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Music Roundup: Sam Smith, Metallica, Crofoot Drive-In, Men At Work and more...
Artists can't tour to promote their new albums right now, but several will be taking the virtual stage this weekend to put a little muscle behind their new releases. To wit:
• Sam Smith celebrates his "Love Goes," with a live performance streamed from Abbey Road Studios in London at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. He'll also answer questions from fans and promises some surprise guests. Tickets via samsmithworld.com.
• Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's band Puscifer will perform its new album, "Existential Recording," from Arcosanti, an experimental city in the Arizona desert, at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets start at $19.99 via pusciferlive.com.
• Trippie Redd is releasing "Pegasus" and will be part of the second Rolling Loud "Loud Stream" virtual festival, with Gunna and others at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, via Twitch.
• Country/pop singer Cam plays live at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to celebrate "The Otherside" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.
• Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry celebrate the release of "The Human Condition," with a "Live From the Sky" concert from SkyPac in Bowling Green, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets and other info at blackstonecherry.com.
• The revived all-star art rock collective Mr. Bungle takes the stage for "The Night They Came Home," a virtual concert celebrating the release of "The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $15 via mrbungle.live.
• Harry Shearer, whose new political parody album "The Many Moods of Donald Trump" comes out Friday, joins New Orleans' Galactic — in his alter ego as Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls — for a "Galactic Halloween Special" from Tipitina's at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via Nugs.tv; $14.99.
Other events (all subject to change):
• Greensky Bluegrass is in residence at Blue Ridge Falls in Bevard, N.C., with Halloween shows at 7 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 31 via hyfi.com. $25 per show, $65 for the three-night "tour."
• The Detroit Symphony Orchestra ups the ante for its visual concert series with "Cirque Carnaval," a two-part collaboration with acrobats from Los Angeles Troupe Vertigo streaming at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30 via dso.org. Tickets are $12, and we hope the musicians won't spend too much time gazing upward from their music stands.
• Jazz singer Kurt Elling is back with a pair of "Here's Romance" concerts at 4 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, with a virtual Meet & Greet at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.
• Rufus Wainwright continues his weekly "A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective" series, performing songs from his "Poses" album at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, via rufuswainwright.veeps.com; $20.
• The Crofoot Festival Grounds in Pontiac brings Rocktober to a close with a full weekend of live drive-in concerts for the Halloween weekend. Knuckle Puck and Hot Mulligan perform Friday, Oct. 30, followed by a concert presentation of the horror favorite "Scream," while west Michigan's Pop Evil plays an acoustic show on Saturday, Oct. 31, supported by Avalon Black with a screening of "Halloween" after the concert. Boombox Cartel, Tynan and Stuca usher in the new month, and Daylight Savings Time, on Sunday, Nov. 1. Gates at 6 p.m. for all three. Visit thecrofoot.com for tickets and other information.
• The Metropolitan Opera has its own set of Halloween weekend treats on tap with this weekend's livestreams, including a 2010 production of Mussorgsky's Boris Gudonov on Friday, Oct. 30, a 1992 presentation of "The Ghosts of Versailles" on Saturday, Oct. 31, and a 2011 rendition of Philip Glass' "Satyagraha," all at 7:30 p.m. and free via metopera.org.
• McDonald's UK is hosting a weekend of shows via the My McDonald's App. Beckey Hill starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, followed by Glynne at 9 p.m. Friday; Kaiser Chiefs (7 p.m.), Olly Murs (8 p.m.) and Craig David (9 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 31; and Lewis Capaldi and Stormzy on Sunday, Nov. 1.
• The costumed metal monsters of GWAR host "Scumdog XXX Live" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, during which they'll perform the entire "Scumdogs of the Universe" album — being released in a 30th anniversary edition that day. A pre-show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $15 via gwar.net.
• Band meets orchestra for a second time when "Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony: S&M2" airs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 on PBS (WTVS-Channel 56 in Detroit).
• String Cheese Incident celebrates "Hulaween at Home" treating fans with a pair of archival shows — 2016 from Live Oak, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 30, and 2010 from Hampton Va. on Saturday, Oct. 31 — both free at 8 p.m. via Nugs.tv.
• Punk rockers The Bronx and its side project Mariachi El Bronx team up as one for a pre-recorded "Halloween Dead Stream" showing from 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Tickets via liquiddeath.com.
• Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio plays the fourth show in his virtual residence called "The Beacon Jams," live from the Beacon Theatre in New York, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via Twitch. Proceeds benefit the WaterWheel Foundation. Anastasio Band member James Casey, meanwhile will host "The Afterparty" at 10:15 p.m. via auxchord.live. Tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the performers.
• Blackberry Smoke plays a pair of shows from The Tabernacle Theatre in Atlanta, at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets are $25 per show, $40 for both via watch.mandolin.com.
• Houndmouth hosts a "Hoosier Halloween" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.
• DJ Jazzy Jeff throws "The Halloween Party of the Year" — with, he promises, "a very special guest DJ" — at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, online. Tickets start at $100 via djjazzjeff.com.
• Costumed punk rockers the Aquabats pull out the stops for the pre-filmed "The Aquabats! Kooky Spooky! Halloween Party!" at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets are $25 via theaquabats.veeps.com.
