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The 30 Best Concerts in October

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Sondre Lerche - Saturday, October 4 - MIM Music Theater

Norway's perennially optimistic Sondre Lerche is not an artist wont to weigh listeners down with gloom, even when the occasion calls for it. Bringing a freshly odd-angled sound to most anything he touches, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter has shown that he's seemingly incapable of missing points of interest in a wide swath of musical genres and emotional states. But the sheer good feeling you get from his excellent new album, Please (a divorce-themed record), has something to do with the forthright way Lerche deals with growing up, moving on, facing the void and all that kind of stuff. These expertly arranged, raw-edged songs reveal a lot about the mind and soul of one very big-hearted guy, and remind us that when the going gets tough, the tough get creative. -- John Payne

New Found Glory - Sunday, October 5 - Marquee Theatre

It's remarkable not only that New Found Glory has been touring with the same line up for over 15 years (with almost the "original" line up, depending on how technical you want to get about Cyrus Bolooki), but also that the band continues to have so much energy. Guitarist Chad Gilbert, the former singer of Shai Hulud, has not lost his hardcore edge in the slightest and does a great job of hyping the crowd. In fact, he sounds just like he did on New Found Glory's 2013 live album, Kill It Live. The band has not slowed down at all. Vocalist Jordan Pundik doesn't stand still for more than a few moments, always being sure to interact with the crowd. -- Melissa Fossum

Anberlin - Monday, October 6 - The Pressroom

Should someone undertake a study of musical groups and the manner in which most dissolve, it is unlikely that many end amicably. Typically, internal friction, ego, death, or addiction causes band breakups. Anberlin has decided to take a different path despite differences making the band's existence somewhat tenuous. "The decision to walk away is what is best for the fans, even though they may not see it," lead vocalist Stephen Christian says. "Our passion for being in the band has been waning for years because we have all started to invest our lives in other opportunities. If you are not performing music with passion, then it is for all the wrong reasons. Being in this band [any longer] . . . risked the chance of [us] being five hollow men on stage disgruntled with life, music, and each other."

Instead of allowing that prospect to develop, Anberlin elected to create one more album and then embark on a farewell tour. Ironically, the process has left the band energized and performing with that once-former passion and vigor. The band's final album, lowborn, spans all aspects of Anberlin's history, touching on everything from early-period heavy melodic pop to the more brooding sounds that dominated later albums, a reflection of the mood in which the band was gradually succumbing. "We have always had multiple personality disorders musically speaking," Christian says. "This album just reconfirms that." -- Glenn BurnSilver

Busdriver - Monday, October 6 - Rhythm Room

Busdriver has always had a way with words, spitting them out at a mile a minute until the multilayered skein of potent phrases unrolls like a densely detailed, never-ending tapestry where the local rapper weighs in on everything from love and war to racism and the music industry. With a mind this restless, Busdriver can't be neatly categorized or lumped in with other rappers. On his 2012 album, Beaus $ Eros, his lyrical concerns range from profound social confrontation ("NoBlacksNoJews NoAsians") to warped and spaced-out goofiness ("Picking Band Names"). Even though the Project Blowed veteran is a supreme wordsmith, he digs into a wider variety of freaky and funky sonic settings. -- Falling James

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