Wednesday, November 18
PLAN A: The Lulls, Ditches, Gooon @ The Casbah. The Lulls were formerly known as Ed Ghost Tucker, and though the name's different, their knack for great melodies isn't. The whole show looks to be a good one since Gooon, who recently changed from Emerald Rats, is kicking everything off.
Thursday, November 19
PLAN A: Yob, Black Cobra, Deep Sea Thunder Beast @ Brick by Brick. Oregon doom metal band Yob create massive, powerful slabs of low-end roar. It's intense stuff, but it's also spiritual in a way other metal often isn't. PLAN B: The Cult, Primal Scream, Eric Bellinger @ House of Blues. I wouldn't have initially thought to pair The Cult with Primal Scream, but it sort of makes sense. Both bands have been wielding their badass rock 'n' roll spirit for a long time, and I don't see this being anything but a party. BACKUP PLAN: Big K.R.I.T., BJ the Chicago Kid, Scotty ATL, Delorean @ The Observatory North Park.
Friday, November 20
PLAN A: Havok, Black Breath, Witchaven, Nukem @ Soda Bar. Read Ben Salmon's feature on Black Breath, who are the highlight of this set of contemporary thrash metal bands. They've released three albums of buzzsaw riffs and furious energy, and each time they get a little bit better. PLAN B: Skinny Puppy, Youth Code @ Observatory North Park. My favorite thing that Skinny Puppy ever did was ask the U.S. government for royalties for using their music to torture prisoners at Guantanamo. That said, they're industrial legends. Their harsh electronic sound might be an acquired taste but a cathartic one. BACKUP PLAN: The Good Life, Big Harp, Jake Bellows with Morgan Nagler @ The Casbah.
Saturday, November 21
PLAN A: Author & Punisher, Muscle and Marrow, Skrapez @ The Hideout. Tristan Shone has been on tour in support of his heavy, awesome new album Melk en Honing, and he's bringing it back with this hometown show. His industrial machine music is an experience for the eyes and the ears. Don't miss it. PLAN B: Minus the Bear, Murder by Death, Aero Flynn @ Observatory North Park. Minus the Bear is touring for the 10th anniversary of Menos el Oso, which means you'll get to hear a mid-'00s indie pop gem in its entirety. Get there early for the gothic alt-country of Murder by Death. BACKUP PLAN: We Were Promised Jetpacks @ The Irenic.
Sunday, November 22
PLAN A: Sturgill Simpson, Billy Wayne Davis @ Observatory North Park. Country music is closer than ever to pop music these days, but the interesting thing about its evolution is the surge of really excellent country. Sturgill Simpson is one of the genre's best songwriters right now, and he's breathing new life into an old style. PLAN B: Kate Boy, Morly, Inspired and the Sleep @ Soda Bar. Kate Boy began releasing sleek, danceable synth-pop tracks a few years ago, but the Swedish group has finally released its debut album, One, and the dance party has finally made it to our corner of the world. BACKUP PLAN: Lucero @ Belly Up Tavern.
Monday, November 23
PLAN A: Chance the Rapper, D.R.A.M., Towkio, Metro Boomin @ Soma. Chance the Rapper made a name for himself with the outstanding 2013 mixtape Acid Rap. Then he took a different course with Surf, released by his band, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. One way or another youíre getting a fun, unpredictable hip-hop show.
Tuesday, November 24
PLAN A: Madball, Strife, Take Offense, PSO @ Soda Bar. Old-school New York hardcore at its finest. Tuesday night is a good night to get some workweek aggression out, so go there and rage. It'll feel good.