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Catch and Release
Three album-dropping events and other worthwhile bands take the stage in Milwaukee this week

Hot Coffin by Michael Olen

Monday, Feb. 18: Kevin Hayden Trio at The Jazz Estate, 9:30 p.m.

Fort Wayne, Ind.-born drummer Kevin Hayden spent the early part of his life around talented percussionists, both in his family and his church. Following a stint in the Marines, Hayden relocated to Milwaukee and studied jazz under the tutelage of Ben Hans at MATC. In addition to his own Kevin Hayden Trio, the accomplished area drummer has slapped skins for noted locals Street Life, Static Chicken and De La Buena, among a host of others. The trio’s latest album, Illegal Playlist should be out later this year. (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)

Wednesday, Feb. 20: BoomBox with Signal Path at Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. ($12-$22)
Specializing in “vintage psychedelic,” BoomBox melds dance club backbeats with flower-child acoustic guitar licks and rasta-fied vocals to forge something all its own. If this description is appealing to you, you’re probably already part of the very specific niche of people who call themselves BoomBox fans. Signal Path opens. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., themiramartheatre.com)

Also: Evan Christian at The Jazz Estate, 10 p.m. – (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)

Thursday, Feb. 21: Mortgage Freeman (Album Release) with Midnight Reruns and American Monroe at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($10 – cover includes CD)
Fresh off its 2012 Milwaukee Magazine “Best Of” award for its phonetic connection to Morgan Freeman, the legend of Milwaukee’s own Mortgage Freeman is growing, with the long-awaited release of its new album The Living Proof. The $10 cover includes the aforementioned CD. Midnight Reruns and American Monroe open. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: The O’Jays at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

And: Elvis Tribute Night w/Tony Rocker and The Comeback Special, Mitchell Park Domes, 6:30 p.m. ($6.50) – (524 S. Layton Blvd., County.Milwaukee.Gov)

Friday, Feb. 22: Dark Roots Of Thrash Tour at The Rave, 6:45 p.m. ($23.50)
With such thrash mainstays as Testament, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam, and 4ARM on the bill, how could you NOT go to this? Just kidding, I’m not going either. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: G-Easy, Skizzy Mars and Black Lung at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($16.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Foreign Fields with Phox and Boom Forest at Club Garibaldi, 8:15 p.m. ($10) – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Hot Coffin with Cut Teeth and The American Plains at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

If the name Hot Coffin doesn’t ring a bell, maybe the members’ prior bands Red Knife Lottery, The Response, Hail Archer, Since By Man and Farewell To Twilight do. The balls-out rock ‘n’ rollers minces no words and wastes little time in its refreshingly direct approach. This show is special, as the band will release its debut album, LAW, (which we’ll review Wednesday) after performances by excellent Chicago rockers Cut Teeth and Madison-based indie outfit The American Plains. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Hot Coffin from Sean Williamson on Vimeo.

Also: Milwaukee’s Best with The Royal, Boy Blue, The Role Cale and Worrier at The Rave, 7 p.m. – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Sat. Nite Duets with The Fatty Acids and Cribshitter at Linneman’s, 9:30 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: Alchemy (EP Release) with Chasing Mars and Up North at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($5 or $8 admission/EP) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

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