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Fall Arts Preview: Live music calendar 

A host of hot tickets that’ll give you earworms ‘till the first snowfall.

Old Man Luedecke brings a new album's  worth of tunes to St. Matthew's Church this October. - MAT DUNLAP
  • Old Man Luedecke brings a new album's worth of tunes to St. Matthew's Church this October.
  • Mat Dunlap

SEPTEMBER

Vortex w/Enemy Designed, Ignightor
Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, $8, Sep 20,10pm


Kids Losing Sleep w/Social Smokers Club, Izra Fitch The local four-piece Kids Losing Sleep calls its brand of Warped Tour-inspired punk "heartbreak you can dance to." Gus' Pub 2605 Agricola Street, $8, Sep 21, 10pm


NAMU Prismatic Arts Festival brings this traditional Korean music three-piece to town. Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, $16/$18, Sep 23, 7pm


Big Wreck w/Texas King Can-rock legends.
Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $43.49/$48.49, Sep 26, 8pm


Dean Brody and Dallas Smith w/The Reklaws, Chad Brownlee, MacKenzie Porter A honkey-tonkin' showcase featuring two of the biggest names in Canadian country.
Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke Street, $48-$108, Sep 26, 7pm


Great Lake Swimmers The Polaris-nominated outfit returns with a new record. The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street, $25, Sep 26, 8pm


Madchild & Dizzy Wright Fans of Swollen Members won't wanna miss Madchild spit—but true obsessives of hip hop will be just as amped for Dizzy Wright as he stops in Halifax on his comeback tour.
Reflections Cabaret, 5187 Salter Street, $34.19-$65.69, Sep 26, 10pm


Ryan McMahon w/Adam Washburn One third of British Colombia trio Lion Bear Fox, McMahon takes his emotive songbook out for a solo spin.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $11.50, Sep 26, 8-11pm


Hopscotch X: YBN Cordae w/guests The soundcloud rapper to end 'em all helps Hopscotch ring in year 10 with a bang.
Roger's Square Halifax, Nova Centre, $25, Sep 28, 6-10pm


Thrush Hermit w/Shotgun Jimmie, The Brood This sold-out show celebrates the 20th anniversary of 1999 album Clayton Park. Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $38.49-$43.49, Sep 27,9pm; Sep 28, 11pm


BurgerFriesPop w/Dark Sky Parks, Retroverse, The Couch All-ages music mecca The Pavilion continues the be a beacon of rock 'n' roll for everyone with this lineup of hot, fast, greasy noise.
The Pavilion, 5816 Cogswell Street, $5-$7, Sep 28, 6:25-9:45pm


$Rockin 4 Dollars$ 14-year anniversary bash An open mic night unlike any other, R4D spent over a decade bringing local music acts of all sizes together on a Monday night. While the showcase is currently on the hunt for a new venue, this anniversary bash proves it's a hibernation, not a retrospective.
A Black Flag cover band and R4D faves like The Cathartics, Hemineglect and Bullet Bill Club round out the fun.
Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, Sep 28, 8:30pm-1:30am


OCTOBER

Old Man Luedecke St. Matthew's Church, 1479 Barrington Street, $29.99/$34.99, Oct 2, 8pm


Excuses Excuses w/Ursa Bright, The Cathartics While Ontario's Excuses Excuses might be top of the bill, this show's stars—to us at least—are the scrappy, punky fun that is The Cathartics.
Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, $10, Oct 3, 9pm-12am


Hollerado w/Bad Waitress Hollerado adores its fans and this dance-y show will make feelings downright mutual. And it couldn't happen a moment too soon: The band swears up-and-down this show marks its farewell.
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottigen Street, $20, Oct 3, 8-11pm


T. Thomason w/Zamani, X The singer-songwriter T. Thomason stripped away the guitar and built songs around a drum machine on his long-awaited upcoming LP, out Oct 3. Here, he celebrates the record—and what feels like his arrival at a new, hard-won identity both sonically and personally.
The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, $12/$15, Oct 3, 8pm


