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Pink, Lauded Locals and a King-Sized Tribute
Milwaukee's music schedule is worth braving the cold.

Monday, Jan. 6: A Tribute To The King (contests and shows) at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, noon to 7:30 p.m. ($5-$43)

If you’re brave enough to bundle up and brave the sub-zero conditions Monday in search of music entertainment, swing by Potawatomi to see Elvis impersonators vie for a $25,014 prize in numerous early rounds of the “Tribute To The King” contests. If you’d rather see professionals mimic The King, there are also tribute shows that traverse every era of the music icon’s incredible career. It’s literally the only music listing we found. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Tuesday, Jan. 7: The Paul Collins Beat with Parasite Diet, and Vito at Bremen Café, 8 p.m.

Paul Collins has roots that stretch all the way back to the late '70s. He is the epitome of the oft-misrepresented DIY sensibility. The self-sufficient songwriter has toured with The Ramones, The Police, Eddie Money and Huey Lewis, among many others. As frontman of The Beat, Collins has toured relentlessly, touching four continents in his travels. His most recent claim to fame was a brief cameo in the music video for “King Of Pop” by Milwaukee’s own Midnight Reruns. The cult power-pop forefather will drop by Bremen Café to play an understated weeknight show at the Riverwest coffee shop. Parasite Diet and Vito open. (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)


Thursday, Jan. 9: Pink with New Politics at BMO Harris Bradley Center, 7:30 p.m. ($36.50-$96.50)

Though painted as the badass of contemporary pop by the music marketing machine, Pink has been a household name since the turn of the century. Her 2001 collection of easily digested tracks about being hard to accept, Missundaztood, moved 12 million copies and dominated radio waves with an astonishing four singles, which includes “Get the Party Started,” “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” “Just Like a Pill” and “Family Portrait.” She’s been a worldwide music fixture since, releasing four more albums and far outlasting the majority of her short-lived pop counterparts. Originally slated to stop by Milwaukee in November, Pink was advised to postpone her tour due to vocal chord issues. The well-rested pop tart is poised to show the BMO Harris Bradley Center she was worth the wait. New Politics opens. (1001 N. 4th St., BradleyCenter.com)

Also: Railroad Earth with Ha Ha Tonka at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($20) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

And: The Ebert & Alper Show (Neil Diamond Tribute) at Mitchell Park Domes, 6:30 p.m. – (524 S. Layton Blvd., County.Milwaukee.Gov)

Friday, Jan. 10: Worrier (cassette release) with Soul Low, Kiings, and Piles at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s own Worrier cranks out some of the city’s sleekest indie rock. Its intricate guitar work, occasional math rock time signatures and the inherent ability to forge a spacious sound through minimalism, the band adds to its impressive catalog with the release of a cassette single Friday. Joining Worrier is the great Soul Low, electronic re-mix duo Kiings and the inaugural show of Piles. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (album release) with The Delta Routine at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Devina and the Vegabonds at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Saturday, Jan. 11: Body Futures with Droids Attack, and Tigernite at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. ($7)

While just over a year old, Body Futures – a project with members of IfIHadAHiFi, White Wrench Conservatory, The Five Mod Four and Everybody At Mightnight within its ranks – has managed an impressive start, including regular gigs, a Summerfest appearance an a solid four-song smattering of harsh party-pop in its self-titled debut EP. Madison stoner rockers Droids Attack and young locals Tigernite (fresh off its lucrative Mondo Lucha house band gig in November) open. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: David Begel’s 70th Birthday Bash with special guests at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: Robbie Fulks at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Sunday, Jan. 12: Against The Grain with Nice Hooves, Ahab’s Ghost, and The Brewster Boys at Frank’s Power Plant, 8 p.m. ($5)

Detroit rock quartet Against The Grain melds elements of gritty hardcore punk and up-tempo thrash that’s a perfect beer-chugging soundtrack in a dingy rock club. After the Packers playoff game (win or lose) at Frank’s Power Plant sounds about right. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)

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