Picks This Week: the Supervillains, Gag, Reggie Williams and more

Picks This Week: the Supervillains, Gag, Reggie Williams and more

Don’t tell the kids, but electronic dance music is nothing new, especially here in Central Florida. Back in the ’90s, kids around here were trading in their guitars for turntables with such frequency that in 1997, Rolling Stone featured an article declaring Orlando the latest in a long line of “next Seattles” due to its strong rave and dance scene. Which, of course, put a nail in the coffin of that scene, but anyway. This week, former club kids reunite to relive their youth and dance to the Florida breaks that made the area so well known in their heyday. Local legends like DJ Icey, Kimball Collins and Andy Hughes spin sets that dust off the old-school classics of yesteryear, and UK garage duo Stanton Warriors headline the night with the signature mix of electro, house and breaks that permeates this year’s Rebel Bass, proving there’s much more to dance music than the current obsession with wubs and drops. - Thaddeus McCollum
9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Beacham, $25-$50

Reggie Williams
Much-loved acoustic popsmith Reggie Williams is moving to Nashville, so here's your last chance to show some love and say farewell.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Backbooth, $8

Incendiary Olympia noise punks Gag help you work off your turkey gut with a stellar lineup of locals: Crit, False Punk and the impressive snarl of Gross.
10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, $5 suggested donation

The Supervillains
The Supervillains are a Florida tradition worth cheers-ing this ska-liday weekend, especially alongside Junkie Rush and Gargamel!
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at the Social, $12-$14

Kaleigh Baker "When you're a vocalist and you write words that people identify with, they feel like they know you, and they trust you a lot," Baker says. "So I'll meet people and have an hour or two-hour conversation or I'll stay in someone's home that's offered me a couch, and they'll tell me all their deepest, darkest secrets just because they feel like I get them. And I usually tell people, 'Don't tell me anything that you don't want to end up in a song.'" Check out our interview with Kaleigh Baker.
9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 27-28, at Will's Pub, $10-$12 (per night)

Like Superboy’s pet monkey Beppo (who was specifically written out of Superman’s universe to block out the chimp chump move), eventually the femme force of Vulvatron will be a blurry hangover memory to serious Gwar fans who weren’t ready for the boozy wonder woman. Whether you side with Kim Dylla – who is pissed they might recast the character – or with Gwar – which is comprised of seriously dedicated dudes who couldn’t handle Dylla’s added fray – you can’t deny that either way Gwar’s showmanship wins out and their bizarro metal franchise overall will be unmarred by this failed experiment. Now Gwar stomps back to Venue 578 to spray the bad blood all over fans who still revel in their theatrical metal gore.
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Venue 578, $20-$50

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Dreamy Scotland five-piece We Were Promised Jetpacks are touring on 2014's Unravelling, which jiggles the keys on their quietly urgent post-punk sound to rev fans' hearts in new ways.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Social, $13-$15

The Grand Collab One Year Anniversary
One of Orlando’s most bumping local showcases, the Grand Collab celebrates its first anniversary with a party that’s as bright as the smart event’s reputation over its brief history. Sniffing out artists without care to genre can skew a little messy and distracting live, like a grown-up show & tell with too much community Kool-Aid, but that’s not quite the way the Grand Collab’s tasteful organizers play the game. Instead, they craft a rare evening of conversation between diverse acts with a real flow, thanks to DJs and hosts who care to make your night, not just make a night. The party’s talent is legit, including Indigo Blak (senses-tingling R&B), the Welzeins (garage punk maniacs), Black Haw Shake (stop-in-your-tracks folk conjurer), Crenshaw (heated country rockers), plus a special bonus collab in the Grand Collab All Stars.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Will’s Pub, $7

Ancient Sun
They call it #AncientSunday for a reason – go get down with one of Orlando's best regular acts to steep in the long weekend as long as you can.
10:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Tanqueray's, free

Dash Rip Rock
NOLA rockers Dash Rip Rock do roots rock with legit riffs and serious wit and have been widely praised as a standout act of the South.
9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Will's Pub, $7

Chris Charles Trio
Keep on eye on the Smiling Bison's calendar (smilingbison.com) to find out which exciting guest singer the stellar Chris Charles Trio gets behind each week.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Smiling Bison, free


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