The Rundown: Live Music in October

Head Automatica (Courtesy of the artist)


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Head Automatica

October 3 @ Toad’s Place
300 York Street, New Haven 
8 p.m. All Ages $15-$30

The power pop side project led by frontman Daryl Palumbo of the Long Island post-hardcore act Glassjaw, Head Automatica is back on tour after officially reuniting a few weeks ago. The band had some hits during their heyday during the 2000s with “Beating Heart Baby” and “Lying Through Your Teeth” getting a lot of airplay on alt-rock and college radio throughout that time period. Palumbo has a dynamic approach to performing on stage while also possessing an incredible vocal range, so that alone is worth checking out. 

Sheer Mag (Credit: Natalie Piserchio)

Sheer Mag

October 4 @ Space Ballroom
295 Treadwell Street, Hamden
7:30 p.m. All Ages $24-$26

Sheer Mag from Philadelphia has a sound that embodies everything that’s great about ‘70s style rock music and I’m a huge fan of them. The way guitarists Matt Palmer and Kyle Seely form the band’s foundation is fantastic and the same can be said with the grit that Tina Halladay brings on vocals and the tight rhythms bassist Hart Seely creates with touring drummer Evan Campbell. Their latest single “All Lined Up” that came out in August is a total ripper and they’re most likely going to include it as part of this show with Brooklyn indie rockers Hotline TNT and local punks Big Man Crew.

Hallelujah The Hills (Credit: Noise Floor Photography)

Hallelujah The Hills

October 8 @ Cafe Nine
250 State Street, New Haven
4 p.m. 21+ $10

A staple of the Boston music scene, Hallelujah The Hills have been waving the indie rock flag out of that city for nearly 20 years. With Ryan H. Walsh as the creative nucleus, the band has been heralded for their approach to songwriting and their ability to make the reader feel something. As if their talents weren’t enough for this Sunday matinee, fellow Boston indie rock indie rock purveyors The Sheila Divine are going to be performing as well.

Ms. Lauryn Hill (Courtesy of the artist)

Ms. Lauryn Hill

October 13 @ Mohegan Sun Arena
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville 
9 p.m. All Ages $95-$660

Lauryn Hill is one of the most iconic women in hip hop, modern soul and contemporary R&B, so it’s kind of crazy to realize that she’s only released one solo album. This album is titled “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and this year marks the 25th anniversary of its release. This evening is part of a run of shows celebrating the album, so expect to hear some bangers such as “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Everything Is Everything” if you happen to attend. 

Violent Femmes (Credit: Zack Whitford)

Violent Femmes

October 15 @ College Street Music Hall
238 College Street, New Haven
8 p.m. All Ages $53-$95

Another album that’s celebrating an anniversary this year is the Violent Femmes’ self-titled debut that came out in 1983. I’ve always thought that this record was so ahead of its time when it came out and Gordon Gano and the gang are going to be ringing in 40 years of it at this show. Appalachian folk punk artist Black Guy Fawkes will be kicking the night off so be prompt with your arrival.