The Velvet Teen
Topshelf is determined to keep a certain tasteful strain of early emo bands alive, and among the litter of strays they’ve taken in is the Velvet Teen, whose lineup and aesthetic has shifted since their initial releases (following the loss of original drummer Logan Whitehurst), but whose intrigue remains solid with their first album in nine years, All Is Illusory. It’s an electronic rush with pianos on standout tracks that rapidly course you through the dips and jerks that typically characterize emo pop, but with an artful flair that diminishes any knee-jerk familiarity. Read more.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Will’s Pub, $10-$12
The folk project of former Orlandoan Greg Hughes just eked out its May release, The Weeds in Your Garden, before moving on to Seattle, and now he returns for this special performance of the gripping Orlando-bred album.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at St. Matthew's Tavern, free (donations accepted)
Boxing at the Zoo
Show up early for the Mercury Program to check out dream pop newcomers Boxing at the Zoo, who have a debut BATZ EP due out mid-September.
8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Social, $10-$12
Department of Correction
Paris grindcore face-melters Department of Correction return after releasing a couple of new splits and a Wormrot tribute last year.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Will's Pub, $8-$10
The latest spirited pop punk on the scene comes from Jernigan (ex-How Dare You), a bunch of savvy old punk dudes who recorded their April release, My Minor Arcana, all by themselves not to be cool, they say, but because they still care. You can hear it in the mix.
9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Will's Pub, $5
"In America, you can sell a record but you can't sell a look," Boy George said in a December 1983 interview in Smash Hits. "I'd love to break down that barrier and make people stick hats on their heads and dreadlocks on their hair and just ... indulge a bit." Read our feature, which gazes back at Boy George and Culture Club’s enduring legacy of celebrating individuality.
8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at Hard Rock Live, $55.50-$148
Warm Like Winter
Don't miss the aggressive party presence of Warm Like Winter as they smear the stage with gritty punk abandon to declare "We Are the Future" before Thrill Kill Kult's revived industrial sleaze.
6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at West End Trading Co., Sanford, $17
The In-Between Series: Moon Jelly
Speaking of revival, art pop act Moon Jelly returns after a quiet spell to become the latest to bend minds and ears for the eclectic In-Between Series.
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Gallery at Avalon Island, free
Brandon Flowers brings along Mexico City new wave slinkers Rey Pila, who are proving the exception to '80s-style synth exhaustion with sophomore album The Future Sugar, with inspired vibes we've already developed a sweet tooth for (due out Sept. 25).
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Beacham, $30