• The hard-hitting trio FEVER333 wraps up its global livestream tour at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets via FEVER333.Veeps.com.
• Big Something plays a free "Halloween Special" concert from Ovation Sound Studios in Winston Salem, N.C., at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, via Nugs.tv.
• Minneapolis jazz trio the Bad Plus sets up for two shows, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, via villagevanguard.com; $10 per show.
• Starcrawler puts the glitz on for a 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, show from the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles; $15 via nocapshows.com.
• The Crystal Method celebrates Devil's Night (or, if you prefer, Halloween Eve, live from Las Vegas at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets via stageit.com.
• Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra through "A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration: 50 years and Counting," Jazz at Lincoln Center joins the party, joined by Big Bird, Elmo and others from the Street team at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on PBS (WTVS-Channel 56 in Detroit).
• Punk cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of a new concert film, "Return to Paradise," opening Saturday, Oct. 31 via vimeo.com/ondemand/returntoparadise
• Children's music favorite Laurie Berkner plays a pair of family-friendly concerts at noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via laurieberkner.com. Tickets are $20 and will be good for both shows. Berkner has also released a pair of new songs, "What Am I Gonna Be (For Halloween)?" and "The Superhero Mask Song" for the occasion.
• Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis performs his 1971 album "Back to the Roots" as part of "Saturday Salon" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via stageit.com.
• Sister duo Larkin Poe, offer a Halloween-themed virtual performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via Facebook.
• Devin Townsend plays "Rarities By Request" — which means Halloween treats for his big fans — at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via stageit.com. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.
• Pittsburgh rockers Code Orange go "Back Inside the Glass" for a livestreamed concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Jesus Piece, Year of the Knife and Machine Girl also perform. Tickets via live.codeorangetoth.com.
• The good-humored headbangers of Steel Panther delivers their own tricks and treats with "The HalloWeenie Livescream," from the Viper Room in West Hollywood, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Get tickets and other goodies at steelpantherrocks.com.
• Black Eyed Peas, the Roots' Questlove and the O'Jays will join Kevin Bacon, Jason Alexander, Julius Erving for "Love Letters to PA -- a Virtual Concert & Rally" in Pennsylvania voting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 via PADems.com/concert.
• The Detroit Symphony Orchestra teams up with Troupe Vertigo's acrobats for a Halloween Spooktacular at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, from Orchestra Hall. The family friendly show includes a costumed orchestra, as well as a virtual costume contest. You're on your own for the candy, though. Tickets are $12. 313-576-5111 or dso.org.
• Steve Wariner and Clint Black will be pickin' and grinnin' at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via the Grande Ole Opry in Nashville. Check it out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, circleallaccess.com or wsmonline.com.
• Reggaeton star Lunay sings live at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, with a free performance via YouTube.
• Lifehouse commemorates the 20th anniversary of its album "No Name Face" at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, via stageit.com.
• Reggaeton hero J. Balvin headlines Fortnite's "Fortnitemares" event at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via the Fortnite game platform.
• Animal Collective celebrates the 10th anniversary of its visual album "Oddsac" — including DJ sets by the band members, a Q&A with director Danny Perez and a virtual costume contest — at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via nugs.tv; $12.99.
• Latin music star Rauw Alejandro hosts a virtual Halloween Live Show at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets via livepassplay.com/events.
• American Idol champion David Cook offers a "David S. Pumpkins Edition" of his online world tour at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via stageit.com.
• Jazz drummer Nate Smith plays a solo show at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via watch.mandolin.com. There will also be a VIP Q&A, available separately, at 8:15 p.m.
• The Mother Hips stay up late for a Halloween show live from the Solano County Fairgrounds at 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, via stageit.com.
• Asleep at the Wheel celebrates its 50th anniversary with special guest friends on "Austin City Limits Presents" at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on PBS (WTVS-Channel 56 in Detroit).
• Chris Thile offers a second "Music Is Life Is Music" masterclass, focusing on songwriting, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, via watch.mandolin.com. It will be followed by a separate "... And Cocktails" VIP Meet & Greet at 3:30 p.m.
• We Banjo 3 offers a "Halloween Live Scream" a day late, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, via stageit.com.
• Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys play bluegrass from the City Winery Atlanta at 6 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.
• Colin Hay performs a special Men At Work show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com. Proceeds benefit Headcount, the National Independent Venue Association and the National Independent Talent Organization.
• If you don't feel like watching inconclusive voting returns on Tuesday, Nov. 3, the #IVoted Festival will feature 600 performers — including Young the Giant, Taking Back Sunday, Citizen Cope, Brian Courtney Wilson, Shawn Colvin and members of My Morning Jacket, the Decemberists and Bowling For Soup, and more throughout the day. The virtual stages will be named after swing states, including Michigan, and demographic groups. RSVP and register at ivoted.motivate.us.
• Josh Groban and Ingrid Michaelson perform as part of a star-studded Election Day "Vote-a-Thon" running from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3,
part of the "Stars in the House" series benefiting The Actors Fund. Viewing details at starsinthehouse.com.
• Wynton Marsalis joins the Young Stars of Jazz for a special streaming concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, via jazz.org. Free, with donations solicited.
• Mustard's Retreat revs up the Ark's Family Room Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. The show's free, with donations solicited for the act and the venue.
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