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The Pabst goes full-on punk with triple intercontinental lineup

Five band members play on a brightly lit stage in a crowded concert venue.
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The Pabst Theater will be the scene of Atlantic Ocean-spanning punk rock April 30 as Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls make the trip over from the U.K. to lead a three-deep bill with hometown representation.

Turner’s output over his more than 20-year career — starting as a member of hardcore band Million Dead — has been fascinating to track. From folk-punk to tear-jerking ballads to an entire concept album telling the story of women throughout history, the subject matter and sounds Turner has tackled would make for a wildly eclectic live set. Although it’s likely he and his mates will lean into their most recent album, FTHC, which Turner described as “sonically aggressive” and “built to play live.”

Speaking of sonically aggressive, the Pabst found two perfect fits to open the evening, with Milwaukee’s Scam Likely graduating to a bigger venue fresh off selling out the Back Room for their Getting Worse album-release show. They’ll get first crack April 30 before giving way to legendary Chicago outfit Smoking Popes.

You can get tickets starting at noon this Thursday, Feb. 2, by using the super-secret password (“GROUNDHOG”) followed by the general sale at 10 a.m. the next day. Tickets are available online and at the Pabst/Riverside box offices.