Celebrate UCF's Homecoming weekend with this blowout featuring Big Sean on his boldest and best record yet, 2015's Dark Sky Paradise.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at CFE Arena, $25
There’s no way you spun Joey Badass’ debut studio album B4.DA.$$ and didn’t immediately nestle into its old-school bump. The young rapper gets criticized for borrowing too heavily from his influences, but the chewy listen at last properly introduced the rising hip-hop star, no matter what growing pains you might prescribe for any stylistic lack on the otherwise critically praised release. Joey Badass is exactly the kind of young star we ought to prop up, so go get a piece of his mind and if you’re real gung-ho, spring for the VIP meet-and-greet.
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Venue 578, $25-$115
Matt Butcher & the Schoolyard Band
We adored old-soul folk songwriter Matt Butcher early on as an Orlando local, but it seems he found the band he needed when he moved to Nashville in 2012, and though we miss him, we'd miss out much more without stellar 2014 offering The Kids Are Gone.
9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Will's Pub, $7
"'Ill Mind 7' is a gospel record in a way, but it doesn't feel like gospel because it's done in my way," Hopsin says, still weighing his blasphemy. "God is maybe a thing kids never heard a rapper even mention, other than saying 'ohmigod,' so at least I put the thought in their minds." Check out our interview with Hopsin.
6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Beacham, $22.50-$25
Experimental freak act Obliterati puts on an indulgently wild show, and rumor has it their newest punk-fueled material gives intense frontwoman Lisa Bugayong extra excuse to staple your eyelids to your forehead.
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Spacebar, $5
Basically the flipping best reason we want you to want to leave the house this week. Thanks, WMMO!
4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Orlando City Hall, free
Eclectic, energetic New Jersey ska band Streetlight Manifesto always attracts an excitable crowd to dig into their distinct grooves.
6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at House of Blues, $19
Foreign Dissent 2.0
With a talent pull that’s national and beyond, the Fest (Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Gainesville), over its 14 years of existence, has become the region’s monolith of punk-rock festivals. Organizing satellite shows that take advantage of the band influx around it has become a cottage industry unto itself. Orlando pop-punk promoter Punching Babies distinguished itself in the rush last year with Foreign Dissent, a now-annual themed showcase that features fresh international faces that travel from especially far away to play the Fest. For this second edition, Foreign Dissent has assembled a delegation of seven overseas acts, more than half of them making Orlando debuts. Bands include Astpai (Austria), Great Cynics (U.K.), Wonk Unit (U.K.), Überyou (Switzerland), Kamikaze Girls (U.K.), Irish Handcuffs (Germany) and the debut of Bad Accent, a German outfit also featuring members of notable area bands Teen Agers and Dikembe. Come see this night of sweet, anthemic discovery become a tradition. – Bao Le-Huu
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Will’s Pub, $8-$10
ATB (Anthony Cole, Thomas Wynn, Brian Chodorcoff)
Three of the area's finest country and soul musicians blend together for this surely rich night of free music.
10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Lil Indies, free
Gang of Four
It’s OK to feel conflicted about the restructured Gang of Four that released this year’s What Happens Next on the back of guitarist Andy Gill, the only remaining original member still in the lineup. We have no idea how our favorite post-punk lashings from Entertainment! will translate live under this new crew, since original vocalist Jon King’s fierce delivery factors hugely into the band’s legendary appeal. But any invested fan cannot deny the mega-influential guitarist remains a huge draw, even if the new record made you shrug instead of shoulder into the shred.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Social, $25
Pre-Pre-Fest Orlando 2
Rad Florida acts featured include Look Mexico, Dikembe, Gatorface, plus some imports like Swain, Timeshares and WOAHNOWS. Bonus: cover sets by the Pauses doing the Breeders and Teen Agers doing the Get Up Kids. If you're missing out on the Fest in Gainesville, this is basically the best way to make up for it.
5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Will's Pub and St. Matthew's Tavern, $15