8 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee; $48 to $59; southmilwaukeepac.org
Milwaukee’s own Violent Femmes is currently touring in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the release of its first album. The group reunited at Coachella in 2013, and its most recent album, 2016’s We Can Do Anything, was its first in 15 years. Violent Femmes is best known for its hit “Blister in the Sun,” which the band recently played on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert — with Colbert on vocals.
8 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Orpheum Theater in Madison; $32 to $150; madisonorpheum.com
Formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, Southern jam rockers Gov’t Mule has become much more, releasing multiple studio and live albums, and touring consistently. The Mule’s most recent studio album, Revolution Come ... Revolution Go, came out in this past summer.
8 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee; $49.50 to $95.50; pabsttheater.org
Pianist and composer Herbie Hancock was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet — pioneers in the jazz movement — and went on to a successful solo career. He’s known for combining electric jazz with funk and rock on albums such as 1973’s Head Hunters, as well as experimenting with electronic dance sounds on one of his biggest hits, 1983’s “Rockit.” Hancock received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA
8 p.m. Oct. 14 at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $29.50; pabsttheater.org
Formed in Chicago, Dark Star Orchestra is a Grateful Dead cover band. Its performances mirror specific shows from among the nearly 2,500 gigs the Dead did over 30 years. The Orchestra performs the complete, original set list — song by song and in order. Members of the Grateful Dead — including Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Tom Constanten — have all appeared onstage and performed with Dark Star Orchestra.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Cactus Club in Milwaukee; $20; cactusclubmilwaukee.com
Led by former Saint Vitus vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich, The Obsessed combines elements of doom metal, stoner rock and punk rock to make a sound all its own. The band has seen multiple incarnations and breakups — with Weinrich being the only constant member — since forming in 1980, and has released four studio albums, including Sacred in 2017.
8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee; $20; pabsttheater.org
Vintage Trouble formed in Hollywood, California, in 2010. The band’s sound has been described as “retro,” reminiscent of a number of late ’50s and ’60s blues and rock artists like The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and The Animals. The group has released three albums, The Bomb Shelter Sessions in 2011, The Swing House Acoustic Sessions in 2014, and 1 Hopeful Rd. in 2015.