420 Bake Sale
With apologies to any other show going on this evening, how could this not be the pick? DJ Drama and a packed bill of up-and-coming hip-hop heads to do their thing.
6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Beacham, $20-$100
Symphony Under the Stars
Get comfy on a blanket while the UCF Symphony Orchestra plays a night concert outdoors at the Reflecting Pond? I'm sorry, that's just impossibly cute.
8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the UCF Reflection Pond, free
Crazy Bag Lady
This young Savannah band is on some deathtrip kicks, with a frontman channeling both Gene Vincent and Darby Crash. Wha?!
11 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Uncle Lou's, $5
Bullies, jocks, Ogre, you're too late. Orlando has a huge, thriving nerd music scene and on Saturday, eight of the finest will be showing off their cross-genre chops. Perfect primer.
4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Backbooth, $10-$13
Miami quartet headlines an official Levitation Fest pre-party (dunno, but good fest); their sound is cavernous and delirious, like early UK shoegaze.
8 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Will's Pub, $5
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Alynda Lee Segarra's Hurray for the Riff Raff are reclaiming various folk and roots songforms from the land of Prairie Home Companion and adding a lil' grit and grime.
9 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the Social, $15-$20
Though he's best known for "Wicked Game" (hell of a song though) and a tv comedy, Isaak and his music are aging surprisingly well, giving off distinct Orbison vibes.
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Hard Rock Live, $30-$60