Local promoter Denny Rochefort leads his General Assembly booking agency and continues to reel in some stellar acts; come October, the GA will hook up with Local 121 (121 Washington St, Providence, 401.274.2121, local121.com) for a bunch of shows: on the 6th it's Olneyville Sound System, rhymer SYMMETRY performs on the 12th, STEREO TELESCOPE headlines on the 13th, and BARN BURNING, BEBEREQUIN, and EYEWITNESS stop by on the 19th.
Break out that crate of dusty vinyl and head to the Met (1005 Main St, Pawtucket, 401.729.1005, themetri.com) on September 18, as DJ WENDELL GEE (program manager and former on-air personality at 95.5 WBRU) celebrates his 45th birthday with a record party; bring a single (7" and 12" platters accepted) and Wendell will get it in the mix! No cover and all ages. (We're bringing the ultra-limited white vinyl 45 of Dinosaur Jr's "The Wagon." Sweet, bro.) The Met ushers in Rocktober righteously, starting with MELVINS LITE (King Buzzo, Dale Crover, and Trevor Dunn) on October 2, followed by some serious punk mayhem on October 4 with THE ANGRY SAMOANS (only New England appearance), THE CRYPTICS, LENNY LASHLEY'S GANG OF ONE, and MIDNIGHT CREEPS; and on November 13, it's G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE with GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD.
The Met's bigger brother, Lupo's (79 Washington St, Providence, 401.331.5876, lupos.com), has you covered with the best in national touring acts; DR. DOG and DELTA SPIRIT return on September 19; nu-skool rap phenom A$AP ROCKY comes through with DANNY BROWN and SCHOOLBOY Q on September 21; and turn the clock back a bit with SAY ANYTHING on October 16 and TAKING BACK SUNDAY on November 20.
The Vets (1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401.421.2787, vmari.com) boasts its fair share of must-attend tours (that Death Cab show earlier this year was pretty darn wonderful); standouts include REGINA SPEKTOR on October 5 and PRIMUS on October 21. When the hell was the last time they made a stop in Rhode Island? Lollapalooza 1993 at Quonset Point? Les Claypool and his mates will invade with a show billed as "the first-ever traveling 3D enhanced live musical performance. Tix are $35.50-$45.50 and going fast.