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Guitars, both mellow and manic, take the stage this weekend

Anderson Diet Lite

Milwaukee’s concert scene has a lot going on, so we look at the shows coming up to find the ones you’ll look back on and be glad you went. Then we add them to our weekly Milwaukee Concert Picks.

Erin Wolf’s pick: Marisa Anderson @ Acme Records, Friday

Anderson is no stranger to Bay View’s Acme Records, nor is the local opener, instrumental folk-rock group Dryhouse Ruins. So if you want a warm, comfortable-magic vibe to soothe you before the hectic holiday season commences, make your plan to be there Friday.

The folk guitar singer-songwriter from Portland just released her latest instrumental record Still, Here. Her playing has been called “eloquent,” insightful,” “candid” and “inviting.” As Pitchfork’s Andy Cush wrote in a review of her new album, “Without a word, she sings.”

If you’re a fan of storytelling acoustic guitar music that's moody and as intricate as it is brightly spacious, Anderson’s got you.

Kenny Perez’s pick: Diet Lite, Social Cig, The Dead Bolts @ Cactus Club, Saturday

Cactus Club is dedicated to bringing new talent to Milwaukee, as well as spotlighting local musicianship the city has to offer. This Saturday is no exception, with a rockin’ line up and celebration of new music.

Milwaukee indie rockers Diet Lite are set to perform their hits and new jams from just-released EP Dumb Bird! Also on the bill are special guests Social Cig and Chicago’s own The Dead Bolts. This is shaping up to be a fun evening of eclectic sounds and fresh vibes.

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