June 20 | On the heels of its fourth album, 2013's Free Your Mind, Australian synthpopulists Cut Copy embarked on a world tour, bringing along the band's anachronistic '80s dance parties that fit seamlessly between Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys. Classixx and Nile Delta open at 10 p.m. at the Joy Theater.
Wed. June 18 | San Francisco black metal outfit Deafheaven defied genre convention with its 2013 sophomore release Sunbather (Deathwish), which received critical praise for its huge, shoegaze-influenced sound. Little Rock, Arkansas, doom metal maestros Pallbearer, which released the excellent debut Sorrow and Extinction in 2012, and Wreck & Reference open at 8 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
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Fri. June 20 | Godfathers of New Orleans sludge Eyehategod emerged from the death of longtime drummer Joseph LaCaze in 2013 with the band's first full-length album in more than a decade. It's packed with rabid, feedbacked riffs. The band celebrates the release with a hometown show featuring Ringworm and Enabler at Southport Hall at 8 p.m.
Sun. June 22 | The upright bass-playing Dirty Projector's seventh solo endeavor, April's In the Hollows (Western Vinyl), was written in Maine while the songwriter trained for a marathon — the album is a minimal, intimate workout for his soul searching. Julie Odell opens at 10 p.m. at Circle Bar.