This month’s not-to-miss live music events
9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15: Eric Hutchinson, Magic Giant and Anya Marina at the Belly Up, Solana Beach. $22-$24.
Singer-songwriter Hutchinson has amassed an army of fans over the last decade — and with good reason. His uplifting brand of pop music is full of soul and catchy as hell. In addition to songs that will get stuck in your head, Hutchinson also writes powerful ballads that tug at the heartstrings. His current tour is named for one such track from his newest album, “Anyone Who Knows Me.” For the happier side of his sound, pop on “Dear Me,” then grab your tickets for this show before it sells out. BellyUp.com
7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16: Shelbi Bennett and Mike Pole at Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Encinitas. Free.
Sunday nights in Solace’s Moonlight Lounge are a great way to unwind with live music at the end of a weekend. This performance will feature a set by Bennett, a powerhouse vocalist known for fronting the local indie folk-rock band The Midnight Pine. For this show, she’ll be appearing solo and featuring some original tunes. If you haven’t heard her incredible voice — which ranges from smoky and gentle to surprisingly raw and powerful — you’re in for a real treat. EatAtSolace.com
7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28: Glen Phillips with Jonathan Kingham at the Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad. $25-$30.
Best known as the frontman of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Phillips is also a solo songwriter and performer. He has released several records and EPs since the late 1990s and is touring in support of his newest album, “Swallowed by the New,” set to be released on Oct. 7. The first single, “Amnesty,” is a soft folk-tinged number that highlights Phillips’ vocals and emotional lyrics. MuseumOfMakingMusic.org.
9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29: Taken By Canadians, Hello Penelope and Dirty Dragon at Pour House, Oceanside. Free.
This pre-Halloween shindig should be a spirited event. Rockers Taken By Canadians recently released a solid 10-track album called “we eat you like a person.” It features smoky, slow-burning tunes such as the aptly titled “When the Darkness Comes Around” and folk jams like “How Long.” The band’s intoxicating blend of blues and rock is not to be missed. PourHouseOceanside.com
Out of the Woods Pick of the Month
8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14: The Helio Sequence at The Hideout, Normal Heights. $15.
This Portland, Ore., duo has been performing for two decades. Their sound has evolved over the years, becoming more psychedelic and atmospheric. Their most recent album from 2015 also featured some of their most upbeat tracks to date. The intimate venue for their San Diego tour stop will provide an up-close experience of the band’s layered sound. TheHideoutSD.wordpress.com