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Old Bands Playing Nu Metal and Something for the Kids
There are options for all ages this week in Milwaukee music

Papa Roach photo courtesy of paparoach.com

Monday, Jan. 21: Yo Gabba Gabba! Live at Riverside Theater, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ($25-$35)
Who says that kids’ television can’t offer a bit of entertainment for adults, too? Hatched by Christian Jacobs, the singer of ska band The Aquabats, Yo Gabba Gabba!  has been a staple of the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. network since hitting the airwaves in 2007. Melding learning with noted guest stars and an indie rock undertone, the popular show has gone on the road, featuring all the beloved characters and activities along with a few special guests both young and old attendees will appreciate. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Gabriel Kahane and Aoife O’Donovan at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Railroad Earth at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($22.25)
While the “newgrass” genre is in its relative infancy, Railroad Earth has been at it for more than a decade. The six-piece manages an inventive sound that combines elements of jazz, jam band, classic rock and, of course, bluegrass to forge an affable style all its own. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

 Also: Jeffrey Osborne at Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Casino, 8 p.m. ($35-$45) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

 Thursday, Jan. 24: Punch Brothers with Anais Mitchell at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($25)
Less than 24 hours after the last banjo note of Railroad Earth’s performance reverberates off Turner Hall’s stone ceiling, another well-respected grass band, Punch Brothers, will take to Turner. The band is increasing its footprint on modern music following last year’s Who’s Feeling Young Now and having a song featured on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games(1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org

Also: Robert Randolph & The Family Band at Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Casino, 8 p.m., ($35-$45) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Friday, Jan. 25: Stone Sour with Papa Roach at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($30.50)
Helping to lead the mercifully brief but unforgettable epoch of Nu Metal in the early 2000s was the likes of “Last Resort” troubadours Papa Roach and Slipknot’s sensitive side band Stone Sour. While the subsequent decade has been less kind to the bands, they’re both still alive and kicking to entertain any remaining nu metal holdovers, even if it’s a last resort for weekend fun. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

 Also: The Casket Lottery with Maps For Travelers, Jar’d Loose and Hot Coffin at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: 5 Card Studs at Milwaukee Ale House, 9:30 p.m. – (233 N. Water St., Ale-House.com

Saturday, Jan. 26: The Darkness with Hell Or High Water at 8 p.m. at The Rave, ($26.50)
In 2003, UK rockers The Darkness taught the world to believe in a thing called love with the aptly titled “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and other falsetto-laden odes to ’80s-inspired glam rock. The band called it quits in 2006, only to bless fans of ironic rock with a reunion in 2011. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: The Fatty Acids with WC Tank (album release), Safari Al, and Offsite at Club Timbuktu, 9 p.m. ($5) – (520 E. Center St.)

And: The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($39.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Kelly Hogan with The Snowbirds at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

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