Joe McGinty, formerly of the Psychedelic Furs, plays piano. You sing.
Big Ups is fighting rock music’s plague of self-seriousness with one head-spinning, fist-swinging tirade at a time. In turn, they leave you fighting for fully functioning auditory senses in the tradition of Dischord Records’ entire roster, but it’s a fair price to pay for witnessing frontman Joe Galarraga wail lines like, “TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THAT IT’S NOT OVER YET/WON’T GIVE UP ON THE DREAMS THAT WE DREAMT” over the airtight jackhammering of his band. (There’s no doubt that his lyrics are translated into all caps on paper.) $7
Aussie punks Total Control pull from garage rock, synth-pop and grunge to make something surprisingly refined. Consider the show a rude (but awesome) awakening to spring. $10
Let's just say there are certainly worse ways to spend a Sunday evening in spring than listening to indie-pop masters The Shins on the Brooklyn waterfront. $45
Signs of life have popped up on Crystal Stilts' follow-ups to their breakthrough debut, Alight of Night, since culminating in a near perfect five-track package with 2011's Radiant Door EP. While their sound still favors swaddled blacks and grays to a rainbow-hued prism of pop, tonight it'll play foil to The So So Glos' boldly colored punk for a showcase of Brooklyn's best. $12
Dan Neustadt, keyboard player for Northern Bells and The Hold Steady, plays a classic album front to back every week. Past selections have included Beck's "Mutations" and Weezer's "Blue Album"