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The New Pornographers, Shemekia Copeland coming to town

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A pair of artists that are staples of their respective genres announced upcoming shows in Milwaukee, giving us an opportunity to turn our thoughts to the spring concert season:

Shemekia Copeland | March 17 @ The Back Room

Yes, calendar sticklers, March 17 is technically still winter. But it’ll feel like flowers are blooming and grass is growing when this powerful voice fills up the Back Room at Colectivo. Copeland released her latest album, Done Come Too Far, in August and earned her fifth Grammy nomination for best contemporary blues album.

As the folks from World Cafe put it, “Rightfully considered one the greatest blues singers of her generation, the modern-day Queen of the Blues is not afraid to talk about school shootings, Black empowerment or 'the talk' — the conversation Black parents have with their children about the dangers they face due to racism and unjust treatment from authority figures.”

Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday online and at the Pabst/Riverside box offices.

The New Pornographers | May 4 @ Turner Hall

The longtime supergroup really earned the “new” part of their name Monday: new label, new album, new North American tour that’ll find its way to Turner Hall the first week of May with opener Wild Pink. Upcoming LP Continue as a Guest will be their first for Merge Records and will come out March 31, giving us a couple weeks to digest it before they roll through town for a show we’re pleased to present.

While founding member Dan Bejar wasn’t in studio for Continue as a Guest, he still appears courtesy of a track he helped pen during the writing process for 2014’s Brill Bruisers. “Really, Really Light” also serves as the album’s first single and is accompanied by an odd little video featuring Indian dancer and faux-ice skater Svetlana Tulasi.

You can get tickets through the presale on the group’s website this Tuesday, as well as the general sale at 10 a.m. this Friday online and at the Pabst/Riverside box offices.