YES, PLEASE: Daniel Pearl World Music Days, Des Ark, The Be Good Tanyas, Criaturas, Tinariwen, Generationals, Hog, Fight Amp, Royal Knights, King Tuff, Whatever Brains
VS: Turquoise Jeep vs. The Away Team & Kooley High
VS: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals vs. Indigo Girls
VS: Poor Moon vs. Blackberry Smoke
10.19 DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAYS @ CASBAH
Journalist Daniel Pearl took his fiddle with him whenever he reported overseas, until he was murdered by Pakistani extremists in 2002. Now the Daniel Pearl Foundation invites musicians the world over to celebrate his life and values through a network of concerts. Two of the Triangle's most introspective yet electrifying bands bring that celebration tonight: Diali Cissokho sings and slings his kora at the helm of Senegalese dance band Kaira Ba, while sarod virtuoso John Heitzenrater mixes Indian ragas with Appalachian reels in Hindugrass. Both bands can mesmerize and deliver ecstatic grooves—worthy offerings in the cause of Pearl's vision. $10/9 p.m. —Sylvia Pfeiffenberger
10.19 DES ARK @ NIGHTLIGHT
Des Ark has espoused two distinct live shows: the quiet, haunted solo offerings of Aimée Argote and the jagged propulsion of a full trio. The band's current iteration merges elements of each into an even better whole, as Argote's players leave room for her to explore evocative details with the more delicate registers of her cutting voice. When the songs climax, the band enters with angular, math-inspired riffs that hurtle like hardcore. Argote caterwauls above the onslaught, teasing every bit of feeling from her potent songs. With The New Trust and Stems. $7/9:30 p.m. —Jordan Lawrence
10.19 THE BE GOOD TANYAS @ HAW RIVER BALLROOM
Vancouver might not be a traditional place to find an old-time band, but don't tell The Be Good Tanyas. The sweet harmonies of Sam Parton, Frazey Ford and Trish Klein flow over fingerpicked folk, country, blues and old-time jazz for acoustic music cast in sepia tones. Their latest, July's A Collection, celebrates their 10 years together with a career retrospective and a pair of new tunes. Phil Cook's one-man band opens the evening with old-time instrumental dexterity and front-porch ease. $20–$22/8 p.m. —Ashley Melzer
10.19 CRIATURAS @ THE CAVE
For those more fond of punk music than punk dogma, this triple-stack of hardcore line-crossers is a gift. The Spanish-singing Texan headliners Criaturas mask their D-beat mötor with shrill, frantic vocals and biting guitar leads. Charlotte's Nö Pöwer starts from a similar foundation, but kicks psych-leaning dust-clouds over the insistent rhythm with heavy distortion and echo. In the bill's midsection, the Queen City trio Joint D≠ shakes the template further with spasmodic sprints of agitated guitar scrapes and crooked beats. $5/10 p.m. —Bryan C. Reed
10.20 TINARIWEN @ THE ARTSCENTER
On last year's Tasili, the desert blues band Tinariwen returned to the proverbial and literal campfire, dragging a bunch of gear out into the Sahara night to record an intimate set of magical folk-outs filled with hushed gang harmonies and starry ambience. They've returned to what they were doing previously: being one of the best bands in the world, from any continent, and touring endlessly. Leader and guitarist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib—he of the iconic Santana/Hendrix hair explosion—dismantles any notion of an international cool barrier, performing with a knowing charisma that transcends language. With Kishi Bashi. $28–$31/8 p.m. —Jesse Jarnow
10.21 GENERATIONALS @ LOCAL 506
Ostensibly tired of the tyranny of fortune cookies, Generationals decided to self-release their new EP Lucky Numbers. The new songs put longtime collaborators Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer in new waves of '80s influenced indie pop. Previous efforts have hung heavier with arrangements that copped both vintage pop and soul sounds. Nostalgic nuance can be hard to come by, but Generationals tackle it all in style, somehow incorporating throwback appeal without the schlock of retro-gazing. San Francisco's post-pop rockers Maus Haus and Durham's own Brett Harris open. $10/8:30 p.m. —Ashley Melzer
10.24 HOG, FIGHT AMP, ROYAL KNIGHTS @ KINGS
Fight Amp, a West Deptford, N.J., noise-sludge crew, bears a pugilistic chip on the shoulder. Yet their punishing volume and misanthropic energy—not to mention tricky, circuitous riffs—pits this band against its amps. Under these conditions, after all, gear gives out pretty easily. Durham's Hog is similarly thick and punishing, like a technical, occasionally transcendent prog outfit slogging through Southern waters. Despite both bands' maximalist volume and crunch, a stewing introversion remains central to their heaviness. Royal Knights open with absurd, shredful dude-rock. $6/9:30 p.m. —Corbie Hill
10.24 KING TUFF, WHATEVER BRAINS @ DUKE COFFEEHOUSE
Simple songs aren't easy to write, but Vermont's Kyle Thomas is up to the challenge. Released as King Tuff, Thomas' self-titled Sub Pop debut plays like an escapist fantasy, especially when he cheers, "There's nothing better than alone and stoned/ Listening to music on your headphones." His budget-class hedonism comes with some introspection, though, a chiaroscuro that gives some heft to Thomas' cheerful garage-pop. Still, the real thrills come from the cherry-bomb burst of hooks in cuts like "Bad Thing." Seattle's The Intelligence offers sardonic rock summed up nicely by the title of their excellent Everybody's Got It Easy But Me. Whatever Brains open. $5/9 p.m. —Bryan C. Reed
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
FROM: Everywhere between North Carolina and New York
CLAIM TO FAME: Overboard parodies of hip-hop and R&B
"Lemme Smang It" means that someone would like to "smash it and bang." Sounds fun, right? The crew that invented this slang and a dirty dance to go with it, Turquoise Jeep, consists of an Eddie Murphy look-alike named Flynt Flossy, a producer named Tummiscratch and a singer in a vermilion-colored suit.If their live show can reach the comedic heights of some of their YouTube classics, then we have ourselves a serious contender, to, well, not take too seriously. At least we can all forget about Lonely Island. At MOTORCO $15/9 p.m.
