Sounding like a mixture of The Killers and Cherub, Cut Copy gives listeners solid dance bops with their techno-pop beats. The Australian group receives almost 800,000 listeners monthly on Spotify across their many albums.
Their most-listened song is “Lights & Music,” which uses a strong bass line and vocals behind the talk-sung lyrics in the verses, and builds up to an upbeat chorus.
Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m.
The alt-country, five-person band hails from Toronto, and despite having only formed in 2008, the group has already been nominated for and won several awards, including three Juno awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards and Canadian Radio Music Awards.
Mixing rock, country and indie music, the Strumbellas have risen to popularity with about 1.5 million listeners monthly. Buy your tickets soon — they’re selling fast! Some suggested songs are “Spirits” and “Shovels and Dirt.”
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
Nov. 8, 9:00 p.m.
An eclectic band who describe themselves on their website as “a band of so and so's who sound like Bob Seger high on cocaine in the bathtub watching Werner Herzog movies,” TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb have an indie-rock sound like if The Smiths were to cover a bluegrass song.
The alt-rock/bluegrass group released their new album “Dancing out the Door” this past October and have begun their tour promoting the album. Songs to listen for at their concert are “John Wilkes Booth” or “Mulholland Drive.”
Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
The Wrecks formed in 2015 and since then have honed their craft as an alt-rock and pop-punk American band. They’ve previously toured with All Time Low and Nothing but Thieves, and are currently headlining their own tour — Robot Army Tour.
If you love listening to songs that remind you of your angsty teenage years but still have a nice jam session, check out their songs, “Favorite Liar” or “I Don’t Like You.”
The Maywood in Raleigh
Nov. 11, 8:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
*21 and over
Theocracy is a power-metal band with their music centered around Christianity and worship. Originally, it was a one-man project started by Matt Smith in Athens, Georgia, before the band formed in 2002.
Their new album, “Ghost Ship,” was inspired by fans who were searching for a place where they fit in. This theme of having a place for the misfits is prominent through the album, especially in the songs, “Ghost Ship” and “Castaway.”