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QUASI
September 19
KNITTING FACTORY, 74 LEONARD STREET, 212.219.3006
September 22
MAXWELL'S, 1039 WASHINGTON STREET, HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, 201.653.1703

Watching them go head-to-head onstage is like seeing a really exciting argument—Sam Coomes abusing keyboards and spewing bitterness, Janet Weiss underscoring the songs' classic-rock cadences and swinging more than she gets to in Sleater-Kinney. The forthcoming Hot Shit lets them take their shots at mass culture and politics. WOLK

British raw rock queen Holly Golightly
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British raw rock queen Holly Golightly

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THE BLOOD BROTHERS
September 21
BOWERY BALLROOM, 6 DELANCEY STREET, 212.533.2111

What the fuck were those ArtistDirect folks smokin' when they signed the Blood Brothers? I mean, really, a bunch of skinny shirtless dudes who shriek surrealistic poetry over time—changing art-core noise-fuckery—on a major label? But goddamn if those boys didn't make the best punk album of the year so far. With Cursive and Eastern Youth. PHILLIPS


FLEETWOOD MAC
September 21
TOMMY HILFIGER AT JONES BEACH THEATER, 1000 OCEAN PARKWAY, WANTAGH, NEW YORK, 516.221.1000
September 30
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, 31ST STREET AND SEVENTH AVENUE, 212.465.6741

For 16 years, Tango in the Night seemed as if it would be the last great Fleetwood Mac album. Far more musically and sonically adventurous than typical dinosaur/comeback fare, it may not make it to the concert stage in all of its studio-refined glory, but Lindsey Buckingham's perpetually, inventively barbarous guitar just might compensate. WALTERS


RANDY NEWMAN
September 28
ZANKEL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL, SEVENTH AVENUE BETWEEN 56TH AND 57TH STREETS, 212.247.7800

A classic now, the piano man turned Oscar winner and soundtrack composer (although not, yet, at the same time) will showcase his Nonesuch debut, on which he reprises (label joke, anyone notice?) his greatest hits—strike that, compositions—solo at the aforementioned piano. CHRISTGAU


GRANDADDY+SUPER FURRY ANIMALS
October 3-4
IRVING PLAZA, 17 IRVING PLACE, 212.777.6800

The college-rock double bill of the season, this pairing of Californians and Welshmen will be heavy on guitar textures, analog keyboards, space-rock propulsion, observational wit, and tunes, tunes, tunes. Both have frontmen with presence, but strong collective work ethics and a region-specific whimsy that informs their folk-art smarts. With Home. WALTERS


RADIOHEAD
October 9-10
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, 31ST STREET AND SEVENTH AVENUE, 212.465.6741

England's nerdiest resurrects the Garden where dribbling was once drowned by the crowd's roar. Whether you worship or loathe their eminence, Radiohead must be experienced. Never too cool for school—Colin bounces, Phil beats, Ed sways, Jonny shakes, and Thom swats imaginary flies—they're rock geeks honored by the attention. And no matter what any seasoned critic-cynic says, Thom's voice ascends to the rafters and retired jerseys. KIM


YO LA TENGO
October 10
WARSAW, 261 DRIGGS AVENUE, BROOKLYN, 718.387.0505

In this rock-identified hall, with a rockish EP due a week and a half later, one hopeful thought is that Greater Gotham's most beloved band will play a rockish set (not that we don't love the muzzy ones to pieces). Only who's sharing the bill? The Sun Ra Arkestra! CHRISTGAU


'14TH ANNUAL CABARET CONVENTION'
October 20-26
TOWN HALL, 123 WEST 43RD STREET, 212.840.2824

The year's must-attend event, even though the venue's lack of intimacy undercuts cabaret's primary purpose. Nevertheless, audiences get a glimpse of what's happening at the clubs as refracted through impresario Donald Smith's prism. On Thursday night, 14 women chant "A Garland of Songs for Judy." At the (new) Saturday matinee, "Swinging on a Star," four young boîte-sters are among those chirping. FINKLE


IVO PAPASOV & YURI YUNAKOV
October 24
SYMPHONY SPACE, 2537 BROADWAY, 212.864.5400

Wedding guests long sickened by the likes of Kool and the Gang will be astounded and delighted by the technical wizardry and giddy off-kilter rhythms employed by these dazzling Bulgarian wedding-band stars. Former bandmates in Papasov's Trajika combo, the clarinetist and saxophonist perform together for the first time in 12 years. GEHR


SHONEN KNIFE
October 25
SOUTHPAW, 125 FIFTH AVENUE, BROOKLYN, 718.230.0236
October 26-27
KNITTING FACTORY, 74 LEONARD STREET, 212.219.3006

The Osaka threesome that introduced J-rock to the alternative nation may have been eclipsed by Puffy and other Japanese exports, but their winsome pop-punk bliss remains timeless, even if their releases are fewer and further between (not to mention more expensive). WALTERS


RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS
October 28
TOWN HALL, 123 WEST 43RD STREET, 212.840.2824

O Death, won't you spare us over until another Ralph Stanley show? With his virtuosic banjo chops and a sweet hardscrabble tenor honed in the pews of southwestern Virginia's Primitive Baptist Universalist Church, the 76-year-old bluegrass legend and his longtime band carry a whole lot of Americana in their kit bags. GEHR


CESARIA EVORA
November 1
BEACON THEATER, 2124 BROADWAY, 212.307.7171

This plum-toned Cape Verde singer brings the experience of her early lean years to bittersweet Portuguese mornas. A wayward spirit of some distant cabaret (the French discovered her first), Evora is accompanied by guitars, violin, accordion, and clarinet. GEHR


PREFUSE 73
November 8
SOUTHPAW, 125 FIFTH AVENUE, BROOKLYN, 718.230.0236

The further afield Scott Herren moves from his Atlanta hometown, the more exciting his music gets. When he hit New York, his hip-hop-inflected electronic music gained added bump and sizzle. Now in Barcelona, Herren is digesting a wide swath of influences, becoming one of electronic music's few genuine polyglots. CARAMANICA


ANI DIFRANCO
November 21-22
BEACON THEATER, 2124 BROADWAY, 212.307.7171

Rumors that a venue owned by a large entertainment conglomerate suggested Ani tone down her political stage talk only bolster the folk-rocker's (and jazzer as of late) cred as one, who, like that ever insurgent Jay-Z, is here at home, reliably "screamin' 'leave Iraq alone!' " With a Republican convention on the way, it's a good time to reconnect with your righteous babe. SINAGRA

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