Fox Fest Pre-Party
There are discount tickets for Rollins students at this party preamble to Fox Fest that features the Groove Orient, Dynohunter, Bells and Robes, and the Strange Trip.
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Will's Pub, $10-$12
Taking Beth McKee's 1st Thursday Songwriter Series to the next level is explosive MC E-Turn, who joins Justin Beckler, Bob Green and Jim Seem at the monthly showcase.
8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Smiling Bison, free
"I have this vision that I can get every single person in the whole wide world to really like my music," says Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus. "I want to have a conversation with people: 'OK, so my cultural appropriation is offensive to you. Let's dig into that.' But as I get older and mature in this industry, I realize the championship is just creating more work. If anything ever gets me to stop making music, then I've truly lost." Read our interview with Tune-Yards.
6 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Beacham, $21-$26
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday rounds Orlando to finish up their headlining tour in Florida, with a show this week at House of Blues, the venue that last year notoriously banned TBS opening act Letlive from playing. This week’s openers are the Menzingers and much-loved local punk band You Blew It! (who wouldn’t hurt a fly), so it should be safe to show up early. Read more.
6 p.m. Friday, April 3, at House of Blues, $27.50
The appealing noisy wash of Austin psych band Migrant Kids crashes early during their opening set for the Bright Light Social Hour, so don't be late to this one.
8 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Social, $13-$15
Blending the New Orleans street sound with a melodic twist on up-north lyricism fueled by his master’s degree in psychology, Gates’ sound blends into a peculiar cocktail. Sparking trends like his coined “I Don’t Get Tired” phrase, Gates’ presence in the genre is felt more and more as he continues to grow independently. Make sure you’re well rested. - Luis Vazquez Read more.
10 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Venue 578, $40-$60
Teenage Bottlerocket returns to Orlando to deliver some catchy tunes about heartache, longing and falling hopelessly in love. With poppy, energetic melodies packed with angst and romantic determination, it’ll incite a sweaty pit (likely fueled early on by local heroes the Attack). - Haley Cannon Read more.
9 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Will’s Pub, $12-$14
Noise pioneer and improv maniac Bill Orcutt used to tour with Sonic Youth and Sebadoh in the duo Harry Pussy, but his critically acclaimed solo work meets a heady clash ahead with the UCF Collide Ensemble.
6 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Gallery at Avalon Island, donations accepted
He's collaborated with genuine articles like Lucinda Williams and smart alecks like Cake, but no matter how it's flavored, Chuck Prophet's tried and true brand of country-rock feels good. Give his 2014 release, Night Surfer, a spin before checking out his show.
7 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Will's Pub, $10-$12
Steel your heart and check out sad song crooner Jacob Furr's Trails & Traces (recorded in the famous Waits Room and released this November) before drawing up close to see the mood-rich picker live.
10 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Lil Indies, free
He's been on the road for months with Talib Kweli and Niko Is, but now politically charged rapper/MC Immortal Technique rouses crowds with CF, Hasan Salaam, Akir and Mad Illz.
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Venue 578, $22