Picks This Week: Rise Against, Southern Fried Sunday and more 


Acoustic Soundcheck with Sarah Purser
Sip your wine and craft beer to the clear tones of seasoned local singer Sarah Purser.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Imperial, free

Rise Against
“I never expected to be in a band this big, as big as it is,” Blair says. “I dedicated myself to punk rock music, to aggressive, fast, heavy music. And I realized what I was getting myself into when I did that. So we lucked out. And if it gets bigger, then awesome. That means it got bigger on the back of a band that was staying true to itself and always putting out music that we all four liked, not music that people were telling us we needed to be playing and not following some trend, some fashion trend or some trend in modern music." Check out our interview with Rise Against by Alan Sculley on how the band feels about arena rock before catching the dogma-defying punk band opening for Linkin Park at Amway.
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Amway Center, $36-$76

Fat Gold Chain Chronicles
This inaugural edition of a new showcase series from local hip-hop guru Swamburger aims to turn the Social into a verbal gymnasium for MCs. Four MCs are given two sets of three songs apiece, each set featuring beats made by a random producer, whose name is drawn out of a hat. - Thaddeus McCollum Read more.
9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Social, $10

Lucinda Williams
"[Being miserable in order to create great art] is a big myth," Williams says. "Not that suffering doesn't help your writing, but I can't write when I'm in the middle of feeling like crap. That's the last thing I want to do. Tom Petty said the exact same thing in an interview. There's this whole myth that you're sitting on the side of your bed drinking Jack Daniels while your tears fall onto your guitar and you're writing away. That's not how it works." Check out our interview with Lucinda Williams by Dave Gil de Rubio
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Plaza Live, $39.50-$49.50

Of Montreal
Now that we’ve heard their newest single, “Empyrean Abattoir,” we’re more than ready for their upcoming release, Aureate Gloom, in March, so we’re crossing our toes that they’ll be busting out some new stuff at the Social tonight. - Brendan O'Connor Read more.
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Social, $20

Damn, San Francisco's Giraffage oozes cool with his swerved approach to electro-shimmered R&B, and he's giving us every reason to warmly welcome him back to town with his new No Reason EP.
10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Bullitt Bar, $12-$15

Four Year Strong
Last year, Four Year Strong released a long-awaited EP, Go Down in History, and they’re set to release their first LP in nearly four years in 2015, so Orlando might be treated to previews of new material, if we’re lucky. For superfans, there are different ticket packages you might want to check out to access an all-request acoustic soundcheck ($40) or get a private 30-minute guitar lesson from Dan O’Connor or Alan Day ($65), plus extra goodies like a signed silkscreened tour poster. Read more.
6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Social, $16-$65

Third-wave power punk dudes Pennywise influenced a crap-ton of bands in the '90s, and their recent release, Yesterdays, brings back original singer Jim Lindberg and is a "Bro Hymn" tribute to bassist Jason Thirsk.
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Plaza Live, $25-$30

Southern Fried Sunday 9-Year Anniversary
A positively stuffed showcase features Riverbottom Nightmare Band (whose regular Sunday bluegrass shows at Copper Rocket inspired Southern Fried Sunday), plus Michigan string band the Appleseed Collective and loads more. Happy Birthday, SFS!
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Will's Pub, $9

Orlando Philharmonic: A Stan Getz Tribute
Conductor Nate Beversluis gathers Jeff Rupert and the Jazz Professors, DaVonda Simmons and the Orlando Phil strings section to honor "the Sound" of jazz icon Stan Getz.
6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Plaza Live, $15-$42

Red Mouth
Alabama blues-punk wildling Red Mouth (Studdogs) seizes rooms with a more Southern sound and a crazed energy.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, $5


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