Monday, March 25: Stars with Milo Greene and Said The Whale at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m.
Resilient Canadian indie-rockers Stars were pillars of the genre in the early 2000s and continue to excel at pretty, orchestral pop in line with Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire and the Shins. The band is touring behind 2012’s lush The North, its sixth full-length album. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Tenement with Bad Side, Quitters and Sex Forecast at Ground Zero, 6:30 p.m.
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Tuesday, March 26: Rio Turbo with Cave and Big Fun 4Ever at Linneman’s, 9 p.m.
It’s still 30 degrees in March in Wisconsin, but we don’t care because we have Rio Turbo. The electro-zombie-lounge-dance-act fronted by Joseph Peterson always makes things nice and weird, but his grimy grooves are the real deal. This will be the release show for Turbo’s highly-anticipated cassette, Kiss FM. They’ll be joined by Chicago krautrockers CAVE and Milwaukee’s own Big Fun 4Ever. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Also: Fat History Month with Pile and Absolutely at Quarter’s, 9 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Wednesday, March 27: Forgetters with The Etiquette at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Founded by Jason Schwarzenbac of Jawbreaker and Jets To Brazil, Brooklyn trio Forgetters represents a scaled-back, stripped down approach to rock. It shares Jawbreaker’s literate lyricism, but gets back to basics musically, namely: fat rock chords and crushing drums. That said, 2012’s self-titled LP dabbles a bit, featuring synth and strings on some songs. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: The Motet at The Miramar, 9 p.m.
Friday, March 29: The Championship with Head On Electric and Space Raft at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
It’s no secret that Milwaukee is stacked in the “folk rock” department – which can make separating wheat from chaff a daunting task. To be clear, The Championship is wheat. Pure, golden wheat. After a four-year absence, the band returned with the somber, mature High Feather in 2012. They’ll be joined by representatives from Milwaukee’s punk rock faction, Head On Electric, whose slight country inflection should dovetail nicely with The Championship’s. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Kiings, Oculi, Donny the Robot and The Demix at Stonefly Brewing Company, 10 p.m. (735 E. Center St. http://www.stoneflybrewery.com)
And: Alt-J with Hundred Waters at The Riverside Theatre, 7 p.m. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Saturday, March 30: Eric Von Munz Benefit: Call Me Lightning with Moon Curse and Burning Sons at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
If you’re having trouble deciding what to do on one of Milwaukee’s busiest musical Saturdays in recent memory (see below), consider breaking benefit. Proceeds from this loaded Cactus Club lineup will help pay the hospital bills of Eric Von Munz, a local bike messenger, poster artist and WMSE DJ who broke several bones in a recent bike accident. Fittingly, the lineup features Milwaukee’s most bone-crushing bands. On top of that, the show will double as an album release for Moon Curse’s latest. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Wavves with Fidlar and Cheatahs at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
And: The Fatty Acids with Klassik at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Stacian with Gel Set and DJ John Btswrkng at Linneman’s, 9:30 p.m. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Big Sean at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, 8 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)