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.”

Courtney Barnett. Photo by Mia Mala McDonald.

Courtney Barnett. Photo by Mia Mala McDonald.

➡ 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.

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‘The Best of the Rest’ appears in the June 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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