For Your Ears
Aficionado, Citizen, Mixtapes
Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Punk outfit Aficionado is just as likely to rock out with a flute and piano as with an electric guitar and a microphone. This septet of strings and percussion play punk rock with a nod to rock legend King Crimson.
For Your Consideration: Lead singer Nick Warchol shouts “And I swear to God sometimes you people have no ears” on “The Things You Like,” a swift kick to the stomach for every hipster who has ever liked anything ironically.
Say Anything, Murder by Death, The Sidekicks, Tallhart
Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.
Say Anything might still be foundering after its recent lackluster release, “Anarchy, My Dear,” but pop-punk fans can still cross their fingers that the band performs some of its earlier hits at this Sunshine performance.
For Your Consideration: “Alive with the Glory of Love” is a pop-punk staple from 2004, in which lead singer Max Bemis unleashes a diary’s worth of emo lyrics over a series of “whoa-oh-oh’s.”
Florence and the Machine
The Hard Rock Casino Pavilion
Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
$31 and up
Indie-pop darling Florence and the Machine has really skyrocketed in the past two years, performing at the Grammys and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Frontwoman Florence Welch has a vocal range that would make even Adele blush.
For Your Consideration: Welch reaches for vocal Olympic gold with “Shake it Out,” a chamber-pop romp that shakes as loud as it is catchy.
Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Dark Time Sunshine
Friday, Oct.12 at 7 p.m.
New York hip-hop artist Aesop Rock spits hard-hitting rhymes and produces beats that manage to hit harder. Aesop performs hip-hop for the thinking man, often mixing jazz samples with his thousand-words-a-minute approach to the mic.
For Your Consideration: Aesop channels musician Tom Waits in “Cycles to Gehenna,” delivering a track about getting lost in the low whir of a traveling motorcycle.
Melvins, Tweak Bird
Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
Melvins has been rocking small music venues across the country since 1986 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. This Washington trio chugs along, drawing influence from Black Flag and The Stooges for its head-banging tunes.
For Your Consideration: “Lizzy” ebbs and flows between shouts and whispers, hammering away at choice moments through the track.
Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.
$10 at the door
Pronounced “yoo-FOHR-keh-struh,” Eufórquestra is a salsa/reggae/funk band that puts dance at the forefront of every concert. Brush up on your Beck knowledge, as the funk band plans on performing cover songs throughout the Halloween celebration.
For Your Consideration: The bouncing bongos and saxophones of “Soup” proudly strut about the track’s 8-minute salsa marathon.