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Animals in Human Attire, Loretta Lynn
Plus many more acts in our weekly roundup.

Monday, April 7: The Tritonics with Black Diet and The Young Revelators at Stonefly Brewery, 9 p.m. ($5) – (733 E. Center St., StoneflyBrewery.com)

Tuesday, April 8: American Authors with Wild Club at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($12) (1032 N. 4th  St., PabstTheater.org) 

Wednesday, April 9: Tycho with Gems at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($15 advance; $17 day of show)

Taking as much influence from post rock as techno, the IDM outfit Tycho excels at capturing one distinct feeling—breezy optimism—really well. With its steady guitars and intricate synth sounds, Scott Hansen’s sophomore record (and first with a backing band) Awake sounds great on headphones, but also makes a grand addition to a car’s glove box, ideally while road-tripping down some Great Plains highway as a setting sun fills the sky with glowing hues of orange and purple. The challenge will be delivering that same mood in the confines of Turner Hall. (1032 N. 4th  St., PabstTheater.org)


And: Enabler with Vagrant Beat and Crowdpleaser at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. –(900 E. Center St.)

Thursday, April 10: Loretta Lynn at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 8 p.m. ($55, $60, $65) 

A small-town girl from the coal mining community of Butcher Holler in Kentucky, Loretta Lynn’s fraught, hard-nosed country songs rang true because she emerged from such a rough and tumble lifestyle. In other words, she had some street cred. In 1969, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” put her on the map, and to this day remains one of country music’s biggest touchstones. But my personal favorite, “Fist City” bursts with more of Lynn’s trademark spitfire attitude. In that song, when a woman tries to steal her man, Lynn offers the minx two options: leave town or prepare for a knuckle sandwich. Thursday’s show marks the first of two nights at Potawatomi and even though she’s mere days from her 82nd birthday, the queen of country music can still dazzle audiences and prove her internal fire still burns. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Milo with Pony Bwoy and WebsterX at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($5) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

And: Groke, Grisworld, Brain Caves, Eaten By Trees and Pansy at Center Street Free Space, 7 p.m. ($5) – (703 E. Center St., http://centerstreetfreespace.noblogs.org/)

And: Scowler, Greyscale, Inflatable Best Friend and The Revenge Society at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m.($5) – (900 E. Center St.)

Friday, April 11: Animals in Human Attire with The Fatty Acids, Pushmi Pullyu at Linnemans, 9 p.m. ($5, $10 for cover plus CD or cassette)

There’s a copious amount of inbreeding going on amongst Milwaukee bands, but perhaps no other group scavenges from the scene more so than Animals in Human Attire. They are, as Tyler Maas thoughtfully put it in this month’s print issue, “The Kevin Bacon of the Milwaukee music scene,” meaning the members of Animals in Human Attire play in such a wide scope of bands that it shouldn’t be difficult to find a link to another local outfit through them. The sextuplet shares roots with Soul Low, Temple, Conundrum, Myles Coyne and the Rusty Nickel Band, among a seemingly endless list of others. This show marks the release of its much-anticipated sophomore record, Ourmegadawn. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: Phantogram with TEEN at The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($20) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org) 

And:  Fail to Decay with Unbibium, Watch The Skyline Burn, Before The War, Amber My Ember, and Ad Astra at the Borg Ward, 5 p.m. ($5) – (823 W. National Ave.)

And: Loretta Lynn at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 8 p.m. ($55, $60, $65) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com) 

Saturday, April 12: Gavin DeGraw at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, following the Admirals game ($18.40-$24.40)

The perpetually-hat donning Gavin DeGraw established a nice career of performing nice pop-rock music to nice people. The low-stakes approach has served him well, as he’s moved millions of records and earned a large enough response to perform at a minor league hockey post-game show. But never fear; if you’ve been away from DeGraw since his two early, inescapable hits “Chariot,” and “I Don’t Want To Be,” you haven’t missed much. Here’s a brief update of where he’s at: his new record Make a Move begins with the embarrassingly ham-handed lines “Melt Antarctica/ Savin’ Africa/ I failed algebra/ I miss you sometimes.” The rest lacks any semblance of inspiration, as well. (1001 N. 4th St., BradleyCenter.com)

Also: Cosmonauts with Sleepcomesdown and Red Stuff at the Cactus Club, 10 p.m. ($7) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: The Midwest Beat with Slow Walker at Circle A Café, 8 p.m. ($3) – (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)


Sunday, April 13: The Men with Midnight Reruns and Absolutely at the Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10)

Leaving behind the squalling noise and aggressive, catchy choruses from its powerhouse record Open Your Heart, The Men somewhat surprisingly scaled back the effusive punk-rock and incorporated some southern rock twang and prolonged roots jamming on its past two albums. Last year’s New Moon sounded like it was recorded during a whiskey and cigarette-fueled weekend-long bender in a dingy basement cellar. The follow-up Tomorrow’s Hits would go on to possess a single layer of polish its previous releases completely disregarded, while still achieve a certain shambolic, workingman aesthetic the band mined from rock ‘n roll heroes Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones on its latest effort. Only a modest crowd showed the last the band came through town in October with Purling Hiss and Pampers. But as an added bonus this time around, the bill boasts two local bands currently hitting tremendous strides, Midnight Reruns and Absolutely. This is sure to be a sloppy, sleazy rock show and one not to miss.

Also: Toadies with Supersuckers and Battleme at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($17.50) – (1032 N. 4th  St., PabstTheater.org)

And: WhiskeyBelles with Doghouse Flowers at Kochanski’s, 2 p.m. – (1920 S. 37th  St., Beer-Hall.com)

The Men with Midnight Reruns photo courtesy of the band.

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