MOTHER SUPERIOR & VETTER KIDS
Mother Superior is the newest addition to local label Infintesmal Records, known for putting out Duval’s best post-punk, indie and garage rock music. The band is a perfect fit for the label, with a super-scratchy, distortion-heavy sound and lots of feedback. Unique to the band, though, are the singer’s use of almost-whiny pop-punk vocals and a snarky sense of humor. It’s a bit sloppy, but a lot of fun, with lyrics like “I’m going to kill you, baby, ooh lalala. I’m going to suck your blood like Dracula.” Austin’s post-punks Vetter Kids headline. They’re so good they got a shout out from music elitist blog Brooklyn Vegan. Bravo, guys. 9 p.m. July 31 at Shantytown Pub in Springfield, $5 suggested donation.
I DREAM OF EMO
THE EARLY NOVEMBER
In 2003, The Early November released its debut studio album The Room’s Too Cold, and the song “Ever So Sweet” guided many teenagers through the breakup of their first relationship. Emo music was on the rise, and The Early November were at the top of the game. The band split up for a while, reuniting a half-decade later. Currently, they’re taking a break from their day jobs and going on a small acoustic tour. They’re purposely playing in smaller venues, they say, to create that same intimacy that a teenager would feel listening to records at home. With EMPIRE! EMPIRE! and Parkridge; 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Jack Rabbits, San Marco, $15 in advance.
GET ON BOARD
DOWNTOWN NIGHT TROLLEY
After an initial test run, the Riverside Avondale Night Trolley launched earlier this year to great success, shuttling Riverside riders Friday and Saturday nights during the first weekend of every month. Now organizers want to bring the same service Downtown. This weekend, a fleet of buses will roll out to various Downtown hot spots, including The Elbow district of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, and connect to the Riverside Avondale Night Trolley in 5 Points. If enough of us ride, maybe JTA will think about making it permanent. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Aug. 1 and 2, with stops every 20 minutes along the route. See downtownnighttrolley.com for ticket info. Track the trolley in real time at trolley.jaxmob.com.
GEEKFEST IS COMING
QUEST FOR THE IRON THRONE PARTY
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. Or sometimes you just enjoy a really fabulous Game of Thrones-inspired cocktail. Superfans celebrate their obsession this weekend with a GOT-themed party, complete with fire-dancers, GOT-inspired burlesque shows and a costume contest. The best represented house will claim the Iron Throne and the glory that goes with it, and all can take pictures seated on the massive replica, created just for the event. Oh, and, uh, brace yourselves. Winter, and lots of geeky-fun cosplay, is coming. 9 p.m. Aug. 2 at Eclipse Nightclub, Avondale, $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after, 18 and up.
YOU CAN RAP WHATEVER YOU LIKE
Among his CEO duties helming self-started Grand Hustle Records, rubbing elbows with the likes of Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in Hollywood films, and serving two stints in county clinks, it’s undeniably impressive that Atlanta-based rapper T.I. (pictured) has found time to write and release eight studio albums, nearly all to chart-topping reception. The three-time Grammy-winning rubberband man brings his brand of hip-hop street cred to Jacksonville’s Aqua Nightclub. Say what you will about one-dimensional songwriting, objectification of women and migraine-inducing grammar – this man knows how to top charts and fill clubs. 9 p.m. Aug. 2 at Aqua Nightclub & Lounge, Southside, $45.
Once touted as the thinking person’s heavy metal band, Helmet – aka Page Hamilton and the revolving door of musicians who support him – has stayed faithful to the atonal, aggressive songwriting style it helped develop in the post-hardcore days of the early ’90s. Initially, it’s hard to believe the ham-fisted, distorted, stop-and-go drop-D riffs are the brainchild of a guy with dual degrees in classical and jazz performance, but that’s kind of the point. The band’s breakthrough 1992 release, Meantime, captures the dissonance, grit and (dare we say) sloppiness that signified the bands of the era. Filter (“Hey Man, Nice Shot”) headlines. 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at Underbelly, Downtown, $18.50; $60 VIP.
MUNCH AND LEARN
TEDxJACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY SALON
TEDxJacksonville is continuing the conversations among communities with its Community Salon, a Ted Talk focusing on community health, to examine larger ideas about health and discuss how they impact locally. “We will show pre-recorded Ted Talks about health initiatives and follow with a discussion,” says Daniel Austin, JCCI communications manager. Discussion topics — health disparities in Jacksonville, teen sexual health and how Jacksonville plans to combat food deserts — are moderated by local community health leaders, such as Dr. Christine Sapienza, Jacksonville University's Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Kelli T. Wells, Duval County director of Florida Department of Health, and others. 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at JU’s Phillips Fine Arts Center in Arlington, $30 includes hors oeuvres and open bar.