Americana Dream: A genre attempts to carve out an identity while recruiting a wider—and younger—audience. (With festival picks.)
Camera-Ready: Spoon's latest achieves a messy perfection. (Playing Friday, 26th at the Cannery w/The Ponys.)
Far-Flung: Israeli trio Monotonix bring their acrobatic classic rock back to the States. (Playing Wednesday, 31st at Springwater w/Tim Chad and Sherry.)
Foe's Gold: Menomena's Brent Knopf talks Portland, prettiness and dealing with ridiculous questions. (Playing Wednesday, 31st at Grimey's at 6 p.m. and Exit/In w/Illinois at 9 p.m.)
Free Range: Murfreesboro stalwarts continue to make glorious noise, and this time it's free. (Playing Thursday, 25th at The Basement w/Hands Down Eugene & Ghostfinger.)
Lady Sings the Blues (And Country): Blues singer Tracy Nelson returns with a collection of country classics.
Russian Roulette: Pianist Olga Kern alternates between grace and bombast at the Schermerhorn.
In The Spin: Hotpipes & The Howlies at 3 Crow, Nashville bands at CMJ, Marc Ribot & more.
Our Critics Picks: Halloween goings-on and more.