- Photo by Kai Z. Feng
June 7 | Bruno Mars (aka Peter Gene Hernandez) is having a great year. In January, he won the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy Award for Unorthodox Jukebox. More than 110 million viewers watched him perform the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, and he was just nominated as Billboard's top artist of the year. Aloe Blacc opens at 8 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center.
Tue. June 3 | The least metal band on Relapse Records, Philadelphia shoegazer Nothing marries gorgeous melodies with sheets of deafening noise. The band's bloody-valentine debut, Guilty of Everything, arrived in March. Superheaven and Woozy open at 10 p.m. at Siberia.
- Photo by Jerry Moran
Wed. June 4 | Singer, songwriter and grizzled guitar rocker Anders Osborne plays a free concert at Wednesday at the Square. Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot open at 5 p.m. at Lafayette Square.
Wed. June 4 | Based in Los Angeles, the Afro-funk collective Orgone cut its teeth backing MCs Pharaohe Monch and Tone-Loc, laying down a Soderberghian soundtrack of roiling bass lines, skyward horns and soul vocals. Its latest original release is 2013's New You (Ubiquity). Hazy Ray opens at 9:30 p.m. at Maison.
Thu. June 5 | Vancouver garage-pop trio The Courtneys released a self-titled debut (Hockey Dad Records) in 2013, a throwback to Flying Nun and K Records' brand of sunny, sloppy indie-pop. Jangly, hook-laced guitars fly by sing-along melodies fit for windows-down drives in decidedly non-Canadian locales — see mid-album track "90210." At 10 p.m. at Circle Bar.
Sun. June 8 | Austin, Texas' Jitterbug Vipers incorporate throwback rock influences into early jazz stylings, for a sound the band has dubbed "swingadelic." Its 2013 release Phoebe's Dream adds trippy notes to swinging jazz arrangements. At 10 p.m. at d.b.a.
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Sun. June 8 | The greasy, funky industrial-electronic outfit arrives in New Orleans a week into a tour in support of May release Spooky Tricks. DJ Toxic Rainbow, SPEx and DJs Angelle, Saturnine and Sneauxball open at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.