Thursday, October 2
Record label Luaka Bop continues its celebration of 25 years in New York City with a series of impromptu performances and talks at Mmuseumm, Cortlandt Alley, between Franklin St and White St in TriBeca. Free, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. After parties kick off from 8:30 p.m. at Forlini’s Restaurant (93 Baxter St., between White St. and Canal St.) and from 9:30 p.m. at Winnie’s Bar (104 Bayard St., between Baxter St. and Mulberry St.). Who knows? You might bump into label founder David Byrne.
Secretive electro-pop collective Jungle is centered around the duo of Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland. Check them out at Irving Plaza Thursday night. 17 Irving Pl., Union Square, from 7 p.m. $35.
Friday, October 3
LA synth pop duo Peaking Lights are set for two performances Friday night: first an in-store performance at Other Music at 9 p.m. (15 East 4th St., East Village, free, limited capacity) and then a late, late show at Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Williamsburg. At the Other Music show you can purchase an exclusive limited edition version of their new album "Cosmic Logic."
Saturday, October 4
Swedish singer Lykke Li has evolved from her early 2000s MySpace pop into a more mature artist. Her current album, “I Never Learn,” which charts a devastating breakup, is the final album in a trilogy, begun with her 2008 debut “Youth Novels.” From 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown. Tickets from $50.20.
Sunday, October 5
Modern Sky Festival NYC is another part of record label Luaka Bop's 25th anniversary celebrations and is happening Saturday and Sunday in Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. The eclectic lineup features the schizophrenic post-punk of Liars, Chinese band Rebuilding The Rights of Statues (think Gang Of Four or Joy Division), Cat Power, Canadian indie band Stars and The Both, a collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. One-day tickets are $48 and a two-day pass is $85. From 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Monday, October 6
US/UK music legends Fleetwood Mac kick off two nights at Madison Square Garden this evening, revitalised by the return of English singer Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998. Their current setlist includes plenty of their hits including classics "Go Your Own Way," "Don’t Stop," "Second Hand News" and "The Chain." They’ve also been in the studio recently and promise new recordings in the near future. From $150.
Tuesday, October 7
Cleveland, Ohio’s pedal-to-the-floor rockers Cloud Nothings hit Irving Plaza Tuesday from 8 p.m. Their fourth album “Here and Nowhere Else,” largely written by band founder Dylan Baldi, melds fuzz and energy with tight harmonies and great pop hooks. 17 Irving Pl., Union Square, from 7 p.m. $26.
Wednesday, October 8
Kicking off Wednesday, The CBGB Music & Film Festival returns through October 12 and promises performances by Devo, Surfer Blood and Jane's Addiction, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut LP “Nothing's Shocking” by performing the album in its entirety. Wednesday night, music producer Daniel Lanois premieres selections from Lanois and The Modern School of Films collaboration “Flesh and Machine… The Films” at Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston St., Lower East Side from 6 p.m., $15.
Billy Idol is featured as the Festival’s keynote interview Thursday night (October 9), in an event at The CBGB Festival Headquarters, Center 548, which also will include an acoustic performance with his longtime guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens. 548 West 22nd Street, Chelsea. $30/$40. For the full festival program head to www.cbgbfest.com.