Music To Your Ears: Bands To Hear This Week

by Mara Siegler · March 1, 2011

Want to rock out this week or maybe kick back and groove it slowly? Or perhaps, you just want to dance, dance, dance your personal revolution? You're in luck!  As always, there are some great musicians playing this week that are guaranteed to satisfy your aural cravings.

Tuesday, March 1

Elizabeth and The Catapult @ Rockwood

This band plays fun pop rock that makes you want to bounce around as you smile at front-woman Elizabeth Zimmerman's clever lyrics. "If you want a girl to be your mother go find another, go find another one. You only call me when your life’s going under, I’m not just a cover, not just a cover up." [Via]

Other Picks:

Soulive @ Brooklyn Bowl

Jessica 6 @ Mercury Lounge

Melvin Van Peebles @ Zebulon

Wednesday, March 2

The Get Up Kids @ Webster Hall

The Get Up Kids split in 2005, reunited temporarily in 2008, and are now back together with a new album, There are Rules. See them before they break up again. [Via]

Other Picks:

Marc Ribot @ Rose Live Music

Ed Banger @ Mercury Lounge

Tennis @ Bowery Ballroom

Thursday, March 3

Smith Westerns, Miniature Tigers @ Mercury Lounge

The members of this Pitchfork-approved indie rock band are all under 20 years old and poised to make a major breakthrough. Having toured with MGMT last year, they'll be opening next for Wilco and Yeasayer and make a stop at Bonaroo. [Via]

Other Picks:

Get Up Kids @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dum Dum Girls @ Glasslands

Friday, March 4

Dum Dum Girls @ Bowery Ballroom

Go and get the angst of the week out by listening to hot chicks in red lipstick play garage rock. Frontwoman Dee Dee Penny recently talked to the Boston Globe and described her process as:

It went like this: I wrote five songs on my nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, and I realized I obviously have a love for folk music and I’m a huge Mamas & Papas fan. I could have recorded an album that sounded like that, but that’s not where my interest is right now. I wanted it to be tougher than that. So it made a lot of sense to pair the melodies and pretty harmonies with something tougher.’’ [Via]

Other Picks:

DJ Medhi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dinosaur Feathers, Motel Motel @ Cake Shop

Art Brut @ Webster Hall

Robert Randolph @ Brooklyn Bowl

Black Taxi @ Mercury Lounge

Marnie Stern @ Santos

Saturday, March 5

Mike Snow, Major Lazer, Santigold, DJ Mehdi and So Me @ Terminal 5

Are you sick of "Animal" yet? Of course not. Miike Snow played a lot of shows over the summer months, but enough time has passed since they graced New York to get genuinely pumped about this show.

Other Picks:

Deer Tick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dinosaur Feathers, Motel Motel @ Cameo Gallery

Beets @ Bruar Falls

Telepath @ Highline Ballroom