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Rocktober 2015: 104 upcoming concerts, ranked

Ambitious N.J. punk outfit Titus Andronicus contribute to Rocktober

Ambitious N.J. punk outfit Titus Andronicus contribute to Rocktober

As we near the kill on time's hunt for colorless October, thoughts turn to rocking. Rocktober is beyond stacked this year in the Twin Cities, with the concert calendar offering tempting options just about every single night. Below, you'll find our arbitrary value judgments applied to the oncoming wave of (mostly) killer music. The higher the metaphorical amp reads, the more pumped we are for the show. 

Amps cranked to 11

  • Doomtree Zoo — Oct. 3, CHS Field, $35-$45

  • Kraftwerk — Oct. 7, Northrop, $59.50-$79.50

  • Titus Andronicus — Oct. 9, Triple Rock Social Club, $15

  • Run The Jewels — Oct. 23, First Avenue, $25
Amps cranked to 10

  • Madonna — Oct. 8, Xcel Energy Center, $42.50-$357.50

  • The Who — Oct. 10, Target Center, $39.50-$139.50 (canceled)

  • Chvrches — Oct. 10, Myth, $31

  • Chance the Rapper — Oct. 15, Myth, $39.95-$45

  • Kurt Vile & the Violators w/ Waxahatchee — Oct. 21, Mill City Nights, $23-$25
Amps cranked to 9

  • Isley Brothers — Oct. 3, Orpheum Theatre, $49-$179

  • Lianne La Havas — Oct. 6, Varsity Theater, $26-$28

  • Bully — Oct. 12, 7th St. Entry, $12

  • Disclosure — Oct. 13, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, $35

  • Girlpool — Oct. 15, Triple Rock Social Club, $10

  • Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band — Oct. 16, State Theatre, $83.50-$154

  • Craig Finn — Oct. 24, Woman's Club, $25

  • Motion City Soundtrack — Oct. 25, First Avenue, $25

  • Deafheaven — Oct. 28, Fine Line, $16-$18
Amps cranked to 8

  • Gene Ween — Oct. 3, Turf Club, $20

  • Wolf Alice — Oct. 5, First Avenue, $16

  • Tobias Jesso Jr. — Oct. 6, Cedar Cultural Center, $20

  • Slash — Oct. 7, Mill City Nights, $42.50-$50

  • Ezra Furman — Oct. 7, Turf Club, $10-$12

  • Ought — Oct. 8, 7th St. Entry, $8-$10

  • Franz Ferdinand — Oct. 9, First Avenue, $35-$40

  • Aaron Neville — Oct. 11, Dakota Jazz Club, $75-$100

  • The Underachievers — Oct. 14, First Avenue, $18

  • No Joy — Oct. 14, Turf Club, $15

  • Wye Oak — Oct. 14, Aria, $25

  • Hiatus Kaiyote — Oct. 14, Fine Line, $16

  • Peaches — Oct. 15, First Avenue, $15

  • The Sword — Oct. 16, Mill City Nights, $17-$20

  • Zombie Pub Crawl (Girl Talk, Sum 41, Aaron Carter) — Oct. 17, various locations, $16.66-$26.66

  • Lyle Lovett — Oct. 17, State Theatre, $48.50-$79

  • The Pedrito Martinez Group — Oct. 18, Ordway Center, $23-$45

  • Youth Lagoon — Oct. 19, First Avenue, $15

  • Lucero — Oct. 21, First Avenue, $22

  • Grace Potter — Oct. 22, State Theatre, $30-$45

  • Kaskade — Oct. 22, Myth, $43.50

  • Arlo Guthrie — Oct. 25, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, $35-$75

  • Old 97s — Oct. 26, Turf Club, $30

  • Title Fight — Oct. 27, Triple Rock Social Club, $15-$17

  • Leon Bridges — Oct. 28, First Avenue, $20-$22

  • Walt Mink — Oct. 30, Varsity Theater, $45-$35

  • Marina and the Diamonds — Oct. 30, Northrop, $39.50-$30

  • Gramma's Boyfriend (Record Release Show) — Oct. 30, Icehouse, $10

  • Zedd — Oct. 31, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, $37.50-$45

  • Jeremy Messersmith and Friends Present the Undead Masquerade — Oct. 31, Cedar Cultural Center, $25
Amps cranked to 7

