Monday, Jan. 7: Folding Line Trio at Bremen Café, 10 p.m. – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)
Wednesday, Jan. 9: Technicolor Teeth with LAZY at Circle-A Café, 8 p.m.
Technicolor Teeth has the unique ability to bounce seamlessly between genres, touching shoegaze and punk rock with a tinge of pop appeal tucked beneath the surface. Its latest, teenage pagans, is an encouraging effort from a promising band of young locals. LAZY opens. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)
Thursday, Jan. 10: Buildings with Absolutely and Bicentennial Rub at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5)
While Minneapolis rockers Buildings and Milwaukee punk throwback Bicentennial are worth the price admission – and then some – on their own, the real draw is bookended Brew City rockers Absolutely. After a pair of 2009 singles, the brash and brutal band truly burst onto the scene in 2011 with its self-titled debut album, and hasn’t slowed since, popping ear drums at every turn. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Also: Chris Smither at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Friday, Jan. 11: Disguised As Birds with Body Futures, Fake Limbs and Nonagon at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
Speaking of criminally underrated Milwaukee rock bands, Disguised As Birds has gotten better every year of its 10-plus-year existence, while a harem of other, usually-less-deserving acts are handed the torch to carry instead. Joining the timelessly pulverizing Birds are Chicago bands Fake Limbs and Nonagon, as well as the debut show of Body Futures, the last of which boasts a cast of current or former members of IfIHadAHiFi, White Wrench Conservatory, Five Mod Four and Everybody At Midnight. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Sulek with Justin Heron at Circle-A Café, 8 p.m. – (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)
And: The Steepwater Band with Miles Nielsen And The Rusted Hearts at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Saturday, Jan. 12: Elusive Parallelograms with Fahri and Young Holidays at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9:30 p.m. ($5)
There were a lot of great releases put out by Milwaukee bands last year. Two of those came as compliments of the ever-changing, always-pleasing chaps in Elusive Parallelograms. On the steam of its pair of great EPs of the previous annual, the Parallelograms head a sturdy local bill that also includes garage rock staple Fahri and promising youngster pet project Young Holidays. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Also: Red Stuff with Bare Mutants and Moss Folk at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Colt Ford with Chasin’ Mason at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($16) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)