Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, July 6-12

Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, July 6-12

Wednesday, 6



The brutally honest singer-songwriter found her way to fame through YouTube covers and SoundCloud originals, like many other artists these days, but she has quickly upgraded from her role as the opening act for Imagine Dragons and the Weeknd to headlining her very own tour. Halsey's forte is songs about sadness and sex; for a measly $28 bucks, the show will give you more of an emotional roller coaster ride than a cheap bottle of wine. Her full-length debut album, Badlands, stood at spot No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and, even more impressively, Halsey guested on Bieber's most recent album, Purpose. This girl ain't an amateur. – Bridgette Norris

with Bad Suns | 8 p.m. | CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd. | | $27.50

Friday, 8

Austin Lucas and Matt Woods


Whether it's a testament to the good-naturedness of Orlandoans or just our balmy climes, we seem to have impressed a few extremely talented country singers in the past few years, judging by the frequency that they squeeze Orlando into their tour schedules. While folk-punk Austin Lucas (pictured) may have started the trend a few years ago before his sound matured into something more classically country (pronounced "Americana" if you're a marketing executive), Knoxville, Tennessee's Matt Woods has picked up the slack in recent years. Woods even likes us so much that he filmed a music video inside the Bull & Bush – starring Alex Luchun as the saddest clown in the history of sad clowns – and poached Larry Fulford to be his drummer for two albums and more than a few tours. These guys tend to have a devoted, hard-drinking, sing-along audience at their Orlando shows, and it may have something to do with the fact that the fandom is mutual. – Thaddeus McCollum

6 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$12

Friday, 8

Pathos, Pathos


Just as the sun's peaking and everyone's scrambling to get their playlist set to fun, one of the city's most summery bands is just about to crack open a fresh batch of jams. Local indie pop-rockers Pathos, Pathos have been effectively honing their playful sound on stages for a while now and they've finally captured it on record. Their new EP, Pet Names, is a salvo of five impossibly optimistic tunes that are easily their sturdiest and most focused to date. The collection's a beaming beach ball of sparkling guitars, sharp melodies and irrepressible bounce. Cover charge to the release show includes a copy of the EP and a four-band bill that also includes Gravel Kings, Kinder Than Wolves and Gary Lazer Eyes. Go nab your summer soundtrack and help the boys kick off their month-long East Coast tour with some Taco Bell money. – Bao Le-Huu

with Gravel Kings, Kinder Than Wolves, Gary Lazer Eyes | 8:30 p.m. | Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St. | | $10

Friday, 8

PechaKucha Night


PechaKucha Night is back and the PowerPoint jocks plan on "Breaking the Surface" with a variety of presentations from members of the Orlando community that will address issues like racism, disruptive leadership and homelessness. All of the presentations follow the standard PechaKucha format of 20 slides with 20 seconds to present each slide, creating a strict framework in which to let presenters exhibit their creativity. From a hip-hop poem about sex trafficking to how skateboarding can be a social action, the night dives into topics that we're facing at this time both as a city and as a country. – Jarleene Almenas

6 p.m. and 9 p.m. | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $24.25

Sunday, 10

Orlando Pride vs. Boston Breakers


It's been a rough month since June 12, and there's still a lot of things we might never understand, but for those of you who've been shut up inside your house, perhaps it's time to get back out there. There's no better opportunity than the Orlando Pride's home game against the Boston Breakers this weekend at Camping World Stadium (RIP Citrus Bowl). Yes, the 2-1 loss to the Portland Thorns last week was a blow, but it's nothing Pride captain Alex Morgan and the rest of this all-women team can't move past and channel their frustration into a victory over Boston. Win or lose, it's always a treat to watch these athletes play for the love of the game. – Monivette Cordeiro

5 p.m. | Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place | 855-675-2489 | | $15-$52

Sunday, 10

Art X Social Change Night


Maybe you're not so great at organizing a protest or shouting at the top of your lungs into a bullhorn. That's OK. Creating social change isn't limited to chants and demonstrations. It can also be a powerful poem, a compelling design on a placard or a painting that captures the spirit of the movement. If that's how you like to make your mark on the world, check out Art X Social Change Night at Spacebar in the Milk District. This free event features all different mediums, including visual art, musical and spoken word performances, poetry, dance and plays, focused around varying themes of social justice. Originally scheduled for Sunday, June 12, this event was postponed in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, creating a new sense of poignancy for the night. – MC

4-9 p.m. | Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St. | | donations accepted

Monday, 11

Summerland Tour


There's no better marketing tool than nostalgia – just ask Donald Trump – and that goes doubly in the music business (see the recent trend of bands touring and playing their fans' favorite albums front-to-back). But for radio gods of yesteryear who maybe only had a handful of hits in heavy rotation, Art Alexakis of Everclear (pictured) has put together this package tour every summer for the past few years. The concept is simple: all the songs you remember from these bands packed into short sets with no suffering through "Here's another one from our new album." Everclear, whose "Santa Monica" probably still gets stuck in your head every now and then for no discernible reason, are joined by underrated Detroit post-grungists Sponge, reality TV staple Mark McGrath's band, Sugar Ray, and Lit, who we were excited about until we remembered that the band that did "Steal My Sunshine" was named Len. Oh well, maybe next year. – TM

with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Sponge, Lit | 8 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | | $33.50-$48.50

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