10 concerts that you shouldn’t miss in September

Liz Phair
Monday, Sept. 10
Headliners Music Hall
An indie legend, Liz Phair’s sharp, hook-heavy, blunt songs are part fearless rock and part high-IQ oddball pop. 

Cody Jinks, Nikki Lane
Friday, Sept. 14
Iroquois Amphitheater
Cody Jinks is a rising star in the world of country, and Nikki Lane’s impactful, versatile Americana has established her as a solid voice of the genre. You’re basically getting two headliners. 

Emma Ruth Rundle, Jaye Jayle
Saturday, Sept. 15
Zanzabar
As practitioners of gloomy, hazy psychedelic post-rock, both Emma Ruth Rundle and Jaye Jayle play the type of atmospheric music that’s ominous, piercing and moving.

Lung
Thursday, Sept. 20
Kaiju
A cello-and-drums duo that play arty, punk-infused garage rock, Lung mixes raw power with a unique style. The best I can describe them is if John Cale and Slint would be the dual art directors of The White Stripes. They’re a tornado of energy, with the musical wit to match, and you shouldn’t miss this show. 

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Friday, Sept. 21
Iroquois Amphitheater
A six-piece, high intensity soul band from Alabama, St. Paul & The Broken Bones pack a lot of punch.

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Citrus Festival
Friday, Sept. 21-22
OPEN Arts Community Center
The first annual Citrus Fest features bands like The Jesse Lees, Jordan Jetson, Mother Runaway, Yons, Wicked Peace, Anemic Royalty, Quality Cable, Belushi Speedball and Church Friends, among others. 

Bourbon & Beyond
Saturday, Sept. 22-23
Champions Park
This year’s Bourbon & Beyond, a classic rock-leaning festival from the people behind Louder Than Life, features Sting, Robert Plant, David Byrne, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz and John Mayer. 

Car Seat Headrest, The Artisanals, Love Jones
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Waterfront Wednesday at Big Four Lawn
The September installment of WFPK’s free music series Waterfront Wednesday, featuring the insightful indie of Car Seat Headrest, the throwback leanings of The Artisanals and the crooning pop of Love Jones. 

Louder Than Life
Friday, Sept. 28-30
Champions Park
Headlined by Nine Inch Nails, this year’s Louder Than Life also booked Ice Cube, Godsmack, Alice In Chains, Deftones, Primus and many more radio hard rock and rap acts. 

Amanda Shires
Saturday, Sept. 29
Headliners Music Hall
My pitch for you to go see Amanda Shires is simple: I think that she made the best album of 2018 so far. To The Sunset transcends, but doesn’t entirely side step, country music — instead the album carefully navigates into new sonic territory, mixing her usual roots-leaning Americana with an atmospheric, War On Drugs-sort of indie rock. Add in her poetic story songs, and just the right amount of pop prowess, and the record is an almost flawless 32 minutes. 

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