The Black Keys
The Black Keys are America's finest rock & roll band, despite what Jack White says when he's not fellating himself. The Akron, Ohio-based duo has continued to widen the cast of their soulful blues rock during their eight-year, five-album run on hip Warner Bros. imprint Nonesuch Records, culminating with their first No. 1 album in May's Turn Blue. - Chris Parker Read more.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Amway Center, $33-$73
Get steamy at Uncle Lou's with Virginia garage punks the Ar-Kaics, who released their rad, vibey self-titled LP this summer; plus the Orlando support is spot-on with mad energetic punks Tight Genes and Back Pages (who released Various in September).
9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, $5
Enchantment Under the Sea of Soul
Hey, butthead! If you love Back to the Future, you should time it right to show up at Will’s Pub Thursday night to attend their riff on the trilogy’s Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Featuring local soul shakers the Sh-Booms and DJ Kittybat, you’re sure to hear favorites like “Earth Angel” and “Johnny B. Goode,” and if you show up dressed to impress, you’ll be treated to free eggnog. Read more.
9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Will's Pub, free
Cyhi Da Prynce
Plucked to national attention by Kanye himself, rapper Cyhi Da Prynce has steadily released mixtape after mixtape since 2010, including this year's conscious rap concept album, Black Hystori Project, which West produced.
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Backbooth, $10-$75 CANCELLED
Tonight, the now- Minneapolis-based MC takes the stage along with two other big names in the alt-rap world, Bleubird and Yoni Wolf (of legendary Anticon acts cLOUDDEAD and Why?). - Thaddeus McCollum Read more.
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Backbooth, $12
Backslider, Knife Hits
Formerly Orlando hardcore punks Backslider and Knife Hits both relocated to Philly, but every year around this time, there's a holiday homecoming, and Uncle Lou's whips up an enthusiastic crowd in response, especially supported by (thankfully) still-locals False Punk and Neat Freak.
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Uncle Lou's, $7
Redpoint Music Festival
Tasteful electronic label Relief in Abstract packaged up a sweet end-of- year gift for local music fans with Redpoint Music Festival, a two-day excursion into dance-driven beats, trippy visuals and original music. Day One sees Case Work, Boxing at the Zoo, Henrietta, Bellows and Ark at the community-driven venue the Space, no doubt packing the back room with inspired indie pop and crafted lo-fi compositions. The next day, catch Sales, Fortune Howl, Mr. 3, Grant and Native Feel at Orange Studio, the familiar stomp- ing ground of like-minded former music fest Total Bummer. Read more.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Space; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Orange Studio, $12 one-day pass, $20 two-day pass
Wolf-Face, Teen Agers, Flashlights
Hairy St. Pete punk rockers Wolf-Face join Orlando's old-school punks Teen Agers and local Hard Rock Records emo punks Flashlights for a stacked show with something for every punk.
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Will's Pub, $7
Southern Fried Sunday
Speaking of stacked, SFS stewed a little longer on this thoughtful lineup featuring Thomas Wynn and the Believers and Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits. A few things: Don't be late; the website says show ends by 10 p.m.; donate three nonperishable food items for a free PBR or eggnog.
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Will's Pub, $8
More former Floridians journey back this week with California-based SWIMM returning to town with their 2014 release, Souvenirs II, furthering the psych-inspired dance ethos that folks went nuts for on their debut EP.
8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Social, $8-$10
Experimental electronic producer XXYYXX doesn't play that often, so catch him while you can at a show that features D.A.I.S.Y. Rage-r Kitty and L.A.-based producer Groundislava.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Backbooth, $10-$12