Sylvan Esso photo by Elizabeth Weinberg. 

Monday, September 1: Kingmaker, After Hour Animals, Gravemind, Audacity, Township and Teenagers at Borg Ward, 4:30 p.m. ($5)
(823 W. National Ave.)

Tuesday, September 2: Sweet Talk with Midnight Reruns and Platinum Boys at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5)

A day removed from one of the summer’s biggest backyard barbeque holidays, the bill at Quarters on Tuesday night keeps that beer swillin’ laissez faire attitude rolling with sets from two locals Midnight Reruns and Platinum Boys and one Austin-based band (Sweet Talk). All three can deliver good meaty hooks and shred some killer guitar solos. Party on. (900 E. Center St.)

Sweet Talk – “Last Dance” from Gerard Cosloy on Vimeo.

Also: The Secret Sisters with Doghouse Flowers at Turner Hall Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

And: Broods with the Griswolds at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($10.21) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Wednesday, September 3: Journey with Familiar Looking Strangers at the BMO Harris Pavilion, 6:30 p.m. ($45.50-$75.50)

If you have enough to drink, seeing Journey could make for a very enjoyable time. Who hasn’t thrown back one too many out on the town and unironically belted out the lyrics to “Don’t Stop Believing” the fourth or fifth time the song came up on the bar’s jukebox? The shame at remembering the experience the next day pales in comparison to the immediate euphoric high felt when the chorus finally kicks in. The problem, obviously, is that to attain those levels of drunkenness (on a Wednesday night) and to make that commitment a Journey show (on a Wednesday night) takes some calculated preparation. It could never be the spontaneous, joyous sing-along you want it to be. (200 N. Harbor Dr.)

Also: Tom Brosseau & Andru Bemis with Lisa Gatewood at The Sugar Maple, 8 p.m. ($7) – (441 E. Lincoln Ave.,

And: Megaton Leviathan with Vaital Deul, Volunteer and Hideous Replica at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($7) – (900 E. Center St.)

Thursday, September 4: Yanni at The Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($49.50-$59.50) (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Cactus Bros. at Tonic Tavern, 8 p.m. – (2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,

And: Darto with Carbonleak, Soul Low and Gauss at the Borg Ward, 6 p.m. ($7) – (823 W. National Ave.)

Friday, September 5: Sylvan Esso with Dosh at The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($15)

The Durham, NC electro-folk duo synthesizes the burbling samples of Milwaukee ex-pat Nicholas Sanborn and the empyrean voice of Amelia Meath. Despite the computer-based production, there’s nothing artificial-sounding on its self-titled debut, which earned major praise from NPR and landed the band network television gigs on Last Call With Carson Daly and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The Sylvan Esso origin story begins in Bay View rock venue, Cactus Club—where Meath’s Applachian folk acapella trio, Mountain Man, and Sanborn’s electronic project, Made of Oak, shared a bill—and this show was supposed to mark the twosome’s ceremonious to move to the more expansive Pabst Theater. (144 E. Wells St.,

Also: Yellow Phone Music Conference featuring Bright Kind, The Sleepwalkers, High Bob & The Hustle and many more at various stages, 7:45 p.m. (all inclusive badge $149, still going at advanced price)

I’m torn on whether to praise or deride the annual Yellow Phone Music Conference, which acts like a South by Southwest by holding different music panels and putting on showcases. The conference seems to prey on the idea that a panel could solve a band’s PR problems for the mere price of an all-inclusive badge for $149 when the solution usually is just to hire a PR agency. But I’m not willing to write the conference off completely yet. Organizers have been really good at bringing in highly-regarded panelists; this year’s keynote speaker is drummer/producer Butch Vig. And they planned around 20 shows with the city’s best local bands for Friday and Saturday. For full lineup and locations check here.

And: Mondo Lucha featuring Body Futures at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($20) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

And: Ramblin’ Jack Elliot at Shank Hall 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.,

And: Alex Body with Stacian, Storm Chaser, Fielded and $truggle $e$$1oN at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($6) – (815 E. Locust St.,

And: Craig Campbell with Rebel Grace at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($16) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Saturday, September 6: WMSE’s Backyard BBQ with Los Straitjackets, Split Lip Rayfield, Indigenous and The Mike Benign Compulsion at Catheral Square Park, 4 p.m. (FREE)

With summer nearing its conclusion the opportunities to hang out in a park as a warm sun beams down are rapidly diminishing. The opportunity to watch a luchador-masked instrumental surf rock band play in a park as a warm sun beams down remains even rarer. But lo and behold, WMSE has you covered. Their annual backyard barbecue this year features the guised stylings of the Nashville five-piece Los Straightjackets. (825 N. Jefferson St.,

And: Herman Astro (album release) with Bryan Cherry and DJ Tarik Moody at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($8) – (533 E. Center St,

And: Yellow Phone Music Conference featuring Bright Kind, The Sleepwalkers, High Bob & The Hustle and many more at various stages. Full lineup and locations here.

And: Midwest Beat (album release) with Tenement, Head on Electric and the Get Drunk DJs at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($6) – (815 E. Locust St.,

And: Stargazer Lilies with Dead Leaf Echo, Brief Candles and Piles at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Something To Do (EP release) with Lousy Trouts and The Bang Bang at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.,

Sunday, September 7: The Members with Modern Day Rippers Indonesian Junk and Liar’s Trial at The Down & Over Pub, 9 p.m. ($8) – (2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,