Blue Skies Turn Black turns 15 this year! To celebrate, the eclectic concert promoters have had a slew of amazing shows going on all season, with many more on the calendar in the coming months. To cap off your October & gear up for the cold weather to hit, toss back a couple drinks & head out to some shows this month. Here are some of my picks, follow the links to buy tickets!

Shannon and the Clams – Oct 21 – Bar Le “Ritz” – $15

Shannon and the Clams 2015A personal top pick; Anyone who does not know of this band should definitely give them a spin. The group has just released their newest LP, argueably some of their strongest work. Shannon & her Clams bring an authentic new-aged style of Rockabilly to the forefront of their music. Gone By The Dawn delves further into this classic genre. With themes of heart break & introspection, the band dares to be real on this record. On stage they bring out an undeniable energy that will have you sweating away, losing yourself in the sounds of generations past. They’re somewhat retro, but remain one of the freshest sounds I’ve heard in a long time.

Peaches – Oct 21 – Société des Arts Technologiques – $25

peaches-2015Electroclash superstar Peaches marks her return to music with the release of her 6th album RUB. Always the innovative provocateur, Peaches brings to the table nothing less than her creative & somewhat vulgar approach(in the best way possible) to electronic music. This is one not for the books folks. Peaches is known for her intense stage pressence, show reviews for the RUB Tour are phenominal. Let your freak flag fly with Peaches Oct. 21.

Telekinesis – Oct 24 – Divan Orange – $15

TurntableInterviewTelekinesisSeattle indie-pop outfit Telekinesis is set to play a very intimate show at Divan Orange next weekend. AD Infinitum, the newest album is full of up-tempo indie rock/pop brilliance. I’m just getting familiar with Michael Benjamin Lerner, but love what I’m hearing. His music is thought out, fully realized & takes me to a beautiful dreamy state. Excited to see how this one individual will translate his art on stage, anticipating perfection; See you soon Telekinesis.

Andy Shauf – Oct 27 Bar Le “Ritz” – $10

12122456_10156148740810503_3260851405470527867_nAndy Shauf is a shining example of the beautiful art in storytelling. This young man from Saskatchewan has been dubbed one of this years’ best new artists from NPR. His new record, The Bearer of Bad News,  The songwriter was just signed to ANTI-Records & released a new song yesterday! Jenny Come Home; a little more up-tempo than previous songs, still boasting a grim tale of tragic infidelity is a total gem.

TOPS – Oct 31 – Theatre Fairmount – $10

tops11_credit_rebecca_stormTOPS, no stranger to our music scene & a stand-out in our pool of local talent. I just can’t stop playing  is brilliant. TOPS will headline a show here in town durning their North American Tour for Halloween!

So, there you have it. A few concert picks for the rest of October, all part of Blue Skies Turn Black’s celebration of 15 years! Happy Anniversary guys’ & big shout out for turning me onto some amazing new music!

I must add that these picks only scratch the surface on the events #BSTB15 has on the calendar. Check out all their show listings & come out to celebrate a driving force in our local music scene!