Picks This Week: My Hotel Year, ZZ Ward and more

Picks This Week: My Hotel Year, ZZ Ward and more

ZZ Ward
Bluesy songstress ZZ Ward released an EP, Love and War, to tide fans over until her new album comes out next spring.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Beacham, $20

In Sonitus Lux
We'd say In Sonitus Lux pivots around avant-garde artist Serson Brannen (the Subliminator), but the word "pivot" suggests there's something steady about this experimental act that intentionally keeps itself in flux to surprise and stun the ear.
9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, donations accepted

Best Coast
"In the beginning, I didn't deal very well with any of it," Bethany Cosentino says. "I was so young, and I felt like I was being bullied. I took it very personally – like, 'Why are all these people ganging up on me and saying hurtful things when they don't know me?'" Read our interview with Best Coast before the show!
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Social, sold out

My Hotel Year
Possibly the most-missed band in Orlando reunites to celebrate Will's Pub's 20th anniversary to a sold-out crowd, still spinning their near-perfect debut, The Composition of Ending and Phrasing. Plus: Check out new My Hotel Year spinoff Field Kit.
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Will's Pub, sold out

Purity Ring
It took three whole years after Purity Ring’s celebrated debut, Shrines, for their follow-up this year, Another Eternity, but if you were stamping your feet with impatience, that motion soon morphed into uninhibited dance when the album dropped its distinct beats and the duo once again rattled the pop frontier. As has been well documented, the album marks the end of the pair’s online songwriting collaborations and instead pushed them into the same room to pen gorgeous, intimate songs the listener wants to curl up as close as possible to (see: “Bodyache” and “Begin Again”). Hear it live and bounce within that mesmerizing pulse – the stage is set to swirl both casual and smart music fans into Purity Ring’s otherworldly, blissful pop orbit.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at House of Blues, $35

Bughead, Junkie Rush
The Will's Pub anniversary continues to be the impetus for reunions, and this night features party-worthy reggae-punks Bughead and Junkie Rush. Also: Bonus! Gargamel!
7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Will's Pub, $10

Zappa Plays Zappa
Touring on one of his favorites of his father’s records, Dweezil Zappa celebrates 40 years since the release of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention’s One Size Fits All by recreating the album live. The setlist runs through the album, so it includes rarely performed songs, including “Evelyn, a Modified Dog,” which Zappa says Frank never performed live. Beyond how compelling the massive arrangements already are, you can expect improvisations from Zappa, who is obviously a master in his own right as a Grammy-winning artist. So much so that his fans demanded he release a new record, Via Zammata’, which came out last month and features the only song that Zappa co-wrote with his dad. Additionally, superfans can take a guitar master class from Dweezil Zappa at 4 p.m. on the day of show for $75. Shredder of a day for innovative music lovers.
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Plaza Live, $30

Will's Pub 20th Anniversary
Stumble along with us through a week at Will's Pub and drop by this weekend to commemorate the dive's big anniversary. Because sticking around for 20 years isn't easy. Sometimes you get kicked out of your home; your goal to reopen feels impossible and contemplating the future sucks. Right now? Like any time, it's the best of times and the worrrrst of times. Read more.
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Will’s Pub, $20

Van Halen
Normally we try not to send you out of town, but Sunday is your chance to make headlines by throwing a beer at David Lee Roth (if you have time to jaunt to Tampa)!
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa, $18-$143

David Liebe Hart
David Liebe Hart is known popularly for his roles on Adult Swim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) and in underground music circles as one of the more illustrious outsider artists alongside luminaries like Wesley Willis. The noted eccentric came through back in 2012 with a punk rock band to open for Black Moth Super Rainbow. But this time he returns freshly rebooted with new electronic-minded collaborator Jonah Mociun (Th’Mole) to drop fresh material from his current album, Astronaut, and bring some new bump to his left-field classics. Expect a mind-bending multimedia show blending music and comedy that will include stand-up, his famous puppets, videos and an interactive exercise routine. You know, the usual David Liebe Hart stuff. After the show, fans can have some face time with the man himself and purchase his custom art. – Bao Le-Huu
8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Will's Pub, $10

Post Malone
The teen rapper-guitarist had unexpected overnight success with his first song ever, "White Iverson" (the video, as of this writing, has almost 3.5 million views) after an adolescence spent tinkering with beats and learning guitar off YouTube.
8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Backbooth, $20-$50

Jazz Tuesday
If you get bored on Tuesday, you can always opt out and space out to immersive jazz while staring at the back-lit bison that glows behind the band.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Smiling Bison, free

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Ashley Belanger

Associate editor, music nerd, NBA junkie, Florida explorer and obsessive pet owner.
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