Mike D’s Top 5 Can’t Miss Shows of October

Monday, October 5: Wavves, Twin Peaks, Steep Leans; 7pm; $20 advance; 18+ only; Paradise, 967 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. If you are a regular to this column, then you might be aware already of my love for Wavves. This tour celebrates the soon-to-be-released fifth record, oddly titled V. It took a couple plays for their previous record Afraid of Heights to grow on me. What was great about the band before that record was their carefree, the-wheels-could-fall-right-the-fuck-off reckless, but functional cohesiveness. The Kings of the Beach Bong grew up? Afraid Of Heights took a large leap toward maturity musically, so far that it took me a minute to adjust. After several spins over a month, it spent the next 11 months constantly in my car CD player. From the little that has leaked of the new record, it seems the band has lightened up a bit on the grunge undertones and gone more forward with the garage pop leanings. What I know for sure is that on October 2 I will have the record, and I will be singing the songs along with a combination of some memory and mis-memory up in Boston on the 5th.  Wavves are the funnest live band in garage – indie – stoner – punk and worth the drive every time. GOOOOO.

2. Wednesday, October 7 to 11: Celebrating 40 years of Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel; 6pm doors; $10 to $15; All ages; The Met, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Forty years — unbelievable to think that’s possible for a rock club. Think of your favorite night club in Boston. It hasn’t been open 40 years. It would take a lot of searching to find a club that has been. Every time I tell someone my age or older that I work there I get almost always the same response: a smile and something along the lines of, “Oh wow, the times and things I got into there.” Friends who met their spouses at WBRU night in the ’90s, people who remember the drink your weight specials of the ’70s, the time they saw Radiohead on their first album, the time Eddie Vedder was passed out on a couch at Mike Watt. An entire state of four generations who all grew up at Lupo’s. Some of my stories that stand out to me… My first show was in 1994, Pavement. My mother took me. There was the time I staged dived at Rancid in 2003, I barely made it to the crowd over the barricade. The time I as a teenager lost 20 dollars to a convincing punk rocker who was going to buy my friends and me beer while we waited in line outside the club. But he never came back, of course. The time I sold Dennis Leary a t-shirt at an Afghan Whigs show. The time I watched Liam Gallagher of Oasis throw a temper tantrum over a shoe tossed at him. I met some of my best friends at shows at Lupo’s and while the memories blur together, I cherish the friendships that came of them. We are all lucky for Rich Lupo keeping the doors open and the times we made. This celebration at The Met focuses mostly on talent from the early Lupo’s days, and should be a blast and definitely worth coming out of hibernation for all of those with fond memories of the club’s early days.

3. Saturday, October 10: Dox farewell Party featuring the final performance of Poorly Drawn People, Symmetry, Esh The Monolith, Dirty Hank & Reason, DJ Sterbyrock and more; 8pm; $7; 21+ only; Dusk, 301 Harris Ave, Providence. Providence’s favorite DJ is taking off for California (and I certainly don’t blame him). Dox (Justin) has been spinning weekly around town from everywhere from Local 121 to Hot Club to Salon and every spot between. Before making a name for himself spinning in those bars, he was part of the hip-hop crew Poorly Drawn People. They were Providence’s indie rap darlings, collecting the Providence Phoenix award for hip-hop most of the six years they played, it seemed like. With MCs Storm Davis and Reason, Dox along with Falside and Entity produced the groups beats with DJ Sterbryrock running the tables for their live performances. So as the area says goodbye to Justin, make sure to get there in time to say farewell to Poorly Drawn People. Plus, it’s been a while since Fine Malt Vintage’s Dirty Hank has been on stage and that’s more than $7 worth alone.
4. Thursday, October 22: 95.5 WBRU Birthday Bash with Cold War Kids, BORNS, Coleman Hell, Public Alley; 6:30pm doors / 7:30pm; $22 advance / $25 day of; All ages; Lupo’s, 79 Washington St, Providence. So many Rhode Island music institutions celebrating birthdays this month.  Lupo’s celebrating 40 years with a series of shows at sister club The Met, AS220 is celebrating 30 years with a bash including John Waters on the 24th at Lupo’s, and here WBRU celebrates their 46th birthday. It’s been a long time since Cold War Kids blew me away as a mostly unknown band opening for Two Gallants at the Living Room almost a decade ago. The songs had such backbone and grit, and still stand up as great songwriting. Now five albums in, Cold War Kids are on top of the alt rock world along with their first #1 alt rock radio single aptly titled “First” and headlining the birthday bash. I don’t know a whole lot about LA’s BORNS nor Ontario’s Coleman Hell, but they both sound very 2015 alt rock?  Speaking of this year, 2015’s Rock Hunt Winners Public Alley warm up the show.
5. Saturday, October 31: The Viennagram “Creepy” EP Halloween Release Party with Beta Hotel, Triangle Forest; 8pm doors / 9pm show; $10 advance / $12 day of; All ages; Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway St, Providence. Providence’s 365 day a year Halloween musical sideshow celebration’s Halloween show. Sounds like a no brainer. What does a band that dresses up year round dress like up on Halloween? In all seriousness, The Viennagram have been the funnest party band the town has had the last decade. They stand on their own musically without any gimmick, psychedelic vaudevillian garage well crafted and swinging tempo and the catchiest of songs. Style-wise, the band has been on their own fantastic planet from day one, borrowing from things all over the place including ’60s counter-culture flashy Batman LSD hijinks and the sorts.  And on Halloween, we can all try to live on their planet if for only a day. Paired with dance punks Beta Hotel and Triangle Forest, it should be a blast.
Also worth noting: Oct 4 — Stars @ The Met; Oct 6 — Sonny Vincent @ AS220; Oct 11 — Parking Lot Show @ Scurvy Dog; Oct 14 — Passion Pit @ Ryan Center; Oct 15 — Cannibal Corpse @ The Met; Oct 16 — Juicifer @ Dusk; Oct 16 — Tove Lo @ Lupo’s; Oct 30 — Jesse Smith’s 30th @ Columbus Theatre