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Twin Shadow
Lewis says he's also learned to let go of some of the tendencies he developed as the prototypical Florida teenager: the musically inclined outsider surrounded by rich old folks and rednecks. "I spent so much of my life being such a music snob," he says. "Coming from a smaller town, what you seek out defines you when you're young." - Nick McGregor Check out our interview with Twin Shadow.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Social, $22-$25

Death Grips
Future-primitive art-rap provocateurs Death Grips are possibly the most mysterious and provocative force on the popular music landscape today. A throat-grabbing head-on of rap and industrial noise, their music alone is undeniable. But once you factor in their striking, conspiratorial style, you’ve got a bona fide shock to the system. Between undermining their major label by leaking their album online and booking high-profile gigs that they never actually planned on playing (Lollapalooza), their wild reputation for operating on their own shadowy terms has mapped the thin, evasive line between shenanigans and full-on aggression. Their last big grenade was famously bailing on a major tour with Nine Inch Nails last year by suddenly disbanding. Luckily, that stunt didn’t stick and they returned to active tour duty this year to bring us what should be the most hotly anticipated concert this year. You know, so long as it happens. - Bao Le-Huu
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Beacham, $20-$25

The Rot Guts
Slick on a thick buzz and rattle around the intense noisy clatter of Orlando noise freaks the Rot Guts, opening for intriguing new act Secret Tracers, who perked our ears at Earth last month.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Will's Pub, $5

The Mountain Goats
A funny thing about the Mountain Goats: Many of the indie folk-rock band’s songs that appeal to people most are the ones full of angst and frustration and rage that seems to come from a deeply personal place – yet the majority of the band’s 12 albums aren’t as deeply personal as you might think. Instead, a lot of the material written and sung by John Darnielle, the band’s founder and only constant member, consists of stories about fictional characters. For instance, 2001’s All Hail West Texas is a concept album about “seven people, two houses, a motorcycle and a locked treatment facility for adolescent boys.” Likewise, 2002’s Tallahassee – memorable, in part, for the unforgettably brutal anthem “No Children,” in which Darnielle chant-sings “I am drowning, there is no sign of land/ You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand/ And I hope you die, I hope we both die” – is about characters he calls the “Alpha Couple” who live in a falling-down house that represents their crumbling marriage. In more recent Mountain Goats albums – notably, We Shall All be Healed and The Sunset Tree – Darnielle does go deep, mining his past for songs about growing up with drug-addicted friends and his abusive stepfather. The newest album, Beat the Champ, is a little bit of both. The songs are imaginative accounts about the pro-wrestlers Darnielle admired when he was a child. Though the stories are fictional, there’s an element of the personal here, too – for the young Darnielle, wrestling was an obsession, and during a particularly difficult time in his life, he says wrestling was “an avenue of escape for me when I was a child." The melding of the personal with the impractical is what gives the album the anxiety and tension we've grown to know and love in Darnielle's best work. Tonight, we expect him to throw himself into his characters with nothing less. – Erin Sullivan
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Beacham, $20-$30

The Thing
You might recognize them best for recently backing artists like Sonic Youth and Neneh Cherry, but this unearthly trio conjures more spellbinding sonics when left to their own devices, as you'll soon see for yourself.
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Timucua White House, free

Case Work
Orlando's favorite dreamy indie boy band returns to up the spectacle at Will's Pub for the weekend with party-starter Michael Parallax.
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Will's Pub, $5

Groundbreaking British techno duo Autechre caused warped hearts to stop with their two-hour 2013 release Exai, as if the twisted manipulators hit pause on each fan’s internal beat, so the notion that they were touring North America this year basically floored serious fans, who likely gripped their chests as they sank to their knees in gratitude. That sounds like a lot of hype, but their perverse electronica has stunned for decades, especially in a live setting. It’ll soon be validated by this unique show’s spectacular build-up.
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Social, $17-$20

T. Hardy Morris
One of the country's best at grunging up Southern rock, T. Hardy Morris will torch the stage before Drive-By Truckers motor out to finish up the night.
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, the Plaza Live, $25-$35

"I think we were pretty interested in not being too of this moment when we were making Fantastic Planet," says Andrews about the band's seemingly timeless sound. "We definitely have some '90s in us for sure, but I think some of it gets obscured or it's not as obvious in some of our music." Check out our interview with Failure.
6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at House of Blues, $23

Sick of It Sundays Karaoke Cover Band
Go make your own racket at Will's Pub for this enthusiastic revival of pop punk karaoke night Sick of It Sundays with a full backing band.
10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Will's Pub, $5

Danzig resuscitated their "Blackest of the Black" tour name for the first time in five years and is working on a new covers album called Skeletons with a fall release date – so basically we're all doomed to rock out this night to blistering covers, oh shucks.
7:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Hard Rock Live, $25.50-$35.50

Rick Springfield ,br>Go sing along to "Jessie's Girl" and maybe complete the square after by dropping into House of Blues around 7 p.m. in Disney Springs to catch the chorus of Our Lady Peace's "Superman's Dead." Why-ee-yi-ee-yi-ee.
5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Epcot, price of admission


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