Coming Attractions in Underground Music: May 2011

Odd Future is the biggest show this month for sure. Get in if you can. Otherwise, the Lightning Bolt and Big Freedia shows should be a blast.

The Odd Future Crew comes to the Paradise

By David Cooper.

Lightning Bolt, daily life, humanbeast. At The Met Cafe, Pawtucket, RI, May 1, 9 p.m., $10.

Lightning Bolt, the Rhode Island duo of Brian Chippendale and Brian Gibson, play brutally fast noise rock. This show is also a benefit for the Japanese Relief Fund.

Of Montreal, Painted Palms. At the Paradise, May 1, doors at 7 p.m., 18+, $26.50.

Of Montreal, the musical project of Kevin Barnes, tends to go all-out for their live performances. Last year, at the Paradise, Barnes crucified himself onstage. This should be fun replete with plenty of cross-dressing and costume changes.

MMOSS, Sore Eros. At Middlesex Lounge, May 4, 10 p.m., 21+, $3.

MMOSS plays vintage-sounding, psychedelic rock music, while Sore Eros writes psych pop songs. Psych out.

Fiery Furnaces. At the Lizard Lounge, May 7, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., 21+, $18.

The Fiery Furnaces are a brother and sister duo who play experimental pop music. For this show, only the two of them should be playing (they are usually accompanied by a full band), so this should be intimate.

Sleigh Bells, CSS, Mr. Dream, Wet Witch. At the Paradise, May 10, doors at 7 p.m., 18+, $20.

Sleigh Bells play crunchy, loud, pop music. CSS is a Brazilian electronic group. This show should be high decibel and fun.

Sleigh Bells — their pop music is crunchy and loud

Cass McCombs, Sleepy Very Sleepy. At Cafe 939, May 10, 8 p.m., $12.

Cass McCombs writes great indie rock and folk songs. He just released a new album, Wit’s End.

Geoff Mullen. At Café Fixe, May 10, 8 p.m., $5.

Geoff Mullen plays drone music using guitar and other electronics.

OFWGKTA. At the Paradise, May 12, 6 p.m., $15.

This show sold out super fast, so good luck getting in. Odd Future is the most hyped musical collective right now and for good reason. The young hip-hop crew from Los Angeles makes excruciatingly vile hip-hop music. This show should be a blast.

Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers. At the Orpheum Theatre, May 17, 7:30 p.m., $33.50.

Fleet Foxes just put out their second album, Helplessness Blues. They play indie folk music with incredible vocal harmonies. Lead singer Robin Pecknold’s voice is spectacular.

Big Freedia lets loose

Big Freedia, Javelin, What Cheer? Brigade. At Brighton Music Hall, May 30, 9 p.m., 18+, $12.

Big Freedia, the transgender queen of the New Orleans bounce scene, plays an interesting mix of dance and hip-hop music. She will most likely bring a troupe of dancers with her as well. Javelin plays fun, electronic dance music.

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