Picks This Week: Matt Pond PA, the Avett Brothers, Brillz and more

Picks This Week: Matt Pond PA, the Avett Brothers, Brillz and more

Yogurt Smoothness
With a new EP due out soon, we're hoping to hear new songs from grungy duo Yogurt Smoothness, who thicken a beefy lineup that includes Brooklyn's Baby Erection and Melbourne's the Dull Blades.
9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Will's Pub, $5

The EDM artist has collaborated with greats like Diplo, but he's clearly thriving off his own vibe, as evidenced by his official Twonk clothing line.
10 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Venue 578, $16-$21

The Beach Boys
"I was kind of the accidental messenger because I took Pet Sounds with me to England, and everybody was so gung ho ... I could do no wrong," Bruce Johnston says. "I wasn't Brian, but I was treated like I was." Following the release of "Sloop John B" as a single in the U.K., Johnston played an advance copy of Pet Sounds for John Lennon and Paul McCartney. After hearing, they replied, "Play it again, please." - Matt Kamm Read our interview with the Beach Boys.
8:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Hard Rock Live, $33-$197

Mates of State
It’s been four years since their last release, the critically heralded Mountaintops, but the husband-wife pair announced a new EP, You’re Going to Make It (due out in the U.S. on June 16 on Barsuk) and also dropped a greatest hits comp last week, Greats. All of this adds up to an undeniably upbeat outlook on what to expect from their show this week with gorgeous Sarasota folk-pop champs Good Graeff. This is what it’s like on an indie-pop fantasy, we suppose. Read more.
8 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Social, $13-$15

Lion's Den Opening
The Lion’s Den will feature a stage with devoted sound and light systems along with a 40-foot mirrored wall for those who want to practice their poi, hooping or yoga. To kick off the grand opening of this space, three of Orlando’s most prominent young jam bands – Leisure Chief, the Groove Orient and Holey Miss Moley – are set to soundtrack the night, along with Body//Talk’s main man, VSN QST. Just look for the secret bookcase door to check out this cool new multi-purpose space, but be sure to bring cash as the bar doesn’t take cards. - Thaddeus McCollum Read more.
9 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Red Lion Pub, Winter Park, $7

Tab Benoit
He's been singing his Cajun-seasoned blues since the '90s, having learned firsthand from legends as a teen growing up in Baton Rouge, and has been doing them proud ever since.
8 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Plaza Live, $25-$50

Fox Fest
Not only does WPRK give us what we love 24 hours per day, every year the student-run station throws a free outdoor concert where everyone’s welcome to loll on the great lawn and partake of their generosity. This year brings Marco Benevento’s lush, grin-inducing piano-based rock; Brooklyn-via-Tacoma DJ Eliot Lipp’s squelchy breakbeat bangers; the jammy Orlando-based Groove Orient and more. The fest begins with yoga on the lawn at 2 p.m.; salute the sun, then pollute your ears in the best possible way. - Jessica Bryce Young Read more.
2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Mills Lawn, Rollins College, Winter Park, free

The Plush Monsters help Body//Talk blow out the Milk District, including outdoor tents on top of the dance floors and stages set up to uber-space out Spacebar and make Sandwich Bar the next best thing since sliced bread.
10 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Spacebar and Sandwich Bar, $5-$7

The Avett Brothers
The gilded vocals of Seth Avett took on the downer songs of Elliott Smith with the help of Jessica Lea Mayfield, and it would stun crowds at House of Blues to hear even one song from the tribute album.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at House of Blues, $47-$102

[Editor's note: Psst ... This Sunday event isn't a concert, but it's even better, if you're a vinyl collector. Details here.]

Matt Pond PA
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Several Arrows Later, earnest indie popsmith Matt Pond plays the record in full, plus fans can pick up a limited-edition orange vinyl copy.
8 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Social, $12-$14

A Night of Percussion
The UCF Percussion Ensemble welcomes guest artist Benjamin Finley alongside Seminole State College and area high schools to drum up an exciting new plan for your Tuesday night.
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Dr. Phillips Center, free


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