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Heartbeats
Your musical guide to Valentine's Day.


Photo of Pamela Means by Sean McCabe


Wednesday, Feb. 13: Misery Signals with Corelia, Ocellus, Narrow Hearts, Wolves and Watch The Skyline Burn at The Miramar Theatre, 5 p.m. This monumental lineup is so loaded with gravel-throated, hyper-technical metalcore that it has to start at 5 p.m. The bill is topped by locals Misery Signals, whose particularly mathy and melodic style has earned it a big national following. Though it hasn’t released an album since ’08 – its members now live all over the country – the band is supposedly working on new material. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., themiramartheatre.com/)

Thursday, Feb. 14: MUSIC NOTES VALENTINE’S DAY GUIDE
If you’re planning the perfect night out for you and a special someone this Valentine’s Day, Milwaukee’s overstuffed musical lineup hasn’t exactly made things easy for you. We’ve broken down some of the great music happening Thursday to guarantee that your V-Day comes up roses.

Pamela Means at Linneman’s, 9 p.m.
Means’ hushed vocals and jazzy style is perhaps the quintessential V-Day soundtrack. If you and your lover are looking to uncork a bottle of wine, clasp hands and cast meaningful looks across a small table with a candle on it, Linneman’s is where you’ll want to be Thursday. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)    

Head On Electric with No Bueno! At Circle-A Café, 8 p.m.
The mosh pit is a great place to bond with your loved one. HOE’s pummeling garage rock will bring you and your date closer. A lot closer. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)

Dave Gelting with Killer Bob at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.
Gelting’s rich soundscaping is the musical equivalent of a big, fuzzy blanket. Although not always the coziest-sounding stuff, it’s certainly immersive, so grab your date and cuddle up. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Celebrate The V! Milwaukee’s Finest Women In Music at Club Garibaldi, 7 p.m.
Honor your lady(s) at Club Garibaldi, where the spotlight will be on local female musicians performing short acoustic sets. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Field Report with Old Earth at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
If you find yourself in a lonely spot this Valentine’s Day, a cold Tall Boy and Chris Porterfield’s meditations on heartbreak might be just the things you need to get you through. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Friday, Feb. 15: Ahab’s Ghost with Vega and Tire Buddies at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Local metalheads Ahab’s Ghost owe plenty to Black Sabbath, but they also cite Hendrix and Thin Lizzy as influences, and the result is something every fan of meat-and-potatoes rock ’n’ roll should be able to enjoy. The band’s 2012 debut, After The Fall, is a steaming mass of crunchy riffs, aggressive drumming and Osbournian vocals. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: California Wives with Boy Blue and Worrier at Stonefly Brewing Co., 9 p.m. (735 E. Center St. http://www.stoneflybrewery.com)

And: Robbie Fulks And The Pussycat Trio at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Saturday, Feb. 16: Castle Thunder with The Living Blackouts and Wax Addicts at Linneman’s, 9:30 p.m.
Castle Thunder bids farewell to bassist Christopher Chisten and drummer Cole Quamme with this Linneman’s gig. The band’s 2012 EP, Wolf in Sheepskin, is a spacey, cinematic indie rock record that has flown a bit under the radar since its release in July. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound with Kid Millions at Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)

And: Retribution Gospel Choir with Wake Owl and The Celebrated Workingman at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Sunday, Feb. 17: The Residents at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
By far one of the strangest bands of all time, The Residents have released nearly 50 albums since 1974, but the identities of its members are still unknown. With their faces concealed by gigantic eyeball masks, The Residents’ live performances are conceptual, multimedia pageants based around its off-kilter take on pop. The band is in the middle of its “Wonder Of Weird” tour commemorating its 40th anniversary. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Fuck Knights with Fox Face at Circle-A Café, 8 p.m. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)





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