Bad Religion, Schoolboy Q, Purity Ring and the rest of the week’s big shows

Bad Religion, Against Me

Tuesday night’s show at the Midland will be a special treat for punk-rock historians: Heroic Los Angeles band Bad Religion — forever cherished for 1982’s classic How Could Hell Be Any Worse (a title worth revisiting this election year) — takes the stage. Lead singer Greg Graffin — who holds a zoology Ph.D. from Cornell University — is graciously taking time off from a schedule full of lecturing and writing about evolution to get back in touch with his punk roots. (If you’ve been paying attention to his extensive solo career, you know he never really let go.) Gainesville, Florida, act Against Me is co-headlining, and if you haven’t listened to the band’s latest, Shape Shift With Me — on which lead singer Laura Jane Grace rages for her life — you’re missing out.

8 p.m. Tuesday, October 18

Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Schoolboy Q

L.A.’s Schoolboy Q — Quincy Hanley to his mom — is having a great year. The rapper’s latest album, Blank Face, released in July, is a heavy-hitting exercise in swagger and audacity. Q’s verses fall like bare-knuckle punches on a listener’s ears, but it’s the kind of honest pain that feels good — it reaches you, somehow, even though these days you’ve convinced yourself you’ve heard it all. Q’s supercharged flow angles for a fight. It helps that Blank Face is bolstered by a veritable who’s who in hot hip-hop, from Vince Staples to breakout rapper Anderson Paak. Monday at the Midland, allow yourself to be impressed. 

8 p.m. Monday, October 24

Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Purity Ring, Health

Purity Ring always sounds ready to provide the soundtrack to a romantic night at the carnival: Its music is just whimsical and dreamy enough for the Ferris wheel, without forgetting to invite dancing, too. The echoey synths and tinny electronic drumbeats suggest a funhouse. On the Canadian band’s latest album, Another Eternity, lead singer Megan James sounds sweet, almost childishly so, her voice airy and light — a fine match for musical partner Corin Roddick’s twinkling production. Wednesday at the Uptown, Purity Ring is joined by L.A.’s Health, which also specializes in electro-pop — though no one could accuse Health of committing romance. Its music is a sludgy, moody, nightmarish noise; the band’s latest album, Death Magic, feels more like the inspiration for a cult thriller than it does the background for someone’s date night. Bills don’t get much more different than this. 

8 p.m. Wednesday, October 26

Uptown Theater 


Thursday 10.20

Todd Wilkinson Quartet

7 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Maria Bamford

7:30 p.m., Folly, 300 W. 12th St.

Hopsin

7 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Ken Lovern Trio

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Chris Hazelton Quartet

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Maria Muldaur with Romi Mayes

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Ivory Black, Casey Bassell, the UK’s

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Bongzilla, Wizard Rifle, more

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Clutch with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway

Friday 10.21

Lady D

5 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Rich Hill/Charles Perkins Quartet

8:30 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Tambourine Club

9 p.m., the Brick, 1727 McGee

Vela, Rev Gusto, Trauma Parlor, Lunarheadz

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Drew Black and the Dirty Electric, Vehicles, Vigil & Thieves

8 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main 

The Dillinger Escape Plan

6 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Tim Whitmer

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Max Groove Quartet with Ernest Melton 

8:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Boogaloo 7

10 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Wonderfuzz

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Hamilton Loomis

8:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

J.D. McPherson

8:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Paper Moon Shiners

8:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Il Divo: Amor & Pasion Tour

8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main

Cher UK, the Pedaljets, Squids KC

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Epiphany, Approach & the Boogaloo Odyssey

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Leprous, Earthside, Binary Code, Dissona, Existem

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Saturday 10.22

Denise Donatelli featuring Don Braden and Ed Howard

8:30 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Oh Dear Oh My, Sona, Bird Girls

9 p.m., the Brick, 1727 McGee

Astronautalis, Ceschi & Factor Chandelier, Transit

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Naughty Pines, Betse & Clarke with Brushy Creek, Scott Hrabko & the Rabbits, Sky Smeed and more

8 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main 

Ben Bliss

7 p.m., Folly, 300 W. 12th St.

Hammerween VII

4:30 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Molly Hammer Duo

5 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

OJT

6 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Kansas

7:30 p.m., Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway

Flannigan’s Right Hook 

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Jason D. Williams

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester 

Jake Penrod

9 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

J.D. McPherson

9 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

California Voodoo

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Hammerween VII Afterparty with Fantome, Young Bull, Dead Man’s Hand, Restraint

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Black Pussy, Merlin, Orphans of Doom, Custom Black

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Sunday 10.23

Kathleen Holeman

6 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Ernest Melton Quartet

9:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Helado Negro, Scammers 

7 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand 

Truckstop Honeymoon

5 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

True Widow, Low Lands, Dream Ritual

7:30 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Monday 10.24

Seth Lee

7 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

The Summer Set

6 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Todd Strait Trio

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Crossroads Quartet

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Crushed Out, Bruiser Queen, Drugs & Attics

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Tuesday 10.25

Aqueous, Gekko

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Johnnyswim

7 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Molly Hammer Duo

6 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Melton, Lovern & Strait

9:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Vein Rays, Thom Hoskins, the Perfect Things, Mirin Landry

9 p.m., MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Whores, Bummer, Hyborian, Tongue Party

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Walk By Sea, La Guerre, Laissez-faire

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Autograf + Goldroom

7:30 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Wednesday 10.26

Diamond Empire

9 p.m., the Brick, 1727 McGee

The Main Squeeze, Evanoff

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence 

UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Folly, 300 W. 12th St.

Hy-Tekk Forward Thinkers Halloween Party

8 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Natalie Bates Trio

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

OJT

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Outlaw Jim & Whiskey Benders with Julie Major Trio

7:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Dean Ween Group, the Meat Puppets

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Lemâitre

8 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

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