Our Music Notes show of the week is Local Natives at Riverside Theater.
Photo of Local Natives at SXSW in 2010 by Les Heifner
Monday, March 18: Kevin Hayden Trio at The Jazz Estate, 7:30 p.m. ($10)
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)
Tuesday, March 19: Emmylou Harris with Rodney Cromwell and Richard Harris at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($65)
The incomparable Emmylou Harris has delighted audiences, inspired a still-growing line of female musicians and consistently put a song in America’s head since the late 1960s. After 12 Grammys, a hefty catalog of hit singles, collaborations with virtually every legend, and millions of miles logged in tours, the 65-year-old songstress still looks as vibrant as she did when her impressive career began almost 45 years ago. (144 E Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: The 1975 with Boy Blue at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Killer Blow with Coaxed, and Uh-oh at Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)
Wednesday, March 20: STRFKR with Blackbird Blackbird at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15)
You know a band is good when it manages to make a name for itself nationally, though most publications and venues aren’t permitted to even write the band’s actual name. We’re included in that, by the way (sound out the acronym!). No matter if they’re recognized by its potty-mouthed original name, its censored stylized moniker or its brief time being known as PYRAMID and Pyramiddd, the Portland-based indie-electronica act has shown it’s a name – or names – worth knowing. Its latest, the month-old Miracle Mile, has gotten mixed reviews. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Ryan Bingham with Honey Honey at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($16) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
And: Drew Holcomb at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Thursday, March 21: The Delta Routine with Hero Jr., and Tiger Mouth at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee garage rock outfit The Delta Routine has been on the receiving end of its fair share of good local fortune. The perennial WAMI nominee is a mainstay on the main stage of numerous Milwaukee festivals. Hell, the band even serves as the audio accompaniment for Packers and Brewers tailgating-themed TV commercials. Though things seem to be going better for The Delta Routine with each year, that undeniable local success isn’t undeserved. While it’s not without its issues, the band’s latest – 2012’s Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares – is flush with hooks, catchy guitar licks and toe-tapping bluesy goodness. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: G. Love And Special Sauce with John Fullbright at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($23) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: The Delphines with Maston, and No Bueno! At Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Friday, March 22: Local Natives with Superhumanoids at Riverside Theater, 7:30 p.m. ($20)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a band anywhere in the world whose stock is rising faster than L.A. outfit Local Natives. As roommates in a Silver Lake house, the indie rockers wrote its sturdy debut Gorilla Manor, which it released in 2009. From there, it’s been a steady rise in recognition, caliber of tour partners and critical acclaim, which is at an all-time high now with the recent release of emotional follow-up Hummingbird, which sits near the top of the Billboard charts. Superhumanoids opens. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Frightened Rabbit with The Twilight Sad at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($15) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Chattermarks with Avenues, and City Of Ghosts at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Saturday, March 23: White Problems (Reunion) with Absolutely, Cold Lovers, and Heavy Hand at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
In a week that finds two celebrated Milwaukee bands of yore playing reunion gigs (see Sunday), grungy rockers White Problems starts the noisy nostalgia off. While the band played a rushed reunion set as part of the latest Riverwest Fest, this might be the last White Problems show for some time – maybe ever – as the band’s drummer is moving to Washington, D.C., soon. A rock solid cast of openers, featuring Absolutely, Cold Lovers and Heavy Hand start things off. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Semi-Twang (Album Release Show) with The Micah Olsan Band at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
And: The View at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Sunday, March 24: The Scarring Party with Dead Soldiers at Hotel Foster, 9 p.m.
After a lengthy hiatus that found some of the band splitting off to form Heavy Hand and other respected local acts, The Scarring Party is returning to the stage to give Milwaukee the vaudeville-inspired and dour variety of folk it has lacked since the one-of-a-kind outfit initially called it quits. Dead Soldiers opens. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)
Also: KMFDM with Legion Within, and Czar at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($30) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)