Six concerts to see this October

As usual, there’s lots to see and hear music-wise in the coming weeks. Our picks for this month include some Americana, some blues, and some indie rock. See below for more.

Kishi Bashi (Oct. 5, Imperial, 319 Main St.)— The acclaimed violinist and singer/songwriter is on tour for his latest album Omoiyari. Released in May, the record is a thoroughly researched piece that reckons with the U.S.’s past internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and explores the parallels between 1940s America and the current administration’s talk of walls and bans. The album has received praise from The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Noisey, and Paste, among others. (Tickets: $24.99 at

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Ride (Oct. 7, Venue, 881 Granville St.)—The UK shoegaze legends are on tour for This Is Not A Safe Place. It’s their second album following a 20-year hiatus, and the release of their 2017 album Weather Diaries. Spirit of the Beehive opens. (Tickets: starting at $42 at

Ride. Steve Gullick photo.

Charly Bliss (Oct. 8 & 9, Vogue Theatre)—The Brooklyn-based indie-rock band is opening for Toronto punk rock act Pup, so show up early—the title track from their new album Young Enough is one of the best songs of the year. And there’s plenty more where that came from. (Tickets: $24.99 for Oct 8 at

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (Oct. 10, 7:30, Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main. St.)—American blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram released his debut album, Kingfish, earlier this year. In addition to his own album, musicians the 20-year-old  has recorded with include Eric Gales, Buddy Guy and Keb Mo. NPR Music calls him a “rising blues prodigy…a torchbearer.” The Cerny Brothers open. (Tickets: $30 at and at Highlife, Red Cat, Neptoon, Zulu and Beat Merchant record stores/$35 at the door)

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram plsys Fox Cabaret Oct. 10.

Leeroy Stagger (Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Fox Cabaret)—Alberta folk/rock/Americana musician Leeroy Stagger is touring in support of his new album, Strange Path. His 11th studio record, it’s the “result of a triple album’s worth of scrapped demos, and a spirit-reviving retreat inwards,” according to the media release. Musicians on the record include drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Attractions). (Tickets: $30 advance at$35 door)

Lethbridge, Alberta-based Leeroy Stagger plays Fox Cabaret Oct. 18.

Shovels & Rope (Oct. 25, 9 p.m., Commodore Ballroom)—Shovels & Rope, the husband-wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have created their own Southern-infused roots/rock/punk sound. They recently released their highly-anticipated new album By Blood. NPR Music First Listen dubbed the record “an impressive feat of songcraft from one of roots music’s most exciting, unpredictable acts.” John Paul White (of The Civil Wars) opens. (Tickets: $30 at and Red Cat Main St and Red Cat Hastings St.)

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