We were really knocked out by Mazarin at Pianos last week. Very fun band. One can only hope that this week holds such surprise awesomeness. Some potential candidates:

okgo.jpgParty-pop masters Ok Go (at left) made a hilarious choreographed dance video in their backyard that captures the energy and fun of their live show. Plus, ladies may just fall in love with frontman Damian Kulash's gigantic Mick Jagger lips. With dance punks Controller.Controller and spirited psychedelic pop band Apollo Sunshine, Monday at Maxwell's and Tuesday at Northsix.

Tuesday brings the debut of a new monthly showcase at Sin-e from the folks at New York Press and Oh My Rockness called Indie Label Jones (ahem). It starts off with up-and-coming indiepop band the Gritty Midi Gang, who should please fans of the Postal Service, followed by Goes Cube and The Art of Shooting. Meanwhile, Calexico bring their mariachi-tinged indie rock jams to Joe's Pub.

Thursday is the first night of Canadian indie-rock stars Broken Social Scene's sold-out three-night stand at Webster Hall. Maybe you can get in by saying you're with the band. What's one more? Other options include venerated underground rapper MF Doom at Nokia Theater and lead Decemberists warbler Colin "We Need to Move More Units in Boise" Meloy at Town Hall, with intriguing folkie Laura Veirs opening.

babydayliner.jpgFriday makes Gothamist wish we had several clones. You've got the carnival-esque spazz-rock of Man Man at Cake Shop, cabaret punk swarm Word/Inferno Friendship Society at Knitting Factory, lo-fi synth-lover Baby Dayliner (at right) at Pianos, and Lez Zeppelin (three guesses) at Bowery. Okay, maybe we can safely skip that last one.

Saturday you could join the screaming hordes of horbs girls looking to get into Adrian Grenier's pants at the Honey Brothers show at Bowery Ballroom, which also includes Brooklyn's ever-evolving alt-countryish band the Mendoza Line. Or you could attempt to destroy your hearing with noise rockers Black Dice, Gang Gang Dance, and Bill Cosby & His White Pudding Pops at the latest Todd P show, at the Syrup Room.

A few free and legal mp3s to get you in the mood:

Apollo Sunshine, "I Was on the Moon"
Man Man, "Van Helsing Boombox"
The Mendoza Line, "Catch a Collapsing Star"