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5 things to do this weekend | April 20-23rd

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The New Pornographers + Waxahatchee

_The New Pornographers _are in town tonight and performing at the Historic Pabst Theater in support of  their latest album Whiteout Conditions. They’ll be bringing their deep catalog of clever and addictive power pop and have teamed up with singer-songwriter Neko Case for the tour. Frontman A.C. Newman notes that Whiteout Conditions, “there was some thinking that we wanted it to be like a Krautrock Fifth Dimension. Of course, our mutated idea of what Krautrock is probably doesn’t sound like Krautrock at all. But we were thinking: Let’s try and rock in a different way.” Also on the bill, Waxahatchee.

Tonight @ The Pabst Theater at 7pm

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5 things to do this weekend | April 6 – April 9

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MKE Roundup!


Calliope (record release) with Dead Feathers, Devil Met Contention @ Riverwest Public House 9PM

Strange Americans with Eagle Trace and Ian Olvera @ Cactus Club 9PM

Evan Christian with Alex Wilson @ Gibraltar 9PM


Whips (record release) with Surgeons in Heat and Slow Walker @ Cactus Club 9PM

Vinyl Theatre with Apollo LTD and AKO @ Union Sports Annex 6PM

Los Lobos with Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound @ Turner Hall Ballroom 8PM


Hello Death with The Old Northwest, Social Caterpillar and SNAG @ Cactus Club 9PM

Rock & Roller Remote Controller Video Premiere with Craig Brown Band (record release), Iron Pizza and Lutheran Heart @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn 9PM

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5 things to do this weekend | March 30th-April 2nd

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Umphrey’s McGee

Dude! Can you say awesome light show? I would literally go see Umphrey’s McGee on the strength of it. Of Course they’ll be easy to catch this weekend as they began a three night run last night that continues through Saturday night at the Riverside Theater. They’ve built a dedicated fan base and are pretty much constantly on tour. Expect cleverly wrought originals and note-perfect covers, their live show has a rep you can only earn. Also on the bill is Earphorik and this is exactly the kind of show I used to think I wouldn’t be into, but know better now. Check it…

Thurs-Sat at 8pm @ The Riverside Theater 

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5 things to do this week | March 23-26th

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Seminal New Orleans funk and jam band Galactic is making their annual pilgrimage to Milwaukee tonight at Turner Hall. On tour for their latest, Into The Deep, the band continues to stay fresh, working an R&B-to-soul-to-funk style that never seems to stay in the exact same place, always somewhere from the corner to the block. Horn heavy and evocative of their New Orleans home, it’s hard to believe that the band has had the kind of longevity that counts decades rather than years, 20 of them to date. Since their beginning, the quintessentially modern New Orleans band has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other.

Thursday at 7pm @ Turner Hall

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5 things to do this weekend | St. Patrick’s Day edition

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The Orwells

We’ve gotten quite addicted to the greasy, gritty new song from Chicago’s The Orwells. Get to know them HERE. Their latest single “They Put A Body In The Bayou,” has been one of our jams for the last few weeks. If you can say the same, you might wanna go check em out at the Rave tomorrow night as they continue their tour for their latest album Terrible Human Beings. If you like your garage rock in the vein of Weezer, The Orwells are definitely your guys. Their straight-forward rock and roll should make for a solid show. If you get there early enough, check out The Walters as well.

Friday at 8pm @ The Rave

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5 things to do this weekend | March 9-12th

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Abbey Jeanne + Paper Holland + D’Amato

In what looks like one of the best lineups of local talent this weekend, 414 Live guest Abbey Jeanne has teamed with 88Nine faves Paper Holland and D’Amato for a greater-than the sum of its parts-show at Bay View’s Cactus Club this Friday. And what great parts these artists have to play; Abbey Jeanne is an up-and-comer, a gifted singer whose music evokes a certain magic that is bound to charm while Paper Holland has blossomed into a tight little indie rock four-piece while D’Amato continues to amaze with a lyrical virtuosity that makes his live performances must-see events in their own right. You can get a taste of Abbey Jeanne’s stylings tonight at 5pm in a free show here at 88Nine and I encourage you all to check out what I’m certain will be a great showcase and to hear Abbey’s new album Rebel Love, live.

Friday at 9pm @ Cactus Club

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5 things to do this weekend | March 2nd-5th

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The Zach Pietrini Band

Last week’s 414 Live guest, The Zach Pietrini Band is setting up for their record release show this Friday at Anodyne Coffee’s Walker’s Point location. Pietrini’s skill is crafting the kind of Americana that get’s right into you with a beguiling friendliness that he reckons is a akin to “the approach of Gram Parsons, the writing style of Ryan Adams, and the live show of Jason Isbell.” That’s a pretty fair self appraisal as far as I can tell and here at the station we’ve played a few of his tunes and he’s regularly in the running for year-end acclaim in our Milwaukee Music Awards. Also on the bill, Jodee Williams.

Friday at 8pm @ Anodyne Walker’s Point

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5 things to do this weekend | February 2nd-5th

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This weekend also features the return of a tradition to Burnheart’s, the fifth annual Mitten Fest this Saturday on the cold-swept streets of Bay View. It’s probably, nay, it is the best best cold-weather, outdoor show in the city and as the name implies, you should come prepared for the cold as much as you should for what is always an odd-good time that also serves as a benefit for Hunger Task Force.

