Vic and Gab photo by Shervin Lainez
Monday, Oct. 7: Carbon Leaf with Clarence Bucaro @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.
The Celtic-inclined indie rock band left Vanguard Records in 2010 with the intention of releasing more music on its own terms. It's no wonder that we haven't really heard from them since – without the promotional muscle of a big label, Carbon Leaf's last few albums (including the two released in 2013 alone) were probably only known by people already familiar with the band. Nonetheless, they ride those releases into town Monday at Shank Hall, with support from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Also: The Wheelers with Static Eyes @ Quarters, 8 p.m. (900 E. Center St.)
Tuesday, Oct. 8: Young Holidays with Vic And Gab @ The Hotel Foster, 9 p.m.
Hotel Foster serves up another full week of local music in collaboration with the Milwaukee Film Festival, and Tuesday night's pairing is a good bet for lovers of sticky pop. Young Holidays will be performing for the first time in months, while Vic And Gab continue to ride a wave of good press following new album Love Of Mine in July. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)
Also: Blitzen Trapper with Phox @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Calliope with Castle Thunder and We Are Your Father @ The Hotel Foster, 9 p.m.
Wednesday features yet another solid lineup of local music at Hotel Foster. Notable among this threesome is Castle Thunder, which will be playing its first show since February with a revamped lineup. They'll be sandwiched between the gritty bar rock of Calliope and We Are Your Father. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)
Also: Papadosio with Earthcry @ The Miramar, 8 p.m. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., http://www.themiramartheatre.com)
Thursday, Oct. 10: #blackout featuring Dayday vs. Farsider with MCZ, Hunkstep and Demix @ The Miramar
In a town without a strong electronic music scene and few all ages shows, Milwaukee Noize Collective's #blackout residency at The Miramar stands out. The all-ages electronic showcase takes place on the 13th of each month, features local DJs, and draws crowds from as far as Green Bay. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., http://www.themiramartheatre.com)
Also: Fever Marlene with Jayk @ The Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)
Friday, Oct. 11: Brief Candles with Heartthrob and Ruined Costume @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.
Veteran shoegazers Brief Candles officially release their excellent new Newhouse EP, a fever dream of swirling guitars and muscular drumming that sounds like one of the year's best local albums so far. They'll be joined by ubiquitous dream-poppers Heartthrob and Ruined Costume. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Also: Like Like The The The Death with Nonagon and Body Futures @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Streetlight Manifesto with Mike Park and Dan Potthast @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Saturday, Oct. 12: J. Cole with Wale @ The Rave/ Eagles Ballroom, 8 p.m.
It's been a huge year for hip-hop, with new albums from three of the genre's heaviest hitters (Kanye, Jay-Z and Drake) and continuing aftershocks from Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. Somewhat lost in the shuffle was J. Cole's Born Sinner, which the Roc Nation rapper purposefully chose to release the same day as West's Yeezus. Despite stiff competition, Born Sinner climbed to number one on the Billboard 200 in its third week, and will no doubt find itself on plenty of year-end lists. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Also: Sleepcomesdown with Is/Is and Elusive Parallelograms @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Hanson with David Ryan Harris @ The Pabst, 7 p.m. (144 E. Wells St.,PabstTheater.org)
Sunday, Oct. 13: Holy Shit! with Waxeater @ Circle-A Cafe, 8 p.m.
Old guard Milwaukee teeth-gnashers Holy Shit! join forces with Kentuckiana (that's Kentucky/Indiana) trash punks Waxeater for what will likely be a loud and grungy Sunday night at Circle-A. This month, local label Latest Flame will release Waxeater's Baltimore Record, an album inspired by the television show The Wire. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)