Emo rockers By Surprise take over Kung Fu Necktie tonight for an evening of non-stop classic indie rock jams at the monthly Strangled by the Stereowire party. It’s their first live show since December, as well as a 90’s indie / alt showcase night where DJs Johnny and Mike spin everything from Pavement to Dinosaur Jr. to Blur and Superchunk and more. People attending can tweet their 90’s indie-alterna song requests to @SBTSW or #SBTSW. Get ready to ride the emotional rollercoaster down memory lane. Did we mention the best part? It’s free.
By Surprise is currently working on their follow up to 2011’s Mountain Smashers, so you can expect some new material tonight from the Jersey natives. You may even catch them doing a cover of Archers of Loaf, too (though not the song that the DJ night takes its name from). The show starts at 10:30 and goes ’til 2am. Free admission, 21+ to get in.
Get ready for a throwback to the grunge era tonight with ’90s alt rockers Dinosaur Jr. as they perform at Union Transfer on their I Bet On Sky tour. The band, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their renowned 1987 album You’re Living All Over Me this year, reunited in 2005 after taking an eight-year break. The all-ages show tonight begins at 9; more ticket information is available here. Below, check out the new video for “Watch the Corners.”
Electric guitar wizard and Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo teamed up with one of his 80s alt-rock brethren – J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. – to cover the instrumental Fleetwood Mac number “Albatross,” a song originally recorded in 1969 and released during the Mac’s heady pre-Buckingham / Nicks era. You can stream their cover below, and compare it against a live BBC performance of the original from 1970. “Albatross” will appear on Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, which will be released in August by Starbucks’ Hear Music label, and will also feature contributions from Best Coast, Marianne Faithful, The New Pornographers and Tame Impala. Lee Ranaldo Band will be joining us next week for the XPoNential Music Festival; they play the Jersey Arts Marina stage on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. You can pick up your tickets or passes here; early bird prices for the festival have been extended through July 11.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
After ending an eight-year hiatus in 2005, Dinosaur Jr. released two albums, but their current five-stop tour (which started in their hometown of Northampton, Mass.) will only be featuring their third album, Bug—the whole grungy, feedback-filled, ’90s alt-rock masterpiece in its entirety. The band toured in support of its last two albums, but this tour is undoubtedly crafted to allow fans to indulge in the nostalgia of Bug. Providing the material for reminiscing will be long-time friend and Black Flag front man Henry Rollins, who will conduct a 15-minute interview before Dinosaur launches into their set, talking about the album’s creation, poking around for amusing anecdotes and such. According to a review by the Hartford Courant, the first go at the on-stage Q&A was pretty awkward, with Rollins being far more talkative than the reticent Dinosaur band members. But if fans are curious enough to hear the backstory of the beloved album, they can bare with it. Dinosaur Jr. plays with Off! at 8:30 p.m. at the Electric Factory; tckets for the all-ages show are $29.50. —Danielle Wayda
The May 2011 release of Sloan’s latest album, The Double Cross, marked the Canadian band’s 20th year together. In all that time, their line-up has remained (almost miraculously) unchanged. Sloan is also noted for another oddity in the music industry: each of its four members (all Halifax natives) has contributed songs for every album. This balance is perhaps why they’re still together two decades later. Their 1991 debut, Smeared, is consistently voted one of Canada’s top albums of all time, coming in ahead of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and they’ve been dubbed “Canada’s Nirvana.” But their music is more power-pop than grunge; it slides between punk rock jams and catchy ballads with ease. Sloan performs with HotKid at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. —Kiley Bense
Also playing: Katy Perry + Robyn, Marina And The Diamonds at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m., $39.50-$47.50); Koo Koo Kanga Roo + Brick and Mortar, Ecomog, Attack Slug at The Fire (5 p.m., $10); Pat McGee + Deep River, Boots Factor at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $29-$39)
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Owl City + Mat Kearney, Unwed Sailor at The Mann Center (7 p.m., $28); Peter Gabriel + The New Blood Orchestra at Susquehanna Bank Center (8 p.m., $45–$280); Eddie Vedder + Glen Hansard at Tower Theatre (7:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Garland Jeffereys at Sellersville Theater (8 p.m., $29.50); Bootsy Collins at The Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $36-$50.50); June Divided + Kingsfoil; Alright, Junior, Weatherstar at The Trocadero (6:30 p.m., all ages, $12)
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
F*cked Up + Jeff The Brotherhood, Dry Feet at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $12-$13); Legendary Shack Shakers + The Sideshow Prophets, The Rumblers at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $12)