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Three Bands You Shouldn’t Miss This Weekend
By Hana Frenette

▶Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club looks and sounds like they might be in an actual motorcycle gang, even though their name was borrowed from the 1950s film, “The Wild One.” The three members are usually sporting a slightly greasy version of a pompadour and black leather jackets. Their music is stripped down folk blues-rock, and often incorporates a harmonica. Their latest album, “Beat the Devil’s Tattoo,” was released on March 9, and contains the kind of biker anthems you can sing along to while still being pissed, such as “Mama Taught Me Better,” and “Bad Blood.”

▶The Bravery
After playing Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza and opening for Green Day, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Smashing Pumpkins, The Bravery did the next logical thing: release several successful albums and then co-write a song for Christina Aguilera. The Bravery’s music is often described as new wave indie pop music, or post-punk revival, but many of their songs touch upon a wide variety of genres, such as electronica and 1950s love ballads. The Bravery is a “jack of all trades” band. They write a wide variety of music, work with a wide variety of artists, and occasionally, if the show is too hot, strip down naked and get kicked offstage.

▶Neon Trees
Neon Trees released their first album, performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and covered a Justin Bieber song—and that’s a lot for one year. The band, originally from Provo, Utah, got their big break when they signed to Mercury/Def Jam Records and released their debut album, “Habits,” in March. Since then, they’ve played on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Lopez Tonight.” Although the band is often described as alternative rock, it’s obvious they have pop influences. Neon Trees sounds like a mix between The Killers and Fall Out Boy, which is fitting, since they were selected by The Killers’ drummer, Ronnie Vannucci, Jr., to open for several Killers’ shows. They are now on tour with Mutemath, Street Drum Corps, and 30 Seconds to Mars.