Well, here we are at the last weekend of June. We knew it would come eventually, but look on the bright side – summertime back and in full force, baby. Demand your entertainment and we’ll deliver. Psychedelic rock, a swirling ambiance, classic rock with classical influences? It’s all here. Pick and choose your favorites below…

  • We Are Country Mice | Friday, June 25 | 8:00 pm | 21+ | Cameo Gallery | New York, NY – Map | Classic, psychedelic rock of the late sixties/early seventies comes to life within these guys, it seems… an almost uncanny audible resemblance to some of the greats – at the risk of blasphemy, we’ll keep names to ourselves. Nevertheless the modern spin they’ve put on the genre is keeping our attention on the Brooklyn-based band, who, in addition to tonight’s appearance at the Northside Festival, will be playing scattered shows throughout the summer (check their official MySpace for more information). With Dream Diary, Viernes and Eternal Summer – for information, call (718) 302-1182.
  • Jason Karaban | Friday, June 25 | 10:00 pm | Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA – Map | If he hasn’t already, Los Angeles-based vocalist and tamer of musical ambiance may receive comparisons to fellow singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright once listeners bend an ear to the track “Look What You’ve Done (feat. Ani DiFranco)” – a most heartfelt compliment, if anything else. Known for his acoustics (previous performances and albums), tonight’s show will revolve around all the creative ways to implement a violin, bass, and drums in layered compositions. For more information, call (323) 653-0640‎.
  • Parenthetical Girls | Saturday, June 25 | 8:00 pm | 21+ | $12 | Coco 66, New York, NY – Map | First of all, we appreciate how the Portland, Oregon-based indie band uses their affinity with strategically-placed orchestrations and complex lyrics to their advantage during their cover of The Smiths’ “Handsome Devil”. But with another couple of spins around the track with the Parenthetical Girls, we’re given more insight into their sound – classical compositions? A broad vocal range? Brooding and recollection? Yep, all bases covered. And while it seems that we can’t really escape the Northside Festival this weekend, with acts such as this, we see no need in avoiding what’s to be a great line-up all around the city.
  • Dominique Young Unique | Saturday, June 25 | 10:00 pm | 18+ | $6 | Metro, Chicago, IL – Map | Combination rap, pop, and dance, the surprisingly young Tampa, Florida-based talent (at 18 years old) has edge and a mouth on her. And it makes us smile. Never taking herself too seriously, with some intricate beats, she is (quite simply) fresh and fun. Okay, we would ordinarily say more than, but we’re floored. Listen to “Show My Ass” and be floored, too. For more information, call (773) 549-0203.
  • Holy Rolling Empire | Sunday, June 27 | 9:00 pm | $5 | Echo Curio, Los Angeles, CA – Map | Hooray for new material! The last we really heard from the Tuscon, Arizona-based eclectic psychedelic rockband was their album, Gigantis, but its their latest album, Noise Will Be Noise, that works slightly as being a progressive move, slightly more polished, the sound and style remaining consistent overall. Word is that they’ll be playing some great shows, at least until mid-June – naturally, this is where we come in. With The Sea of Cortez and Atlantic Line – for more information, call (213) 977-1279‎.

Those our are picks and we’re sticking to ‘em. Who’s on your ‘to-see’ list this weekend?

Photo by Joe Unander