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Antigone Rising, Dresden Dolls, Indigo Girls, and more…

Hurry, time’s a-wastin’ to get tickets for the all-female rock quintet Antigone Rising, who’ll show off their grassroots indie ethic at their Halloween Eve event at Rockwood Music Hall. This thrilling and chilling performance features a special black and white costume theme for the audience.

For more than two decades, Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have presented some of their best music in front of cheering crowds—sometimes in the cramped confines of a small club, sometimes in a vast arena filled with thousands of fans. Catch the Grammy winners up close and personal in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on Oct 23.

Community favorites Toshi Reagon and Dar Williams hit City Winery on Oct 15–16 in their Great Companions tour. Reagon’s versatile approach to song continues to move audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk styles; while Williams promises to thrill the crowd with her insightful, melodic story-songs injected with contemporary energy and momentum.

Rock bands are pigeonholed into increasingly minuscule sub-categories; The Dresden Dolls defy easy classification. While critics have called them theatrical rock, punk cabaret, or neo-glam-torch, even the most clever viewers shrug and say, “You just have to hear it to believe it.” Living in a multifacted pop culture built on artifice—yet demanding authenticity—The Dresden Dolls take the stage, tear down the curtain and create their own rules. Don’t miss their show Oct 31 at Irving Plaza.

Water is essential to the support of all living organisms—but we’re headed to a crisis in managing it. For its fifth installment, Ear to the Earth 2010 – a unique festival of sound, music and ecology conceived and presented by Electronic Music Foundation – turns its attention to the current state of water and our social and cultural attitudes towards it. From Oct 27-Nov 1, eco-composers and sound artists will explore the theme “Water and the World” through compositions, installations and presentations, bringing forth critical environmental issues at Frederick Loewe Theater, Greenwich House Music School, White Box and Kleio Projects.

Every musical has them: the tunes that stick in your brain. The Town Hall presents Broadway Melody Makers Oct 15—a dynamic concert brimming with rhythm and beauty, featuring hits penned by songwriters who made the Great White Way great. The event stars the fabulous Theatre World Award winner Nellie McKay (Three Penny Opera) – whose new album, Home Sweet Mobile Home, drops this month; two-time Tony Award nominees Mary Testa (42nd Street, On The Town) and Tom Wopat (Catered Affair, Annie Get Your Gun).

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