Tampa noise-rockers Zulu Wave dropped Jagorilla at the end of September, a record with powerful range that wants to help you get through anything by leaning on angsty vocals and urgent melodies.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Peacock Room, $4
In town from D.C. with a new 7-inch, Pantheon: Volume 1, produced by Jawbox’s J. Robbins and featuring a cover of “Forever My Queen,” Caustic Casanova respects their forebears while crafting smart originals and will release a series of similar 7-inches.
9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, $3
Most folks got turned onto Givers when they toured with Dirty Projectors in 2009, but they’ve since graduated to headlining status with a mesmerizing mix of jazz, Afrobeat and Cajun styles they funnel into dancey indie-pop.
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Social, $13-$15
Me Chinese and Room Full of Strangers CMJ Pre-Party
When Me Chinese takes the stage, it’s almost impossible not to Snoopy-dance along, especially when they tear into their especially infectious recently released dance number, “The Single.” Read more.
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Peacock Room, $8
Open House Conspiracy 3-Year Anniversary
Join Open House Conspiracy residents Bleek ’n Coy as their exploratory sounds set you to sway and ruminate, all to celebrate three years of awesome house/techno/disco parties.
10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sandwich Bar, free
Local Bands and Brews
Lauris Vidal returns to town this week to perform new songs from the album at a warehouse at 1300 Brookhaven Drive in Ivanhoe Village alongside Have Gun, Will Travel and Keith Kolakowski, playing tunes while craft brewers Drew Pohle, Chris Reites and Jacob Kobernik serve up suds. Read more.
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1300 Brookhaven Drive, $10 suggested donation
Foster the People
"If you weren’t living under a rock the summer of 2011, there was no way you didn’t find yourself singing along to Foster the People’s summer smash single, the Grammy-nominated 'Pumped Up Kicks.'" Read more.
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Hard Rock Live, $39.50-$58
Music on Mills
Now, the neighborhood mavens of Mills 50 have put together an event to raise money for more public art and celebrate an array of Orlando culture with Music on Mills, an arts fair strongly seasoned with a far-flung variety of great Orlando musicians. Read more.
more than 30 bands perform 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at various venues in Mills 50 District, $15 (cash only day of event)
Astronomar at Shake ’n Bass
With fans like Diplo and Skrillex, Main Course Records owner Astronomar is a major presence in dance music. Show up early and you can see him for free. Stick around for the twerk contest ($100 prize!).
10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Backbooth, free until 11 p.m., $8 after
Notable local ragers Caffiends released crushworthy but ever-curious punk intensity with The Heebie G.B.’s E.P. CD this August.
9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Will’s Pub, $5
"A quarter-century ago, Chuck D called rap the black CNN. While it’s grown more multicultural, its politics have yielded to gritty dramas and lifestyle programming. Rapper Brother Ali is the exception." Read more
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Social, $15
As if Kaleigh Baker’s massive pipes weren’t enough to win you over 10 times over, she recently declared Bill Murray her spirit animal on Facebook for his endearing new movie singalong scene, harmonizing to the Bob Dylan classic “Shelter From the Storm.”
10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Lil Indies, free