Monday Nov. 5: Xavier Rudd and YESHE at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
The one-man band from Down Under typically plays barefoot and surrounded by drums and didgeridoos. His laidback world-folk falls firmly in line with the breezy stuff of Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, evoking visions of palm trees and surfboards and drawing occasional influence from reggae and Australian Aboriginal music. YESHE opens. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Tuesday, Nov. 6: Vacation with Rich Hands, Static Eyes and The Delphines at Quarters, 9 p.m.
Quarters Rock ‘N Roll Palace is generally the place to be if you’re in the mood for something loud and dirty, and Tuesday night’s bill is shaping up to be a perfect storm. Vacation and Rich Hands will blow in from Cincinnati and San Antonio, respectively, colliding with a local garage front of Static Eyes and The Delphines. Loud and dirty indeed, and with a good chance of pop: all four groups know how to fill a chorus with hooks. (900 E. Center St.)
Also: David Dondero with Shoot Down The Moon and Big Foot at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Wednesday, Nov. 7: The David Bazan Band plays Control with Stagnant Pools at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
While David Bazan’s transition from Pedro The Lion to solo career in 2006 was essentially in name only – he continues to make depressed, introspective indie rock – diehard Pedro fans will be pleased to hear that Bazan’s current tour is a literal return to form. He’ll be performing Pedro’s Control, a 2002 concept album about an unfaithful husband and his wife’s revenge. Stagnant Pools will open. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Old Earth with Cousin Kurt at Art Bar, 9 p.m. (722 E. Burleigh Street, artbar-riverwest.com/)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Thursday, Nov. 8: Bob Dylan with Mark Knoplfer at the BMO Haris Bradley Center, 7 p.m.
Bob Dylan comes to Milwaukee fresh off the release of Tempest, his best album in years and his 35th since appearing as a smooth-faced troubadour on the cover of Bob Dylan in 1962. That was half a century ago, and the smirking whippersnapper from the cover is now a gravelly-voiced 71-year-old man. Sure, time has taken its toll and blah blah blah… but this is still Bob we’re talking about, folks. (1001 N. 4th St., BradleyCenter.com)
Also: Matt & Kim with Oberhofer at The Rave, 8 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Friday Nov. 9: King Tuff with Gap Dream and Trent Fox and the Tenants at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Back in July, California by way of Vermont rocker King Tuff stormed Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, shredding in defiance of fire code to an eager, dehydrated audience. It was one of the most memorable (and fragrant) shows of the summer. This time Tuffy (aka Kyle Thomas) brings his arena-via-garage rock to the slightly larger Cactus Club. This one will sell out fast. Also playing: Gap Dream and Trent Fox and the Tenants. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Lamb Of God with In Flames, Hatebreed and Sylosis at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Saturday Nov. 10: Crappy Dracula with Little Otik and Heavy Hand at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
A Crappy Dracula show sometimes feel more like Comedy Sportz with periodic bursts of music, which might sound terrible until you remember how effortlessly hilarious this band is. Besides the hi-jinks, Crappy Dracula has an unassuming knack for writing concise, edgy garage rock. They’ll be joined by two Scarring Party offshoots, Little Otik and Heavy Hand. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Sat. Nite Duets with The FattyAcids at Linneman’s, 9 p.m. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Trampled By Turtles with Lucy Michelle And The Velvelt Lapelles at The Pabst, 8 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Sunday, Nov. 11: Aimee Mann with Ted Leo at The Pabst, 7 p.m.
Alt-rock songwriter Aimee Mann’s long and diverse career has ranged from recording a soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia to appearing in Portlandia as a cleaning lady. In between all that, she’s managed to start her own label and record eight studio albums, the most recent of which, Charmer, was released in September. While other early-90s songstresses have fallen by the wayside, Mann has maintained stability by consistently releasing albums that are good to great. Ted Leo will also play. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Amanda Palmer at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)