Jim James photo by Neil Krug. Courtesy of jimjames.com.
Monday, April 15: Las Ardillas, Los Vigilantes, Ramma Lamma and Beer City Hearts at Quarter’s Rock ’N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($7) – (900 E. Center St.)
Also: Tristan Prettyman at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
And: Sammy Adams with T. Mills at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($22) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Tuesday, April 16: Rio Turbo with Sex Forecast at Bremen Café, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee party-pop purveyor Rio Turbo is quickly earning a reputation as one of the city’s most unique and most active artists by way of his bi-weekly show schedule and his growing collection of lo-fi carnal cassette jams. Fresh off the release of his latest, KISS FM, Rio Turbo, his “Turbette” dancers and DJ Nike Mane are bound to test of capacity and dress code of Bremen Café. (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)
Also: The Lonely Forest with Now Now at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Soft Opening with Bloody Mess at Quarter’s Rock ’N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)
Wednesday, April 17: Evan Christian at The Jazz Estate, 10 p.m.
As far as these music round-up posts go, skilled local jazz man Evan Christian is to Wednesdays as Sigmund Snopek is to Tuesdays. But just because the resident Estate guitarist is the default option when there’s little else written on the mid-week calendar doesn’t mean Christian isn’t worth consideration. (2423 N. Murray Ave., jazzestate.com)
Also: Trampled Underfoot with Tweed Funk at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Thursday, April 18: Dr. John with Aaron Neville at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($55-$75)
“Dr. John” has many names, but one distinct sound. Whether you call him “Mac Rebennack” or “Malcolm” or “Dr. John Creaux” or his preferred nomenclature of plain old “Dr. John,” you’ve likely cut a rug to the six-time Grammy winner and Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Famer’s peppy brand of New Orleans jazz at some point – likely after drinking one too many hurricanes. The 60-plus-year stage vet is joined by fellow New Orleans native and R&B legend Aaron Neville, who will sooth the casino with his patented sultry falsetto before the Dr. is in. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
Also: ALO with Ryan Montbleau Band at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Fear Factory with Hate Eternal and Kobra And The Lotus at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($20) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Friday, April 19: Jim James with Cold Specks at Pabst Theater, 7:30 p.m. ($25)
While Kentucky crooner’s most notable work comes as front man for influential Southern rock outfit My Morning Jacket, Jim James occasionally allocates some of his songwriting juices to his solo efforts. Though somewhat of a departure from the psychedelic tendencies of his primary project, James’ unmistakable voice still shines through his solo ventures, making it something MMJ nuts and non-jam bands can get behind. His debut full-length solo record, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, was released in February. Cold Specks opens. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Static Eyes with US Male and Sat. Nite Duets at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Milwaukee Psych Fest Day One at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Saturday, April 20: Milwaukee Psych Fest Day 2 at Cactus Club, 5 p.m.
This weekend, Cactus Club – with the help of a handful of local sponsors – will devote two nights to psych bands that hail from such locales as California, Michigan, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, (of course) Wisconsin, and even an act from Santiago, Chile. The second and final day of the psych celebration features an early (5 p.m.) show includes Woodsman, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, Elusive Parallelograms and Secret Colours. Come 10 p.m., the late show begins, featuring The Honeydrug Couple, Catacombz, Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapor and Sleepcomesdown. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Dana Coppafeel with SPEAK Easy at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
Sunday, April 21: Fountains Of Wayne (Acoustic Set) with Mike Viola at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20)
You simply haven’t heard “Stacy’s Mom” until you’ve heard it played it by two dudes with acoustic guitars. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Also: WhiskeyBelles at Kochanski’s Beer Hall, 2 p.m. – (1920 S. 37th St., Beer-Hall.com)
And: Tech N9ne at The Rave, 8 p.m. – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)