20 Orlando shows not to miss between now and the end of the year, plus a few more worth a road trip

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20 Orlando shows not to miss between now and the end of the year, plus a few more worth a road trip

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Oct. 5

Lil Yachty

8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, hardrock.com, $33

One of a cadre of young aesthetic/sonic boundary-trippers in hip-hop music, Lil Yachty recently lit the Social up at the end of August. Now, as opening act for Rae Sremmurd within the more roomy and widescreen environs of Hard Rock Live, having already proven his live bonafides in our city, you can expect even more chaos, adulation, red hair, incredible fashion and Yachty's idiosyncratic sing-rapping style. (MM)

Oct. 6-9

Garth Brooks
7 p.m. at Amway Center, amwaycenter.com, $74.98

This monstrous four-night stand at the Amway Center is like pop-country's version of Sinatra at the Sands – the master showman and elder statesman proving that he can still show the young punks a thing or two on a grand scale, in front of no doubt sold-out crowds. Expect all of Brooks' KISS-inspired showstopping antics to be updated and in force – though the wig of Chris Gaines is still locked away in an undisclosed location, never to be seen again – and to hear the songs that basically formed the template for modern radio country as it stands today. (MM)

Oct. 14


7 p.m. at Backbooth, backbooth.com, $15-$17

In 1976 the Runaways put out an album steeped in sex and sunshine, and it is in that band's wake that Bleached emerged 40 years later. Digging their way out from under the weight of eviction notices, unhealthy relationships and the temptations of the party life, the L.A. trio is a band for anyone who's ever been torn between being productive or getting high. Their words will hit home, their sound will make you dance, and their live show is sure to be the highlight of a very stacked October of concerts. Oh, and they're co­-headlining the bill with freakin' Beach Slang! This will be the show you'll be hating yourself the next day for not attending. (JC)

Oct. 19

Psychedelic Furs
7 p.m. at the Plaza Live, plazaliveorlando.com, $29.50-$49.50

Psychedelic Furs don't get the same cred/respect that other dark-alternative and new wave guitar groups like Echo and the Bunnymen, OMD, Modern English or the Church get – and that's a goddamn shame because A) Richard Butler can one-up any of them in the razor-sharp cheekbone stakes, and B) they've got a clutch of elegantly depressed hits that are still the stuff that lovelorn mixtapes and playlists are made of: "Love My Way," "Heartbreak Street," "Pretty in Pink." Bring your sunglasses and keep them on the whole fucking time. (MM)

Oct. 29

Lindsey Stirling
8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Theater, drphillipscenter.org, $29-$150

Lindsey Stirling, the violinist best known for incorporating dancefloor electronics into her playing (to massive YouTube success) has an incredibly fervent and dedicated following, sure to show up in force to this Bob Carr concert. Her music combines classically trained chops with pop smarts, and her live shows are spectacles of visual flair and over-the-top choreography. This show will be part of a larger tour promoting her third album, Brave Enough, featuring collaborations with the likes of Lecrae and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. (MM)

Nov. 2

Marissa Nadler
8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, hardrock.com, $30-$45

Shock metallers Ghost have immaculate choice in opening acts, but then you end up feeling ambivalent about the pantomime nature of the headliner. Last time Ghost rolled through they had King Dude in tow; this time, it's Marissa Nadler. The young guitarist-singer has, in a relatively short time, mapped out a Southern gothic psychogeography that is as evocative of those bloodstained deltas as, say, Nick Cave's. And with a ghostly, haunting voice to match lyrics like "All the Colors of the Dark," it would be worthwhile to get there early and brave the crowds just to catch Nadler's set. (MM)

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