listen. But would you be so quick to reach for your headphones if you had never heard of anyone in the band? Eh….if you’re being honest, the answer is probably “no.” However, the good news is that “Glass Tambourine,” Wild Flag’s first official studio recording (which premiered today at NPR Music), stands on its own merit. Wild Flag performs with Yellow Fever at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.
Also playing: 7th Annual WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert featuring Josh Ritter + Lizanne Knott, Suzie Brown, Scot Sax, Kuf Knotz at World Cafe Live (7 p.m., $25); Paint It Black + Screaming Females, Punch, Iron Chic, and Give at First Unitarian Church; (5 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT).
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