Sun., Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., $34.50
, with Converge and High on Fire, Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., 215-336-2000, ticketmaster.com
Gods of hellfire, fans of Viking helmets and crunching prog-metal-ites, unite!
Tue., Nov. 3, 8 p.m., $10, with Growing, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com
Fuck Buttons have a way with paradox, an uncanny aptitude for smoothing over uncomfortable juxtapositions.
Wed., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., $9-$11, with Julie Doiron, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com
Ostensibly, this Parisian outfit (yeah, it's a duo, not a person; weird, right?) plays anti-folk, but that's pretty much the only thing "anti-" about them.
Tue., Nov. 3, 8 p.m., $12-$13, with Tori Y Moi, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 866-468-7619, r5productions.com
Jamie Thompson and Nick Diamonds' new Vapours is all rich anthemic pop hooks, mood-swinging attitude and drum machines.
Sun., Nov. 1, 5 p.m., $12, with Dum Dum Girls and Teenage Whore Moans, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 866-468-7619, r5productions.com
Doo-wop garage rock with a little bit of soul.
Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $25-$30 (includes open bar), with Simian Mobile Disco, Skybox/2424 Studios, 2424 E. York St., 866-468-7619, r5productions.com
My fraidy sense isn't tingling at all about this weekend's big huge Halloween monstrosity.
Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m., $20-$25, Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St., 215-848-7647, networkfornewmusic.org
In the quarter-century since Network for New Music has emerged as a world-class ensemble, they've attracted many world-class composers.
Tue., Nov. 3, 9 p.m., $10 ($22 includes signed CD), with Javelin, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 866-468-7619, johnnybrendas.com
Very best album you'll hear all year? Highly probable.