Madonna Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, at American Airlines Center, $48.50-$358.50 Get your outfits ready, Madonna is upon us. When she kicked off her world tour back in May, thus began her gigantic seven-month, 89-date trek through Europe before hitting North America, and she'll eventually wrap it up in South America, just in time to see the ball drop on 2012. Madge is touring her newest album, MDNA, and will tackle more than 30 countries this time around, proving she can still hang with the young'uns. Mr. Bieber, this means you. -- Rachel Watts
My Education, Theta Naught Thursday, October 18, at Dada, $6-$8 Austin's instrumental cabal My Education were here back in June, stirring the waters for the live score to Sunrise at Texas Theatre. They return to town on the Sound Mass Tour, an improvised collaborative effort with like-minded Salt Lake City group Theta Naught. That mash-up was caught on tape and released last year, but live, their sonic tempest will reach gale force. Locals the Tidbits and Zanzibar Snails open this exquisite night of experimental sounds. -- Audra Schroeder
Lolaspalooza III Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 21, at Lola's Saloon, $10-$20 Once again, Spune Productions will hog everyone's attention all weekend with another festival, and a rock solid lineup to go with it. Friday features Meat Puppets, Quaker City Night Hawks, Hanna Barbarians, Un Chein, Sally Majestic, Jefferson Colby, Fungi Girls and Mailman. Snag a day pass for just $10 bucks, or buy a three-day pass for $20. In addition to the bands, Lolaspalooza promises to have free food, food trucks, games, tournaments and more. -- Rachel Watts
1919 Hemphill's 10-Year Birthday Extravaganza Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 21, at 1919 Hemphill, $5 Fort Worth's DIY punk and hardcore venue 1919 Hemphill is celebrating 10 years standing this weekend. How many volunteer-run spaces can you say have done the same while strengthening the local music community in the process? Earlier this year, venue booker Rick Vandeveerdonk even stood in front of a gun protecting his venue from thugs. Friday is reunion night, with sets from Star Commander, Old-School Stymie, Dead Ramones, Negaduck, Division of Power and Those Damn Kids. Saturday, Hate Your Friends, Best Fwends, Chest Pain, the Igloos, Shortest Distance and Boogdish shake the walls. Sunday's metal show is perhaps the highlight, with chest-rattlers from Akkolyte, Wild//Tribe, Pinkish Black, Raging Boner and Electric Vengeance. -- Audra Schroeder
Good Sons, Pinkish Black Saturday, October 20, at Double-Wide, $5 By now, your Halloween-themed events roster is getting a little lengthy, but if you have time to squeeze in one more, let it be Good Sons and Pinkish Black. What started as a sporadic Nick Cave tribute band in the early 2000s -- and included Warren Jackson Hearne, Will Kapinos (Dim Locator) and Sean Kirpatrick (Nervous Curtains) -- has aged with grace into a decade-old tradition. "Every year I would get a group of fellow Nick fans together around Halloween time to pay tribute for a few shows, and then disband for another year," says Good Sons lead singer Wanz Dover, who is also in local band The Black Dotz. They will perform material pulled heavily from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' first live album, Live Seeds. -- Rachel Watts
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