1. It’s finally happening! M.I.A’s Hard NYC concert takes over Governors Island on Saturday with Sleigh Bells, Die Antwoord, Ninjasonik, and more. Check out the schedule here, and if you want to brush up on a few of the acts, read Lizzy Goodman’s cheat sheet here.
2. See why the mayor of Portland, Oregon, has a portrait of front man Isaac Brock hanging in his office when Modest Mouse plays a Williamsburg Waterfront benefit show.
4. Maybe you’re more into old-school punk pioneers. Kraut returns to Queens to headline the third annual, three-stage, daylong Astoria Music Now! festival. Also on hand will be live graffiti from 5 Pointz artists, celebrity comedians, free yoga, and more.