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Typhoon, St. Vincent and More
It's a good week in Milwaukee music.

Monday, March 31: New Bums with Black Eagle Child and MOSS FOLK at Sugar Maple, 9 p.m. ($7)

New Bums, an acid-folk duo comprising Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Donovan Quinn (The Skygreen Leopards), follows the same stoner-gazed, head-in-the-sky aesthetic Kurt Vile probably stumbled upon in a hot-boxed basement several years back. The band’s debut record, Voices in a Rented Room, sounds effortless, like a couple dudes jamming on a dull Sunday afternoon—even though the process took half a decade, Chasny claims. Lead single and album opener, “Black Bough” ambles forward ever so slightly, never straying too far away its sun-scorched melody. It’s without a doubt the best song off the album, and an easy one to lose yourself in its gentle sway. (441 E. Lincoln Ave., MySugarMaple.com)

Tuesday, April 1: Fuel with Fahrenheit 420, H2NY and Draft Week at the Rave, 8 p.m. ($16.50)  

Still a mainstay at the worst bars (and strip clubs) in America, the post-grunge genre spawned the likes of Puddle of Mudd, Seether, and Nickelback. That many of these bands continue to exist is baffling, thanks mostly to its aging audience’s stagnant musical taste and a supreme willingness for these groups to cash-grab on its past glories. One of the bands that’s been sticking it out for that diminishing paycheck is Fuel, whose song “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” played on the radio ad nauseum in the early 2000s. “All that shimmers in this world is sure to fade,” Brett Scallion almost prophetically sung on Fuel’s other mainstream hit, “Shimmer.”  (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: Gary Numan with Big Black Delta and Roman Remains at Turner Hall Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. ($25) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Wednesday, April 2: Typhoon with Lady Lamb The Beekeeper and Wild Ones at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($10)

The one aspect that’s instantly recognizable about the Oregon-based indie rock band Typhoon is its immense size. Eleven members deep, Typhoon’s presence on stage might seem cramped, but its records are remarkably efficient, only injecting additional textures when absolutely necessary. Often the only instrumentation relies simply on a tenderly stroked guitar and the soothing croon of frontman Kyle Morton. Of course, the band can sound massive at any moment and it does to great success. That juxtaposition between serenity and chaos keeps its sound intriguing and makes its live performances a must-see. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Thursday, April 5: Drowners with GGOOLLD and Boy Blue at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($8)

Drowners, a New York band, sound like a New York band. Specifically, Drowners sounds like the most prominent New York band to emerge from the city in the past fifteen years: The Strokes. The funny thing is they aren’t really New Yorkers, though. In fact, lead singer Matthew Hitt was born in Wales. He moved to New York in 2011, where he found the other members. Their moniker comes from a song by the seminal Britpop group Seude, and their self-titled album cover incorporates both the U.S. and British flags. The promising debut on Frenchkiss Records features jangly guitars, spry melodies, and a churning rhythm section. It’s not Is This It, but it’s an enjoyable ride. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

           

Also: Sydnee B with Fresh Cut Collective and Webster X at Stonefly Brewery, 9 p.m. ($5) – (735 E. Center St., StoneflyBrewery.com)

MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK

Friday, April 4: St. Vincent with Noveller at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($25)

Annie Clark, the coquettish face behind St. Vincent, gets queasy over Buzzfeed personality quizzes, entitled humblebragging, (or that a term like humblebrag even exists) and revealing status updates. Her fourth record condemns the disconnectedness that being connected inflicts and suggests our narcissistic, oversharing social media culture is slowly tipping beyond critical mass. The internet takedown is new territory for Clark, but the incisive social commentary is common course. Her new album utilizes her strengths as a compelling songwriter and an otherworldly demon on the guitar. It’s no coincidence that a record brimming with this much confidence got the self-titled treatment. Clark has steadily metastasized a signature frazzled sound the past eight years while remaining just outside her comfort zone. Milwaukee’s been lucky enough to host the  guitar shredder a handful of times--including the most recent stop with David Byrne--but this show brings perhaps her best trove of new material yet. Tickets are nearly sold out, and if you do get in, some advice: don’t boast about it on Facebook. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Used and Taking Back Sunday with Tonight Alive and Sleepwave at the Rave, 7 p.m. ($26.50-$31.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Whips with Circles and Piles at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com

Saturday, April 5: The Head and The Heart with Basia Bulat at the Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Following the scorched path contemporaries Mumford & Sons blazed, The Head and The Heart have quickly gained a sizeable audience, a stark contrast to meager beginnings playing Seattle open mics a few years back. The six-piece’s sophomore album Let’s Be Still garnered praise for its sweet melodies and lush accompaniment and earned them the No. 10 spot on the Billboard charts. This Riverside show is unfortunately sold out, but it’ll be easy to catch them on the festival circuit, as the band announced upcoming performances at both Summerfest and Lollapalooza last week. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Awkward Terrible with Paper Holland and Quiet Time at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($5) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net) 

And: The Dead Soldiers with The Memphis Dawls at The Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. –  (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)

Sunday, April 6: Switchfoot with The Royal Concept at the Rave, 7 p.m. ($19) (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: Dream Theater at the Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($28, $33, $45, $65 in advance; $33, $38, $50, $70 day of show) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)





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