There are certainly a bunch of good shows this week (hey, Iron & Wine!), but hey, it seems like the most notable show might be the Antemasque concert at the Rock. I'm not sure when this show got added to the Rock's calendar, but I'm sure I scanned over it a few times not realizing that Antemasque is the new project from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, formerly of Mars Volta and formerly before (and I guess after, considering the band's reunion at Coachella in 2012) that, of At the Drive-In. The Rock often seems to get shows that could also work in larger venues, but if either of those two bands were playing in Tucson today, they'd likely be close to selling out the Rialto (a semi-educated guess on my part, admittedly), so this stop of Antemasque's short summer tour should be worth getting tickets for. I have no idea where you can hear the group's debut other than a YouTube stream of dubious legality (the Bandcamp site was down when I wrote this), but it's a record that reflects the best of what Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala have done in the past as collaborators, full of jagged, adventurous guitar lines and abrasive range-jumping vocals, albeit far more accessible than the later Mars Volta stuff. Le Butcherettes, who would be worth seeing for their female-fronted performance art take on garage rock, open the 8 p.m., all ages show on Friday, Aug. 8. More info at rocktucson.com.
Joshua Levine mentioned a forthcoming EP release from Jordan Prather and Belinda Peters of Head Over Heart in his June 12 article about the duo ("You and Me") and this week marks the celebration of that joyous event on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Flycatcher. Here's how Levine described their sound, in case you forgot: "rickety, engaging electronic dance tracks that really don't commit themselves to a definable era, other than that time in the early-'80s when foppish British guys were confusing David Bowie with soul music." I keep thinking of Edwyn Collins and his group Orange Juice with an icier edge when I hear Head Over Heart's songs, which fits in with Joshua's assessment and for what it's worth, I think more bands could stand to sound a little like Orange Juice. Clay Dudash and the Original Saku open the 8 p.m. show. Cover's $5, but bring some money and buy some of the group's great merch. More info at theflycatchertucson.com
Also at Flycatcher this week, among other shows, a show from Kansas City's Life & Times, playing the former Plush on Monday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. with Best Dog Award (returning triumphantly from their tour). Life & Times have gone through some lineup changes recently, but their new album, Lost Bees, released a few days ago, hits the same well-done notes as the band's previous releases, taking the emo sounds of the mid-'90s and adding a little more buzz and blur to the guitars. If you're a fan of Hum, Failure or ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, you'll likely love Life & Times. Tickets are $10 for the 21 and older show.
Not music-related, but worth noting, since it's in a club, but Doug Stanhope is returning to town on Aug. 13 at Club Congress. Stanhope's comedy isn't for everyone, delving into the darkest of the dark, but he's got a legion of fans and generally plays places much bigger than Congress. Just saying, if you want to see someone at the top of their game, be sure to get tickets now to see Stanhope. Tickets are $27 for the understandably 21 and older show at 7 p.m. More info at hotelcongress.com.
Two shows at 191 Toole this week as the venue prepares for the Future Island show on the 25th: New Madrid on Saturday, Aug. 8 and From Indian Lakes on Tuesday, Aug. 12. I love New Madrid's new album Sunswimmer (on New West), although I feel like it's difficult to describe what I like about it. For some reason, the Athens, Georgia group reminds me of Talking Heads-era David Byrne fronting a psych-rock band, although I recognize that makes zero sense. Regardless, it's a weird, occasionally dissonant, but always beautiful record. Tickets for the 7 p.m. all ages show are only $8 ($10 at the door, I believe), with Ocean Void and Phantom Boats opening.
From Indian Lakes are no slouches either, although they work a little more predictable front of indie rock with flourishes of interlocking acoustic and electric guitar riffs, layered with pretty flourishes of percussion, and some yelling. These are the kind of guys that have lyrics about "pretending to be normal" and various feelings, a less complicated version of Sunny Day Real Estate, perhaps, but better than that comparison implies. RIYL Brand New and Circa Survive. Tickets for From Indian Lakes are $12 in advance, two more at the door. More info on either 191 Toole show at their Facebook page (facebook.com/191toole).