THE AWAY TEAM & KOOLEY HIGH
SINCE: 2001 and 2007
CLAIM TO FAME: Overhauling NC rap with beats, rhymes and hustle
For $24.99, you're now able to buy an official drum kit that comes stocked with "120 hand picked & chopped drum samples from Khrysis' [of The Away Team] personal drum stash". Or you could just revisit The Away Team's back catalog and experience Khrysis' drums the right way—with his other half, Sean Boog, snapping hard on top of those beats. Kooley High grew up on those guys and 9th Wonder, who will serve as executive producer for their next album. With Clear Soul Forces. At KINGS. $10–$12/9 p.m. —Eric Tullis
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS
FROM: Waitsfield, Vt.
CLAIM TO FAME: Soulful and poppy hippie-rock blend
Grace Potter's appeal is easy to suss: She's got a big sultry croon that drips passion, plus a broad-minded approach. She's labored in adult contemporary and jam rock circles, but they hardly circumscribe her talents. Any doubt was erased with Potter's latest, The Lion The Beast The Beat. This ambitious, Dan Auerbach-assisted album steps beyond the more predictable elements, adding greater depth and nuance (with a dash of prog indulgence). It rocks less consistently but with greater intensity. Potter's always had the voice; now she's discovering how best to use it. With The Wood Brothers, Rayland Baxter. At KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE. $25/8 p.m.
FROM: Atlanta, Ga.
CLAIM TO FAME: Literate folk-rock-playing LGBT activists
Salt and pepper, sugar and spice: We like our mismatched buddies, and the pairing of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers possesses its own rock/folk duality. This yin-yang has helped the Indigo Girls remain vibrant. Of course, it's less about the sound—which still trends toward midtempo folk and rock—than the sweet harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. Their political persuasions are well known, but like most songwriters, they prefer to speak of life's verities. Just listen to them sing "hang on tight" on the day-at-a-time title track from 2011's Beauty Queen Sister. Grace Potter's a nice talent, but the Indigo Girls are pros with a proven methodology. With The Shadowbusters. At DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. $35–$55/8 p.m. —Chris Parker
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24
CLAIM TO FAME: Fleet Foxes side-project
The résumés of Poor Moon's members include time in Fleet Foxes, Pedro The Lion, Danielson and Crystal Skulls, associations indicative of the Seattle quartet's own work. The mellow material often hews rather closely to Fleet Foxes; indeed, considering Poor Moon's Casey Wescott and Christian Wargo are both still Foxes, some will undoubtedly receive their band as a less monumental offshoot. The songwriting doesn't always measure up, but Poor Moon's retro vibe and lo-fi charms help set it apart. Some Army and Ryan Gustafson open. At LOCAL 506. $9–$11/9 p.m.
CLAIM TO FAME: Zac Brown Band's tour mates
Over the last year, Blackberry Smoke's résumé includes opening for Zac Brown Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, associations indicative of the Atlanta quintet's own work. Indeed, they route guitar-driven Southern rock through the polished lens of modern commercial country, while older material such as "Up in Smoke" and "Shake Your Magnolia" caters too frequently to the lowest common denominator. Fortunately, The Whippoorwill—released by Brown's own imprint—largely sidesteps the lyrical land mines presented by the hell raisin' country boy caricature. House of Fools and Ryan King & the Mule City Daredevils open. At LINCOLN THEATRE. $13–$16/7:45 p.m. —Spencer Griffith