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Tonight's Milwaukee Day Show and More
In this week's music roundup.

Monday, April 14: Decibully with Juniper Tar and Whips at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($10)

City pride seems like an easy thing to find around these parts. Just check into any trendy restaurant, bustling coffee shop or the relentlessly boastful Miller Park, if you don’t believe me. So, it’s quite appropriate that a few years back some Milwaukee devotees detected that a certain date on the calendar read like the city’s area code. They decided to dub the day—April 14—as Milwaukee Day and in true Milwaukee fashion, throw a party to celebrate. This year’s festivities culminate with an extraordinary show at Turner Hall Ballroom, featuring one-off performances from retired local bands Decibully and Juniper Tar, plus a set from one of the scene’s young, most promising groups, Whips. The Milwaukee Day founders insist that this year the whole month is cause for celebration since April 2014 also equals 414, but in reality, the celebration never stops. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)


Tuesday, April 15: Soul Low with Rhino House Band, Ladders and Kissing Club at Bremen Cafe, 9 p.m. 

Speaking of young, promising bands, the members in Soul Low are barely in their twenties, but nonetheless sound like seasoned veterans. Last year’s Uneasy brimmed with the confidence usually displayed by musicians twice their age. They’re set to play a handful of festivals this summer, but why wait that long? Plus, Bremen offers a thrifty buy-one-get-one-free deal on Tuesdays. (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)


Also: Wildhoney with Technicolor Teeth, Blonder and DJ Matt Plain & Ben Frazee at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)

Wednesday, April 16: The Naked Ballet featuring The Fatty Acids at the Grain Exchange, 6 p.m. ($15)

Certainly the biggest attention-grabber this week, The Naked Ballet is much more innocent than it sounds (Trust me, Google image searches should be avoided at work). Being hosted by NEWaukee as part of its YPWeek, the show features Milwaukee ballet performers dancing throughout the crowd to the sounds of local troupe The Fatty Acids. The “naked” part comes about because the dancers will eschew the normal stage garb for regular clothing. So, if you wanted to pretend to be a ballet dancer, here’s your chance. (225 E. Michigan St.) 


Also: Darsombra with Northless and Lost Spirit at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($7) – (900 E. Center St.)


Thursday, April 17: Myles Coyne, Castle Thunder and Wax Addicts DJ set at Boone & Crockett, 9 p.m. ($5)

This show marks the first of a three-night showcase (the other two shows on Friday and Saturday are at Hotel Foster) celebrating the release of the new local compilation, The Sound of Young Milwaukee, which is being put out by Top Five Records. The ten-song album features unreleased tracks from some of the city’s up-and-coming acts and a few old standbys. Listen to a stream of the compilation over at Milwaukee Record. (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., BooneAndCrockettMKE.com)

Also: Schoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples and Audio Push at the Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($22.50-$27.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Beats Antique with Sean Hayes and Horsehead McGee at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. ($20) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Friday, April 18: Surgeons in Heat with Soul Low, The Fatty Acids and Rio Turbo DJ set at Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)

Also: Pop Crimes with Foreign Lawns, Dirty Dancing and Stereo Ghost at Center Street Free Space, 7 p.m. ($5) – (703 E. Center St., CenterStreetFreespace.noblogs.org)

Saturday, April 19: The Sleepwalkers with The Traveling Suitcase, Mooner and Ugly Brothers at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5)

The Sleepwalkers celebrate the release of Lost My Mind In Stereo, a jangly, melodic power pop record that brings to mind The Replacements’ most accessible material. Recorded over a two year period, the album doesn’t sound meticulously crafted, rather each track springs with a loose attitude that makes it great listen for some outdoor day drinking. As it’s finally starting to warm up, the album couldn’t have come at a better time. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)  

Also: Colin Stetson at Wehr Hall, 7 p.m. ($25) – (4100 W. Morgan Ave., AlvernoPresents.alverno.edu) 

And: Lost in the Trees with All Tiny Creatures at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Calliope with Animals in Human Attire and GGOOLLDD at Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)

And: Record Store Day (various locations)

Sunday, April 20: Bleeding Rainbow with Orb, Dirty Dancing and DJ Caitlin Rooney at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($7)

When the Philadelphia-based Bleeding Rainbow were known as Reading Rainbow, the band’s stripped-down, lo-fi indie pop made up for such an awful moniker. Their second record, Prism Eyes, swelled with heaps of energy and emotion with very minimal instrumentation and a lot of fuzz. Sarah Everton’s saccharine voice sounded refreshing behind a churning guitar, a basic beat and a sea of hiss. The results were effortless and catchy. But alas, with the name change, the band reinvented itself as riotously loud shoe-gazers and its returns staggeringly diminished on follow-up Yeah Right. Its latest album, Interrupt, unfortunately continues along that same course. Let’s hope they play some old stuff. (900 E. Center St.)

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