Converge, Aesop Rock, & the Weeknd
Come together: Salem, Mass.âÃÂÃÂbased hardcore/metal outfit Converge will trek across the United States in October alongside a rotating cast of heavy hitters like Torche, Kvelertak, Nails and Whips/Chains. The Kenmore Agency's Matt Pike has routed the band through Chicago's long-standing Metro (Oct. 18), the hallowed rock grounds of Asbury Park, N.J.'s Stone Pony (Nov. 10) and everywhere in between-including Dallas' Sons of Hermann Hall (Nov. 1), the home of the Order of the Sons of Hermann, named for the ancient German folk hero Hermann the Cherusker.
On the road again: Though he wraps up a string of U.S. dates on Sept. 16 at San Francisco's famed Fillmore, backpacker-rap torchbearer Aesop Rock will be at it again two weeks later for nine more shows with openers Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Booked by the Agency Group's Christian Bernhardt, the trek kicks off Oct. 1 at Milwaukee's Turner Hall and wraps Oct. 12 at Albuquerque, N.M.'s Sunshine Theater, originally the city's first movie palace.
Crisscrossing the continent: Though Sonic Youth is on an indefinite hiatus, bassist Kim Gordon is staying busy: Her experimental project Body/Head, with Boston guitarist Bill Nace, is set to tour Europe this fall. Starting Sept. 14 at Rome's Circolo Deluge Artisti, the duo will hit spots like Kino Siska in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Monastere Royal de Brou in Bourg en Bresse, France (Sept. 22) -- get there early to tour the 16th-century stone-and-marble monastery, complete with three tombs.
No weekend warrior: Enigmatic R&B wunderkind the Weeknd has a handful of shows lined up for the fall, including Atlanta's Civic Center on Oct. 19 and the Bronx's 80-year-old Paradise Theater on Oct. 27. But that's not all: Booker Marc Geiger at William Morris Endeavor has scored the act a gig supporting Florence & the Machine for a few dates starting Sept. 18 at Camden, N.J.'s Susquehanna Bank Center.