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Matchbox, Mittens and More.
Lots to hear in Milwaukee this week, both indoors and out.

Monday, Feb. 4: Unearth with Lazarus A.D. at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($14.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Tuesday, Feb. 5: Blues At The Crossroads II at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45)

Nobody in the modern blues genre will ever match the brilliance and musicianship of Muddy Waters or Howlin’ Wolf. But the skilled musicians paying tribute to them in Blues At The Crossroads Two come close. The covers of the aptly-named “Muddy & The Wolf” tackle the storied catalog of the blues legends. (1721 W. Canal St., paysbig.com)

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Evan Christian at The Jazz Estate, 10 p.m.

As far as these music round-up posts go, skilled local jazz man Evan Christian is to Wednesdays as Sigmund Snopek is to Tuesdays. But just because the resident Estate guitarist is the default option when there’s little else written on the mid-week calendar doesn’t mean Christian isn’t worth consideration. (2423 N. Murray Ave., jazzestate.com)

Also: Rita Coolidge at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($25-$35) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Thursday, February 7: Los Lobos with The Mother Hips at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($25-$35)

Latin rock sensations Los Lobos have shown they’re more than (as an early album suggests) “Just Another Band From East L.A.” by consistently churning out hit songs, and augmenting their always-innovative sound through the entirety of the band's 40-year existence. While the band really hit its stride in the 1980s, the turn of the century has seen Los Lobos releasing eight studio albums — including an album of Disney covers. Though the original lineup will be playing old favorites from bygone days, they still carry considerable modern day appeal.This show is  not your typical casino gig. Special guest The Mother Hips open. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Every Time I Die with The Acacia Strain, Vanna, Hundredth, and No Bragging Rights, and No Bragging Rights at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($17) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Lotus with Mother Hooch at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($22) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Friday, February 8: Fresh Cut Collective with RAS Movement at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($7)

Though vaunted former front man Adebisi has exported his incomparable flow to New York, Kiran Vee has stepped up to the mic, thus changing Fresh Cut’s dynamic into something new and even more upbeat. And still very enjoyable. The exceedingly tight and sleek accompaniment of his backing band has held pat, melding hip-hip and funk into something fun and undeniably danceable. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com

Also: Paul Collins’ Beat with Trolley, and Sugar Stems at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. ($10) – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

And: Tift Merritt with Chris Koza at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($18) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK

Saturday, February 9: Burnhearts Mitten Fest 2013 – featuring Jaill, Call Me Lightning, and Football in front of Burnhearts, noon to 6 p.m. (FREE)

Well deserving of its “City Of Festivals” moniker, Milwaukee thrives on its abundance of outdoor gatherings that celebrate various ethnicities, sexual orientations, neighborhoods, holidays, solstices and even the summer season as a whole. But once the full force of fall is felt, Milwaukeeans retreat indoors, biding our collective time until spring has sprung.

Recognizing the winter doldrums that hang over the populace, Burnhearts bar in Bay View has organized a block party akin to the annual PBR Fest it has held the past five summers. Its winter equivalent, “Burnhearts Mitten Fest 2013,” encourages patrons to bundle up and take the celebration out to a half block plot of Potter Avenue — chilly conditions be damned. Aside from the locally made hats and mittens vendors will be selling, attendees can keep warm with homemade Old Fashioned and a variety of craft beers on tap. Best yet, Jaill, Call Me Lightning and Football will play.

And: Hello Death with Oedipus Tex, and Twin Brother at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Sunday, February 10: Willy Moon at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10.21)

Making his debut tour stop in Milwaukee, iPod commodity and FM102.1 rotation regular Willy Moon brings his confusing mish-mash of influences to Turner Hall for a station-sponsored night of easy-to-digest pop music—called 102.1’s Winter Formal. Fittingly, the event is priced priced at $10.21. At that cost, there’s no reason to miss this—unless you don’t like that song, I suppose. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)  





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