The War on Drugs
"The War on Drugs is Adam's vision," says keyboardist Robbie Bennett. "We're extra hands for him. We all make contributions, but Adam is at the helm. That's why the War on Drugs sounds like the War on Drugs." Read our interview with the War on Drugs.
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the Beacham, $22-$25
Marc With a C
The local popsmith debuts a new song about "sweet relief," as prompted by the previous installment of his Anything Goes series.
7:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the Geek Easy, free
Talib Kweli, Niko Is
Talib Kweli drops in for a special guest appearance at Hungry for Hip Hop's benefit show headlined by Niko Is, who just dropped a new video for "Bye Bye Donnie Brasco" that provides an intimate look at his still-recent rise.
7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Social, $10
House of Lightning
Check out their 2014 release, Lightworker. The 10 brightly doomed tracks with carefully finessed build result in a muscly offering that rocks straight through. Good thing Backbooth brought the Winter Haven band back this time as a headliner, and just as sunny for heavy hearts: Wrong returns too. The heavily pedigreed Miami band (Kylesa, Torche) released their scarring debut EP Stop Giving, and we’re still riled up about it. Read more.
7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Backbooth, $8
Settle in for a good practical look at life when listening to the underdog country sounds of Cory Branan's new album, The No-Hit Wonder.
9 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Will's Pub, $10-$12
Hip Hop Junktion with Talib Kweli
Kweli’s been hugely busy, and not just with mentoring local hip-hop upshoot Niko Is, correcting ignorant bitches on Twitter and touring/performing constantly. He’s also got a new solo record slated for this year, Radio Silence, as well as a new collab with silky smooth producer 9th Wonder. Read more.
10 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Venue 578, $15
Remember to comb your hair and fasten your top button, kids, because Murder Junkies and local openers Moonmen From Mars are making a live DVD of this special show.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Backbooth, $10-$12
Illuminated Paths Showcase Tour
Traveling the Illuminated Paths catalog is like listening to broadcasts from another world. Fittingly headquartered in a famous porthole to the beyond, Florida’s Space Coast, the DIY music label has over the past few years established an entire left-field microcosm out on modern music's frontier. - Bao Le-Huu Read our interview with Illuminated Paths label head Joshua Rogers.
9 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, $6
Death metal Tampa perseverers Hate Eternal are peaked to unleash Infernus in August, and this will be their only Florida show for fans hoping to experience the newest lashing first in the flesh.
6 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at West End Trading Co., Sanford, $18
Earlier this year, noisy garage duo Hot Hands released Blood Stereo with its sneering crunch and poppy confrontations, and we can finally hear the new songs live now that the band's back in town.
9 p.m. Monday, June 22, at Will's Pub, $5
Ceremony went and reinvented themselves on The L-Shaped Man, cutting unpredictably down a more familiar, Joy Division-beaten path, so we're interested to see how this translates live to a mosh-up audience of old and new fans. (Bonus: read our interview with opener Tony Molina.)
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the Social, $12-$14