Picks This Week: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Mac Miller and more 

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Silver Apples
The alien electronic pop of Silver Apples builds sensationally with disruptive rhythms that baffle your toes, which hysterically tap like founding member Simeon is some bizarre minstrel hypnotist with his legendary homemade synth. Although the band’s output is limited – two sleeper favorites from the late ’60s, Silver Apples and Contact, plus comeback releases in 1998 (including The Garden, unreleased music from original duo, Simeon and Danny Taylor) – their jarring dance tracks like “You and I” and “Oscillations,” as well as curious covers like “Ruby,” struck a chord with experimental artists in the underground for decades following the duo’s disbanding. When Simeon fell victim to a car crash in 1998, Silver Apples fans stressed his recovery, but he thankfully bounced back, like the world is truly the anti-gravity whirlwind he creates sonically. He keeps Taylor’s beats alive (Taylor passed away in 2005 of a heart attack) electronically, now performing as a solo artist in Florida for the first time in ages (not to mention this is one of only two dates, not a tour, so thank the cosmos he sprang from he has ties here in openers Obliterati). Lucky, lucky us.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 , at Will’s Pub, $10-$12

The Acacia Strain
Mixing doom, death metal and metalcore to create a furious storm, the Acacia Strain unleashed heater Coma Witch last year and will channel its tempest live.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Backbooth, $15

Beth McKee's 1st Thursday Songwriting Series
If you're trying to catch this month's songwriting series (which features greats like Thomas Wynn and Shadow Pearson), make sure to note it's at the new Sanford location of Smiling Bison for December.
8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Smiling Bison Sanford, free

"We were definitely able to dig deeper into our catalog and play, I guess, a more dynamic set overall in two different sets," Lucero singer-guitarist Ben Nichols says. "The folks that wanted to hear the really old, really quiet stuff, got that. And then you also got the rowdy drinking songs and rock & roll toward the end. So we're hoping to kind of replicate that [on this tour]." Check out our interview with Lucero.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Social, 54 N. Orange Ave., $22-$25

5 Billion Dead
Back in 2004, this paper celebrated the release of the debut CD by local metallians 5 Billion Dead, and though it was an unusual CD (with a few songs and a couple of videos), it marked the end of what seemed like an interminable wait for studio material from a band that had been tearing up local stages for a couple of years. Well, 11 years later and 5BD has become something of an on-again, off-again project, re-emerging occasionally to blast faces with their unique take on melodic death metal, but – BUT! – this latest re-emergence onto local stages also brings with it the promise of new studio material from the band. (We know they're working on something because they showed a studio photo on Facebook and everything!) Now, we won't hold our breath until we actually have the CD in our hands, but we will gladly partake in what has become an all-too-rare event: a live show from one of this city's best metal bands. - Jason Ferguson
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Haven Lounge, Winter Park, $5-$7

Accidental Music Festival Presents Ensemble AMF
The northward pull of New York on Orlando’s creatives is, well, magnetic, and Chris Belt, founder of the Accidental Music Festival, wasn’t immune – despite the fact that the new music series has continued here in Orlando, Belt and his wife, oboe player Beatriz Ramirez, have lived in NYC since 2012. Perhaps that has some slight influence on this show: “One of the themes for this whole season is New York composers. Almost everything that we’re doing has some connection to New York,” says Belt. AMF’s October presentation of New York-based quartet Yarn/Wire was rapturously received by those in attendance; like that concert, this week’s show includes a 21st-century piece by seminal New York composer Steve Reich (“2x5”) on its program, alongside other challenging modern compositions. Both Belts will perform as part of Ensemble AMF, along with percussionist Thad Anderson, drummer Nik Ritchie, pianist Jamila Tekalli and a player we’ve managed to wrest away from New York: new Orlando Phil music director Eric Jacobsen, on cello. Here’s to reversing magnetic north. – Jessica Bryce Young
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Will’s Pub, $10-$12

St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Don't miss the impressive soulful force of this tremendously talented sextet, fronted by maniacal frontman Paul Janeway and touring on their 2014 debut full-length, Half the City.
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Beacham, $20-$30

Mac Miller
One of the year's most anticipated releases, Mac Miller's hazy honest flow on GO:OD AM lived up to the hype despite its laid-back vibe, proving an addictive listen for anyone seeking a new drug.
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Hard Rock Live, $30-$40

Obie Trice
Set an alarm and prepare to clutch your head the next day when Niko Is and Palmer Reed open for super-fine rapper Obie Trice, in town on his latest release, The Hangover.
8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Bullitt Bar, $10

Knocked Loose
Listen to "D.T.A.H." off Louisville hardcore band Knocked Loose's split EP with Damaged Goods to realize the distinct chug of this jarring invader, opening for cherished Bradenton metal band Adaliah.
7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Backbooth, $12

This show will be the most absurdly fun time to be had this week for anyone who digs surfy guitars, sweet '60s psych and trippy larks for lyrics.
9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Will's Pub, $5



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