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OUT COME THE WOLVES

Earlwolf the album may not be happening, but the duo of Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from hip-hop collective Odd Future spit their rhymes at Irving Plaza tonight as part of the Governors Ball afterparties. This may be your only chance to see their single, “Orange Juice,” performed live onstage — of the project, Tyler said in an online forum, “I’m not in the mind frame to do a whole album of that sh**. I don’t want to do it. maybe one day when I don’t want to make clothing and furniture and gay-ass fruity music about lakes and sh**.” Odd Future are known for their unhinged stage antics, so don’t miss this one.

Sat., June 7, 11:30 p.m., 2014

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Watain

For all the hoo-ha about how scary and threatening Scandinavian black metal is, few bands actually cover themselves in animal blood and worship Satan, and even fewer make it to the States to tour. One of the lucky ones—if you want to call them that—is Watain, a Swedish group who have boasted about making audiences vomit from the smell of their own putrid, blood-soaked clothes. So tonight will be a sort of litmus test for just how much Irving Plaza can take, when the band stops through to promote their latest album, The Wild Hunt. With In Solitude and Tribulation.

Tue., Oct. 8, 7 p.m., 2013

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GROUP LOVE

Maybe you have conflicted feelings about Girls—we read your Facebook post about it, we swear—but credit where credit’s due: Even though it was also the theme song for Snookie & JWoww, Icona Pop’s club-to-charts crossover anthem “I Love It” didn’t blow up to national audiences until a fishnet-clad Lena Dunham jumped up and down to its four-on-the-floor beat. In advance of their forthcoming This Is … Icona Pop, out September 24, the Swedish duo play Webster Hall with K. Flay and Sirah. Be on the lookout for Charli XCX: The impossibly talented 21-year-old Londoner featured on “I Love It” originally had her own Gramercy Theatre gig scheduled for tonight, but that’s been postponed to November and moved to Irving Plaza.

Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., 2013

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Johnny Marr

Thursday, May 2 Johnny Marr @ Irving Plaza
With the release of Johnny Marr’s first true solo album, The Messenger, the alt-rock guitar icon sounds as though he’s finally rediscovered his interest in the jangly, dynamic passion plays he pioneered with the Smiths. And while the record undeniably lacks the tempestuous Shakespearean drama his former foil Morrissey brought to that band, it evokes the essence of Marr’s alma mater. The real treat is that he’s a capable enough singer in his own right, and in concert he’s been blending set lists with Messenger tracks and songs he recorded with the Smiths and his ’90s supergroup Electronic.

Thu., May 2, 7 p.m., 2013

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Soundgarden

In the ’90s, no grunge band played heavier, shrieked louder or spaced out quite like Soundgarden. Now that they’ve released King Animal, the sort of “good comeback record” all reunion bands strive for, they’re back to business as usual, playing super-charged concerts full of anxious intensity and sweat (lots of sweat). Frontman Chris Cornell’s voice might not waft up to the rafters the way it did 20 years ago, but, as they proved at last year’s Irving Plaza record-release show, he and his bandmates still play the heavy, lumbering grooves that made them legends like it’s 1992.

Tue., Jan. 22, 8 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 23, 8 p.m., 2013

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Ah, CMJ, the music festival that charges a hefty $325 to $549 for a badge. But if you can’t afford one, not to worry. Tonight, the best offering—booked by outsider blog Ad Hoc—is unofficial, meaning that the badge won’t help you get inside the 285 Kent doors. There you will find Le1f, DJ/producer Physical Therapy, “Nas Gave Me a Perm” rapper Mykki Blanco, Estonian bedroom-house artist Maria Minerva, and exoticist shoegaze duo Prince Rama. If that’s not fun, you can head to Irving Plaza to see Rich Kidz and Jasmine Solano open for Mystikal and Silkk the Shocker.

Fri., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., 2012

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Ah, CMJ, the music festival that charges a hefty $325 to $549 for a badge. But if you can’t afford one, not to worry. Tonight, the best offering—booked by outsider blog Ad Hoc—is unofficial, meaning that the badge won’t help you get inside the 285 Kent doors. There you will find Le1f, DJ/producer Physical Therapy, “Nas Gave Me a Perm” rapper Mykki Blanco, Estonian bedroom-house artist Maria Minerva, and exoticist shoegaze duo Prince Rama. If that’s not fun, you can head to Irving Plaza to see Rich Kidz and Jasmine Solano open for Mystikal and Silkk the Shocker.

Fri., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., 2012

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QUEENS GET THE MONEY

Since releasing their first proper album last September, the men of Das Racist have stayed busy. Besides touring, Kool A.D. released two mixtapes (start with the second, the Bay-centric 51), hype man Dapwell has brought his Chillin’ Island to East Village Radio while continuing work on his on Winky Taterz EP, and Heems has built his Greedhead Records into a label worth watching, using it to release his own outstanding Nehru Jackets tape, as well as new music from ultra-talented friends like Le1f, Lakutis, and SAFE, all of whom will be performing tonight when the group hits Irving Plaza. Remember when everyone still thought they were just joking?

Mon., Oct. 15, 7 p.m., 2012

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MISSISSIPPI MAN

Big K.R.I.T. may be young, but he’s always been an old soul. Though he sent his breakthrough K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape into the Internet ether at 23, it was as mature a release as you’ll likely be able to find, mixing Southern rap traditionalism—its “Country Shit” takes you to school on the subject—with wise reflections well beyond his years. June’s Live From the Underground, meanwhile, picked up where the tape left off, taking its rapper/producer all the way to the top of the Billboard Rap Albums chart, and tonight he celebrates at Irving Plaza. With Slim Thug, the Houston legend who’s still tippin’ after all these years.

Thu., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., 2012

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OFF TO THE RACES

After months of being called unkind names, such as a YouTube flash in the pan, a PR product, and Everything That Is Wrong With Music, Lana Del Rey finally released Born to Die, the much anticipated—or at least much talked about—follow-up to viral hits “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans,” moving off the Internet and up the Billboard albums chart. And though none of the album’s 15 songs reached the spellbinding heights of those two singles, it surrounded them with a group of tunes that develop the Del Rey character and sound in a handful of interesting ways, whether through Lolita Americana or British trip-hop. Tonight, she begins a three-night run of shows at Irving Plaza with “I’ma Read” rapper Zebra Katz warming up the crowd.

Thu., June 7, 8 p.m., 2012