Monday, June 16: Jeff Tweedy with The Handsome Family at The Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($45)

After a few indispensable alt-country records near the turn of the century, lately Wilco has been chided for growing into weary “dad-rock” musicians by its detractors. That crowd will definitely roll their collective eyes at frontman Jeff Tweedy’s upcoming record under the moniker TWEEDY, on which he literally plays dad to the drummer, his 18-year-old son Spencer. Don’t expect a whirlwind of old Tweedy standards when the group stops in Milwaukee—the tour kicked off in Detroit last week and the outfit played 14 new ones from the get-go—but knowing Tweedy, he’ll throw in a few from the Wilco and Uncle Tupelo oeuvre. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Tuesday, June 17: Chill on the Hill featuring Mike Benign Compulsion with Killer Joe and Negative Positive at Humboldt Park, 6 p.m. (FREE)

It’s Tuesday. It’s summer. It’s Chill on the Hill. With not much else happening, get some fresh air with the relaxed, picnic-vibe of Tuesdays at Humboldt Park before the already-commenced work week crushes your lively spirit. (3000 S. Howell Ave., http://www.bayviewneighborhood.org/chill_on_the_hill)

Wednesday, June 18: Like Like The The The Death with Body Futures, Burn Permits and Seminars at Frank’s Power Plant, 8 p.m. – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)

Also: Nikki Lane with Hugh Bob at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Thursday, June 19: Diarrhea Planet with Midnight Reruns and Platinum Boys at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. ($8)

It’s hard to say whether such a crude moniker like Diarrhea Planet truly does the band disservice anymore. Any preconceived notion about the Nashville six-piece is instantly shed when you hear them on record or catch a live show. The powerful, three-guitar makes its second stop in Milwaukee in the past year and I’d be surprised if anybody that curiously wandered into its last Cactus Club gig fails to return to hear Diarrhea Planet shred their guitars.(2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

 

Also: Ringo Deathstarr with Brief Candles, Piles and Apollo Vermouth DJ set at Quarters Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

And: The Delta Routine with The Traveling Suitcase and Mutts at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($7) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

And: Jazz in the Park featuring Hoodsmoke at Cathedral Square Park, 5 p.m. (FREE) – (825 N. Jefferson St., http://www.easttown.com/events/jazz-in-the-park)

                        

Friday, June 20: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Warpaint at the Milwaukee Theatre, 8 p.m. ($25-$90)

About once every year, there seems to be a worthwhile show at the Milwaukee Theatre. Two years ago, R. Kelly graced the Milwaukee Theatre stage and last March the veritable songsmith Leonard Cohen returned to our city for the first time in more than 35 years, doing so at none other than the Milwaukee Theatre. Another gravelly voiced singer makes a rare Milwaukee appearance this week, Nick Cave and his backing band The Bad Seeds. The Australian frontman released his first record with the Bad Seeds in 5 years in 2013 with Push The Sky Away. (500 W. Kilbourn Ave., MilwaukeeTheatre.com)

Also: We Are Hex with Midwest Death Rattle, Soup Moat and Volunteer at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Speakerdust with Northless, WC Tank and Cheer Accident at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Saturday, June 21: Summer Soulstice featuring I’m Not a Pilot, Evan Christian & The Stinkies, Kane Place Record Club (full line-up and set times here), 2 p.m. (FREE) (East North Avenue)

There are few other block parties where you can lazily saunter to a few stages while also inexplicably catch some dudes performing sick BMX tricks on a half pipe. North Avenue’s Summer Soulstice festival evokes that casually mischievous spirit which seems to bring about the question of whether one could successfully complete a tail whip while still grasping a bloody mary. In years past, the event concluded with an moderately successfully one-hit wonder from the previous decade—Local H (“Bound for the Floor”), Sponge (“Molly: 16 Candles Down the Drain”), The Von Bondies (being punched by Jack White)—but this impressive line-up keeps things local and offers quite the variety of acts. If that’s not enough, there’s also dodgeball.

Also: Radioactivity with Bad Sports, Tenement and Chinese Telephones at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Il Volo with the Wisconsin Philharmonic at The Milwaukee Theatre, 7:30 p.m. ($45-$85) – (500 W. Kilbourn Ave., MilwaukeeTheatre.com)

Sunday, June 22: Old 97s with Kentucky Knife Fight and Madison King at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($22.50) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Paper Holland with Somnous, 21st Place and Low Commotion at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com) 

And: Mean Jeans with Frankie Teardrop, Midwives and Platinum Boys DJ set at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($7) – (900 E. Center St.)

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