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5 things to do this weekend | June 2nd-4th

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BVGN + Jazz Fest

Bay View Gallery Night is one of those spectacles that’s got so much going for it, that you are pretty much assured an interesting evening. Over 50 venues and hundreds of artists are bound to attract attention, but the thing for me that makes this better than the sum of its parts is the second installment of their Jazz Fest. The list of bands, musicians and venues is loooooog and it looks like a continuous musical cue to continue to explore the event as a whole.

Friday 5-10pm @ Kinninickinick Ave, Bay View

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5 things to do this weekend | May 11th-14th

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Milwaukee Psych Fest

In the four years of  Milwaukee Psych Fest, the event has evolved into an annual rite of spring. Evolved into a cross-city event, celebrating the trippy-est, reverb drenched rock and roll and rolled into a three day spectacle complete with DJ’s and light shows. Every night seems to have its appeal and is you want to be ‘somewhere’ this weekend try any of these nights:

Thursday, May 11 @ Boone & Crockett back patio (5 p.m., $10)

Al Lover (DJ set) / Heaven’s Gateway Drugs / Dead Feathers / Moon Rats / The Harlequins / Diagonal

Friday, May 12 @ Cactus Club (7 p.m., $12)

Holy Wave / L.A. Witch / Mr. Elevator / Al Lover / Moss Folk

Saturday, May 13 @ Company Brewing (noon, $25)

Flavor Crystals / Floorian / Plastic Crimewave Syndicate / Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk / Snoozy Moon / Drugs Dragons / All Seeing Eyes / Mark Waldoch / Dirty Dancing / Vocokesh


Kikagaku Moyo / Doug Tuttle / Ancient River / Magas / Nest Egg / Chatham Rise / Def Harmonic / Calliope / Foreign Goods / Bill MacKay / Black Thumb / Ravi/Lola

Thursday-Saturday @ Boone & Crockett, Cactus Club & Company Brewing

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5 things to do this weekend | May 4th-7th

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Todd Rundgren

During the 1970s and 1980s, Todd Rundgren engineered and/or produced an unbelievable amount of dope records for other acts, including the Band‘s Stage Fright, Badfinger‘s Straight Up, Grand Funk Railroad‘s We’re an American Band, the New York Dolls‘s New York Dolls, Hall & Oates‘s War Babies, Meat Loaf‘s Bat Out of Hell, and XTC‘s Skylarking. Add those productions to his own hits and you gotta figure his show tonight at the Pabst Theater is an opportunity to see a legend. Rundgren returns to The Pabst for is set to be a spectacular multi-media production, performing selections from his forthcoming album White Knight plus Todd “classics” spanning his 5-decade career.

Tonight @ The Pabst Theater 8pm

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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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