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Picks this week: Gringo Star, Jukebox the Ghost and more

Great live music rattles Orlando every night of the week



2nd Annual “Band Bingo” Skills Challenge
This insane musicians skills challenge demands versatility, originality and technical prowess from artists who are formed into impromptu bands. The result is a warm, buzzing night that is as exciting musically for the audience as the participating artists.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Will’s Pub, $5

Talk Yo Shit!
Pizza Posse and Big Grape Entertainment will hold the inaugural Talk Yo Shit!, a wild DJ night meant to fill the void left by Bar-BQ Bar’s ladies night and inject versatility into downtown’s nightlife options (
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9 pm. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Social, free-$5

Doll Parts
Brooklyn’s Dolly Parton cover band Dixie stampedes to Florida just in time to celebrate 50 years of Parton’s pitch-perfect prowess.
9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Will’s Pub, $5

Gringo Star
Touring on their new 7-inch, “Long Time Gone,” Atlanta psych band Gringo Star is dizzyingly original, with a saccharine gruffness that leads any prolonged period between Orlando shows to cause us to whimper the sentiment of the new single’s title.
9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Will’s Pub, $8

Interpol, Hundred Waters
Whether you’re pining to hear the classics or eager to experience new songs live for the first time, Interpol’s live show is certain to electrify House of Blues this week. It’s an added perk to see Gainesville’s Hundred Waters as the opener, performing their intimate, evocative new album, The Moon Rang Like a Bell. Read more.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at House of Blues, $30

Electric Daisy Carnival
Many concert tours hype “an experience” over simply highlighting the music, but Electric Daisy Carnival – in its decadent, sprawling ways – continually delivers where sad stage gimmicks of lesser tours fall flat. Read more.
1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Tinker Field, single-day $110-$179, two-day $182.80-$5,000

Kink Music Festival featuring Mastodon
Put together by local rock station WJRR, Kink’s major headliners include Mastodon, Gojira, Nonpoint, Puddle of Mudd and Crobot, while loaded-with-talent locals hold down their own stage. Read more.
noon Saturday, Nov. 8, at Central Florida Fairgrounds, $20

Lorna Lambey
Beginning this week, Rocco’s shifts from restaurant hours to bar hours for live entertainment (staying open until midnight Wednesday-Saturday), and the debut weekend kicks off big with Lorna, accompanied by regular Red Fox performer Michael Moore, as Saturday’s marquee act. - Bao Le-Huu Read more.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Rocco's Italian Grille, free

Triathalon manages the difficult feat of merging a languid soul vibe with the surfy brand of lo-fi pop that makes waves on Tumblr – only they’re more like The Endless Summer to the vast majority that reads like Blue Crush.
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Backbooth, $8

Sheryl Crow
Crow performs on the Seneff Arts Plaza Saturday night, in a free concert open to the public that follows a community open house from noon to 6 p.m., which is handy because it might not be the worst idea to get there early. (Parking’s gonna be tight.) Hey, if it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad. - Jessica Bryce Young Read more.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, free

Primus and the Chocolate Factory
It’s arguably the darkest, most psychedelic children’s movie of all time – covered by the oddest, most idiosyncratic rock act of its generation. Primus’ take on Willy Wonka on Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble is just what you might imagine: a circus funhouse version of the 1971 film populated with unearthly sounds and Les Claypool’s larger-than-life personality. - Chris Parker Read more.
8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Hard Rock Live, $39.50-$49.50

Jukebox the Ghost
Check out the D.C. pop trio as they tour on their fourth album, the self-titled Jukebox the Ghost, which sees the polished group cheerily confusing your notions of a perfect breakup song on album opener “Sound of a Broken Heart.”
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Social, $13-$15

Singer & Songwriters Night
A new monthly acoustic showcase roots out the city’s talented singer-songwriter types, this month featuring Chevy Van Gogh, Tre Hester, Funnier in My Head and the debut of promising indie-folk newcomer Loi Head.
8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at Will’s Pub, $3

There were many hands involved in Matisyahu’s 2014 release, Akeda, and the result, surprisingly, is an experimental, introspective album that’s reggae-rich with self-empowerment and, occasionally, painful-to-admit defeat.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at House of Blues, $25

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