FRIDAY 6/17

RELIGIOUS GIRLS, PRAWNYXX, YOU.MAY.DIE.IN.THE.DESERT, HEROCOP

I've run into the boys of Religious Girls on a couple of occasions—first at an all-day DIY fest in Oakland's gorgeously dilapidated industrial sector, and then two years later at SXSW. Both times it was insufferably hot, we were all road-weary, and it felt like someone had poured a cup of sand down my throat. Neither time did I actually see the Girls perform, which is a crime of nigh-unimaginable magnitude. Garnering fair (if unimaginative) comparisons to Animal Collective's wild-eyed, fringier early days is one thing, but being hailed by Impose magazine as a better live band is quite another. In concert, they're said to yelp, howl, fuss with pedals, and pound on paint-covered drum heads, spackling the audience in a sacrament of secular fervor. If you want to get dirty Friday night, it's hard to think of a better option. Beforehand, bone up with their phenomenal free-to-download Bandcamp album Open Your Heart to Fantasy. Healthy Times Fun Club, 9 pm, $5.

SATURDAY 6/18

STEPHANIE, WITCH GARDENS, ILL THUNDER

This show heralds the long-awaited "official" return of "swirl" artists Stephanie, who have been practicing for months in anticipation. Expect sparkling post-punk melancholia with theatrical flair and indelible melodies. ("Meds," from their self-titled cassette on ggnzla, is one of the most seductive earworms in recent memory.) Cairo, 8 pm, $5.