  • Blitzen Trapper — Oct. 4, First Avenue, $20

  • Chris Cornell — Oct. 5, State Theater, $49.50-$354

  • The Dodos — Oct. 5, Triple Rock Social Club, $20

  • Russian Circles — Oct. 6, Triple Rock Social Club, $17-$20

  • Frank Turner — Oct. 7, Varsity Theater, $25-$30

  • Portland Cello Project — Oct. 8, Cedar Cultural Center, $18-$20

  • The Gloaming — Oct. 9, Walker Art Center, $35

  • Zeds Dead — Oct. 9, Skyway Theater, $25-$35 

  • Kenny Rogers — Oct. 10, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, $44-$55

  • Corb Lund — Oct. 13, Turf Club, $15-$17

  • Natalie Haas — Oct. 16, Cedar Cultural Center, $22-$25

  • Jarabe de Palo — Oct. 17, Cabooze, $30-$40

  • Cage — Oct. 17, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $12-$15

  • Rachael Yamagata — Oct. 17, Triple Rock Social Club, $20-$25

  • The Lone Bellow — Oct. 20, Varsity Theater, $20-$25

  • Neon Indian — Oct. 20, First Avenue, $16-$18

  • STS9 — Oct. 22, First Avenue, $27.50-$30

  • Matisyahu — Oct. 24, Pagtages, $32.50-$42.50

  • Pert Near Sandstone — Oct. 24, First Avenue, $15-$18

  • Langhorne Slim & the Law — Oct. 28, Triple Rock Social Club, $16-$18

  • Dave Rawlings Machine — Oct. 29, Fitzgerald Theater, $32

  • Badi Assad and Adrian Legg — Oct. 29, Cedar Cultural Center, $30-$35

  • Telekinesis — Oct. 30, 7th St. Entry, $13-$15

  • Fruit Bats — Oct. 30, Turf Club, $15

  • Belphegor — Oct. 30, Triple Rock Social Club, $20-$25

  • Houndmouth — Oct. 31, Fine Line, $22

Amps cranked to 6

  • Nick Jonas — Oct. 6, Myth, $29.50-$35

  • Mikky Ekko — Oct. 13, Triple Rock Social Club, $15-$18

  • The String Cheese Incident — Oct. 14, Skyway Theater, $49.50

  • Vacationer — Oct. 15, 7th St. Entry, $15

  • The Neighbourhood — Oct. 16, First Avenue, $30-$35

  • Edgar Winter — Oct. 17, Dakota Jazz Club, $75-$45

  • SOUJA — Oct. 18, First Avenue, $20-$25

  • David Cook — Oct. 21, Cedar Cultural Center, $28-$30

  • Nero — Oct. 23, Skyway Theatre, $35-$40

  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness — Oct. 26, First Avenue, $30

  • MisterWives — Oct. 27, First Avenue, $20

  • The Devil Makes Three — Oct. 29, First Avenue, $22.50-$25
Amps cranked to 5

  • Good Old War — Oct. 6, First Avenue, $25

  • MS MR — Oct. 15, Varsity Theater, $26-$31

  • Three Dog Night — Oct. 16, Medina Entertainment Center, $33-$52

  • Matt Nathanson — Oct. 16, Triple Rock Social Club, $32.75

  • Mac Miller — Oct. 18, Mill City Nights, $35-$38

  • Kansas — Oct. 25, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, $29-$39
Amps cranked to 4

  • Blues Traveler — Oct. 1, Mill City Nights, $29.50-$35

  • Tyler Ward — Oct. 18, 7th St. Entry, $15-$18

  • MAX — Oct. 19, Triple Rock Social Club, $18-$20

  • Troye Sivan — Oct. 28, Varsity Theater, $14-$16

  • Twenty One Pilots — Oct. 29, Myth, $26.75

  • Mayday Parade — Oct. 29., Mill City Nights, $25
Amps cranked to 3

  • Of Monsters and Men — Oct. 1, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, $37.50

  • America's Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour — Oct. 9, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, $31-$73.95

  • Bring Me the Horizon — Oct. 14, Myth, $30

  • Dan + Shay — Oct. 15, Mill City Nights, $29.50-$32
Amps cranked to 2

  • Owl City — Oct. 17, Varsity Theater, TBA
Amps cranked to 1
  • Iggy Azalea — Oct. 1, Target Center, $39.50-$69.50 (mercifully canceled) Update (Sept. 30): Can't forget about Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Oct 28., Turf Club, $12-$14); he's a bankable 8.