Tuesday, Jan. 15: Outside World with Technicolor Teeth and The Delphines @ Quarters, 9 p.m.
Chicago’s Outside World plays sweetly melodic, sometimes noisy alt-rock that sounds as if it’s been beamed in from ’90s rock radio. They’ll be flanked by locals Technicolor Teeth and The Delphines, both of whom balance a dark sound with sharp pop sensibilities. (900 E. Center St.)
Also: Slow Walker with The Living Blackouts, Slut River and Sioux City Pete and the Beggars @ The Uptowner (1032 E. Center St.)
Wednesday, Jan. 16: The Thriftones @ Tonic Tavern, 8 p.m.
A lot of bands borrow from Dylan, but few do it with as much unruffled cool as The Thriftones. The band delivers its rootsy Americana with the swagger of the house band at a back-country road bar, and they should fit in just fine in the comfy confines of Tonic Tavern, too. (2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. http://www.tonictavern.com)
Also: Dessa @ Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)
Thursday, Jan. 17: Silent Music Revival @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.
It’s hard to say exactly what’s going to happen Thursday night at Riverwest Public House, only because it’s never happened before. Local musicians from YLLA, Calliope and Jay Anderson Trio will improvise a completely original soundtrack to Dimitri Kirsanoff’s Menilmontant, a silent avant-garde film from 1926. Local experimental group Tonbi Claw will also perform. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Also: 10 Paces, Fire with Boy Blue and Awkward Terrible @ Stonefly Brewing Co., 8:30 p.m. (735 E. Center St. http://www.stoneflybrewery.com)
And: Soul Low with The Locust Eaters and The Estates @ Linneman’s, 9 p.m. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Friday, Jan. 18: Sleestak with Gravedirt and Satan’s Dealer @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Sleestak may very well be the heaviest band going in Milwaukee right now, and also one of the oldest: The psychedelic doom vets have been churning out teeth-rattling metal for a decade. Its most recent full-length, a concept album called The Fall of Altrusia, earned rave reviews on the metal circuit, and a short song called “Little Boxes” released in August was supposedly written for the Showtime series “Weeds.” (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Myles Coyne And The Rusty Nickel Band with Lady Cannon and Old Earth @ Linneman’s, 9:30 p.m. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com
And: Old Fashion War, Bailiff and Will Phalen @ Up and Under Pub, 9 p.m. (1216 E. Brady St., TheUpAndUnderPub.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Saturday, Jan. 19: The Celebrated Workingman with Shoot Down The Moon and Ikarus Down @ Stonefly Brewing Co., 9:30 p.m.
The Celebrated Workingman has not released anything since its 2011 full-length Content Content, an indie rock album lit up with urgency, emotion and Smiths-esque jangle. That being said, the band, fronted by the ecstatic Mark Waldoch, still has plenty of fuel to burn, and will do so Saturday night for the first time in months. The deep bill features two other indie rock heavyweights in Shoot Down The Moon and Ikarus Down. (735 E. Center St. http://www.stoneflybrewery.com)
Also: The Bill Camplin Band @ Linneman’s, 8 p.m. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Sunday, Jan. 20
Hello Death and Plume Giant @ Linneman’s, 8:30 p.m.
The darkly pretty Hello Death will be joined by Brooklyn trio Plume Giant, which is decidedly brighter than the Altos offshoot. What truly makes the bands a perfect pair is a shared interest in vocal harmony and baroque folk arrangements. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Also: Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and Langhorne Slim @ The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)