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Gary Lucas

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the whiz-bang guitarist will provide a musical afterward to a spinning of the late Jeff Buckley’s Grace on this venue’s ultra-high-end sound system. Lucas — who will also perform — co-wrote and played on Buckley’s only full release, a gorgeous accommodation of the sacred and the profane even David Bowie considers a desert-island disk.

Sun., Sept. 14, 4 p.m., 2014

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BOYTOY

The wad of ascending killer bands flooding from Brooklyn’s DIY punk pantheon truly is the shit. The stellar barrage is relentless, and now BOYTOY has joined the tribe. Like Potty Mouth and Amanda X, grungy co-ed trio BOYTOY–its moniker righteously swiped from the 80’s heyday of Madonna’s glorious Like A Virgin reign—melts the lo-fi godhead hook-centric indie pop simplicity made legendary by K Records with the contagiously sweet 90’s-era Boston rockin’ rollick sounds of Belly, Throwing Muses and The Breeders. BOYTOY’s debut EP, released earlier this year, slays with hooks galore, gushing with syrupy pogo-crazed riffers on its seven sun-soaked anthems, their bass-less tunes the sublime summer soundtrack. Plus they even have a rad vid featuring that SNL dude, Horatio Sanz.

Fri., Aug. 29, 11:59 p.m., 2014

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Heaven’s Jail

Chin-stroking cover art and an NPR co-sign are only two of the things Brooklyn’s Heaven’s Jail Band has going for it. Possessed of a tremulous voice and a laureate’s pen, singer Francesco Ferorelli is at equally at home squaring off with searing electric blues licks and folksy, finger-plucked acoustic guitars. Think a more populist, self-contained Mountain Goats. Great things lay ahead for this group, and for everyone willing to listen; Ace Called Zero, its non-Bandcamp debut, drops August 26.

Thu., Aug. 28, 8 p.m., 2014

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Cuddle Magic

The Brooklyn-based chamber pop ensemble weaves a kaleidoscopic tapestry of uncanny soundscapes, unconventional instrumentation, and dense note clusters on their recent self-titled album, Cuddle Magic and Phyllis Chen, a collaboration with the toy piano virtuoso. Chen’s miniature keyboard creates potent textures, and it’s no gimmick–John Cage employed the child’s plaything starting in 1948–and it adds an unfiltered sense of wonder and restless spirit to the beguiling lyrics, some of which come from Edna St. Vincent Millay. Refracted through a fun house mirror, this is what avant-pop sounds like in the mirror stage before the id gets checked by the ego of commercialism.

Sun., Aug. 3, 8 p.m., 2014

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow

With its band members scattered across three cities on two continents (none of them in Scotland), a Sunny Day in Glasgow were forced to put together their new album, Sea When Absent, by emailing back and forth. The result is far more together than you might expect. Dreamy vocals evoke the Cocteau Twins and guide disjointed melodies over clattering percussion and crashing guitars. It all seems on the verge of falling apart before crystallizing into joyously sweet harmonies that make this sublime record one of the best of the summer.

Sat., July 26, 8 p.m., 2014

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Milk ‘n’ Cookies

Let’s take you back to the late ’70s/early 80s, where power pop and Trouser Press reign supreme. These were the original days of skinny jeans, of floppy haircuts, and of impossibly lo-fi guitar fuzz. There are the days before Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils would pick up their pedals, but these are the days that preceded them. No wonder their label, Captured Tracks, has a reissue label now, and most recently have signed Milk ‘N’ Cookies, the mid-70s bratty Long Island band. With songs like “Not Enough Girls In The World” and “Tinkertoy Tomorrow,” you know these gents don’t take themselves too seriously–and sometimes, that’s all you need.

Thu., July 3, 8 p.m., 2014

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Radioactivity+Bad Sports

There’s garage punk and then there’s Texan garage punk. Think Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, VIDEO. Remember when there was the danger that the Marked Men might disband? Phew! Radioactivity flourish in this world, perhaps at the forefront. Here’s why: they’re a supergroup, made up of all the aforementioned bands. Their music often veers into pop-punk territory, so if you’re thinking about converting that emo friend into some quality down south rock ‘n’ roll, look no further. It’s fast, it’s danceable, it’s undeniable. Yeehaw!

Mon., June 30, 8 p.m., 2014

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Lust For Youth+Pharmakon+Container+Uniform

Fresh off the release of their yearning and emotionally transparent LP International, Lust For Youth will headline this schizophrenic lineup as part of the massive Northside Festival. Lust For Youth’s driving tunes hold well on their own, but it remains to be seen how sturdy synth-pop will hold against the skewed, caustic techno of Container and the power electronics of Pharmakon, whose Abandon, also on Sacred Bones, was a highlight of 2013.

Sat., June 14, 10 p.m., 2014

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Ringo Deathstarr+Heaven

There are a lot of terrible band names out there. Of these bands, many suffer from a pressure to be cleverer-than-thou and that usually results in some really, really bad puns. The only way to overcome this is to be in a really fucking good band. Austin shoegaze noise punks Ringo Deathstarr must know this, and they’re better because of it. They’ve toured with the Smashing Pumpkins and are known for putting on an oppressively loud live show a la Nothing. You might not want to tell your friends the name of the band you’re seeing, but you’re definitely going to want them to come along.

Tue., June 10, 8 p.m., 2014

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Grandma Sparrow+Megafaun

Before Joe Westerland helps create finger-picking orchestral magic in avant-folkie unit Megafaun tonight, he’ll give you a play date you won’t soon forget with no naptime. Enter the gloriously freaky show of the snazzy fedora, goofy paper nose and specs-wearing Grandma Sparrow (Wusterland’s bat-shit alter ego) and from his creative mind he’s dreamt up a narrative filled with magical music and bizarro characters. On the super-fun Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra, Grandma immaculately colors a childlike song cycle for grownups in the form of a corny, yet inventive, conceptual epic. In Grandma’s neighborhood, there’s a children’s choir, horns, strings and ear-candied ditties that fill an eclectic psych-pop rainbow colored with improvisational weirdness while riding a 60’s-styled rock peace train. This playdate is some trippy, deep shit.

Fri., May 2, 8 p.m., 2014