MUSIC: The sounds of autumn

A dozen popular-music concerts to add to your fall calendar

| September 18, 2013
Taking Back Sunday takes over Water Street Music Hall on October 13.
Taking Back Sunday takes over Water Street Music Hall on October 13.
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The summer concert season might be dominated by large-scale festivals, giant outdoor concerts, and get-together shows everyplace that can throw together a stage. But just because summer is ending doesn't mean that the musical good times have to stop once the leaves hit the ground.

There's a little bit for every music fan coming through Rochester the next few months. What follows is by no means a complete list of acts that will be gracing our lovely Flower City. Keep an eye on rochestercitynewspaper.com and our weekly issues to stay up-to-date with concert announcements and picks on the best shows to check out each week. And with winter (and fewer national bands traveling to Upstate New York) coming, you best get out and get to some of these shows while you still can.

Walt Wilkins

Sure, even cowgirls get the blues. But cowboys can still sing to take them away. Hitting Rochester to kick off his first solo tour in more than a decade, Walt Wilkins is taking things on the road on his lonesome, away from the The Mysitqueros to bring his intimate show to the upstairs lounge at Abilene. If you wanted to get close to Teaxas, you could drive all the way there yourself, or just make sure not to miss this show. (Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m., Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $10. 232-3230, abilenebarandlounge.com)

Joan Osborne

Are you One of Us? Joan Osborne, a 2013 Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album, will be bringing her Motown Kentucky flair to Rochester at the German House this fall. Though Osborne scored major pop success in the 1990's, she's far from a one-note (or style) performer. Her more recent "I've Got to Use my Imagination" peaked on the Billboard jazz charts as well. Wrap it all up, and you've got a genre-defying night of music ahead to enjoy. (Friday, September 27, 8 p.m., German House Theater, 315 Gregory St. $30-$35. upallnightpresents.com)

Ewert and The Two Dragons 

Perhaps it's Drogon and Rhaegal. Or maybe it's Smaug and Scatha. The actual identities of the two titular dragons here may not be perfectly clear, but odds are it doesn't really matter. Coming to Rochester as part of its first U.S. tour, Estonian folk-rock band — and hit across the pond — Ewert and the Two Dragons is coming to spread its winged, folksy fire to our shores. (Thursday, October 3, 8 p.m., Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $10-$14. bugjar.com)

Dope/Soil

Lots of things are exports from Chicago. Deep-dish pizza comes to mine. But what about metal? If metal music is your head-banging thing, then you are already probably familiar with the Montage locally. If not, the co-headlining Dope/Soil tour presents a perfect chance to catch two Chicago metal acts shredding and sharing the stage together. Oddly enough, both groups have been at it since 1997 (which must have been a good year for Chicago's metal scene), so you know they bring the thunder. (Saturday, October 5, 8 p.m., Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. $18-$20. themontagemusichall.com)

Taking Back Sunday w/Polar Bear Club, Transit

Ready to feel old? Taking Back Sunday's debut album, "Tell All Your Friends," celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. LAST YEAR. As incorrect as that may sound, the emo-rockers are still at it, even despite line-up shuffles. The band's never-ending quest to take Sunday back continues, with the group now prepping its sixth studio album. Especially of note for Rochester is that our very own Polar Bear Club joins the show as the main support act. But most importantly, remember to set your phasers to stun, and get ready to rock. (Sunday, October 13, 8 p.m. Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $23-$27. 325-5600, waterstreetmusic.com)

Fountains of Wayne

You remember it. The swimming pool. Mowing the lawn. The mother (and come on, the even hotter daughter). You can pretend all you want, but if you were a teenager back when MTV still played a few videos and "TRL" was relevant, Fountains of Wayne's Grammy-nominated ode to MILF love "Stacy's Mom" is one of those songs that helped musically define the awkward 2000's. Soul Asylum co-headlines this show, and Evan Dando opens up the night. Not positive if Stacy or her mom will show up. (Tuesday, October 15, 8 p.m. Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $25-$30. 325-5600, waterstreetmusic.com)

The Front Bottoms

It was a crowded and sweaty night last time the New Jersey acoustic-pop rockers The Front Bottoms came through Rochester at the Bug Jar. Now boasting an expanded line-up (the acoustic duo has added electric bass and guitar to the group) and new material (touring behind a second full0length album on Bar/None Records), The Front Bottoms are on the edge of breaking through, and there's good reason why. Catch them while you can. (Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m. Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $12.50-$14. 325-5600, waterstreetmusic.com)

Phish

Phish is one of those bands that you either love or you hate, and anything I put in this little box probably isn't going to sway you one way or the other. You either get it or you don't. This is the uber jam band's first time in Rochester since 1999, so if you can deal with the indoor haze, you probably already have tickets. Tickets also include a free MP3 download of the full show's soundboard-mix recording, so you never have to go without and feel like a phish out of water. (Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square. $62. 758-5300, bluecrossarena.com)

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic

"Abundant" is the first word to come to mind with this pop-jazz traveling circus. If there was an award for how many musicians one band can sneak on a stage, The Chandler Travis Philharmonic very well might be in the running. The core is a nine-piece group, including Chandler Travis, self-proclaimed King of the World himself, and also includes a horn section, accordion, mandocello, keys, drums, and valet. The band's last album had 48 tracks on it. Above and beyond, indeed. (Sunday, October 27, 7 p.m. Lovin Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $15-$20. 292-9940, lovincup.com)

Langhorne Slim & The Law w/1916

I fought the law, but somehow the law always won. Langhorne Slim & The Law, that is. This Pennsylvania alt-country group will be coming to Rochester as part of The Zone 94.1's Cheap Date Series, meaning you'll be able to get tickets for the low price of $9.94. And don't be an even cheaper skate; grab up two and make it a proper date night. Local Celtic rockers 1916 open up the night. (Friday, November 1, 7 p.m. Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. $9.94. 232-3221, rochestermainstreetarmory.com)

Disney's "Fantasia"

Don those magic sorcerer hats and get ready to enjoy Mickey and the RPO. This fall the RPO is treating Rochester to another Disney classic reborn live with orchestrated music; this time it's none other than the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound, "Fantasia." Scenes from both the original film and the sequel, "Fantasia 2000," will be shown while the orchestra provides the music under the baton of Jeff Tyzik. (Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2, 8 p.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. $15-$92. 454-2100, rpo.org)

John Sebastian

Do you believe in magic? John Sebastian does. In his past life as part as founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, and in his continuing solo career, he has been involved in the creation of some jams you may also recognize: "Jug Band Music," "Summer in the City," and "Younger Girl." Of equally interesting note, he also composed the "Care Bear" theme and many songs for the "Care Bears" movies. At least he still cares about making music and bringing it here. (Saturday, December 7, 7 p.m. Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. $22-$50. goldenlink.org)

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