This week, nerdcore takes over Respectable Street, the Drums return to South Florida, and local bands hit the stage at Invasive Species Brewing.
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MC Lars, Mega Ran, MC Frontalot, and Schäffer the Darklord. Appropriately named the Mt. Nerdcore Tour, Respectable Street is hosting the icons of the nerdy music genre on Wednesday night. On the bill is the godfather of nerdcore, MC Frontalot, who coined the name for the genre when he released "Nerdcore Hiphop" in 2000. Even you've been blissfully unaware this genre existed until now, it's worth checking out the show to see the best compendium of the sound live. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-832-9999; sub-culture.org/respectable-street. Tickets cost $15 via ticketfly.com.
Toad the Wet Sprocket. The iconic '90s alternative band hasn't released any new material since its 2015 EP, Architect of the Ruin. Will Toad the Wet Sprocket perform any unreleased material at Culture Room? Who knows, but expect to hear their string of early-'90s hits like "Walk on the Ocean," "Good Intentions," and "Something's Always Wrong." With Reed Foehl. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net. Tickets cost $45 via ticketmaster.com.
The Drums. It started as a quartet, but the Drums now consists solely of multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Pierce. With the downsize in personnel, that also means Pierce has come a long way since the days of "Let's Go Surfing," a song so buoyantly joyful that you weren't entirely sure if it was making a mockery of it. On the Drums' latest effort, Brutalism, you won't find anything approximating the indie-pop perfection of its debut single, but it's interesting to see the direction the project has taken under Pierce's sole command. With Tanukichan. 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $18 via ticketmaster.com.
The Darling Fire, the Pauses, and Palomino Blond. Invasive Species is hosting an all-Florida lineup Saturday night, including Orlando band the Pauses. There's also the Darling Fire, a South Florida outfit made up of members of past local indie bands. And then there are the new kids, Palomino Blond, the quartet from the Miami suburb of Kendall that's quickly rising up the ranks. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Invasive Species Brewing, 726 NE Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 754-666-2687; invasivespeciesbrewing.com. Admission is free.
Nicky Jam. Even as the attitude of "Making America Great Again" has taken hold of the nation, musica en español seems to be more popular than ever. Nicky Jam, the American reggaeton singer of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, is the best example of that. His last album, 2017's Fénix, topped the Latin charts and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200. His anticipated eighth studio album, Intimo, which may include singles "Te Robaré" and "Date La Vuelta" may debut even higher on the charts when it's eventually released. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000, aaarena.com. Tickets cost $51 to $151 via ticketmaster.com.