Tuesday, January 6: Jack Tell with Sam Balistreri and Jacob McDonald at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5)
Solo sets from three members of local bands should make for a chill Tuesday night out, including Sam Balistreri (from Of Bloom and The Unknown), Jacob McDonald (from Shoot Down the Moon) and Jack Tell (from Animals in Human Attire, Lousy Trouts). Tell will be playing cuts from his new solo record, due out on Friday. Read Tyler Maas’ feature on Tell and Animals in Human Attire from the April issue. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Also: A Tribute to the King: Elvolution starring Ryan Pelton at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($25-$35) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
And: Genocide Pact with Milorganaut, No Brainer and DSM at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 8 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)
Wednesday, January 7: A Tribute to the King: Elvolution starring Ryan Pelton at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($25-$35)
If endlessly overdone characters like “Elvis Presley impersonator” and absolutely terrible portmanteaus like “Elvolution” don’t immediately cause pangs of disgust, then perhaps this evening starring the 5 millionth dude that has dressed up and tried to sing like Elvis will interest you. Either way, watch the first 50 seconds of this highly dramatic promo video for Ryan Pelton to help kick start your day. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
Thursday, January 8: Myles Coyne with The Grasping At Straws and Donovan The Shark at Boone & Crockett, 9 p.m. (FREE)
Tireless troubadour Myles Coyne, who if isn’t joining a new band, is probably putting on a show, begins a slate of Thursday night shows in January at Boone & Crockett this week. This opening performance includes bluegrass band The Grasping At Straws and the folk-leaning Donovan The Shark, neither of which feature Coyne as a member…yet. (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., BooneAndCrockettMKE.com)
Also: NO/NO with (ORB), Stephen Strupp and DJ Joey Turbo at Riverwest Public House, 8 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Friday, January 9: Paul Collins Beat with Prognosis Negative, Ramma Lamma and Indonesian Junk at Bremen Café, 9 p.m. (FREE)
The self-proclaimed “King of Power Pop” plays a free show at Bremen Café this Friday with local openers Prognosis Negative, Ramma Lamma and Indonesian Junk. Paul Collins released some excellent power pop records during the ‘70s and ‘80s, first as a drummer for the Nerves and subsequently the Breakaways and then while playing guitar for The Beat, a band he’s fronted for the past 35 years. If longevity alone merited the throne, Collins would probably be the rightful king of power pop. He puts up a pretty good case with his discography, as well.
Also: The Belle Weather with Micah Olsan and Vintage Blue at Club Garbaldi, 9 p.m. ($8) – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
And: Work with Marielle Allschwang and Blue Unit at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: The Uptown Savages with The Tritonics at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($8) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($30-$40) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
Saturday, January 10: Girls Rock Milwaukee Fundraiser featuring The Olives, Failed Mutation, Churchkey, Ice Hockey, Katie Lafond, Sarah Jo, Ruka, Lost Spirit, Apollo Vermouth, Live Tetherball Tonight, Ian?, Harebrain, The Bringer of Everything, Blessed Sacrifist, 1 p.m.
The Borg Ward consistently packs a huge number of acts on its bills but this Saturday might set some sort of record. The venue hosts a whopping 14 bands for an all-day, all-ages show that benefits local non-profit summer camp Girls Rock Milwaukee. No schedule has been posted to the event’s Facebook page yet, but regardless, this solid, expansive line-up may make posting up for the entire day a must.
Also: S.S. Web with Liar’s Trial and The Right Arms at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Thistledown Thunders at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. ($5) – (224 W. Bruce Street., AnodyneCoffee.com)
Homepage image courtesy of Myles Coyne.