King Yellowman | October 7In the 1980s, when he was known simply as Yellowman, the toasting style of Jamaica’s King Yellowman made the singer the, well, toast of the dancehall reggae movement. Although his lyrics were frequently controversial (he’s since changed his ways; having a daughter, K’reema, who’s now a collaborator may have helped), his lolling, loose, and languid delivery has been a marked influence on many modern reggae vocalists. Called “the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley,” he visits the Falcon in support of his most recent album, 2019’s No More War. With K’reema and the Sagittarius Band. (Thana Alexa emotes October 17; the Klezmatics make chutzpa October 24.) 7pm. Donation requested. Marlboro.
Larkin Poe | October 14Georgia roots rock group Larkin Poe, led by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, have that elusive, innate musical quality that seems to belong only to sibling acts raised on pure music, such as the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, or the Everly Brothers—those sweet familial harmonies. During lockdown, the sisters, who’ve performed as backing musicians on tours and recordings by Keith Urban, Elvis Costello, Steven Tyler, Conor Oberst, Billy Gibbons, and others, released their fifth album, the covers collection Kindred Spirits. In support of the set, they emerge from the woodshed to bring their sisterly magic to Empire Live for this much-anticipated show. (The Indigo Girls visit October 18; Caroline Rose croons October 21.) $25, $30. Albany.
Organized to premiere and celebrate Doors at Seven, local filmmaker Noelle Janasiewicz’s new documentary about the New Paltz underground DIY house show music scene of recent years, the Door Daze festival is set to run this month at outdoor Kingston venue BLUEprint (AKA the old Tech City site). With a whopping 21 bands connected to the movie’s subject matter—including Alliteration, Blue Chips, Elephant Jake, Furnace Creek, Genghis Krist, Grampfather, Greenhouse Lake, Happenstancery, Imposters, Johnny Manna, Mononeko, New Vision, No Momentum, Run for the Whales, Salutations, Screaming Meemies, Serena Hope, Tiny Blue Ghost, Withr, and 7 on Pump 1—the two-day event will culminate with a screening of the film. $12 for each day or $20 for a two-day pass in advance; $15 one day or $25 two-day pass at the gate.
Postmodern Jukebox | October 28Famed for their reworkings of modern popular songs into a pre-World War II jazz-swing format, Postmodern Jukebox was formed by New York pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2011. The orchestra’s versions of tunes by artists ranging from Lady Gaga to the White Stripes, Katy Perry, Radiohead, Outkast, and the Strokes made them a hit on YouTube in short order (check their rendition of New Order’s “Blue Monday”), winning them fervent fandom from the likes of Neil Gaiman, among others. Here, the outfit’s Grand Reopening Tour takes them to the suitably opulent setting of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. (Chris Thile picks October 16; Ben Folds bops by October 17.) 7:30pm. $29.50-$54.50. Troy.
TC Superstar/Johnny Dynamite | November 6Masterminded by singer Connor McCampbell and made up of several of his fellow University of Texas graduates, Austin synth pop collective TC Superstar are sure to delight diggers of ’80s dance sounds. “Everyone pitches in in different ways and everyone has their own talents that they contribute to the group,” McCampbell told KVUE-TV in 2019. “So in that regard, it is kind of a collective, but also any band is. We’re a self-described dancy [sic] band.” Joining the youthful troupe, which features dancers as well as musicians, for this engagement at Tubby’s is fellow synth-oriented artist Johnny Dynamite, who heads up from his home base of Brooklyn. (Chris Brokaw comes back October 8; hip hop artist MIKE raps October 29.) 8pm. $10. Kingston.