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Tegan And Sara And More, Oh My!
An impressive crop of local and touring talent takes the stage in Milwaukee this week

Trapper Schoepp & the Shades at Summerfest 2012.
Photo by Caroline Tan

Tuesday, March 5: The Erotic Adventures Of Static Chicken at Jazz Estate, 10 p.m. – (2423 N. Murray Ave.,

Wednesday, March 6: The Almost at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($15)
Founded by Aaron Gillespie, the former drummer of seminal Christian metalcore outfit Underoath, The Almost turned down the volume, re-tuned their once-dropped D strings and found Gillespie stepping out from behind the drum kit to front the distinctly different (while still identifiable for many Underoath faithful) group. Since 2005, the band has cycled through members, while managing tours with the likes of Paramore, The Starting Line and All Time Low in support of a combined four releases. The Almost’s long-awaited third LP, Fear Inside Our Bones, is due to be released April 9. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

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

And: One Night Of Queen with Gary Mullen And The Works at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)


Thursday, March 7: Tegan And Sara with Diana at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($35)

Sure, Tegan And Sara is an indie rock act comprised of twin sisters from Canada, but don’t let that give you the idea the duo is a gimmick. Through airtight harmonies, gorgeous melodies and oh-so catchy songs, these sisters have become household names, with a wealth of awards, talk show appearances and well-received albums to their credit. The latest of Tegan And Sara’s albums, Heartthrob, came out Jan. 29 and is said to be among the outfit’s most commercial work yet. Diana opens. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)



Also: Slightly Stoopid with Tribal Seeds at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($27.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: One Night Of Queen with Gary Mullen And The Works at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Friday, March 8: Fresh Cut Collective with Esh and Klassik at Stonefly Brewing Company, 10 p.m. ($10)

Though vaunted former front man Adebisi has exported his incomparable flow to New York, Kiran Vee has stepped up to the mic, thus changing Fresh Cut’s dynamic into something new and even more upbeat. The exceedingly tight and sleek accompaniment of his backing band has held pat, melding hip-hip and funk into something fun and undeniably danceable. Joining Fresh Cut are Esh and savvy up-and-comer, Klassik. (735 E. Center St., StoneflyBrewery.com)

Lost In A Name with Vaudeville and Modern Echo at BBC Upper Level, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2022 E. North Ave., GDaddysBBC.com)

And: Certain Stars with Antler House and Travis Bird at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

And: Technicolor Teeth with Energy Gown at Quarter’s Rock N’ Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)

Saturday, March 9: Trapper Schoepp & The Shades with 4onthefloor, and Midnight Reruns at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

To say 2012 was a decent year for Milwaukee’s own Trapper Schoepp & The Shades would be something of an understatement. The year brought a flurry of memorable local shows alongside big name acts like Murder By Death, Soul Asylum, Social Distortion, Limbeck and The Wallflowers, not to mention extensive touring, singing the national anthem at MILLER PARK! before a Brewers game, and inking a deal with SideOneDummy Records – which re-released its Run, Engine, Run. The Schoeppmobile’s engine is still running, but it’s idling in the driveway at home until they hit the road again to bring the band’s lovable brand of folk-rock to the masses. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)



Also: DIY Vs. Domestic Abuse featuring: Northless, False, Bellows, Sin Orden, Holy Shit!, Shroud Of Despondency, Shut In, Architects Of The Aftermath, The Parish, Gravedirt, Cheekbone and Mountain Language at Rocco’s, 6 p.m. ($10) – (2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)


Sunday, March 8: Psychic Ills with Follazoid, Moss Folk, and Outside at Quarter’s Rock N’ Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($7) – (900 E. Center St.)


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