This week's Acoustic Soundcheck features Goodrich & the Die Tryin's Adam Goodrich, whose rousing, wavering indie folk charms with slightly tweaked roots traditions.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Imperial at Washburn Imports, free
Anyone who's seen us live lately can attest to the fact that everyone brings it," Grace says. "I know that's cliché – 'We're really fucking good, I swear!' But it's cool to be this far into a band's life and feel like there's still shit you can explore musically." Later this year, Against Me! will release a live album compiled from a particularly intense run of late 2014 concerts, and Grace says it "will blow your mind." "We did a live record in 2005," she adds. "And when you A and B [that one and the new one], it's fucking insane." Check out Nick McGregor's interview with Laura Jane Grace.
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Beacham, $20-$25
In town from Alaska, Michael Howard plays bare acoustic folk that's soft and special beneath sprawling narratives tinged with themes of defeated self-acceptance.
10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Lil Indies, free
If you’ve never caught this caped freak – who sparkles head to toe in true stage spectacle, originally to keep his real identity mildly cloaked – Ralphfest gives you an excuse to finally get nasty with the crude sex maniac who’s regarded as a cultural icon, despite the fact that many stores feared prosecution for stocking his records. History remembers him as the first rapper; fans extol him as the original dirty rapper; you’ll walk away a little wonkier for the encounter. Read more.
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Will's Pub, $15
Baltimore's Darsombra is a trippy drone duo whose powerful audiovisual presentations emphatically add to their live show, creating an off-kilter environment where their unusual metal shines best.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Haven Lounge, $7
Grifters reunited in November 2013 after the music documentary Meanwhile in Memphis finally debuted. The positive response led Grifters to book more dates. That stunning brashness Taylor alludes to appealed to Ralphfest's namesake, Ralph Ameduri, whose love for the band that memorably destroyed venues like Sapphire Supper Club and the Station in the '90s with bands like the Flaming Lips and Guided by Voices is what led Ralphfest organizer Jeff Sweat to bring Grifters back to Orlando. Ameduri turned many local musicians on to Grifters' assertive, noisy brand of rock. Read more.
6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Social, $20
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It's like a mini version of Orlando Nerd Fest with Austin video game music cover band the Returners back in town and playing a free show with Sci-Fried, Random Encounter and the Detectives at the Geek Easy.
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Geek Easy, free
The Grand Collab
The Grand Collab gets grander by adding an extra stage at Lil Indies on top of the main bill featuring bright Second Subject artist DII, enchanting indie act Adam and the Plastic, the feet-dragging experimental force of Miami's Heavy Drag and more.
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Will's Pub, $7
Milk Carton Superstars
Powerful local rockers Milk Carton Superstars promise new music this year. In turn, promise you'll wish drummer-singer Jim Myers an early happy 50th birthday at this show, where, bonus, Marc With a C will perform songs from his new album, Exactly Where I Am.
8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at Will's Pub, $5
After a crunchy introduction to the masses on her highly acclaimed sophomore effort, 2011’s Siberia, Lights bounced back in 2014 with a more polished version of her new-wave pop in Little Machines. With a cog literally painted on her face on the album cover, she seems to be openly grinding out more radio-friendly output like the huge lead single “Up We Go,” flashing smart pop sensibilities like she’s Charli XCX’s much sweeter little sister. Read more.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Beacham, $17-$20
We realize this is a very sensitive subject, but Jackson Browne is in town, lightly misting us with selections from his endless, influential pool of self-reflective songs.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Bob Carr Theater, $49-$69