Picks This Week: Torche, Elton John, Generationals and more

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Picks This Week: Torche, Elton John, Generationals and more

Bouncy NOLA duo Generationals return on their 2014 release, Alix, which swims in the summery pop sensibilities we just love to lap up here in Florida.
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Social, $10-$12

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic, Homeboy Sandman
Hail Mary Mallon (indie hip-hop poster child Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Abilities) hits the Social on Thursday, March 5, in support of their latest album, Bestiary; the record isn't quite essential when compared to its members' solo material, but it's far from the ego-fueled train wreck we sometimes get when rappers share a steering wheel for 40-plus minutes. We thought this would be a good time to look back at some other notable rap supergroups – the good, the bad and the in-between. - Sean Kantrowitz Take a look at some of rap's biggest supergroups and their rock counterparts.
8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Social, $20

If you're a heavy music fan, this is the only show this week that matters because Torche isn't playing some sissy massive venue this time, they're back at Backbooth, and they're towing insanely sick Miami band Wrong along with them.
7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Backbooth, $12

Now touring on their live album, Dead or Alive, Capsula is out to show us exactly why they constantly get compared to bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sonic Youth, the Who and the Cramps, often over the course of the same song. Come for the dark, driving rhythms; stay for the reverb-soaked acid guitar space jams. - Thaddeus McCollum Read more.
9 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Will's Pub, $10-$12

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Grammy-winning bluegrass stalwart Béla Fleck recorded banjo duets with wife Abigail Washburn last year, and they'll be plucking heartstrings this week at the Plaza.
7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Plaza Live, $39.50-$59.50

"I've been keeping to myself and just focusing on the music," Caskey says. "I just figure if I work harder than everyone else, then those changes will affect me positively." Read our interview with Caskey.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Venue 578, $20-$25

Save the Space Jam
Partying with show-stopping rockers like American Party Machine, Nuka Waves, Tight Genes and Yogurt Smoothness makes this benefit show an especially enticing one. Go get loud so locals can keep doing the Space proud by booking creative events that just wouldn’t be the same anywhere else. Save the Space Jam at Uncle Lou's is a slam dunk
6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, $6

Elton John
Sad songs really do say so much, and Amway will get an earful tonight when piano slayer Sir Elton John asks Orlando to feel the love this night.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Amway Center, $37-$146.50

With those thick synths and thumping rhythms, Ian Curtis fans are sure to lose control on first listen to Maxed Out on Distractions. Released last October, the record luxuriates in tasteful instincts, charging with a more somber but just as frantic Devo-esque freakout on songs like “Buoy” and settling into even more curious territory on the more spacious and almost surf-y songs like “Against It.” No two songs live in the exact same space, so your ears are perpetually perked. Read more.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Will's Pub, $7-$10

Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways
Keep up if you can with Ava Mendoza's guitar frenzy; she's collaborated with Tune-Yards and toured with greats like Nels Cline, but she slashes on her own to create a furious adventure that we, incredibly, get to accompany her on for free.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Park Ave CDs, free

False Punk
Don't just shake up Monday, wrestle that shit to the ground by catching hardcore maniacs False Punk with a noisy array of Florida bands: Neat Freak, Pity Offer, Waste and Pariah.
8 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, $5

Margo and the Pricetags
Nashville's Margo and the Pricetags plan a perfect show for anyone with a hankering for Hank Sr.'s vibe, and this show also features the invigorating folk of Laney Jones.
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Will's Pub, $6-$8

About The Author

Ashley Belanger

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