Green Street Fair 5/4-5/6 • Downtown Plymouth
The 5th anniversary of the festival celebrating and educating folks on Plymouth's green, organic and eco-friendly services is back in full swing! Last year's fair had almost 100,000 people show up, and this year looks to be even bigger. Art, food and music – did we mention the Verve Pipe will be there on Saturday, performing a set at 5 p.m.? – along with lots of other fun and eco-educational activities. Don't miss it! More info at greenstreetfair.com.
Aziz Ansari 5/5 • Royal Oak Music Theatre
At this point, everyone is familiar with Mr. Ansari, whether it be for his hilarious role on NBC's Parks and Recreation, his short-lived but memorable turn as Ed on Scrubs, his fantastic stand-up, his numerous movie roles or his hosting gig at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Don't miss him in metro Detroit, on his Buried Alive tour, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Doors at 6 p.m., tickets are $35 in advance ($40 DOS). More info at romtlive.com.
Neon Indian 5/6 • Magic Stick
Alan Palomo is a Southwest kind of guy. The Mexican-born and Texas-raised chillwave artist is as laid-back as they come – which is made obvious by his music – and since Detroit loves its electronic music, maybe you can give this variety a try. The indie electronic synth-pop sound has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to Neon Indian. He's made several best-album lists for his two past releases (2009's Psychic Chasms and 2011's Era Extraña), and he puts on a hell of a live show. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $15. More info at majesticdetroit.com.
Eleanor Friedberger Magic Bag • 5/3
The beauteous voice of the Fiery Furnaces returns to the Magic Bag for a solo show on Thursday. Her first solo album, Last Summer, came out – appropriately – last summer to much critical acclaim. Her hit "My Mistakes" showcases her fun, throwback vocals and unique indie pop sound. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $12. More info at themagicbag.com.
Pop Evil Emerald Theatre • 5/3
Local homeboys Pop Evil are playing one of their favorite venues, the Emerald Theatre, this Thursday. The Muskegon-bred five-piece will be testing out their sound without Tony Greve, who recently left the band. But worry not. These guys know how to rock – they're currently touring with Theory of a Deadman. Their alt-metal sound is both dynamic and very unique to their own style. Doors at 7 p.m., all ages welcome, more info at emeraldtheatre.net.
Rammstein Palace of Auburn Hills • 5/6
You likely remember the industrial-metal six-piece from their hit singles "Du hast" and "Feuer freil" – but they're known equally for their over-the-top live performances, featuring crazy pyrotechnics guttural, multi-lingual lyrics. The controversial sextet often draws criticism for everything from fascist videos being played at their concerts to the usage of liquid-ejecting dildos onstage as props. Don't miss this intense and eye-opening show. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at palacenet.com.
Star Wars Pin-Up contest Small's • 5/4
It doesn't matter what generation you happen to fall in – Star Wars has been an influence on us all. So, celebrate Star Wars Day ("May the Fourth be with you") in Hamtramck this year. And to top it off, you'll get to enjoy live music from Slot Rods and Tracer Bullet, plus an open costume contest and photo shoot for women dressed up like pin-up versions of their favorite Star Wars characters. Talk about combining the best of two worlds! Doors at 8 p.m. for this 18+ event, cover charge is $10. More info at smallsbardetroit.com.