From punk to experimental jazz to pop, here are some music shows to kick off your summer. For info on music festivals check our Summer Arts Preview.
Boss Hog | June 9
Punk blues band Boss Hog was formed in New York in 1989 around the married power couple (and newly welcomed Hudson Valley residents) Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez. Initially a side project of Spencer's early outfit Pussy Galore, the quintet took on a sporadic life of its own as Martinez assumed more control of the group and her husband concentrated on his Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (perhaps you noticed the latter act's music in the opening scene of Baby Driver or as the theme of CNN's "No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain"). Here, the Hog hits Club Helsinki for what's only their second local appearance since their ferocious set 2010's All Tomorrow's Party festival. With the Bobby Lees. DJ set by your music editor. (Iris Dement delivers June 8; Royal Jelly Jive jams July 6.) 9pm. $20, $25. Hudson. (518) 828-4800.
Party Knüllers with Jaimie Branch | June 10Here starts a new monthly experimental jazz series organized by two of the internationally recognized free-improvising musicians currently calling Kingston home: bassist Michael Bisio and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. The ongoing program will take place at Midtown hotspot the Beverly Lounge and present some of the top names in the creative sphere. Kicking things off is this appetizing convergence of Party Knüllers (Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Stoli L. Sozzleberg) and Brooklyn trumpeter Jaimie Branch. Lonberg-Holm has worked with Wilco and Peter Brotzmann; Branch has performed with Bomb Shelter and Local H; Sozzleberg has collaborated with Joe McPhee and Ryley Walker. (The Tani Tabbal Trio taps in July 15.) 7pm. $10. Kingston. (845) 514-2570.
The Dickies/the Queers | June 15
I'm Your Man: An Evening of Leonard Cohen | June 23The loss of Leonard Cohen is a wound that may never heal. The late Canadian singer-songwriter penned some of the most cherished tunes in the tower of song, and the light in the music world dimmed with his passing. Yet there are those who seek to not only keep Cohen's candle burning, but to pass the flame as well, by keeping his songs alive. One such booster is author, musician, and Chronogram contributor Robert Burke Warren, the man behind "I'm Your Man," the latest of the tribute concerts he's organized at Colony. Joining RBW and his crack band will be vocalists Mark Lerner, Nancy Howell, Noel Fletcher, Rachel Loshak, Sparrow, Violet Snow, and Neil Howard. (Okkervill River flows June 15; Amanda Palmer gets gothic June 23.) 8pm. $15, $18. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625.