City and Colour, Oct. 3, Jannus Live - Dallas Green (get it, it’s a city and a color) is out on his first tour since really closing the book on his time with Platinum-selling hardcore band Alexisonfire. With that band’s farewell tour complete, Green is focusing 100 percent on his solo acoustic project, and that’s a good thing, because he’s making some truly great music. His new album, “The Hurry and the Harm,” is full of moody melodies, and weighty, melancholy lyrics, but also some of Green’s catchiest pop so far. Bonus: the new touring band includes Raconteurs and Dead Weather bassist Jack Lawrence.
Cheap Trick, Oct. 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall - At least we know Robin Zander will get a good night’s sleep. The Clearwater concert isn’t far from the Cheap Trick lead singer and guitarist’s home in Safety Harbor. More than 35 years after the band broke big with “Live at Budokan” they’ll perform their album “Dream Police” in its entirety, plus other songs.
Sigur Ros, Oct. 7, USF Sun Dome - The mysterious Icelandic post-rock band creates eerie, glacial soundscapes that are probably best described as gorgeous noise. They parted ways with long-time keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson this year, but it would be tough to miss him on this tour — the three core members of the band are taking the stage with an additional nine players on strings, horns, electronic and acoustic drums and synths, for what’s been reviewed as a “breathtaking” and theatrical show.
Kevin Gates, Oct. 17, Orpheum - Being an equally talented rapper and singer has earned Kevin Gates comparisons to artists such as Drake and Future, but the Louisiana-bred rapper, who has yet to release an official studio album, is lyrically more hustler than he is an emotional lady-killer like those other guys. He hasn’t gained national fame yet, despite signing to Lil Wayne’s label in 2012, but we wouldn’t be surprised if that changed very soon. Check out his mixtape “The Luca Brasi Story.”
Classical Mystery Tour, Oct. 18, The Mahaffey Theater - The Fab Four gets the classical treatment as this spot-on Beatles tribute band teams with the Florida Orchestra to perform 30 Beatles songs, including “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigsby,” “Hey Jude,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and more.
Baths, Oct. 18, Crowbar - Electronic artist Will Wiesenfeld plays layered, complex chillwave music that you’d expect to be better on headphones than at a live show — but watch his great recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert before you make that assumption. Experimental hip hop producer Groundislava opens the show.
The Lumineers, Oct. 19, USF Sun Dome - If you’re on board with the current wave of Mumford-sparked folk-pop that’s burning up the charts lately, then the Lumineer’s first visit to Florida is an absolute must-see. But if all you know of the Colorado band is their megahit “Ho Hey,” you’re missing out, they’ve got plenty more catchy, lovelorn tracks where that came from (check out “Big Parade” or “Flowers in Your Hair.”) Plus, “Ho Hey” is going to be an epic sing-along in an arena the size of the Sun Dome.
Luke Bryan, Oct. 24 and 25, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - Hopefully you scored your tickets early to see the country heartthrob and reigning Academy of Country Music “Entertainer of the Year” on his Dirt Road Diaries tour. Bryan sold out his original Friday-night concert at the Amphitheatre, so they added another show on Thursday, which also sold out.
Halloweenie Roast, Oct. 26, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - 98 Rock is bringing back its October concert festival for second year, this time with headliner Alice Cooper (a rocker who was scaring parents long before last year’s headliner Marilyn Manson), and the station is promising a Halloween-worthy show that’s going to incorporate blood, boa constrictors and on-stage guillotine. The rest of this year’s lineup includes Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine and Black Veil Brides.
Selena Gomez, Oct. 30, Forum - The last time we know of the former Disney star visiting the Tampa Bay area she was faux partying on the sands of St. Pete Beach for her role in the violent indie flick “Spring Breakers.” Now she’s bringing her new, sexier image to the other side of the Bay for an arena show we’re sure will include her sultry hit “Come and Get It.”
Other notable concerts this month: Sick Puppies, Oct. 2, Ritz Ybor; Keith Urban, Oct. 4, MidFlorida Amphitheatre; Patrizio Buanne, Oct. 4, Straz Center; Don’t Stop St. Petersburg Fest, Oct. 5, multiple venues; The Isley Brothers, Oct. 5, USF Sun Dome; Sarah Brightman, Oct. 6, the Forum. Crystal Fighters, Oct. 7, Crowbar; Rusko, Oct. 8, Ritz Ybor; Danzig, Cuban Club, Oct. 9; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Oct. 10, State Theatre; English Beat, Oct. 11, State Theatre; Kellie Pickler, Oct. 11, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Emeli Sande, Oct. 12, Ritz Ybor; India Arie, Oct. 12, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Kris Kristofferson; Oct. 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Oct. 17, Jannus Live; Matt Nathanson, Oct. 17, Ritz Ybor; Michael Feinstein, Oct. 19, Straz Center; ; Jessie Ware w/ Mikky Ekko, Oct. 23, The State Theatre; Mike Stud, Oct. 23, Crowbar; Cristian Castro, Oct. 23; The Mahaffey; Barenaked Ladies, Oct. 28, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Michael Franti & Spearhead, Oct. 30, Jannus Live; Story of the Year, Oct. 31, Orpheum