Don’t fear the elements, there’ll be propane heaters to keep yourself from the freeze and plenty of local talent with Lord Fredd33 (5pm), Paper Holland (3:30pm) and Chicago’s Storm Clouds (12:30pm)  on a bill anchored by the very talented Field Report (2pm). Bring some non-perishable food to donate and have a chill, good time day-drinking and noshing on food from food trucks.

Saturday 12-6:30pm @ Burnheart’s Bay View 

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5 things to do this weekend | January 26th-29th

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The Pukes vinyl release party!

Milwaukee boogie woogie rockers, The Pukes have teamed with 91.7 WMSE for the release of their new album The Revenge of The Pukes this Friday at Company Brewing in Riverwest. Personally, I love their sound; a fun, upbeat jam that hits their seam with a polished tightness perfect for setting off a party. Though their new release is the night’s anchor, the lineup for the night isn’t one that you should take lightly; Devils Teeth is another band on the rise and from what I’ve heard this high energy garage rock trio can really get at it and Avenues is another band that will keep the house a’rockin.

Friday at 10pm @ Company Brewing

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5 things to do this weekend | January 19th-22nd

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 January can be a slow month but don’t tell the organizers of the Riverwest FemFest, the five-day festival celebrating women kicked off last night and continues through the weekend at various spots on Milwaukee’s west bank. With a lineup of epic proportions, it’ll be about the only thing to get into this weekend in Riverwest. The festival is a big benefit event for local non-profits and this year includes Coalition for Justice, Milwaukee Women’s Center and Pathfinders Milwaukee. If you’re thinking of going to a few of the shows, I’d recommend  getting the five-day pass ($40) as each individual show will run between $7 and $12 and part of the fun of it is being able to pop over to the various spots. And that lineup?


Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St. ($7)

Apollo Vermouth, 8 p.m.

Athas, 8:35 p.m.

Ms Lotus Fankh, 9:10 p.m.

Heavy Looks, 9:45 p.m.

Rocket Paloma, 10:20 p.m.

Body Futures, 10:55 p.m.

SIREN, 11:30 p.m.

FIVY, 12:15 a.m.


The Jazz Gallery, 926 E. Center St., at 6 p.m. ($7)

Gas Station Sushi, 6 p.m.

Chvrch ov Misandry, 6:35 p.m.

Spoken Word by Freesia McKee, 6:55 p.m.

Saunter, 7:10 p.m.

Heavy Hand, 7:45 p.m.

Spoken Word by Marissa Reyes, 8:05 p.m.

The Grasping at Straws, 8:20 p.m.

Seasaw, 8:55 p.m.

Spoken Word by Evilyn, 9:15 p.m.

Dusk, 9:20 p.m.

 Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St. ($7)

Fox Face, 10 p.m.

Tiday, 10:35 p.m.

Performance by Devin Settle, 10:55 p.m.

Sypher Lady X, 11:10 p.m.

Duckling, 11:45 p.m.

Mexican Knives, 12:20 a.m.

Lutheran Heat, 12 a.m.

Sugar Ransom, 1:40 a.m.


Company Brewing (upstairs), 735 E. Center St. (FREE)

 Shelly Schauer, 2 p.m.

Laura Hunter, 2:35 p.m.

Jen Cintron, 3:10 p.m.

Desi, 3:45 p.m.

Scape, 4:30 p.m.

 Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St. ($12)

The Kickstand Band, 5 p.m.

The Blow Up Dolls, 5:35 p.m.

Micolash, Host of the Nightmare, 6:10 p.m.

Star Child, 6:45 p.m.

Faux Fiction, 7:20 p.m.

City Mouse, 7:55 p.m.

Paper Parlor, 8:30 p.m.

Gynosaur, 9:05 p.m.

Spoken Word – TBA, 9:25 p.m.

Elizabeth Renee Smith, 9:40 p.m.

B-Free, 10:15 p.m.

Kyndal J, 10:50 p.m.

Spoken Word by Jenna Knapp, 11:10 p.m.

The Cell Phones, 11:25 p.m.

Mary Allen and the Perculators, 12:10 a.m.

ZED KENZO, 12:55 a.m.

DJ Wendy Norton between sets 


Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St. (FREE)

Bird’s Eye, 12 p.m.

Ladies Rock Showcase, 1:15 p.m.

 Company Brewing (upstairs), 735 E. Center St. (FREE)

The Answer is Yes, 1 p.m.

Moonchyld, 1:35 p.m.

Saint Lewis & The Smudge, 2:10 p.m.

LUXI, 2:45 p.m.

Caley Conway, 3:30 p.m.

Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St. ($12)

Holly and the Nice Lions, 4 p.m.

Marielle Allschwang and the Visitations, 4:35 p.m.

Spoken Word by Alisha Esselstein, 4:55 p.m.

MRS FUN, 5:10 p.m.

Royal Brat, 5:45 p.m.

Glacial Speed, 6 p.m.

Spoken Word by Sam the Poet, 6:40 p.m.

Plague Walker, 6:55 p.m.

Proud Parents, 7:30 p.m.

Jovan, 8:05 p.m.

Spoken Word by Olivia Gillingham, 8:25 p.m.

Selfish Skin, 8:40 p.m.

Queen Tut, 9:35 p.m.

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