In this decade, after lineup changes and the no-fucks-given wisdom of age, Rob Halford & Co. are no longer trying to be a “modern metal band” and are instead focused on being the best iteration of Judas Priest possible.- Jason Ferguson Read more.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Hard Rock Live, $49.50-$124.50
Now that Benjamin Booker's debut record’s out, there's no excuse to miss his show. It burns through bluesy vocals and fiercely rocks, managing to easily convey that genuinely righteous feeling so few full bands can carry off in these synthetically vibed times – and he’s just one man. Read more.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Social, $10
The mathy indie band formerly known as This Town Needs Guns returns on a spectacular Sargent House showcase that also features Emma Ruth Rundle of Marriages and Red Sparowes.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Backbooth, $10
Well, hell, have you heard the excellent new 7-inch, EXBX, from Tally post-punk masters Ex-Breathers? Get thee to Bandcamp (ex-breathers.bandcamp.com), then riot with all the awesome punk bands infiltrating the Space this night (False Punk, Neat Freak, Direct Effect, Gross).
10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Space, $5
Halloween Smashtacular with Golden Pelicans and Gino and the Goons as AC/DC
It’s Halloween, and you could choose to parade around at thickly costumed affairs, or you could succumb to rock & roll damnation with the Golden Pelicans and Gino and the Goons at the bar affectionately known as “church bar.” Read more.
10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at St. Matthew's Tavern, free
Pulp Fiction Live
“It’s kind of hard to talk about the music on its own without mentioning the movie,” says Bryan Sherbrook (the Plush Monsters), who joins an ever-increasing number of musicians this week to perform the movie’s soundtrack at Pulp Fiction Live. “Because I can tell you that it’s definitely part of the experience, and for years, even now, whenever ‘Let’s Stay Together’ comes on in the car, it’s very hard not to picture the back of Marsellus Wallace’s head. … There’s something kind of iconic about the music with what [Tarantino] pairs [it] with. In the case of that song, it’s a really weird song choice of something super sensual for this pure business conversation.” Read more.
Two shows: 9 p.m., 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Will's Pub, $10-$12
Night of the Living Punk III
American Party Machine is going as Gwar for Halloween in full costumed glory, performing hits like “Saddam a Go-Go,” plus members of Mindscar will embody cowboys from hell for their equally epic Pantera cover set.
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Social, $5
Toast to a memorable legacy as Lorna Lambey shuts down the Red Fox Lounge, performing for her innumerable fans for the last time in the doomed Orlando landmark.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Red Fox Lounge, free
Thank goodness, then, that Olsen and her band have still chosen to cap the year with a mini-tour through the Southeast, similar to a solo run Olsen took last December. It’s partly due to geographic proximity – she moved to Asheville, North Carolina, last year – but also to how much fun she’s had in the Sunshine State. “A lot of people don’t play Florida, but I’ve had some really good shows there,” Olsen says. Read more.
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Social, $13-$15
Lake Street Dive
Touring on their 2014 release, Bad Self Portraits, Lake Street Dive elevates the poppy soul of singer Rachel Price’s throwback vocal to convey contemplative but ever-catchy lyrics.
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Beacham, $20-$30
Boyz II Men
As Epcot’s Eat to the Beat concert series approaches the end of the road, they season Food and Wine Festival with the sweet R&B harmonies of Boyz II Men for three sets daily over three days, Nov. 3-5.
5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 3-5, at Epcot, price of admission
It seems Osborne’s never been afraid to pursue the sounds that intrigue him. In the early ’80s when Melvins first formed, original drummer Mike Dillard didn’t share the penchant for unusual time signatures that Osborne did, and Osborne recognized it. He asked around if anyone knew Dale Crover until Krist Novoselic (who, as grunge history extols, eventually went on to form Nirvana with Kurt Cobain) revealed that he knew Crover. With Novoselic to make the introduction, they headed straightaway to Crover’s house. “Dale was able to pick up on all the odd timings and weird stuff that I wanted to do,” Osborne says. “Dillard really wasn’t that kind of a drummer. So I knew I had to find somebody else.” Read more.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Social, $15-$17
Nobody’s voice lilts uncertainly as convincingly (and beautifully) as the measured, unforgettable wavering of Samantha Crain, so make sure to show up early when the acclaimed folk strummer and puller-of-heartstrings opens for First Aid Kit.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Beacham, $20-$25