There are a lot of things that make for a perfect summer, but live music is definitely at the top of the list. Haven’t gotten a chance to check out who’s coming to town this month? We’ve got you covered. Kick off your summer the right way with these 5 shows, hand selected by the Sound of Boston staff.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BadBadNotGood at The Middle East Upstairs – Selected by Noah

BadBadNotGood looks like a jazz trio but sounds like something far more inventive. Known for their covers and reinterpretations of hip-hop songs, their most recent album, 2014’s III, was the first composed entirely of original material. Combining hip-hop beats and free improvisation, these three Humber College jazz students have created a truly unique sound.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tall Heights, Ballroom Thieves, & Darlingside at Lizard Lounge – Selected by Knar

With a triple local lineup this good, you just can’t say no. It’ll be quite the range of talent, with a duo, a trio, and a quartet who also all happen to be friends—perfect at an intimate club like Lizard Lounge. Expect enthusiastic folky goodness and heart-warming harmonizing.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tigers Jaw at The Middle East Downstairs – Selected by Amy

Although I was skeptical about the new album from Tigers Jaw after they lost 3 out of 5 of their members, the indie pop-punk band has a new, even refined, sound. Considering vocalist/keyboardist Brianna Collins says that this is the last TJ tour in the foreseeable future, it’s worth catching them while you can. Not to mention, both Tigers Jaw & openers Pity Sex are part of the Boston-based Run for Cover Records, so you’ll be supporting a local record label too!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The M Machine at Royale – Selected by TK

The M Machine are not your average electronic DJs—they’re fantastic performers who sing, edit loops, and control visuals in real time. Signed to Skrillex’s prestigious OWSLA records, these guys sure know how to incorporate emotion into what they produce and perform. 


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Phantogram at House of Blues Boston – Selected by Jenna

The last time electronic rock duo Phantogram came to Boston, they played at the Paradise. This time around, they’ve graduated to the much-larger House of Blues in support of their newest album Voices. The venue upgrade couldn’t be more appropriate for their anthemic, crushing sound. Your ears will be ringing for days after a set from these two—in the best way possible.   


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