October Music Calendar


October 1 – House of Blues
Green Day 
A Preview to the Revolution 
It’s been 4 years since they released the “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!,” “¡Trés!” trilogy and now Green Day is back and set to release “Revolution Radio” on October 7th. Stopping by the House of Blues just a few days before, the continually evolving pop-punk juggernauts will be previewing songs from their upcoming album and taking fans back to the old catalogue we all hold so dear. Tickets aren’t cheap, but you really can’t put a price on nostalgia.

October 11 – Berklee Performance Center
Patti Smith 
Take the Green Line for the M Train 
While this isn’t a proper Patti Smith “concert,” Smith’s writings and readings have always contained an inherent rhythm that make every sentence ring out like poetry. Smith will be speaking with distinguished Northeastern professor and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Patrick MacDonald about her recent memoir, “M Train.” Every ticket gets you a copy of the book and rumor has it she’ll be performing a short set afterward.

October 14 – House of Blues 
Shovels and Rope 
The Dark and Dynamic Duo 
Their dusty ballads and backcountry croons make it seem like the band is from another place and time. Dwelling on dark and dated narratives that culminate in uplifting harmonies, this husband and wife duo have made quite a name for themselves. Catch these exciting performers as they mosey on down to the House of Blues for a powerful set.

October 16 – Berklee Performance Center 
Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees featuring Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Patty Griffin 
Country Greats Unite for a Great Cause 
Some of the best singer-songwriters out there have joined together for a tour to raise awareness for the worldwide refugee crisis. Led by 13-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris, and together with folk legends Steve Earle and Patty Griffin, Lampedusa is a project sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service. Proceeds will go toward expanding educational programs for refugees in 45 countries. Expect some classic and collaborative performances throughout the night.

October 19 – House of Blues 
The Undeniably Political Tour 
As one of Compton’s next generation of rappers, YG (aka Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson) has collaborated with Drake and Lil Wayne, released three hit records with Def Jam and recently created his own label, 4hunnid. Most intriguing, however is his single “FDT” released back in March. Just in time for the election! (Look it up. But not at work.)

October 20 – House of Blues 
Die Antwoord 
Cape Town Crunk 
Straight outta South Africa, Die Antwoord are a rave-rap group comprised of the intriguingly named Ninja, ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER and DJ Hi-Tek. Delivering lyrics in Afrikaans, Xhosa, and English, Die Antwoord integrates hip-hop phrasing into songs that alternate between simple drum machines and high-octane techno beats. There aren’t many groups out there like this.

October 27 –  Berklee Performance Center
Dweezil Zappa 
Like Father, Like Son 
It’s been 50 years since the late, great Frank Zappa released his debut album, “Freak Out.” A record packed with catchy, bizarre tunes of humor, irony and pop sentiment, the album put Zappa on the map—a map of sonic terrain that would evolve and blur musical boundaries with every record. Frank passed away in 1993, but his son Dweezil (yes that’s his given name) continues to play out his legacy in a way no one else would dare to attempt to replicate.

October 29 – Cafe 939 
Cass McCombs 
Lyrical Catacombs 
From folk and psych to full-on rock, Cass McComb’s songs navigate a diverse terrain, but his literary lyrics and intricate phrasings tie his songs together. Constantly taking on dark subject matter with a cutting wit, he’s earned a reputation as one of the best indie songwriters of the past decade.

October 31 – House of Blues 
Tegan and Sara 
Halloween with the Twins 
The catchy-as-hell Canadian pop, twin sister duo Tegan and Sara have released some of the most exciting music with a message in recent times. Dance-y, provocative, pro-active and fun, what better way to celebrate Halloween than with Tegan and Sara?

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