Buke and Gase
If you haven't yet caught NOW faves Buke and Gase live, get over to the Horseshoe on Friday, June 14 at 11 pm (NXNE wristband or $15). The New York State (formerly Brooklyn-based) duo are known as much for their homemade instruments - Arone Dyer plays the "buke," a modified baritone uke, and Aron Sanchez the guitar/bass or "gase" - as they are for their unique, raw and surprisingly loud shows.
What can you do in one key? A lot, say local psychedelic shoegazers Ostrich Tuning, who put homemade instruments and pedals at the service of fully exploring the key of D (Creatures Creating, Friday, June 14, midnight, $12).
Another explorer of key signatures is koto player Jessica Stuart, who has modified the tunings of her Japanese zither to come up with inventive ways to use it in her folk/jazz/pop group the Jessica Stuart Few (C'est What, Friday, June 14, 1 am, $12).
Meanwhile, Asheville, North Carolina's Decent Lovers make danceable indie skronk with beats, samples, guitar and pitch-shifted autoharp (Drake Underground, Wednesday, June 12, 10 pm, $12). Speaking of harps, Emilie & Ogden is a spacious indie folk act by Montreal-based harpist/singer Emilie Kahn (the Central, Thursday, June 13, 10 pm, $12).
In the mood for singing saw? Check out Toronto alt-country group BEAMS (the Central, Friday, June 14, midnight, $12). Or how about cello with laptop, loops and a bit of beatboxing? London, UK's Laura Moody delivers that at the Tranzac, Friday, June 14, 10 pm, $20; and the Magpie, Saturday, June 15, 11 pm, $12.