This Week's Top Concerts: The Power Female Edition


They say that it’s a male dominated world, but with power females like these, we beg to differ. Check out these women dominating the stages this week (and a few men too):

Neko Case, The Warfield, 6/9-6/10: Just in case you can’t make it to tonight’s performance, an encore is lined up for tomorrow, so there’s really no excuses. Miss Case gained fame by working on the New Pornographer’s debut album, but she’s held her ground and is proving to be one of indie’s new leading ladies with her fiercely independent and artistic voice. She’s definitely someone to keep your eye on these days.

Kelli Rudick, Amnesia, 6/11: Probably one of the most interesting and cutting edge artists as far as guitar work is concerned; Brooklyn-based Kelli Rudick exhibits a talent that is bound to emerge and soar to the masses before you can blink an eye. She explores space within sound utilizing guitars, loop station, array mbira, and a nail violin, sounding much more like a 6-man experimental group than one fierce little lady. If you miss her live finger picking skills, we’re sure you’ll be sorry.

The Constantines and Crystal Antlers, Rickshaw Stop, 6/11: The Constantines have already reached high acclaim from the folks over at the Associate Press and the New York Times for their 2008 album, Kensington Heights, but their 15 minutes of fame isn’t over just yet. The Toronto rock quintet will be featuring new versions of their last album as well as some new tracks off of Too Slow For Love EP. Their openers, Crystal Antlers have been reaching just as much, if not more buzz from the likes of Pitchfork. These 60’s-inspired noise gurus are bringing a new sound and persona to the mix with a hard-to-fit-in-a-box genre that still carries style and talent.

Thee Oh Sees open for Jay Reatard, The Independent, 6/13: We can’t resist promoting one of the best underground garage rock bands around, and the best part? They’re local to our great city. Lead singer, Brigid Dawson balances out the looming eeriness of the rest of the band by elegantly harmonizing with the infamous John Dwyer (formerly of the Coachwhips and Pink And Brown etc.). Don’t miss this gritty power performance at The Independent.

Bat For Lashes, Great American Music Hall, 6/13: This British singer/songwriter/visual artist with a lust-worthy fashion sense brings her experimental work through multi-media and sound installations to The Great American Music Hall this Saturday. Bat For Lashes aka Natasha Khan has been the quiet temptress for a couple years now, but is now just reaching fame with her new album Two Suns that debuted in April. 

Art Brut, The Independent, 6/15: As off-color as their band name’s intentions, this mix of English and German indie vets are showing off their latest album Art Brut vs. Satan (produced by Pixies’ frontman, Frank Black) in a performance that we’re sure will be as grungy and satirical as the album title.


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