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S. Carey and Milwaukee Psych Fest
Plus more in this week's music roundup.

Monday, April 21: Weird Science with Night Stalker and Sex Forecast at Quarters Rock n’ Roll Palace, 10 p.m.

Naming your band after a popular comedy of yore can often lead to some confusion because odds are a few other people had the same idea. Indeed, that’s the case for Weird Science. The Athens, Ohio-based psychedelic garage rockers share a moniker with the well-known John Hughes film, at least three ‘80s cover bands (even one from southeastern Wisconsin!) and the DJ duo of Steve Aoiki and Blake Miller. You should reasonably bet the band showing up to Quarters is the only one that plays originals, though. Check out their record We Are Sick People... Pray For Us below. (900 E. Center St.)

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day Party “Remembering Pete Seeger” David H.B. Drake, Urban Empress and The Remedies with Dena, Don and Dave, 8 p.m. (No cover)

The long-time environmentalist and beloved folk musician Pete Seeger sadly passed away this January. To commemorate his life as a singer and activist, Linneman’s is holding a night dedicated to the outspoken troubadour famous for the hit single “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” There couldn’t be a more fitting time to celebrate than on Earth Day. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Thursday, April 24: S. Carey with White Hinterland at Club Garibaldi, 7 p.m. ($10 advance, $12 day of show)

After recording the landmark album For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon added fellow Eau Claire resident Sean Carey to his touring band after a quick audition. In his sparse downtime, Carey began work on his own project. He released his debut record, All We Grow, under S. Carey in 2010. His material focuses less on percussion—astonishing coming from a drummer—and more on somber atmospherics and his delicate voice. The follow-up, Range of Light, was recorded at April Base, Vernon’s studio in Fall Creek. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Also: Milwaukee Psych Fest: Loop with Moss Folk and Dead Gurus at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($15)

Milwaukee Psych Fest started under the radar a couple years ago as Psych, Psurf, Rawk and Psoul Pow Wow. Last year, the organizers changed the name to something much easier to remember and expanded the event from one night to two. This year the festival has doubled in size again, going from two nights to four (and one day show, as well). The recently reunited psychedelic droners Loop kick things off Thursday night at Cactus Club. The London-based band started in the mid-‘80s, releasing three records before breaking up in 1991. Singer/guitarist Robert Hampson decided the time was right to get the band together after the long hiatus. Don’t expect any new material, though. Hampson has said the reunion will be brief and simply rehash the old days. Get there early to catch the festival’s creator play with the supremely spacey Moss Folk and the Minneapolis Dead Gurus, which features members of IS/IS, Daughters of The Sun and Magic Castle. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)


Friday, April 25: Black Label Society with Devil You Know and Butcher Babies at the Rave, 8 p.m. ($28.50-$94)

When asked about his new record in Rolling Stone in January, Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde cheekily responded, "When I heard this record, I looked at myself in the mirror and started making out with myself. It's that good. The second time I listened to it, not only did I make out with myself, I groped myself. It's that good." Wylde’s sardonic demeanor directly opposes the seriousness of his band’s music. Catacombs of the Black Vatican hits hard; it’s a sludgy, heavy metal raid of guitar hammering and deep-throated vocals. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: Milwaukee Psych Fest: Beast in the Field with Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor and Tapebenders at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com) 

Saturday, April 26: Like Like The The The Death with War Brides and Midwives at Frank’s Power Plant, 9:30 p.m. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)

Also: Milwaukee Psych Fest (Late Show): Verma with Moon Curse, Killer Moon and Heaven’s Gateway Drugs at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Milwaukee Psych Fest (Early Show): Brugas Del Sol with Golden Donna, Energy Gown and Space Raft at Cactus Club, 4 p.m. ($7) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Little Big Bangs with Blonder, Dirty Dancing and The Women at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 10 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)


Sunday, April 27: Milwaukee Psych Fest: The Blind Shake with Running, Virginia Trance, Hauted Leather and Vocokesh at Cactus Club, 5 p.m. ($10)

Who needs a bassist? The Blind Shake eschews that needless low end and instead relies on its furious guitars. The Minneapolis trio recently released a new album off Castle Face Records, a label run by Thee Oh Sees guitarist John Dwyer. Key To A False Door may be the band’s most accessible work to date, but the Blind Shake is more regarded for their chaotic live performances than any album cut. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)


Also: Karmin with Bonnie McKee at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($19.50)(2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

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