Sunday, July 8
Dub Land Underground, 315 Alexander St.
8 p.m. | $10-$12 | 232-7550
[ DEATH-CORE ]
After changing its name, as well as darkening its genre, the band now known as King Conquer began to cultivate a strong local fan base in its hometown of Naples, Florida, on the strength of two self-released EPs and a slew of sweaty shows. The band’s first full-length album, 2010’s “America’s Most Haunted,” along with its signing to Mediaskare Records, has helped widen the group’s appeal. These ruthlessly royal rockers blend surprisingly savvy and technical musical chops with violent and visceral vocals, resulting in a sound scary enough to bring followers to their knees. The World We Knew, Abiotic, and Laestrygonia also perform. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR.
Monday, July 9
Lovin’ Cup, Park Point
7 p.m. | $3-$5 | lovincup.com
[ ALTERNATIVE ]
During his tenure with Panic! At the Disco, Jon Walker provided the bass line for a band whose pop-punk anthems were inseparable from the baroque-carnival imagery that formed the group’s aesthetic. Walker’s newest batch of songs, his second as a solo artist, foregoes the theatrics from the get go with the bare-bones title “New Songs,” and the record that follows upholds the virtues of simplicity. “Side of Me” and other pop-folk songs from Walker’s solo repertoire display his candid lyrical style and catchy, straightforward musical tastes. Walker stops in Rochester Monday night with Mark Rose, Lucas Carpenter, and Kurt Andrews as part of the Best Friends Forever Tour, another aptly named project to precede what is sure to be an inviting, familiar night of music. — BY JARED BENNETT
Wednesday, July 11
Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave.
7 p.m. | $12 | bugjar.com
[ Psychedelic Rock ]
In some ways, tuning into Radio Moscow is exactly what you would expect: a distorted, fuzzy transmission from some dingy corner in the glory days of rock and roll. The power trio of Parker Griggs, Billy Ellsworth, and Lonnie Blanton has been turning heads the world over with its frenzied modern incarnation of psychedelic-blues-rock, including one very notable head belonging to The Black Keys’ front man Dan Auerbach, who produced the band’s debut album. Of course, the raw energy and musical chops of Radio Moscow are impossible to overlook. Like legendary predecessors Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, or the Black Keys themselves, Radio Moscow is at its best when the music is dirty and sweaty. Thankfully for us fans, with 2012’s “3 & 3 Quarters” the group hasn’t cleaned up its act one bit. — BY JARED BENNETT
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Thursday, July 5
Frontier Field, 333 N. Plymouth Ave.
8:30 p.m. | Free w/game admission ($6-$12) | 423-WING, rpo.org
[ POPS ]
Can you sing, hum, or play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame?” It’s a 6:05 p.m. start for the Rochester Red Wings against the Pawtucket Red Sox at Frontier Field on Thursday, followed at about 8:30 p.m. by the Rochester Philharmonic with a burst of patriotic music and a fireworks show. Baseball, hotdogs, the RPO, and fireworks? I might just celebrate the Fourth on the fifth. Be sure to take a look through the RPO summer calendar, as it spans such diverse offerings as a “Summer Night with Tchaikovsky” (July 14), “Disney Live — Pirates of the Caribbean” (July 21), community concerts in Perinton (July 8), Geneseo (July 13), and more. — BY PALOMA A. CAPANNA
AMERICANA | Hindu Cowboys
The Hindu Cowboys’ music is straight-up Americana with a retro-country flair all stripped down to its essence of string bass, fiddle, jangly guitar, and lead singer Joseph Martens’ unmistakable twang. Its songbook rings true to performers like George Jones, Calexico, and The Mavericks, although the quintet is not opposed to throwing in covers from groups including Outkast and Pink Floyd. Established in 1998, the Florida band is a perennial favorite among voters at the Orlando music awards, earning several first-place honors in the country/bluegrass category. If it’s good enough for those folks, it’s good enough for me.
Hindu Cowboys perform Thursday, July 5, 8:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-$7. 232-3230, abilenebarandlounge.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
POP/ROCK | Barenaked Ladies
Touring on the back of its most recent album — a compilation of rare songs from the band’s first 11 years entitled “Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before” — Barenaked Ladies will make its seemingly annual stop in the Western New York area this weekend with the “Last Summer on Earth Party.” Known for lively stage banter and an improvisational style in a live setting, the Canadian foursome first became known to wider American audiences after its inclusion on the soundtrack to “Friends” in the mid-1990’s.Despite some recent changes to the band’s line-up, it continues to tour extensively, plying its playful pop-rock. Mid-90’s stalwarts Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and Cracker round out the bill.
Barenaked Ladies perform Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $25-$63. cmacevents.com. — BY ANDY KLINGENBERGER