I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Quad Cities have a psychotic, improbably centralized, and densely packed scene when it comes to death metal.

Dark Family has really stepped up both their songwriting and production games, peeling away some of the lo-fi haze and the more languid song structures to reveal the most direct, tuneful compositions I've heard from them yet, all presented at a level of clarity that marks a turning point in their catalog.

Darsombra's swirling sheets of guitar and synth are accompanied by Everton's intense and detailed visual projections. These run the gamut from trippy patterns and Eastern-derived imagery to nightmarish depictions of Earth reminiscent of the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi (“world out of balance”). It's a lot to take in, which is the point. Their stated goal is to create a “a symbiotic audio-visual-energetic experience that creates a temporary reality, woven by sight, sound, and movement.”

A touring engagement with the platinum-selling, chart-topping, chainsaw-playing rock and metal artists of Jackyl comes to East Moline venue The Rust Belt on October 19, its musicians not only fan favorites but the possessors of two actual Guinness World Records: one for playing 100 concerts in 50 days, and one for performing 21 concerts in a 24-hour period.

A much-lauded jazz guitarist whose career boasts nine number-one hits, four of them chart-topping singles that debuted over the past five years, Adam Hawley plays Davenport's Redstone Room on October 15 as the latest guest in the venue's popular Smooth Jazz Series, the artist described by Jazz Guitar Today as “a true guitar powerhouse.”

Performing in live public settings again for the first time in nearly two years, Galesburg's professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers makes its long-awaited return in the hour-long concert event Singing Together, with the musical program taking place on October 16 at Galesburg's First Lutheran Church and on October 17 at Davenport's St. Paul Lutheran Church.

A master pianist with more than four decades of professional accomplishments, Davenport native Byron “BK” Davis serves as the latest featured guest in Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Series, the noted musician's October 17 concert showcasing the talents of one of only a few hundred elites to carry the title of Steinway International Artist.

A modern legend in the realms of R&B and hip-hop soul, Ginuwine – performing locally as a headliner on the Back It Up Tour – plays an October 16 concert at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, the multi-platinum-selling, chart-topping artist revered for albums including The Life and The Senior, as well as Billboard's smash R&B singles “Pony,” “Differences,” and “So Anxious.”

In addition to being adored for his rock, pop, blues, and seasonal hits, Elvis Presley was, of course, one of the world's most beloved interpreters of gospel, and much of The King's iconic output will be heard when the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse hosts two October 14 performances of How Great Thou Art: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley, a thrilling touring production boasting the talents of famed impersonator Robert Shaw and his Lonely Street Band.

With Blues Blast magazine calling his playing “speed-freak fast and clean and crisp” and Northwest Music Scene deeming him “a force to be reckoned with,” venerated rock guitarist, keyboardist, and singer Pat Travers brings his ensemble the Pat Travers Band to Davenport's Redstone Room on October 14, the high-energy trio playing from a repertoire of hits dating all the way back to Travers' self-titled 1976 debut.