Summerfest, schmummerfest. Fill your playlist with these songs to get you in the mood for the season’s best (eclectic!) musical performances.
➡ Shabazz Palaces | June 5 | The Rave
The spacey production on the experimental hip-hop duo’s “Forerunner Foray” makes the Lese Majesty cut feel like an interstellar transmission to alien beings.
➡ Ani DiFranco | June 6 | Pridefest
The prolific folk songstress still embodies the diverse character and lasting presence she shelled out on 1995’s prescient “32 Flavors.”
➡ The Olives | June 13 | Bremen Cafe
The city bids farewell to the sneering all-female punk band (this its final show), but unlike the group’s most scornful track, this doesn’t mean “Friendship Terminated.”
➡ Belle & Sebastian, Courtney Barnett | June 19 | Pabst Theater
Belle & Sebastian headlines the night, but Courtney Barnett’s wry musings, especially on Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit standout “Depreston,” will steal the show.
➡ Dummerfest | June 20 | The Metal Grill
The frenzied hardcore punks of Get Rad know a thing or two about anarchy. The blitzing track “Who Can You Trust?” may as well be rhetorical.
➡ My Morning Jacket | June 20-21 | Riverside Theater
The southern rockers rise again on the murky, sprawling epic “Spring (Among The Living)” from May’s release, The Waterfall.
➡ Metz | July 27 | Cactus Club
The Toronto trio’s heavy, scuzzy punk rock on “Spit You Out” recalls the coarse, grueling bile of fellow Sub Pop signees Nirvana.
➡ Alt-J | July 29 | Riverside Theater
The British indie-rockers shoot from the hip on the uncharacteristic acid rock of “Left Hand Free.”
➡ Primus and Dinosaur Jr. | Aug. 6 | The Rave
This strange bill mixes Primus’ funky metal with seminal indie-rockers Dinosaur Jr., who may find renewed dynamism for 1988’s guitar-laden “Freak Scene” when beholding the split audience.