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MTV Strikes Back
Vic & Gab got their break on MTV. See them (and so many others) live this week.

Monday, April 22: Anberlin with Paper Route and Make Do And Mend @ Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Anberlin has been around so long the Wikipedia entry on the band mentions its “loyal Myspace following.” The emo-rock band earned its Internet-cred like most emo-rock bands did back then: with big, vulnerable vocal hooks and a sharp rhythm section. Myspace has since gone out of style, but emo-rock hasn’t. Anberlin has released six albums since 2003 and is touring in support of 2012’s Vital.

Also: Lisa Germano with Freedy Johnston and Kaiser Cartel @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Tuesday, April 23: Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with Martin Sexon @ The Pabst, 7 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Wednesday, April 24: Eric Blowtorch with Mike Plaisted @ Sugar Maple, 10 p.m.
I was kind of embarrassed I hadn’t heard of local singer-songwriter Eric “Blowtorch” Beaumont before, especially after I discovered, via Youtube, his excellent track “Saltwater” – a hazy reggae groove with surreal, political lyrics. The 30-year Milwaukee music vet has spent his long career exploring and often combining an array of genres including reggae, roots and punk. Much of Blowtorch’s material – including his 2012 solo album The Promise of Power – is difficult to find online, which is even more incentive to catch him at Sugar Maple on Wednesday. (441 E. Lincoln Ave., MySugarMaple.com)

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Thursday, April 25: Cusses with Vic & Gab and Sulek @ Mad Planet, 8 p.m.
Say what you will about the downfall of MTV, but apparently the entity formerly known as “Music Television” still breaks pretty good bands once in a while. One group that has MTV to thank for at least some of its success is Milwaukee’s own Vic and Gab. The sisters had a song featured on the MTV show “Skins” before hitting it big in town last year with their edgy, poppy Bridges and Guns EP. They’ll support Cusses, a heavy Atlanta rock band whose creepy video for the track “Don’t Give In” has been played on the channel recently. Milwaukee’s Sulek, which is still waiting for its big MTV break, will also perform. (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

Also: Lucero with Langhorne Slim @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Quiet Hollers with The Thriftones and Gold Velvet @ Frank’s Power Plant (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)

Friday, April 26: The Hood Internet with Klassic and DJ Kmart @ Stonefly Brewing Co., 9 p.m.
While you’re waiting for a Justin Timberlake/Daft Punk tour to materialize, allow mash-up masters the Hood Internet at Stonefly Brewing Co. on Friday to hold you over. In its most recent mash-up, the Chicago DJ duo combines JT’s “Suit & Tie” with DP’s “Commercial.” (They can take care of that Ghostface Killah/Beirut double-bill you’ve been hopelessly begging for as well.) The Hood Internet will be joined by DJ Kmart and Milwaukee rapper Klassik, who has recently been performing with a live string section. (735 E. Center St. http://www.stoneflybrewery.com)

Also: Scrimshaw with Capuan Life and Ben Cervenka @ Franky’s Newport Lounge, 10 p.m. (939 East Conway St., frankysnewport.com)

And: Ike Reilly Assassination with AM Taxi @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Saturday, April 27: Heavy Times with Teenage Moods and Telecraft @ Quarter’s Rock ’N Roll Palace, 9 p.m.
Quarter’s Rock ’N Roll Palace is home to so many great garage/punk/pop shows that it can be hard to choose which ones to go to (assuming you can’t go to all of them). Saturday’s bill definitely gets the green light. It features some of the Midwest’s finest garage pop in Heavy Times (Chicago) and Teenage Moods (Minneapolis). It’s also an early opportunity to catch Telecraft, a new project out of Milwaukee. (900 E. Center St.)

Also: Certain Stars with Red Giant @ Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall (1920 S. 37th St., Beer-Hall.com)

And: Gooding with Traveling Suitcase and Shoot Down The Moon @ Frank’s Powerplant, 10 p.m. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)

Sunday, April 28: Kelly Hogan @ The Pabst, 7 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Slow Walker with Pow Wow @ Bremen Café, 9 p.m. (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)

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