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Another stacked week of shows with TV on the Radio's Rain Machine headlining The Independent tonight, San Francisco's garage rockers Leopold and His Fiction at Hemlock Tuesday and Norway's insanely entertaining electro act Datarock at Slim's Thursday.
The bad news is that Saturday's would-be dance party with Sweden's uber-hyped electropop act Miike Snow at Bottom of the Hill is very, very sold out. Ticketless indie fans have a solid backup option, however, with British post-punk-leaning shoegazers The Horrors headlining the Independent. We are simply in love with their 2009 Mercury Prize nominated release Primary Colours -- the 8-minute epic of a single Sea Within a Sea is one of our favorite tracks of the year, slightly edging out their crosstown show rival Miike Snow's remixed to death blog hit Animal. Think My Bloody Valentine, sans the ear bleed inducing noise.
And while it certainly is not for the crowd-phobic (last year attendance estimates were 700,000+) with 81 bands there is literally something for everyone at this weekends' Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival -- be sure to give the unusually solid Sunday schedule a look.
Monday, September 28
Rain Machine, Diane Cluck @ Independent $15
Dead Meadow, Spindrift, Howlin Rain @ Great American Music Hall $15
MV & EE, Expo '70, Bronze, Inner Beauty @ Cafe Du Nord $12
Alice in Chains @ The Fillmore (Sold Out)