Boston Typewriter Orchestra | October 1st
“The band started after we heard that a friend of ours had unsuccessfully tried to pick up a lady at a bar with the dodgy line ‘I play in the Boston Typewriter Orchestra,'” explained Brendan Quigley, the co-founder of the group at Chronogram in 2020. “When we heard this story, we took it as a challenge to make it happen.” And that’s what they did, putting together an ensemble that, yes, uses typewriters to make music. The BTO plays TurnPark in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts on October 1 at 2 p.m. $20.
Rufus Wainright | October 2
Unfollow the Rules is the first album by Hudson Valley native Rufus Wainwright in seven years. Although his family roots are in folk music, the Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning singer-songwriter draws more inspiration from Great American Songbook composers, operatic music and Broadway performers. and cabaret. His previous studio album, 2016’s Take All My Loves, is made up of nine adaptations of Shakespeare’s sonnets. This concert by the singer, pianist and guitarist finds him in the sumptuous setting of the Tarrytown Music Hall on October 2 at 7 p.m. $44 to $79.
Minibeast | October 8
Based in New England, experimental rock band Minibeast is fronted by Peter Prescott, founding member of influential Boston postpunk bands Mission of Burma, the Volcano Suns and Kustomized. “We greatly embrace the influences of Fela Kuti, Can and the Stooges,” reads the trio’s Bandcamp biography, while NPR’s #NowPlaying describes the band’s 2022 debut album On Ice as “a sonic whirlwind unpredictable that evokes cutting-edge krautrock like Amon Düül II more than any algorithmic post-rock. Minibeast is giving Tubby’s a rough ride in Kingston with Telescoping opening at 7pm. $10.
Kingston O+ Festival | October 7-9
Among this year’s bands and solos at the O+ festival returning to Kingston are Mercury Rev, Kimbra, Louis Prima and the Witnesses, Mirah, Bitch, Tsunami Bomb, Morgan O’Kane, Chinua Hawk Music, Adult Mom, Joey Eppard, Miles Francis, Roxiny, Sam Kogon, Denitia and many more. In all, over 40 bands will perform in various spaces around the county seat of Ulster during the festival this year. A full program of musical performers, comedians, artists, literary fair attendees and wellness practitioners can be viewed online. $30 to $60. Opositivefestival.org
Al Bilali Sudan | October 15
Al Bilali Sudan’s nickname is an old name of the band’s hometown, Timbuktu, Mali. Their traditional repertoire is played on the Tuareg string instrument known as the tehardent (AKA ngoni) and the calabash, a percussion instrument. In his review of the band’s 2020 album Timbuktu, Robert Christgau writes, “if you rather think this loud, indelicate stuff is the rawest African music ever recorded, it’s because you haven’t heard their [self-titled] 2012 debut. UN-.” They play the Half Moon in Hudson on October 15 at 8:30 p.m. $10.
Trombone Shorts | November, 1st
Festival favorite Trombone Shorty stands among New Orleans’ greatest musical ambassadors, bringing the warm, deep jazz of its birthplace and that of music around the world to fresh, young audiences and continuing the jubilee. Actor, producer and philanthropist as well as an incredible musician, the trombonist, born Troy Andrews in 1986, has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, rock, funk, hip hop and pop. He will break the Egg in Albany on November 1 at 8 p.m. $49.50 – $79.50.
Ani DiFranco | November 11th
Musical conscience of a generation, singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco will make her long-awaited return to our region with this North American evening. Her most recent studio album is 2021’s Revolutionary Love, but she’s currently touring this year for the 25th anniversary reissue of her beloved live album Living in Clip (both sets were released on her own label Righteous Babe Records) . DiFranco’s 2019 memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream (Viking Books), made the New York Times Top 10 list. She comes to Troy Savings Bank Hall on November 11 at 7:30 p.m. $39.50 – $54.50.
!!! | November 18
This one is for the dancers. Brooklyn Disco-Rock Band!!! (pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”; the name was inspired by the clicking sounds made in the Jul’hoan language spoken by the San people of South Africa, in which an exclamation mark refers to a “chk” sound “) was formed in Sacramento, California, in 1996 by hardcore singer Nic Offer. The band’s booty-bustin sound fuses funky bass and house beats with synth-y soul, electro, 80s new wave pop and indie rock. The unit shakes up the Bearsville Theater on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. $25, $30. Darlene Love | December 11
It’s party season for real when 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love makes the rounds. Love broke into the pop world as the lead singer of The Blossoms trio, produced by Phil Spector, who were credited as the Crystals on the landmark 1962 hit “He’s a Rebel”; his solo recording of “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” from the same year, also credited to the Crystals, was another hit. She found a whole new generation of fans in the 1990s via her annual Christmas appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Love Brings Christmas Cheer to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel on December 11 at 7 p.m. $74 to $144.