Replay Halloween Party
It's always a chore to coordinate your Hallow's Eve schedule, between the parties and the shots and sneaking photos of kids in adorable costumes. This year, save yourself the trouble and head to the Replay for a night of ghoulish musical revelry. A smorgasbord of local bands is set to occupy the stage on that unholiest of holidays, featuring Spirit Is the Spirit, the ACBs, Dean Monkey and the Dropouts, and Stiff Middle Fingers. If you're too old to trick-or-treat and don't trust yourself enough to hand out the candy, this seems like a good excuse to party like a dead rock star.
Thursday, October 31, at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676)
When the Sic Alps broke up, back in August, the sound of heartbreak echoed throughout the garage-rock community. Tears were shed and many whiskey toasts were consumed as indie kids remembered almost a decade of strange experimental noise. Then, out of the ashes, came Sic Alps frontman Mike Donovan with a solo record and a reassuring nod, as if to say that the magic would, indeed, continue. Donovan's debut, Wot, doesn't reach the weird and spectacular heights to which Sic Alps ascended so well, but he does manage to burrow resolutely into your ear with a fresh batch of catchy garage pop.
Friday, November 1, at FOKL (556 Central, KCK, foklcenter.com)
Straight No Chaser
Ten dudes walk into a bar and start belting out Adele and Lady Gaga songs. No, wait, that's not right. Ten dudes walk onto the Midland's stage and start performing intricately arranged and choreographed a cappella versions of popular songs. Yes, that's the one — and that's what you'll get when a certain renowned a cappella group opens wide at the Midland for a rollicking Sunday. Guilty pleasure or flat-out joy? Some people definitely already know, because the matinee performance is sold out. Tickets are still available for the evening concert.
Sunday, November 3, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9900)
The Deer Tracks
The Deer Tracks' David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors refer to their music as "Northern light experimental electronica," which would be pretty easy to make fun of if it weren't strangely accurate. For nearly three years, the Swedish duo has been creating shimmering electro-pop that sounds like the soundtrack to a dark, dystopian fairytale — the kind of fairytale you don't tell kids. Lindfors' eerie, delicate voice is mesmerizing. This is one weeknight show you should definitely make room for.
Monday, November 4, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
Global Dub Festival
Dust off your brightly colored spandex pants and dig out your glow jewelry. That's what you wear to a dub fest, right? Well, whatever you slip on, the room-shaking, synth-blasting sounds of U.K. sensation Flux Pavilion, along with Skism, Dirtyphonics, Fury and Roksonix, take over the Midland Saturday. You're invited to dance, grind, and sweat the night away. The studded, glittered, heeled sneakers you drunkenly purchased online will come in handy, too. So will the edible body paint?
Saturday, November 2, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9900)
Funny story about Deer Tick. About a year ago, I got on the phone with lead singer John McCauley for an interview. I'd heard things about how he could be a douche with the press, but I was confident in my angle. Turns out all my prep was for nothing. Seven minutes into the conversation, McCauley responded to one of my questions with, "I don't know, I just don't give a shit about music." I concluded the interview and was not surprised when, a few weeks later, at the Deer Tick show, he spat beer at the first few rows. That doesn't mean I won't be at this Bottleneck gig.
Saturday, November 2, at the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483)
Toro Y Moi
Chaz Bundick's stage name is synonymous with that whole "chillwave" subgenre that got popular for, like, a minute back in 2010. Why? Put on any Toro y Moi album and you'll find yourself wanting to groove in slow motion to the relaxed electronic vibe that Bundick sends pulsing into the room. The latest Toro Y Moi release, Anything in Return, stays true to the 26-year-old's smooth sensibilities, though there are plenty of new flavors, too. The chillwave movement may be on ice, but Toro Y Moi is still a hot pick.
Tuesday, November 5, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)