Wed. Oct. 23 | Amid Steve Earle's lifetime achievements (author, actor, playwright, activist), it's easy to lose "songwriter." Earle shelved his color commentary on the human condition with 2009's Townes, narrowing on one human: friend/hero Townes Van Zandt, whose catalog he interprets with a biographer's intimacy. Earle's latest is The Low Highway (New West). The Mastersons open at 8 p.m. at the Civic Theatre.
Wed. Oct. 23 | The collective featuring Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Johnny Vidacovich, Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and others performs at Wednesday at the Square. Rich Collins opens at 5 p.m. at Lafayette Square.
Thu. Oct. 24 | On its 2013 album Threace, Chicago's shrouded psychedelic outfit Cave tightens into a krautrock wrecking ball of restrained riffs and lockstep grooves, and its '70s-inspired spartan rockers turn into offbeat headphone trips. Babes, Birthstone and Rotten Milk open at Siberia.
Fri. Oct. 25 | Doom metal waste-layer Saint Vitus reunited in 2008, lost original drummer Armando Acosta to arterial complications in 2010 and cut its first record in 17 years, the prowling Lillie: F-65 (Season of Mist), in 2012. Zoroaster and Hookers open at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Mon. Oct. 28 | Musician, poet and activist Michael Franti offers a pop-friendly blend of hip-hop, funk, folk and reggae and lyrics frequently invoking peace and social justice causes. He recently released All People. Serena Rider opens at 8:30 p.m. at House of Blues.