Leila’s Three Picks: The Buzzcocks, Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, The B-52s

We’ve got some classics and some sprightly new stuff for ya this week!

Seminal punk band The Buzzcocks will be playing through their first two albums “Another Music In A Different Kitchen” and “Love Bites” at Black Cat in Washington, D.C. on May 11.

2009 Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs – Borderline from George Salisbury on Vimeo.

Stardeath and the White Dwarfs are joined to Flaming Lips by blood (Wayne Coyne being the singer’s uncle), the road (the Dwarfs are opening for the Lips on tour) and by music (they’ve collaborated a fair bit). Here’s a lovely example of the latter, the two bands covering Madonna’s “Borderline.” It starts off rather mellow and sparse but about halfway through breaks out into true Flaming Lips (and Stardeath) style and builds tremendously from there. Stardeath and the White Dwarfs play The EARL in Atlanta with All The Saints on May 12.

There’s nothing like a classic bit of new wave on a Friday. This time it’s courtesy of The B-52s, with “Rock Lobster.” They play the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater on July 24.

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