October 18 2012
Sometimes it is hard to get love when you are the opening act on a tour. Most people just want to the see the headliner, and don’t want to “waste” their time checking out an artist that they haven’t heard of before. The ironic thing is that most of these headlining acts at one time were an opening act for someone else. Some of my favorite shows in the past I have seen were not the headlining act, but the opener. This fall, I challenge you not only to check out your favorite artists that are coming to town, but make sure you catch the openers. Here are my picks for 6 opening acts that are coming to Milwaukee that you should definitely check out!
John Talabot Opening For The xx on October 21 at The Pabst Theater
This coming Sunday The xx will be making the first appearance in Milwaukee. They are know for putting on an amazing live show. However, the opener is someone not to be missed. His name is John Talabot and he is a Spanish DJ and electronic producer. His most recent album Fin received 5 stars from the UK publication The Guardian and Pitchfork gave it an 8.5 out 10. His ability to take House Music into new directions has led him to remix a variety artists from The xx, Chairlift, and others.
Araabmuzik Opening For Sleigh Bells On October 24 at Turner Hall Ballroom
The sonic heavy duo known as Sleigh Bells will be returning to Milwaukee in support of their latest album Reign of Terror. They invited probably one of the most unique acts to open up for them. Producer Araabmuzik have been stealing shows with his amazing live performance on the MPC, the official instrument of hip hop producers everywhere. Originally a producer for the Harlem-based hip hop group Dipset (The Diplomats), Araabmuzik step out on his own an release on of the best album of 2011 called Electronic Dream. On that album, Araabmuzik took his hip hop background an applied it to electronic music. Since that release, he has played Coachella, Pitchfork, and tons of other festivals around the world.
Matthew E. White Opening For The Mountain Goats on October 23 at Turner Hall Ballroom
I originally featured Virgina’s Matthew E. White as an artist to watch on our website and on ‘Are You Feeling This’ back in July. Matthew E. White has a sound that combines New Orleans music of Dr John and Allen Toussaint with Leonard Cohen with helpings of blues and gospel. His debut release, Big Inner, is simply beautiful, which was released on Hometapes, the same label as Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Megafaun. White has also collaborated with artists like Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten. White’s other band is an Avant-Garde Jazz group called Fight The Big Bull, which features Reggie White, who is in Bon Iver’s touring band.
Bad Rabbits Opening For P.O.S. on November 1 at Turner Hall Ballroom
P.O.S. returns to Milwaukee to support his new album We Don’t Even Live Here. Opening is the band called Bad Rabbits with members, who are first generation sons of Indian, Argentinean, Ghanaian and Israeli lineage with one American. This diverse lineup definitely bring a diverse sound. I first heard of Boston’s Bad Rabbits via the Afro Punk festival. Their sound is a mix of punk, soul, and hip hop. Think Bad Brains meets Prince. (http://badrabbits.bandcamp.com/). They have been working with Teddy Riley and Chino Moreno of the Deftones on their forhtcoming full length debut.
Selah Sue Opening For Allen Stone On November 7 At Turner Hall Ballroom
A relatively new artist, Allen Stone is gaining popularity with his unique brand of soul, but not too far his Belgium’s Selah Sue. She is already very popular in her home country and Europe with over 400,000 copies of debut release sold and half of that was in France. However, Selah Sue is new to most of America. On her debut album, she uses her unique voice to blend soul and reggae. Even Cee-Lo Green is featured on her album.
Wild Belle Opening For Of Montreal At Turner Hall On December 7
Of Montreal returns to Milwaukee to support their new album Paralytic Stalks, and Chicago’s Wild Belle. The duo Wild Belle consists of multi-instrumentalist Elliot Bergman, who is the band leader of Afrojazz Ensemble Nomo, and his sister Natalie Bergman. The duo blends a variety of styles including Afro-Beat and Reggae to create some fun and hooky tunes. 88Nine featured their track “It’s Too Late” back in September on New Music Wednesday.