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Eastside Music Tour leads big week in local music

Tuesday, Feb. 25: Hellfyre Club at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($10)

While still fairly young, Los Angeles label and hip-hop collective Hellfyre Club, is fast becoming a respected fixture in the rap community with its intellectual, artistically driven and grassroots cast that eschews redundant (and usually untrue) badass bravado and fiscal posturing in favor of Werner Herzog shoutouts, “Degrassi” references and lines about driving a “Ford Focus on 13s.” Hellfyre will send four of its members – Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Nocando and (Milwaukee ex-pat) Milo – to Mad Planet as part of its ongoing 30-show, two-country “Dorner vs. Tookie” tour. You can stream or download DvT to get ready. (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Paper Diamond with LOUD PVCK, and Branchez at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($20)

Paper Diamond is among the only artists who can enrapture a venue with nothing more than an iPad. PD brainchild Alexander Botwin is a very specific genius in a widely panned genre. If you like electronic music, you likely already know all this. If not, there’s probably nothing that can be said to lure you anyway. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Taj Mahal Trio at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Thursday, Feb. 27: The Atlas Moth with Northless, and Shroud Of Despondency at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

I’m not going to stand here and act like I’m enough of a metalhead to know much about Atlas Moth and Should Of Despondency. However, Northless is not to be missed. The brutal, girthy, juggernaut of sludge metal push Bay View’s after dark sound ordinance whilst treating Cactus Clubbers to its intricate and emotive construct of metal employed on its latest, last year’s World Keeps Sinking. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Craig Morgan at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($20-$35) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

And: Royal Teeth with Chappo, and Parade Of Lights at Mad Planet, 8 p.m. ($9) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

Friday, Feb. 28: Badfinger at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($32.50)

In the same way Journey saw a resurgence by having a song play a prominent the finale of “The Sopranos,” and serving as the theme song for ”Party Of Five” put the BoDeans on the map briefly (except in Milwaukee, where they will never, ever stop), British rockers Badfinger was given new life in the Breaking Bad finale when its 1971 song “Baby Blue” was played as SPOILER ALERT!!! Walter White drew his final breaths END SPOILER ALERT!!! With thousands of iTunes customers, Spotify users and basic cable viewers now aware (or reminded) of the classic song, Badfinger will capitalize on its reintroduction to pop-culture by playing Turner Hall. Those (other, less famous) lads from Liverpool are sure to play “Baby Blue” in addition to other selections from its cache of other semi-hits. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Gerald Walker with Wave Chapelle, Kassik, Pizza, and Yo Dot at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

And: Ivy Spokes (CD Release) with Ikarus Down (EP Release) and I’m Not A Pilot at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Saturday, March 1: Eastside Music Tour, 4 p.m. ($15 or $25 VIP)

While the first day of spring is still three bitter, brutally cold weeks away, festival season officially starts Saturday when more than 80 bands take to 30 makeshift venues on and around Brady Street for the second annual Eastside Music Tour. The inaugural EMT had its stumbles, but was an altogether encouraging affair. This year’s installment looks to be even better, with a cluster of great locals like Maritime, Altos, Direct Hit!, The Delphines, Juiceboxxx, Midnight Reruns, Soul Low, Vic and Gab, and Klassik on the bill. Joining the area acts is established national talent Why? and P.O.S. to cap off eight hours of music. (On and around Brady Street, newaukee.com/eastside-music-tour)

Also: Blessed Feathers with The Fatty Acids, and comedian Ryan Holman at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($10) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Ringo Deathstarr with Purple, Body Futures, and Fahri at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($10) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

Sunday, March 2: Cloud Cult at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15)

Long tenured art rock collective Cloud Cult has been gracing listeners with its experimental brand of indie rock since the mid-90s. Certainly, with 20 years and 11 studio albums beneath the band’s belt, they have enough material for two sets. So that’s what they’re doing. Don’t show up late to skip the opener; there isn’t one. Cloud Cult will be playing two sets: first an acoustic performance, followed by an amplified ending to an overcast evening of entertainment.

Also: Noah Gundersen with Armon Jay at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

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