The Strokes (August 20, the Chelsea) Last year’s album, Comedown Machine, flew relatively under the radar, but that won’t keep the quintet’s rabid fanbase from turning out to hear early-2000 favorites like “Last Nite” and “Hard to Explain.” With Albert Hammond Jr., 8 p.m., $75-$125.
Interpol (August 21, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool) The NYC indie darlings’ first album in four years, El Pintor, drops on September 9, so consider this a sneak preview. Here’s hoping for a handful of “oldies,” as well. 8 p.m. $20.
Against Me! (August 22, Brooklyn Bowl) Our Punk Rock Bowling reporter tapped Laura Jane Grace and Co. for that fest’s top ’14 set, and latest album Transgender Dysphoria Blues might be our favorite yet. With Creepoid, Venus de Mars, 6:30 p.m., $20-$24.
Presidents of the United States of America (August 23, House of Blues) “She’s lump, she’s lump, she’s in my head/She’s lump, she’s lump, she’s lump, she might be dead.” The alt-rockers known for that late-’90s MTV hit seem to have experienced a recent cred spike, so we’re curious what they’ve got going onstage. 9 p.m., $32.
Built to Spill (August 25, Bunkhouse) Yeah, we said Bunkhouse. The Downtown music favorite relaunches in style with these reliably rocking Boise indie vets. Tune in next issue for our interview with BTS frontman Doug Martsch. With Slam Dunk, Warm Hair, Rusty Maples, 7 p.m., $15-$20.