Tonight is a night I've been waiting for a long time—the nexus of Rocktober.

There are at least four shows happening tonight that I would like to check out, and thankfully the most exciting one, Monotonix at Cafe Bourbon Street, is happening late (I wouldn't expect them on stage before 1 a.m.). The insane band from Tel Aviv always brings the house down, almost literally, when they come to town. (Here's an old review to prove it.) Also on the bill are Texas' White Denim, local pop-rock masters You're So Bossy and the one and only Tree of Fern. Seriously, don't skip this show.

Before that will be several other national shows of note. They're all somewhat early, so you probably can't go to all of them:

•Smashing Pumpkins and Explosions in the Sky at LC Pavilion; 6 p.m. doors (so 7 p.m. start?); this sold-out show is supposed to be outdoors; we'll see about that.

•Grizzly Bear and Beach House at the Wexner Center Performance Space. Tickets are $14 and available here. 9 p.m. start on this one, and they're always right on time at the Wex.

•Mute Math and Eisley at Newport Music Hall. I'm not a huge Mute Math fan, but all reports suggest their live show is unforgettable. It's too bad they had to come on a night like this. Come back some time? Anyway, doors open at 7 and tickets are $17.

Previews of all these shows can be found here.

Obviously it would be dumb to stay home tonight, but set your DVRs as usual for 30 Rock (8:30 p.m., NBC), The Office (9 p.m., NBC), Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC) and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (10 p.m., FX). By the way, 30 Rock features the return of Will Arnett!

Remember last time he was on?