HARDCORE: Agnostic Front
Though originally consisting of all skinheads, Agnostic Front really began when the hand opened up the ranks to include, among other people, its third singer, the charismatic Roger Miret. One of the New York City hardcore scene’s most important and seminal outfits since 1980, the band shifted to a less thrash, more punk sound before hanging it up in 1992. It reformed again in 1996 to continue its mastery and dominance of the genre and the scene.
Agnostic Front plays Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m. at Dub Land Underground, 315 Alexander St. $15-$23. myspace.com/thedublandunderground. — BY FRANK DE BLASE
Pop/Alt-Country: Demi Lovato, Hot Chelle Rae
Have a teenager in the house? Tonight’s your night to drop them off in Canandaigua. Demi Lovato is best known for her work on the Disney Channel, and like most of its alums, has moved into an auto-tuned wonder career as a singer/actress/songwriter (she will also be making her judging debut on Fox’s “The X Factor” this fall). It will be interesting to see if she uses the auto-tune live as well. Hot Chelle Rae definitely has an alt-country (but still heavily pop) streak, so the two should make for a fun night.
Demi Lovato, Hot Chelle Rae play Sunday, July 1 at 6 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $25-$75. cmacevents.com. — SUZAN PERO
COUNTRY: Tim McGraw
With that country-wide smile under those black cowboy hats, what girl hasn’t fallen in love once or twice with the sound on the radio of country-music star Tim McGraw? McGraw’s current tour launches at LP Field in Nashville, TN, rolls through Charlotte, NC, and arrives at its third stop at CMAC in Canandaigua. McGraw has graced the airwaves with 32 No. 1 singles, and his chart-topping hits include “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Angry All the Time,” and that rock-it-out “Indian Outlaw.” Also performing is Dierks Bentley, whose “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” is lyric-perfect for summer in Upstate New York, and with any luck Moore’s ballad “Hey Pretty Girl” will sail soft and sweet through the open air.
Tim McGraw plays Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at CMAC, 3555 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $35.50-$80. cmacevents.com. — BY PALOMA A. CAPANNA
Jazz: Teagan Taylor Trio
With a voice reminiscent of Norah Jones, Teagan Taylor has a lot going for her. Then she picks up the trumpet and you start to grasp the depth of her talent. But she’s not the only formidable player on the stage, or in the family for that matter. The guy playing those tasteful bass runs is Dylan Taylor, her twin brother. And that superb guitarist supplying the rhythm and an occasional riff (not to mention more trumpet) is their father, Tim. He’s also the arranger of the standard and original tunes Teagan sings. Having traveled from San Diego, California, the band will also be playing at Boulder Coffee in the South Wedge at 8 p.m. Friday.
Teagan Taylor Trio plays Saturday, June 30, 5-7 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. Free. lovincup.com. — BY RON NETSKY
JAM ROCK: Dave Matthews Band
A Dave Matthews Band concert is a summertime ritual. Each year, Matthews and band hit the road, winding their way across the United States, performing their radio-friendly jam rock to masses of fans, ranging from fraternity bros in cargo shorts to families bonding over a shared musical experience. Matthews hasn’t released any new material since 2009’s “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” but he’s been playing new songs live in anticipation for an album to be released in the fall. Expect a set of crowd-pleasing, sing-along songs from his extensive back catalog mixed with some soon-to-be favorites. Brandi Carlisle opens the show.
Dave Matthews Band performs Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Allegheny Road. $40.50-$75. livenation.com. — BY ANDY KLINGENBERGER
ALTERNATIVE: Anthony Green
While Anthony Green’s voice is immediately recognizable as the lead singer of Saosin and currently Circa Survive, his work as a solo artist only hints at the angst and vocal-cord wringing of those groups. To be fair, “Beautiful Things” takes its influences from seemingly everywhere. The record, released in January of this year, cascades through Green’s varied genres and emotions from start to finish. While the troubadour touch of longtime collaborators Good Old War permeates tracks like “Moon Song” or the a cappella gem “Do It Right,” guitar- and vocal-driven tracks such as “Get Yours While You Can” remind fans of Green’s heavier, sweatier origins.
Anthony Green performs Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $16-$18. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY JARED BENNETT
POP/ROCK: Get the Led Out
Bands may come and go, but reverence for Led Zeppelin hangs in there like white on rice. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers formed in the late 60’s and went on to influence everyone from the typical (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Van Halen) to the sublime (Dread Zeppelin, Lez Zeppelin, P. Diddy). Remember Diddy’s “Come With Me”? If you close your eyes, Philly septet Get The Led Out plays it legit and will transport you to Knebworth or Madison Square Garden or the 1971 concert at the Rochester War Memorial Auditorium. My Plastic Sun opens the show.
Get The Led Out performs Thursday, June 28, as part of Party in the Park, Riverside Festival Site, Exchange Blvd. 5-10 p.m. $2. rochesterevents.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
HOUSE/DJ: Mark Farina
If you feel lost gazing in that sea of jazz that continues to crest over Rochester, fear not. While at first glance Mark Farina seems to be a House DJ, it readily becomes apparent that his output has a very definite jazzy streak to it, which should go well with the other musicians that will be all over the East End this weekend. But Farina’s tunes are also different enough to give you a break. Just listening to the tracks on the internet brought back memories of racing around San Andreas. If you like House Rhythm Radio, this is an easy yes. Paul Kuenzi and NickL will be starting the night with some ambient tracks, so it’ll be pretty chill by any standard.
Mark Farina performs Friday, June 29, 10 p.m. at Pearl Nightclub, 349 East Ave. $12, 21+. Check Facebook for details. — SUZAN PERO
HEAVY ROCK: Melvins Lite
To keep fans guessing — or on edge — The Melvins have just released “Freak Puke” under the moniker Melvins Lite, a three-piece version of the band. But don’t worry; it’s still the Pacific Northwest band’s gloriously heavy, sometimes sludgy dirge we’ve all come to expect and use liberally as an adjective. The current line-up includes Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk). The band is trying to set the record for the world’s fastest tour in the Guinness Book Of World records by playing virtually every night from September 5 to October 25 Staring in Anchorage, Alaska, and ending in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Melvins Lite performs Sunday, July 1, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $17-$20. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE