5 things to do this weekend | April 20-23rd

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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MKE Music Roundup


Nickel&Rose (EP release) / Caley Conway @ Club Timbuktu 8pm

CNJ Latin Jazz @ The Jazz Estate 9pm

Misha Siegfried & His Band @ Caroline’s 8:30pm


Low Down Sound (record release) / Cavewives / The Young Revelators at Company Brewing 10pm

The Exotics @ The Red Dot Tosa 8pm

The Grasping At Straws / Ladders / Lyric Advisory Board @ Linneman’s 9pm


Direct Hit / The Living Statues / Avenues / The Pukes @ Cactus Club 5pm & 10pm (2 shows)

Abbey Jeanne / The Quilz / Coyote @ Company Brewing 10pm

Southbound @ Trinity Three 10pm


Great Lake Swimmers

Featuring a blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals, Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are armed with a deep catalog of sweetly rustic, warmly melancholic folk-pop and have earned critical raves and comparisons to the likes of Neil Young and Iron & Wine. You can see them do their thing tomorrow night at The Back Room at Colectivo with opener Brooke Annabale.

Friday @ The Back Room at 8pm


Rock The Green: Earth Day!

Milwaukee’s favorite zero waste festival is getting their Earth Day on this Saturday in Estabrook Park. Milwaukee Riverkeeper is hosting their 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup to pick up trash and help to achieve swimmable, fishable rivers for the free 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration. The day will also feature a live concert by Trapper Schoepp on a pedal powered stage while local and sustainable food vendors will be on hand keeping volunteers and event-goers fed while having fun and supporting the local environment.

Saturday @ Estabrook Park 12-2pm 


 The Descendents

It’s been awhile (like 12 years to be true,) since The Descendents have had a new album but 2017 is a new year and Cali punk veterans are back with Hypercaffium Spazinate. For The Descendents, every album is a bit of an event; formed in ‘78, the band’s first releases have proven historic, and all the ones since have only further refined the Descendents concept. Punk, pop, buzzing, summery, heartfelt, defiant, adolescent, and wise all at once — the Descendents sound remains a punk primer. Radkey and Milwaukee’s The Pukes open.

Saturday @The Rave 8pm