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Picks This Week: Chaka Khan, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Twitching Tongues and more



"This record is more based on George's woes of adulthood," says Deafheaven guitarist Shiv Mehra. "Coping with finally growing up and having to deal with life's real circumstances. But that reflects on all of us. We were short on time and under some pressure to make New Bermuda, so it was a lot more conducive to write it together as a full five-piece band because we've been touring together for so long. It definitely came out to be more representative of the whole." Check out our interview with Deafheaven.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Social, $17-$20

Bengali 600
A rad treat this week finds Afrobeat spectacle Bengali 600 performing with St. Pete funk machines Ajeva.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Red Lion Pub, $5

Slow Magic
Mystery shrouds electronic producer Slow Magic, who wears a colorful mask when he elevates the dancefloor with his tricky twists. His 2014 release, How to Run Away, pushes his "Serenity Now!" style with fresh bounce and curious craft (a nurturing reminder to listeners that you can be chill without being braindead). Critics applauded Slow Magic's deft jams, and fans of Triangle (his previous release that launched him to a broader audience, on which he toured with hometown hero XXYYXX) will be happy to be set adrift on its trance-inducing vibes live. Slow Magic is like a freaky Pied Piper here, luring listeners to more intriguing edges of dance music while convincing them he's just a guide to their independent soul-searching and epiphany-triggering escapes.
9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Social, $15

Koffin Kats
Psychobilly nuts Koffin Kats call upon dark hearts to get down this week with their outsider twang. Bonus: The Attack opens.
9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Will's Pub, $10-$12

Andrew Jackson Jihad
On a seemingly endless upward turn, exuberant folk-punks Andrew Jackson Jihad return on a stacked bill with Rozwell Kid and Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts.
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Venue 578, $15

Music on Mills
Same old cause, same old fun. The four gatekeepers of the Mills 50 District – Wally's Mills Avenue Liquor, Will's Pub, BART and St. Matthew's Tavern – will be working a hard day's night this Saturday as they host the second annual Music on Mills festival. But they don't just work a hard day's night. These local venues are bringing back Music on Mills to continue the funding they started with last year's festival, which goes toward public art and neighborhood safety projects. If there's one thing we can say about the collection of bands this year, it's that they've got soul. Groove to the beat with local funksters Leisure Chief or break it down on the dance floor with the legendary Tony Cook – the man behind the drum kit when the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, got up off of that thing. When you aren't cutting rug, take a peek at some of the art in the vendors market or refuel with food truck grub. It's for the hood, man. – Marissa Mahoney
5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Mills 50 (Will's Pub, St. Matthew's Tavern, Wally's, BART), $10-$15

DeLand Original Music Festival
Now in its 15th year (wow!), this fest casts 180 Florida bands across 30 stages, spanning all genres. Don't miss local favorites like the Actomatics and Beartoe.
1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Downtown DeLand Historic District, $10-$15

Eat to the Beat: Chaka Khan
Tell you something good? Original queen Chaka Khan is in town for two days sharin' her world at Epcot.
5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Nov. 15-16, at Epcot, price of admission

The In-Between Series featuring Elizabeth A. Baker's Toy Piano Project
The next edition of the already forward-thinking music monthly the In-Between Series will be one of its most intriguing and innovative yet. St. Pete's Elizabeth A. Baker is an avant-garde composer and pianist currently championing the obscure world of toy pianos through her technological eye. Baker's studious zeal for this instrument will unfold across works by John Cage (probably the most famous to have seriously explored the instrument), Eli Ponder-Twardy and her own four-movement piece written specifically for the arrangement at this show ("Experimental Suite for Toy Piano with Electronics and Drums"). With techniques to involve contact microphones built by Baker herself, guitar pedals, a computer processor and an old Speak & Spell, she'll be demonstrating sonic possibilities that few have imagined for the toy piano as deeply as she has. Interestingly enough, her accompanist will be drummer Leo Suarez, whose genre-spanning associations include the raging new heavy-music contender Meatwound, a band we recently called "Florida's next heavy threat." It's a formula for a radical recontextualization of this instrument that promises to shatter its small percept. – Bao Le-Huu
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Gallery at Avalon Island, free

The False Hopes
Check out the new rock & roll band formed by Precious' Joe Panton, featuring an opening set by former bandmate Steve Garron.
9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Will's Pub, $5

Twitching Tongues
L.A. metal quintet Twitching Tongues wanted to create a theatrical experience a la King Diamond when writing Disharmony, and now's your chance to indulge in its heavy splendor live.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Backbooth, $13


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