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Monster Week In Milwaukee Music
Canadian rap star, up-and-coming indie poppers and Brian Wilson to play

Tuesday, Oct. 29: City & Colour with Sleepy Sun at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($30)

City and Colour is the acoustic vehicle of Canadian musician Dallas Green. Though some have claimed the former Alexisonfire guitarist is going against his post-hardcore ways with the mellowed project, Green claims he’d been writing songs for the project since he was 16 years old (16 years ago), well before his stint with the Equal Vision Records staple. Now that Alexisonfire called it quits, the Ontario native and sole C&C band member is free to put the entirety of his focus on his burgeoning singer-songwriter career. His new album The Hurry and the Harm is already certified gold… in Canada. Sleepy Sun opens. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Kate Nash with La Sera at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Twiztid with Blaze, ABK, and Aqualeo at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($21) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Photo from Brian Wilson's Instagram page.

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($60-$90)
Brian Wilson is best known for fronting a little group called The Beach Boys. Serving as the voice of one of the biggest and most influential acts of all time, Wilson was at one point mired in addiction and diminishing psychological health. Fortunately, he exorcized his various daemons and re-gifted the world to some of his best work yet – 2004’s Smile, which he’d abandoned in the late 1960s. If hearing one icon play both his Beach Boys and solo hits isn’t enough, Wilson will be joined by anther rock legend, ex Yardbird’s guitarist Jeff Beck. The pair will play together and visit their individual standards on this can’t miss Milwaukee appearance. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Walk The Moon with The Mowgli’s, and Smallpools at Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($20) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Broncho with Denney And The Jets at Cactus Club, 9:45 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Thursday, Oct. 31: Poliça with Marijuana Deathsquads at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($17.50)
Minneapolis’ Poliça was sired the budding Minneapolis-Eau Claire indie rock hotbed in acts like Gayngs and Bon Iver. Anchored by the enthralling voice of Channy Leaneagh (of Gayngs), its incredible rhythm section and atmospheric loops, the young indie pop outfit has already been deemed by Bon Iver backbone (and potentially biased Poliça friend) Justin Vernon to be the best band he’s ever heard. Its second album Shulamith came out less than two weeks ago.

Also: Fable & The World Flat with Midwest Death Rattle, and Whips at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($5) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net) 

And: The Limousines with MONA and Dresses at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($14) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Friday, Nov. 1: Buck 65 with WC Tank, and Safari Al at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
Nova Scotia-based rapper Richard Terfrey – known internationally as “Buck 65” – has been at it since the early ’90s. His lengthy and varied career culminated with a Warner Brothers distribution deal in the mid-2000s. However, the Halifax emcee is still at it, having found a home on Sage Francis’ Strange Famous Records and a regular show on CBC Radio. His abstract and refined style has translated into three Juno Awards (like Canadian Grammy’s) and a respectable 20-year (and counting) run as one of the best rappers in America’s hat. Local emcees WC Tank and Safari Al open. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Umphrey’s McGee at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($30) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Mike Mangione And The Union at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Saturday, Nov. 2: Umphrey’s McGee at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($30)
Saturday’s show marks the conclusion of Umphrey’s McGee’s three-night occupation of Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater. The beloved veteran jam band is known for its expansive mid-song experimentation (“Jimmy Stewart” as they call it), its liberal view on audience taping/recording and its podcast. Umphrey’s now occupies the same rarefied patchouli-scented air as its predecessors Phish and Widespread Panic, but through quick adoption of new media, are bound to keep gaining steam. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: 3OH!3 with The Summer Set, Wallpaper, and New Beat Fund at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($30) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: The Uptown Savages with Torn Soul at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($10) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

Sunday, Nov. 3: Nicholas David at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Fazio at Circle-A Café, 10 p.m. – (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)

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