- Karl Denson
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Canal Club (Sept. 24)
The muscular sax player usually gets a warm welcome in Richmond, especially now that his guitarist is local shredder DJ Williams.
Son Volt at the National (Sept. 25)
A staple of the alt-country scene for years, Jay Farrar's band is sure to bring out the twanging faithful.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat, the Milkstains, the Nervous Ticks, and Mutwawa at Strange Matter (Sept. 28)
Should be a helluva noisy show — with New Orleans' legendary avant duo joined by three of Richmond's finest purveyors of raucous tuneage.
Tim Barry with Dave Watkins, Des Ark and Jenny Owen Youngs at the Camel (Sept. 28).
Favorite son and real-school punk folkie, Barry plays one for the hometown.
- Angel Olsen
The White Animals at Canal Club (Oct. 4)
A blast from the past when this early '80s Nashville band returns, mixing '60s British invasion with the early '80s Athens sound and psych influences.
Windhand, Druglord and Lugweight at Strange Matter (Oct. 3)
Touring behind one of the most hotly anticipated metal albums of the year ("Soma" on Relapse), locals Windhand return as conquering stoner metal heroes before hitting bigger stages with High on Fire.
Jacuzzi Boys, Sports Bar and Milkstains at Strange Matter (Oct. 6)
Catchy pop-punk bangers from a Florida trio.
Angel Olsen, Pillars and Tongues and Nelly Kate at Strange Matter (Oct. 7)
Olsen has a beautiful voice which she honed singing with Bonnie Prince Billy. Now she's stepping out on her own, deservedly so.
Shuggie Otis at the National (Oct. 8)
His big hit was "Strawberry Letter #23" (as recorded by Brothers Johnson), but this reclusive Los Angeles guitarist has some other lesser-known gems, including "Inspiration Information" (covered by Sharon Jones), "Island Letter" and "Sparkle City." Rare tour.
- Shuggie Otis
Richmond Folk Festival (Oct. 11-13)
Good weather gods — hear us. This festival is a blast, rain or shine, but when the weather's right it's unbelievable. Watch for Style Weekly's preview issue Oct. 9, a guide to the biggest, most successful music festival in town.
Alice Cooper at the National (Oct. 22)
The original king of shock rock returns with his highly theatrical stage show that helped spawn Kiss, Marilyn and yes, Richmond's very own Gwar.
Father John Misty at the National (Oct. 24)
This singer and songwriter made waves with his song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery," and now he comes to play the town of the greatest Hollywood Cemetery in the land. Coincidence? We think not.
Built to Spill at the Canal Club (Halloween)
Indie-rock veterans known for their live show take over the Canal Club on All Hallows' Eve.
Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas at the Modlin Center (Nov. 8)
Two bluegrass masters team up in a collegial setting.
Taj Mahal at University of Richmond (Nov. 13)
Legendary bluesman returns to school the young 'uns.
Jonathan Richman at the Camel (Nov. 23)
This Boston proto punk has been unplugged for years. He now plays nylon-stringed acoustic guitar with his mellow sidekick drummer, Tommy Larkins. But with his doe-eyed love for music and dancing and his infusion of humor and passion into each song, every Jonathan Richman show is a gem for the young at heart.
Now Hear This
Select fall album release dates.
Bill Callahan, "Dream River" (Drag City)
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, "Take Me to the Land of Hell" (Chimera Music)
Gwar, "Battle Maximus" (Metal Blade)
Windhand, "Soma" (Relapse)
Elvis Costello and the Roots, "Wise Up Ghost" (Blue Note)
The Band, "Live at the Academy of Music 1971" (Capitol)
Willie Nelson, "To All the Girls" [duets] (Legacy)
Blind Boys of Alabama, "I'll Find a Way" (Sony Masterworks)
Van Morrison, deluxe edition of "Moondance" (Warner Brothers)
Alex Chilton, "Electricity by Candlelight" (Bar/None)
Miley Cyrus, "Bangerz" (RCA)
The Avett Brothers, "Magpie and the Dandelions" (American)
Tim Hecker, "Virgins" (Kranky)
Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy, "A Tell All" (Sweet Nectar)
Paul McCartney, "New!"
Matthew E. White, "Big Inner: Outer Face Edition" [Domino] Oct. 22
Lady Gaga, "Artpop"