The Northern Pikes Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street. $42/ $47, Oct 4, 8pm


Stéphane Tétreault & Mireille Lagacé: Cello & Organ St. George's Round Church, 2222 Brunswick Street, $10-$35, Oct 6, 2pm


Dave Gunning The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $32.50, Oct 5-Oct 6, 7-10pm


Adam Baldwin w/Sundae Girl Americana-tinged tunes are Baldwin's signature and here, he makes good on your expectations, letting rip on his guitar while your toes tap. Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $24.99/$29.99, Oct 5, 9pm


The Chiefttans and Friends: The Irish Goodbye Tour
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 9


Pink Martini w/China Frobes, Meow Meow
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $59.50-$89.50, Oct 10, 8pm


Legends A night of tributes to greats like Patsy Cline and Buddy Holly.
Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street. $39.99-$49.99, Oct 11, 8pm


The Follow Ups w/The Cathartics, The Invertibrates
Radstorm, 2177 Gottingen Street, $5/PWYC, Oct 12, 7-11pm


Jessica Rhaye—Just Like A Woman: The Songs of Bob Dylan
A modern treatment of the classics.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $22.50, Oct 12, 7-9pm


Jacquees The R&B-hip hop crossover of Ca$h Money Records, Jacquees brings a Dirty South sound that's prime for bottle-crackin', booty-shakin' and party-startin'. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, $50-$55, Oct 13, 8pm


Hotel California: The Original Eagles Tribute Show Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $42-$52, Oct 14, 7:30pm


Symphony NS and HPX Present: Jeremy Dutcher Dutcher's classically trained background means a match with the symphony is a no-brainer.
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $35-$95, Oct 17, 7:30pm


Bruce Guthro's Songwriters' Circle Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street. $52, Oct 19, 8pm


Dave Sampson The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $19.99/$24.99, Oct 19, 9-11:30pm


Fear Of Lipstick w/The New Calling, Darts, WHMIS Radstorm, 2177 Gottingen Street, $10/PWYC, Oct 19, 8-11pm


Halifax Pop Explosion The multi-venue music festival returns with 2019 Polaris Prize winner Haviah Mighty on deck. Various venues, Oct 23-29


Stéphane Tétreault & Lorraine Desmarais: Cello & Piano Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Road, $15-$35, Oct 26, 7:30pm


NOVEMBER

Atlantic Blue: A Celebration of East Coast Songwriters Tara MacLean tells the story of how music came to the East Coast and how it took the shape it has today. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $53, Nov 4,7:30pm


  • The Dead South w/ Devarrow Read more about Devarrow and the folk outfit's long-awaited second record here. Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $32.99/$38.49, Nov 4, 8pm


  • Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall feat. Harolyn Blackwell Here, Cecilia Concerts pays tribute to Portia White's iconic New York City performance, with lyric coloratura soprano and Broadway star Harolyn Blackwell delivering a note-for-note tribute, complete with live piano backing. St. George's Round Church, 2222 Brunswick Street, $37.50, Nov 9, 7:30pm


The Offspring w/Sum 41 Scotiabank Centre 5284 Duke Street, $61.25-$91.25, Nov 12, 8pm


Daniel Caesar The R&B king returns to drizzle smoky honey on your ears. Scotiabank Centre Concert Bowl 1800 Argyle Street, $43.50/$63.50, Nov 14, 7pm


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in concert The only possible way to make Harry Potter more epic is to have a full orchestra play the soundtrack while the movie shows on a giant screen in the Scotiabank Centre. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke Street, $65.25-$106, Nov 15, 7:30pm


Matt Mays w/Skye Wallace The Nova Scotia rock king dismantles the songs of his latest, Howl At The Night, re-assembling them instrument by instrument before your eyes. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $46.50/$51.50, Nov 15-16, 8pm


Crash Test Dummies Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia 1983 Upper Water Street, $52/$57, Nov 22, 8pm


Gordon Lightfoot Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $39.50-$99.50, Nov 22-24, 8pm


Coco Love Alcorn The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $25/$30, Nov 27, 7:30pm

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