“IF SO” FACTO: It was recently announced that Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan is being sued for divorce, so—for now—the best news out of Australia is that Atlas Genius is playing a special Halloween show at House of Blues on October 31 ($22.50). The trio is on the road supporting their debut album, When It Was Now, so their set list holds very few surprises. If one of those 11 tracks on the album is a personal favorite, you’re probably going to hear it live. Much as I’m fond of finger-poppers “Trojans,” “If So,” and “Electric,” I was especially taken with their acoustic version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” that popped up last May. Sadly, that cover—or any cover for that matter—hasn’t materialized in the band’s live shows. Take a cue from Yo La Tengo, fellas: Fans love covers.
SECOND CHANCES: The 1975 play Vinyl on November 2 ($15). They’re from Manchester, England, which pretty much guarantees a good time. And these guys know about false starts and second chances, having played together for more than a decade, but only performing as The 1975 since 2012. A retooled version of “Sex” has become the band’s breakout song, but these guys have more sonic tricks (“Girls,” “M.O.N.E.Y.”) up their sleeve. Get your hooks into The 1975 and let them get their hooks into you.
NOW ON SALE: Remember that episode of ABC’s ’70s-era gem What’s Happening!! where Raj, Rerun and Dwayne get coerced into bootlegging the Doobie Brothers’ concert at Jefferson High? Well, the Doobie Brothers and Steve Miller Band are coming to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on December 28 ($54.50-$194.50). If a character named Al Dunbar approaches you with tickets and money in exchange for recording the show, walk the other way.