Buzzing label aside, L.A.’s Cobalt Cranes is a band to watch anyway. Merging a rumbling, serious Brit pulse with a golden California haze, their heavy-sweet rock is sharp, textured and melodically penetrating. This show should prove to be an exciting early glimpse at an act with all the right stuff to be a near-future name. - Bao Le-Huu Read more.
9 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Will’s Pub, $7-$10
Frnkiero and the Cellebration
The solo project of My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero, the guitarist and vocalist sold out the show based on the strength of his debut album from 2014, Stomachaches.
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Social, sold out
Whole Planet Fest
A sweet 16 collection of awesome local bands, from Wet Nurse to Chasing Jonah – and all the Cosmic Roots and Milk Carton Superstars in between – gathers to benefit women in poverty.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Will's Pub, $8
Most recently, his new single, “Adore,” which features Ariana Grande, smoothly sailed into our ears, like the swans gliding on Lake Eola or on the single’s official art. Now Cashmere Cat’s in town with Grande, taking the stage at Amway Center to warm the arena up for the pop star whose Facebook cutely and appropriately reports she’s a “cat by day” and “recording artist by night.” Pass the meow mix, please. Heads up: You can also catch Cashmere Cat on Saturday, March 27, at the Social for his own headlining show if you wanna skip the arena sparks. Read more.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Amway Center, $27.50-$67.50 OR 10 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Social, $15-$20
NYC's Mutilation Rites dooms those who dare venture to the Longwood brewery alongside Germany's Mantar and heavy-handed local bands Mind Scar and Ad Nauseum.
9 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Hourglass Brewery, free
Total Fuck Off II
Total Punk’s Rich Evans (Golden Pelicans) talks to Hayden about his deep history working and hanging at legendary punk clubs, his time spent behind the scenes at influential record labels and why now is the perfect time for his critically acclaimed but underground band, Action Swingers, to re-emerge, especially to headline a festival like Total Fuck Off II, which surrounds the gritty, authentic punk band with current acts that are dominating the garage-punk scene. Read more.
various times Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28, at various venues, $6-$12 individual shows (weekend passes sold out) More info here.
Emerging in the mid-'90s, the Ataris had breakout success with their second album, Blues Skies, Broken Hearts ... Next 12 Exits, in 1999 and will perform the record in full.
7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Backbooth, $12
The Scene 2015
Attention, hip-hop heads, the local scene beckons you for an explosive night featuring all things dope and fresh – on top of live performances and spoken word, you can swap vinyl, marvel at live graffiti artists and ogle the T-shirt and merch expo. Read more.
7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Venue 578, free-$10
The gruffly sweet songwriter who you probably discovered on the soundtrack of your favorite movie or TV show took on Lou Reed last year for a tribute album, Lou.
6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Social, $17-$20
Is It Over Yet? presents Philly's intense hardcore band KnifeHits (formerly from here!), who are headed to SoFla to record with Torche's Jonathan Nuñez.
3 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Space Station, $5 donation
D.C.'s ethereal Young Rapids just released Pretty Ugly (fun fact: It was mixed at DeLand's North Avenue Studios), a psych-pop gem sure to enchant live.
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Will's Pub, $5