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Canadian Contemporaries and Regional Reunions
The Benjamins, Alligator Gun and Subside return for Pablove's sake.


Wednesday, Jan. 15: Betty Who at Pabst Theater (Pub Show), 7 p.m. ($8)
Australian-born pop prodigy Jessica Newham came to the states in 2007 to further develop musically. At just 22, she’s a breath away from mainstream success, after her self-released 2013 EP The Movement (under the Betty Who moniker) led to a record deal with RCA. With both time and talent on her side, notoriety is inevitable for Betty Who. Why not see her for $8 at an intimate Pabst Pub outing while you still can? (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Thursday, Jan. 16: The Rural Alberta Advantage with Midnight Reruns at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($12)
Tabbed to be the next big thing in 2009, Toronto (by way of the province of Alberta, of course) trio The Rural Alberta Advantage didn’t exactly make good on its early buzz, but the indie rock outfit has still managed to outlast the majority of its flavor-of-the-week brethren of the era with 2011’s Departing, which showcases RAA’s endearingly unpolished sound that’s best displayed by single “Stamp.” Fresh off the release of one of the best (let’s be honest, probably the best) Milwaukee album of the year, Midnight Reruns gets things off to a rousing start. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Duhks at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Blonder with Lamb’s Legs, and Heavy Melters at Riverwest Public House – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Friday, Jan. 17: Walk Off The Earth with Parachute at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($20)
When thinking of reggae-infused indie rock, Canada sits just behind Mars and Narnia on the list of locales from which you’d expect bands from such genres to hail. Still, the Ontario quintet has become a unique commodity in altogether homogenized pop-music spectrum by sidestepping convention. Whether covering Gotye’s “Somebody That I used To Know” by splitting one guitar’s duties five ways or giving Taylor Swift the acapella treatment, Walk Off The Earth – through a mix of raw musical talent and absurdist invention – cannot be denied. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Diarrhea Planet with Heavy Hand, and Midwives at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: The Belle Weather with Annie B. and the Complication, and Micah Olsan at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Roxie Beane with Calamity Janes, and Candy Apple Crush at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Saturday, Pablove Benefit Concert 2014 at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($15 adults, $10 children 12 and under)
The 2014 Pablove Benefit Concert merges some of Milwaukee’s best bands of past and present to play in hopes of combating childhood cancer. The annual show features performances by Alligator Gun, short-lived Drive-Thru outfit The Benjamins and Subside reprising material that helped put Milwaukee on the musical map, as contemporary heavy-hitters Vic And Gab, along with Field Report frontman Christopher Porterfield anchor a solid showcase that dots approximately 20 years of local greatness. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Dana Coppa with Speak Easy, Klassik, Yo Dot, and WebsterX at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($7) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

And: Brief Candles with The Delphines, and Fahri at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Sunday, Jan. 19: San Fermin at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($10)
If it’s not baroque, fix it. Formed in 2011, Brooklyn baroque octet San Fermin is the brainchild of brainy Yale grad Ellis Ludwig-Leone. The project has it all; horns, strings, programmed beats and over-the-top vocals. Expect the unexpected, but don’t miss it. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)





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