Oct. 28, Wolf Eyes: Black Forge Coffee House, McKees Rocks
Detroit noise merchants Wolf Eyes have been punishing eardrums and pushing past the limits of sonic excess for more than two decades, releasing nearly 300 recordings along the way. This is the kind of show for which Black Forge opened its new coffee shop in McKees Rocks — a place less likely to alarm the neighbors with disconcerting noise.
Oct. 30, Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Byham Theater, Downtown
Dixieland jazz from the masters of the form, the aptly named Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Hear this immortal music from a band that’s been playing it since the early 1960s in many incarnations. Recently they spent five years exploring the music of Cuba, which they’ll be performing at the Byham.
Nov. 2, Wreck Loose, The Buckledowns: Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh band Wreck Loose makes vocal-driven indie-pop inspired by the sounds of 1970s AM radio — melodic and anthemic, with simple piano and guitar accompaniment. This is the release party for their new album, “Wreck Loose Kills Again.”
Nov. 6, Wilco: Heinz Hall, Downtown
Born out of the ashes of the great Uncle Tupelo, Wilco could have been content to crank out wistful mid-tempo country-rock in the vein of their first album, “A.M.,” and gotten away with it. Instead, they went all-in on sonic experimentation and lyrical surrealism with “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” and it paid off big-time. More recently, they went for subdued acoustic balladry on “Schmilco.” So, the only guarantee from Wilco is that they’ll probably perform a piece from each incarnation at Heinz Hall.
Nov. 8, Tool, Killing Joke: PPG Paints Arena, Uptown
Progressive metal behemoths Tool emerge once again from their long slumber. Massively influential industrial rock pioneers Killing Joke are opening. If you weren’t on the phone immediately when tickets went on sale — well, you may be out of luck.
Nov. 10, Bob Dylan: UPMC Events Center at Robert Morris University, Moon
This new venue will host Bob Dylan, for which all superlatives are superfluous. Bob always seems to end up at strange venues, like the Washington Wild Things ballpark and the Petersen Events Center (where everything sounds like a basketball game). Sometimes his storied voice is up to the task; sometimes it isn’t.
Nov. 13, Rosanne Cash: Byham Theater, Downtown
Although hers is a gold-plated name in country music (as the daughter of Johnny Cash), Rosanne has never been defined by it, and has found fans well beyond its confines. Her new album, “She Remembers Everything,” follows up her triple-Grammy-winning 2014 effort, “The River & The Thread.”
Nov. 13, Elton John: PPG Paints Arena, Uptown
At a time of bitter divisions, Elton John may be the only thing this fractured world can agree on. Give us this, at least.
Nov. 20, Gramatik: Stage AE, North Side
Slovenian-born, New York City-based instrumental hip-hop producer Gramatik is so perfectly suited to this moment that he has his own cryptocurrency (!).
Nov. 23, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Jontavious Willis: Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland
One of the few African American touring banjo players, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is heir to a tradition of blues that goes back to the 1920s, and the immortal music Bessie Smith and Fats Waller. He plays a half-dozen other instruments as well, and is as adept at jazz and Cajun music as he is at performing the blues.