Costumed surfy country-punks the Growlers are touring on their best record yet, 2014's Chinese Fountain, a must-listen for any earnest fun-seekers.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Social, $17-$20
1st Thursday Songwriting Series With Beth McKee
One of the strongest songwriter sets yet – Precious' Steve Garron plus the fascinating Renee Arozqueta and more local favorites, stacking up next to riveting MC E-Turn.
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Smiling Bison, free
Momentarily forgetting Joanna Newsom’s jaw-dropping Divers, we’re confident there will not be a more necessary folk release this year than Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell. If you made it through the tearful hypnotism of his minimalist yet tremendous attempt to reconcile his feelings about his parents’ deaths without your eyeballs stinging, it is unlikely you will be able to brace so nobly when he compels its gentle avalanche of goosebumps live.
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, $35-$50
Minus the Bear
Minus the Bear's devoted fanbase has been waiting 10 years to hear the band perform their sophomore album, Menos el Oso, in its entirety.
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at the Social, $29.50-$49.50
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
"I wanted to strip things down and focus on the word, the beat and the rhythm like those I love: Massive Attack, Jay Z, Patti Smith," Schrader says. "Though instrumentation is key and they ace that, they each focus on the core of what matters – the "sauce," the word, the hook, keeping people entranced. ... Their ability to tell a compelling story is what makes [them] timeless." Check out our interview with Ed Schrader.
9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Will's Pub, $7
Public Image LTD
Because what the world needs now is PiL, sweet PiL. Welcome back the post-punk pioneers in one of Orlando's best-sounding venues.
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Plaza Live, $29.50-$35
Mary J. Blige
Not to be totally stuck in the ’90s, but Mary J. Blige has been blistering souls since she emerged in 1992 with What’s the 411?, trouncing even the most talented artists of the time on multiple fronts with searing hip-hop soul and stunning vocal chops. Her follow-up My Life sealed the deal for longtime fans who have been grooving to her unmatchable and strong delivery on recent offerings The London Sessions and her surprisingly smooth original soundtrack for Think Like a Man Too.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at CFE Arena, $59-$129
Warped Tour alumni Knuckle Puck released their debut studio album, Copacetic, in July, raising a fist to proper pop punk.
4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Backbooth, $14
The Death Tremors
Freak out with DeBary intrigue the Death Tremors, whose instrumental shoegaze erupts like sonic Pop Rocks.
9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Will's Pub, $5
Author & Punisher
It’s almost certain you’ve never before seen a live act like San Diego’s Author & Punisher. Tristan Shone, the man behind the industrial doom project, is a practicing robotics engineer with a formal education in sculpture and an urge for apocalyptic sounds. And Author & Punisher – a convergence of music, design and heavy machinery – is the synthesis of all these muses. With an elaborate performance rig of rhythm machines, droning synths and electromechanical masks all devised and fabricated by Shone himself, this is heaviness that’s not just sonic but material. When he mans the apparatus, it’s like real-life Iron Man shit but with a dark Mad Max heart. It’s a one-of-a-kind setup that’s sure to be visually stunning and aurally crushing. Show up early to catch the spectral dread of Portland’s Muscle and Marrow and the noisy terror of Orlando’s Ad Nauseum. – Bao Le-Huu
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Will's Pub, $10-$12
Manic & the Depressives
Giving Manic & the Depressives a riot of a tour sendoff is a slew of amazing locals including Golden Pelicans, Thee Wilt Chamberlain, Secret Tracers and Tight Genes.
10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, $5 suggested donation