Long holiday weekend? Check. Official start of summer? Double-check. No matter what your plans are for the weekend, the trick is to keep the smiles coming and be surrounded by awesomeness.Whether you’re ahead of us or not, we’re are here to deliver the goods – a spectrum featuring various types of rock, with layering influences and modern takes. The soundtrack to our lives? Perhaps, just maybe. Let the good times roll, and all that jazz. Commence the fun in the sun by checking  out our picks for the weekend below…

  • Dangermuffin | Friday, May 25 | 8:00 pm | 21+ | $7 | Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – Map | Sometimes summertime calls for mellow, homegrown musical styles — among others. But it’s only natural to veer towards those that inspire visuals of festivals, beach outings, and relaxing with the best of them. South Carolina-based Dangermuffin brings that with edge and swagger, but mostly a chill coolness about them. Americana, reggae and rock flavor with  hints of groove, jazz, and modern funk makes for a pleasant kickback experience. Try their track “Battle” on for size, if you haven’t had the foresight to do so already. American Babies, Tall Tall Trees - Buy Tickets
  • Jail Weddings | Friday, May 25 | 9:00 pm | 21+ | $8 | The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA – Map | This Los Angeles-based musical outfit manages to work the ultra avant-garde angle while taking listeners on a musical history tour and exposing them to the wonders of modern experimentation.  We wonder how their compositions would work onstage at The Pantages? They just recently released an EP entitled Four Future Standards , an event that will be marked this evening, so expect a set list ripe with layered, fun, colorful new material. With  Don Juan Y Los Blancos, Chris Price – Buy Tickets
  • Echosuite | Saturday, May 26 | 7:30 pm | 21+ | $10 | Mercury Lounge, New York, NY – Map | Introspective and melancholy done well without running the risk of being too stereotypically emo — that would be Echosuite. The Manhattan-based band delivers a mix between the aforementioned and the power ballad, if only with a little more edge. Nestled somewhere between Coldplay and Snow Patrol (and perhaps The Fray and Carolina Liar), you could play their’ melodies at random during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and we’d still want to know more about them other than the fact that they  punctuated the drama in Meredith Grey’s life with a flourish. With Analogue Transit - Buy Tickets
  • A Friend Called Fire | Saturday, May 26 | 9:00 pm | 18+ | $8 in advance, $10 day of show | Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL – Map | If you ever wanted to visualize the sound of rock coming alight, then this band might actually be the one to deliver. There’s a reason that “fire” is a central component of their name. Rock becomes electric becomes alternative with a seemingly tested balance of opposing but complementing octaves, from vocals to guitars. Rich with substance, with sheen and brilliance, this is about as fresh as you can get. With Holding Mercury, Workout Music – Buy Tickets
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets | Sunday, May 27 | 8:30 pm | 21+ | Free | The Echo, Los Angeles, CA – Map |  Once we heard the LA-based band’s style self-described as “open heart surgery chamber pop, we knew we were in for some kind of a treat. So, once upon a time there was this great wave of music that touched the mid- to late-nineties in which rock/folk rock/experimental rock incorporated a bit of swing and jazz while loving up all components in one classic-modern melting pot of delicious layering. Kind Hearts and Coronets are kinda bringing that back, and we thank them very much. With Mad Planet, Tenlons Fort – for more information, call (213) 413-8200.

Those are our picks and we’re sticking to ‘em. Who’s on your To See List this weekend?

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