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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, June 2
The recorded output of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs save, perhaps, for its trash-punk debut EP and moments on 2003's Fever to Tell hasn't been able to compare to the trio's live shows, which are carried by the herky-jerky charisma of vocalist Karen O. But this year's "Zero" comes close to capturing the artsy NYC act's hipster-lightning in a bottle: A quivering guitar beehive quietly murmurs as Ms. O shrieks and coos her way through a chorus, before the song crescendos and explodes in a new-wave jumble of keyboards, steady heartbeats and rumbling riffs. At the Pageant. More details.
Eternal jammers Phish play the unlikely Fox Theatre, Dave Matthews Band brings along the Hold Steady (?), the adorable Jenny Lewis plays the Pageant, local-ish boys the White Rabbits play the Firebird, and more.